"This trip to Lima, Peru with MEDLIFE was far more than I could have asked for. What I expected was a simple service trip, but instead it was eight days of learning moments, genuine friendships, and rich cultural experiences. During mobile clinic days, we were able to shadow healthcare professionals in procedures such as pap smears and cavity fillings. We were also able to see an array of medical conditions from parasite infections to type 2 diabetes and even breast tumours. The patients and staff were patient while answering my questions and always went the extra mile to explain diagnosis’ to me. In addition, being able to interact with the patients at the triage and tooth brushing station was really rewarding and reinforced the importance of communication and trust in the health care field.
One of my strongest memories of this trip was being able to experience the challenges the people in local communicates faced on a daily basis. Climbing up the steep hillside without safe architecture was far more meaningful than seeing pictures online. However, what surprised me was the overall sense of hope and happiness of the people who lived there. It made me realize that despite their poverty stricken circumstances, a positive outlook and the cooperation of many like-minded individuals is what is needed to help make a difference.
Our participation involved project day where we worked side by side with the community to help build a staircase. Despite obvious language barriers, I was moved by how enthusiastic and grateful the members of the community were. What they didn’t know was how grateful I was to be a part of such a special experience. Overall, I am very appreciative of this trip and would recommend it to anyone who is interested."
Former MCO for UTSG MEDLIFE