Summer 2014 Mobile Clinic Applications are now open!

We are proud to be offering 3 trips for summer 2014:

May 3rd, 2014 – May 11th, 2014: Lima, Peru

May 17th, 2014 – May 25th, 2014: Moshi, Tanzania

August 9th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014: Cusco, Peru

Mobile clinics are a week-long volunteering initiative where students work closely with a team of local doctors and community liaisons to set up and facilitate a clinic in a rural community. Students have the opportunity to shadow local general practitioners and dentists, work on MEDLIFE’s healthcare-related educational initiatives, help run a pharmacy, and much more. It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested health, education, or development!

Apply now!

Trip Applications are Open!

Applications for our Mobile Clinic to Riobamba, Ecuador during Winter Break are open, as well as  our Reading Week Trip for Development to Lima, Peru! We will be holding an information session about these trips on October 16th, 2013. RSVP to the Facebook event!

What is a Mobile Clinic?
It is a week long volunteering initiative in Ecuador or Peru. McGill students work closely with a team of local doctors and community liaisons to set up and facilitate a clinic in a rural community. Students have the opportunity to shadow local general practitioners and dentists, work on MEDLIFE’s healthcare-related educational initiatives, help run a pharmacy, and much more. It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested health, education, or development! More information here.

What is the Trip for Development?
Since 2010, the MEDLIFE Development Projects have been providing poor communities in Peru and Ecuador with much-needed infrastructure improvements. From community staircases and bathrooms to schools and potable-water systems, MEDLIFE listens to the community, and works with them to raise their quality of life. The Trip for Development is a 1-2 week trip for students to take on a major role in the start to finish of a complete project. Find out more here.

A Pre-Clinic Ocean Breeze

by Doulia Hamad

Buenos días!

This is now day two of our trip, and things are well, although anticipation for the days to come is building and building. Because our group is a melting pot of students coming from different parts of the USA, Puerto Rico and Canada, ther is a lot to get to know about each other, a task that we are happily completing over meals, sightseeing walks, and after-dinner games.

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Yesterday, we got a small tour of Mariflores, the district of Lima where our hotel is. As we walked around, taking picture after picture of houses, streets and anything else that may seem noteworthy to a dutiful toutist, I couldn’t help but be enchanted by the friendly nature of the place. We came across a large avenue that, our MEDLIFE guide Giorgio explained, was closed every Sunday morning just to allow bikers and runners and rollerbladers to enjoy themselves. Mariflores’ beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean, as well as the food that one can enjoy while gazing into the horizon, makes it an easy place to like. Yesterday, I tasted a dish called “Causa Fashion”, which consisted of fried shrimp set daintily on top of dollops of lemon-flavoured mashed potatoes. My description may not do this dish justice, but hopefully the picture will.

Today, we are headed for a tour of Pamplona. “Be prepared to hike!” said Sunita, one of the MEDLIFE interns. After our hike, we will also find out what groups we are in for the clinics and development project. Can’t wait!

Sunita: First Week

After a long, crazy but fun week, I finally have a little bit of time to write for my “favoritest” (yes, I made that word up) MEDLIFE chapter in the world (McGill). My first day at el officina, I worked on drafting brochures, and writing down in detail McGill’s operations for its biggest fundraisers. I hadn’t realize how many different steps we go through to create a successful tutorials program. It wouldn’t be possible without our Tutorials team!!!

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My week started with a clinic. 46 students that came from all over North America, many from West Virginia (of course, students from all the other universities have put in hard work as well). So far, we’ve toured the city (Pamplona), saw over 250 patients in four different districts, and built a beautiful brand new staircase. I’m really going to miss the students, even though I’ve only spent a week with them; I hope they find a way to keep in touch. It was a good first week. As tired as we all were, everybody was a trooper. Hopefully those students who do not have MEDLIFE chapters at their schools will be motivated, after this eye-opening week, to spread the message and start their own chapter.

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I think my best moment this week was when a patient asked me what MEDLIFE stood for (which, by the way, is Medicine, Education, and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere), and I explained the acronym. The woman was so happy that we were there. She said that they did not get this kind of treatment or care from their own government, and that we should keep coming back to see them. I was touched; it drove home why we were all there – for people like her.

Sunita: Day 1

Source: Sunita Kheterpal

Source: Sunita Kheterpal

May 9th, 2013

Lima, Peru

¡Buenos noches! After a long plane ride from Montreal to Lima (via Miami), I’ve made it here! Word to the wise – avoid “red-eye” flights. They’re not that great. Biz, the year-round intern, picked me up from the airport and showed me around town all day. I visited the MEDLIFE head office and met the student affairs team, including Amelia and Daniella who I will be working with closely. I also met MEDLIFE’s CEO and founder Nick Ellis (who, FYI, is a McGill grad!) for the first time! I met the entire Peru office staff and the communications intern, Rachel, is also my roommate!

It’s beautiful here. We saw the ocean and went to the local markets. It’s very peaceful, and the people are very nice. My goal is to learn better Spanish while I am here – I hope the other summer interns get here sooner so that we can practice!

P.S. You might not think they have Starbucks, Papa Johns, Dunkin Donuts, and KFC, (I didn’t) but they do – practically everywhere you go!