"The trip to Lima, Peru with MEDLIFE was all I could’ve hoped for. The whole trip was a surreal experience and it was definitely one of the best weeks of my life. It was inspiring, novel and life changing to say the least. Not only was it an opportunity to learn and grow, but an outlet to educate others and apply what I’ve learned to help better improve others. Despite the lack of resources, individuals showed up with the biggest smiles and that was an eye opener, to see that a little can make a huge impact and bring upon that much happiness.
As this was a Mobile Clinic Trip, the three days of clinic provided the opportunity to shadow doctors, dentists, gynaecologists and pharmacists. We learned so much from different medications to taking blood pressures and diagnosing patients. We got the chance to interact with children and teach them how to brush their teeth and wash their hands all while practicing Spanish. In addition to medicine and education, MEDLIFE stands for development as well which is what makes this organization so special. I never would have thought that I would get the chance to help build a staircase. It seems so simple but climbing up and down those steep hills for yourself puts a completely different perspective in mind. It felt so rewarding to know that we left a piece of us in the community that is a necessity for everyday life and important in striving towards a better life.
The whole trip was so organized with the week planned out but most importantly, it felt safe. The great part about MEDLIFE is that even though you’re there to volunteer, there are days before, after and during the clinic week to explore the city, learn about the culture and try new cuisines. This gave the chance to build friendships with colleagues from other universities that have a common goal in mind which was a part of how the trip exceeded any expectations I had. It was a truly humbling experience and I would hands down relive it again.
Thinking back, I feel more than grateful to have been able to build a staircase for such a great community and providing others with the healthcare they need. To say that this trip was an amazing experience would be an understatement. I highly recommend everyone to go on a trip with MEDLIFE. It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn new things, gain new experiences and create lasting memories with incredible people. Life is about challenging yourself and I felt that this was the perfect way to do something I love while also helping make a difference."
Past MCO and Co-President for UTSG MEDLIFE