CO-PRESIDENT

Haruna Aridomi

4th Year 

MCB IMMUNOLOGY & SOCIAL WELFARE
SEMESTER OF PARTICIPATION: FALL 2015

My favorite memory in Peru was talking and playing with the kids, and being able to interact with the community members in the area. Working alongside the community members in building the staircase was an especially heart-warming experience because even with all of our diverse backgrounds, we were all united in our efforts to reduce the geographical barriers that the people face. I am grateful for being welcomed into their space and for being able to make a long-term impact with MEDLIFE. This is only the beginning though, and I'm excited to see how we can all grow together!

CLUB CHAIR

Janel Weatherly

3RD year

Molecular and cellular biology major, spanish language and literature minor

SEMESTER OF PARTICIPATION: fall 2016


My favorite memory was playing volleyball with some of the children after they had gotten their teeth brushed at the toothbrush station.

FUNDRAISING CHAIR
Donna Wang


4TH YEAR 
PUBLIC HEALTH
SEMESTER OF PARTICIPATION: FALL 2014


​​The most memorable moment in my trip was when one of the older community members handed me a cup of water and pulled me in for a hug to thank me for all the service that we provided for his community that day. As a volunteer, you don't realize how much of a difference you're making until you experience moments like that. 


We offer positions almost every semester for our UCB MEDLIFE participants who want to continue their involvement after the trip!

LOGISTICS CHAIR
Leili Hashemi


3RD YEAR 
SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT
SEMESTER OF PARTICIPATION: SPRING 2017

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One of my most memorable moments while working with MEDLIFE was during the community development projects when we working side-by-side with the members of the community. That moment of unity established a strong connection with the community members and MEDLIFE’s workers. We were all working together for a common goal, to better the living conditions of those who inhabited these areas, and to provide services such as health care as a basic human right. My experience with MEDLIFE was definitely life changing, and I will forever be honored to have been apart of such an important movement. . 


CO-PRESIDENT
Noor Chadha

4TH YEAR
MCB IMMUNOLOGY
SEMESTER OF PARTICIPATION: FALL 2014

My favorite memory working with MEDLIFE was during my time as a MEDPrograms summer intern in 2017.  I had the privilege of assisting an obstetrician with Papanicolaou tests at a women's prison.  The security entering the prison was scary, but once the clinic got started, I quickly forgot where I was.  Incarcerated people are humans just like the rest of us.  They deserve access to healthy lives!

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

CHAIR
Chris Rouillard

​3RD year

BioEngineering (PreMed)

SEMESTER OF PARTICIPATION: Spring 2016


I really enjoyed my second trip to Peru this past Fall 2016, where I was able to interact with the people of this impoverished area for a second time, while also meeting the founder of MEDLIFE that makes this initiative possible.  Indeed, MEDLIFE is beginning to make a noticeable difference in these communities, and I am proud to be part of such a humble and dedicated organization here for the people of Peru.  

INTERNAL AFFAIRS CHAIR
Crystal Rubalcava

4TH year

MCB/IB Double MAJOR, GPP minor

SEMESTER OF PARTICIPATION: FALL 2016

My favorite memories with MEDLIFE were made during the Summer 2017 where I was a MED Programs Intern. There are too many things I wish to highlight about this summer but my favorite part was going to the community night meetings with the MED Programs staff. More specifically, it was seeing the work that MEDLIFE does when there are no volunteers present. Volunteers are needed and much appreciated. But, I would also like to acknowledge these communities for their on going involvement in the development of their own asentamientos humanos. Without their participation, MEDLIFE would not exist. 

EDUCATION CHAIR

Brianna Hernandez

4th Year 

Integrative Biology
SEMESTER OF PARTICIPATION: Spring 2017

The most memorable moment for me was working side by side with the community members in the development project. It was truly amazing to return at the end of the week and see the staircase that was the result of our combined efforts. 

 EDUCATION CHAIR
Madusha Perera

​​3RD YEAR

MOLECULAR AND CELL BIOLOGY

SEMESTER OF PARTICIPATION: SPRING 2016


​It was an extremely gratifying experience to be able to be there for the people and to know that your contribution, however small made a difference in their life. Even something as small as teaching the kids how to brush their teeth, though seemingly insignificant can actually be a big step in preventing cavities in an area where this is a major problem among children, and it warms your heart to know that you've made a contribution to making their lives better!


LOGISTICS CHAIR
Ryan Kamkar


2ND YEAR 
MCB NEUROBIOLOGY
SEMESTER OF PARTICIPATION: FALL 2016

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I admire the enthusiasm and relentless motivation of the local community while we are working on service projects. I remember planting trees next to newly-built staircases when several community members insisted on helping out with the intensive work, despite having already worked for hours before we even arrived. 


SPANISH EDUCATION

CHAIR​

Guadalupe Luna

3RD YEAR

ECONOMICS (PRE-MED)

SEMESTER OF PARTICIPATION: FALL 2015


​My favorite memory in Peru was with the children of the communities of Pamplona Alta. We were packing up after a day of clinics and I stepped aside to talk with Alberto and Alfredo, the most kind and sincere little boys I had met on the trip. We talked about their hopes and dreams of perfecting the English language and coming to the US. They asked me about school in the States, and I told them about our prestigious university. They were fascinated by the littlest things, like the fact that we were all students and knew English. This made me realize how disconnected people in these communities were, and how much they needed and appreciated our medical help and good company. It was amazing realizing that MEDLIFE was the change and improvement that they needed.


CLUB CHAIR

John Xiao

2nd year

Intended MCB (Infectious disease)

SEMESTER OF PARTICIPATION: Spring 2017


My favorite part of the trip was playing with kids at toothbrushing station, and being forever traumatized by my river rafting experience. Life is precious y'all, don't waste it on rafting. 

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SPANISH EDUCATION CHAIR
Rafael Verduzco

​3RD YEAR
MCB

SEMESTER OF PARTICIPATION: SPRING 2016

My favorite memory of the trip was playing soccer with all of the kids at the closing ceremony. It made me see no matter the number of difference between people, we can all come together and work towards a common goal.  

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