Helping People in Need…One Trip at a Time

Screen Shot 2013-10-11 at 12.29.24 AMThis summer I went on a trip of a lifetime to Cuzco Peru, where I volunteered with a medical nonprofit organization called MEDLIFE. MEDLIFE provides medical aid to impoverished areas such as Africa and South America. And I would have to say, that this seven day journey was one of the best experiences in my life.

During this MEDLIFE trip, I spent four days volunteering in a mobile clinic and 1 day working on a community project.  In the other two days I had the opportunity to tour Cuzco and visit Machu Picchu (and I must say the view was breathtaking).

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In the mobile clinics I got to travel to villages near Cuzco and help distribute medicine to people in need. There are a total of seven stations in the mobile clinic, which include: triage, tooth brushing, general doctor, dentist, pharmacist, obstetrician/gynecologist, and education. The patients have the option to go to one or all stations depending of their medical needs. As a volunteer, I had the opportunity to shadow a doctor and OB/GYN, act as a dental assistant, and measure the patient’s BMI and blood glucose levels in triage. Most importantly, I got to promote healthy living by educating the children and adults on how to live healthier life styles. For example, I taught the children how to brush their teeth.

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The community project involves spending a day constructing something that benefits the community; this could include building a public washroom, planting trees, etc. For my community project, our group helped build a theatre room for an all girls’ orphanage in Cuzco.

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Now Western is opening its own MEDLIFE chapter. This will provide students from Western University the chance to take part in these mobile clinic projects. If you are interested in taking part in a life charging opportunity like this, be sure to like the Western MEDLIFE group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MEDlifeWestern) for more information. The Western MEDLIFE group also gives students the opportunity to volunteer in the local community. So make sure you check it out!

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