March 3, 2016 2:53 pm

50:50 CAMPAIGN SPOTLIGHT: Tia Wilson

Written by Rosali Vela

Spring Mobile Clinics have just started and several students have been fundraising through the 50:50 campaign. This is one of the students who was working in the clinic. Her name is Tia Wilson and she is from Queens University. She had a successful campaign that enabled her to make her trip to Lima! For more information about the 50:50 campaign click here: 50:50 Campaign

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How did you hear about the 50:50 Campaign? I found out about the 50:50 campaigns during a couple meetings and they let us know about it.

Why did you decided to do a 50:50 Campaign? Because it help out a lot to MEDLIFE itself and it help me out to financially with paying for the trip. And with school and everything was a little expensive and that help out a lot but it also help out MEDLIFE for supplies and stuffs.

How long was your campaign? When I found i was going to Peru about October, i started letting people know about what i was going to experience going out with MEDLIFE and a lot people ask "how can i help" and I let them know about the 5050 campaign and that how it kinda arose. I raised about 1500 for each so about 750 for each.

What did you do the be successful with your 50:50 campaign? Just letting people know what I was going to do, spreading the message social media, family, friends, work, etc.

Did you encounter any obstacles during the process and how did you overcome them? I did not encounter any obstacles but if I had it depends on what it would be. If I would have diffuculties triying to get people to donate i would ask for some help involving friends and family.

How was organizing a positive experience and what did you learn from it? I learned that a lot of people are interested in helping if you let them know what you are doing and educate them about MEDLIFE, and they stand for, they values and goals, and try to make connections with them.

How do you feel about the impact that you made by raising the money for the people that you worked with this week? I feel really good. It is rewarding and a really humbling experience. I definitely want to donate more and come back for sure for next Spring break to Lima and spend my time volunteer here in the clinics. I think is wonderful impact that MEDLFIE has made in communities and is  good feeling to be part of it.

What advice you have for students organizing their own 50:50 campaign? A soon as you know you are coming, just spread the word out like friends, family, people at work, friends of friends, etc. A lot of people will ask you questions because they wont donate unless they dont know about it. So that is really important, to let everyone know, give them an inside of what MEDLIFE does and how much of an impact does make now.

January 22, 2016 3:12 pm

Intern Journal: William Arce

Written by William Arce

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Mi experiencia con MEDLIFE en Lima, Perú comenzó aproximadamente tres meses atrás. Jamás imaginé que llegaría a estar donde me encuentro hoy, entusiasmado y con infinitas ganas de seguir trabajando por las personas que verdaderamente lo necesitan. Esta oportunidad me ha brindado muchas herramientas que me han permitido modificar mi perspectiva hacia la vida.

Recuerdo mi primera vez en el campo. Era una tarde soleada, donde el verano no había comenzado oficialmente y aún quedaba un poco del frio desértico. Desde el principio me mantuve con una perspectiva de ser objetivo ante las posibilidades que allí me podía enfrentar. Una vez que llegamos al lugar y presencié lo que allí había, no pude dejar de pensar en las veces que fui poco agradecido. Conocí a muchas familias, escuché sus historias, les brindé mi tiempo, y por un momento me olvidé de todo. Fue ahí, en ese momento, donde me dije a mi mismo que jamás volvería a ser igual.

 Desde entonces comencé a visitar pacientes para conocer sus historias y necesidades, como también entrevisté a algunos para investigar a fondo la raíz de la problemática social que nos encontramos al visitar muchas comunidades. Por otra parte tuve la dicha de viajar a Cusco, Perú y a Riobamba, Ecuador, donde también trabajé con voluntarios de diferentes países, llevando así servicios gratuitos de medicina y dental, así como talleres de educación a las comunidades que tienen menos acceso a la ciudad. De igual forma aportamos con la construcción de guarderías para niños, escaleras y baterías sanitarias.

Dentro de todas esas oportunidades que se me presentaron, siempre recuerdo una visita que hicimos a una paciente, Ida Lampas. En la visita estuve por dos horas consecutivas hablando con la paciente acerca de sus condiciones y las cosas que le habían sucedido. Pero eso no fue todo, a mitad de conversación comenzó a mencionar las cosas positivas que sobrepasaban todo lo negativo que había pasado. Entendí que no son las cosas que pasamos sino con la actitud con que las afrontamos. No les puedo explicar con palabras la emoción que sentí al escuchar su historia y ver que de alguna manera el simple hecho de haberla escuchado era suficiente para ella.

