MEDTalks – Get Involved!

Volunteer travel continues to gain momentum as a trend among aspiring humanitarians, and now represents a significant portion of all tourism worldwide. ‘Voluntourism,’ as it has come to be known, offers well-intentioned individuals the opportunity to work abroad, often through structured programs given by for-profit entities. However, the majority of volunteer travel options offer short-term solutions to complex problems. Not only do they neglect to adequately address the root causes of difficulties, but by failing to provide tools for sustainable, long-term solutions, these programs can act as barriers to actual progress.

MEDTalks strives to create a forum to facilitate discussions and share ideas about how to ensure that sustainability and education remain a priority while volunteering opportunities continue to grow. We believe that it is our responsibility to ask the tough questions about the impact we are truly making: What happens after volunteers leave? How do we know that our initiatives are being upheld? What is the long-term social impact on the community?

In that spirit, we proposed a series of 10 – 20 minute talks, delivered by both students and professors, focused on various aspects of international development.

Upcoming Seminars:

Previous Seminars:

NOVEMBER 26th, 2013: WOMEN & DEVELOPMENT

MARCH 26th, 2014: HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT

Interested in giving a talk? Fill out an application here.

Interested in helping during the planning? Let us know at medlife.mcgill@gmail.com

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