Estar en otro país, lejos de tus costumbres y tu familia siempre es difícil, pero cuando te das cuenta de todo el cambio que has logrado solo puedes pensar en lo feliz que te sientes de haber logrado tu meta. Es por ello que me siento extremadamente agradecido de la oportunidad que MEDLIFE me ha dado para poder aportar a esta causa. A veces las personas no entienden porque hacemos este tipo de labor, pero la realidad es que forma parte de nuestro llamado. Tenemos que ayudar a las personas sin mirar su raza, su color, su partido político o situación económica. Todos tenemos la oportunidad de impactar vidas, ya sea en nuestros hogares, a nuestros vecinos, en comunidades locales, en el trabajo o en cualquier lugar. Soy un fiel creyente de que tenemos que vivir para servir. 


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My experience with MEDLIFE in Lima, Peru, began about three months ago. I never imagined I would be where I am today, excited and with an endless desire to continue working for people who truly need it. This opportunity has given me many tools that have allowed me to change my outlook towards life.

I remember my first time in the field. It was a sunny afternoon, summer had not yet officially begun and there was still a little bit of the desert cold. When I first came to Lima I tried to keep an open mind about what I would find there. Once we got to the Pueblos Jovenes and witnessed what was there, I could not stop thinking about the times I was thankless. I met many families, I heard their stories, I offered them my time, and for a moment I forgot everything. It was there, at that point where I said to myself, I will never be the same.

Since then I started visiting patients to learn their stories and needs. I interviewed them and tried to thoroughly investigate the root of the social problems we found while visiting many communities. Moreover I had the good fortune to travel to Cusco, Peru and Riobamba, Ecuador, where I also worked with volunteers from different countries, bringing free medical and dental services, and educational workshops to communities that have less access to the city . Likewise we contribute to building nurseries, staircases and hygiene projects.

Among those opportunities that came my way, I will always remember a visit we made to a patient, Ida Lampas. During the visit I talked with the patient for two hours about her condition and the things that had happened to her. But that was not all, she started to mention the positive things that surpassed anything negative that happened to her. I understood that it is not about the things that happen to us but the attitude with which we face them. I can not explain in words the emotion I felt when I heard her story and saw that somehow the simple fact of having heard her was enough for her.

Being in another country far from your habits and your family is always difficult, but when you realize everything you've accomplished you can only think about how happy you feel having achieved your goal. That is why I am extremely grateful for the opportunity MEDLIFE gave me to contribute to this cause. Sometimes people do not understand why we do this kind of work, but the reality is that is part of our calling. We have to help people without regard for race, color, political party or economic status. We all have the opportunity to impact lives, whether in our homes, to our neighbors, local communities, at work or anywhere. I am a firm believer that we must live to serve.

January 14, 2016 11:28 am

50:50 CAMPAIGN SPOTLIGHT: Abey Sivanesan

Written by Rosali Vela

Winter Mobile Clinics have just started and several students have been fundraising through the 50:50 campaign. This is one of the students who is working in the clinic. Her name is Abey Sivanesan and she is from the University of Western. She had a successful campaign that enabled her to make her trip to Cusco this past week. For more information about the 50:50 campaign click here: 50:50 Campaign

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How did you hear about the 50/50 Campaign? When I originally applied to the trip MEDLIFE sent us e-mails and informed us about the campaign.
 
When did you decided to organized your 50/50 campaign? I actually signed up for the trip really late so I organized the campaign pretty soon right after I signed up. Which was about a month before the trip started.
Did you encounter any obstacles in the process? There were a lot of obstacles in terms of how much money I needed to raise and even asking people for the money. But I was certain that once I was able to explain what MEDLIFE does, people would be willing to help. In the end I was thrilled at the positive reaction towards my fundraising campaign.
 
How was organizing a 50/50 campaign a positive experience and what did you learned from it? I actually really enjoyed it because we stated a movement that highlighted different problems outside of our own country. Educating our friends and family about the developing countries we were visiting helped us receive donations.
 
What do you think about your volunteer trip so far?  I've loved every moment of it! It has been an eye opening experience in terms of what we have seen. It is extremely different from a classroom experience where you read a textbook. We actually get to see it in person, working along side professionals. 
 
How do you feel about the impact you have made through raising money to support people like the ones you are working with during your trip?  I feel really happy that half of the money goes to the people and not all directly to me. Seeing how much money they need and knowing that half of what I am raising goes toward them makes me really happy, because this means they will have more doctors, nurses and more people that will help them. 
 
What advice you have for students organizing a 50/50 campaign? Ask everyone and anyone, don't make any barriers. Ask local businesses, friends family and everyone.
December 22, 2015 3:49 pm

50:50 CAMPAIGN SPOTLIGHT: Sarah Pisula

Written by Rosali Vela

Winter Mobile Clinics have just started and several students have been fundraising through the 50:50 campaign. This is one of the students who is working in the clinic. Her name is Sarah Pisula and she is from FSU. She had a successful campaign that enabled her to make her trip to Cusco this past week. For more information about the 50:50 campaign click here: 50:50 Campaign

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How did you hear about the 50:50 Campaign? I heard about the 50:50 campaign through Florida State University Chapter

Why did you decided to do a 50:50 Campaign? I decided to do it because it wasn't only helping me for the trip, but I knew the whole point of the trip is to help others and to come here and to help the community and the fact that it was going towards me and the community, it was perfect.

How long was your campaign? My campaign was about month, so four weeks before coming here.

How money did you raised? How do you feel about that? I raised $1,800. It's honestly amazing. I had such a great support from family and friends. It's the most amazing thing, because they helped the community and me.

What did you do to me most successful with your 50:50 campaign? I sent e-mails out every day to family and friends. I shared it on Facebook and I also had my parents sharing it on theirs too. I also contacted friends from work and any other connection that I could get that I knew were going to be supportive of this trip.

Did you encounter any obstacles during the process and how did you overcome them? I did not face any obstacles, but I have to admit at first I was a little concern to raise this amount of money because it is kind of hard to just send something out asking for money, but I just wrote the reason why I wanted to go on the trip and it hit everyone's heart. It was honesty what I was writing about and why I wanted the support from them. It wasn't as awkward as I thought it was going to be at all.

How was organizing a positive experience and what did you learn from it? I learned that everyone sees the good in MEDLIFE and to purpose of it and I believe that this gave me the right opportunity to share that.

What do you think about your Volunteer Trip so far? It's been the most eye-opener experience that I've ever had. It's incredible to see how impactful every single thing is.

How do you feel about the impact that you made by raising the money for the people that you worked with this week? It feels awesome seeing it happen in person. Also witnessing the impact that it having on them it's just amazing. It makes me feel happy knowing that the money I raised will help them.

What advice you have for students organizing their own 50:50 campaign? I encourage everyone to do it because first of all, I learned so much from it. You get so much more out of the trip knowing that it's going to go towards something. It's awesome, and it's not even you it's the donations and all the people that are involved. Also it is very important to spread the word and use social media. 

December 22, 2015 8:02 am

50:50 CAMPAIGN SPOTLIGHT: Cole Davidson

Written by Rosali Vela

Winter Mobile Clinics have just started and several students have been fundraising through the 50:50 campaign. This is one of the students who is working in the clinic. His name is Cole Davidson and he is from FSU. He had a successful campaign that enabled him to make his trip to Tena this past week. For more information about the 50:50 campaign click here: 50:50 Campaign

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How did you hear about the 50:50 Campaign? I heard about the 50/50 campaign through first couple MEDLIFE meetings. I understood that 50% of the proceeds that I had raised would go to the MEDLIFE campaign the rest would pay for my trip.

Why did you decide to organize this campaign? At first I thought it was the only way to do it, and so I thought why not? And I ended up doing the 50:50 campaign.

How long was your campaign? The campaign lasted about two to three months.

What did you do to make your campaign successful? I made a lot of calls, I asked people how they felt about donating to a good cause. I explained to them that by contributing to this campaign, they are taking a step towards helping in a very worthwhile effort. They are helping to bring about health equality in other countries.

Did you encounter any obstacles during this process? How did you overcome them? I did not encounter very many obstacles. When I talked with people about how lucky we are that we live in a country with a great health care system and how great it works for us and then explained that other people don't have the luxury of healthcare, they easily understood why this campaign was important. It was not hard to explain to people that this kind of work is taking place all around the world and they can be part of it by contributing to the campaign. Even by talking to them and asking them to donate helped to make people aware of these issues.

How was organizing a 50:50 campaign a positive experience? What did you learn from it? Well, I had to get a lot more donations to be able to come on the trip, but at the same time, it felt more rewarding because I realized half of what I raised was used for a project to help one of the communities that MEDLIFE supports.

What do you think about your Volunteer Trip this week? Well I haven't been on a mission trip in four years, so this was a very life changing experience. I haven't done any trip on a scale such as this, spending a week in another country. I've only traveled internationally two or three times, so this was something completely out of my comfort zone. I didn't know what I was doing at first, and yes, I did feel a little uncomfortable through the week. But I have to say that I broke through those barriers. The relationships I've made and the experiences I've had have left an impact that I will not forget. I will cherish this experience long after I go back to America.

What advice do you have for students considering organizing a 50:50 campaign? Just remember that raising funds for these things is a step in the right direction. By organizing a 50:50 campaign you are helping to provide health care and helping to bring health equality. We have such great health care in the USA and maybe Ecuador or Peru do not, so by doing this you are taking a step in the right direction. You are helping to bring about health equality around the world.

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