Development Corps

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New Volunteer Opportunity! The Development Corps is a group of volunteers who assist in the construction of a development project alongside a community in need in Peru or Ecuador. During these one- or two-week trips, participants will complete or work toward a set of specific projects for a low-income community. Projects are varied and may include water projects, schools, medical clinics, hygiene projects, staircase construction projects, patient houses, or other community locales.

     
  LISTENING TO THE POOR  
 

Our first step is getting to know community members, and letting them discuss their specific needs.

Our staff work year-round to ensure this dynamic is built and sustained for the long-term. Our Development Corps trips provide an opportunity to further consult leaders about their long-term needs and build infrastructure projects that address them.



 

 
     
  IDENTIFYING ROOT CAUSES  
 

In the same way that a physician treats the root cause (the disease) to improve a patient's symptoms, we seek to treat the root causes of disease and suffering in the communities where we work.

Through our Development Corps, we work with communities to brainstorm solutions, survey land, identify resources and create a specialized solution through infrastructure development.

 
     
  PARTNERING WITH PROFESSIONALS AND COMMUNITIES TO MAKE A PLAN  
 

As we prepare for project construction, we partner with relevant government institutions, local technical professionals, and the communities we work with in order to ensure that our projects will be supported and utilized year-round. 

We also gather support by soliciting local donations of building materials, and utilizing volunteers' participation fees to cover the cost of materials and labor.

 
     
 

CONSTRUCTION

 
  During the Community Development Corps trips, volunteers help -- alongside local foremen, construction workers, and community members -- in the building of a community development project. The experience is geared toward students in architecture and engineering; however, past experience in construction is not necessary, as volunteers will be directed by professionals during each phase of construction.  
     
  FOLLOW UP  
 

After we finish construction, MEDLIFE volunteers and community residents put on the finishing touches, which may include painting, providing furniture or supplies, or planting trees at the project site.
Our staff members on the ground periodically visit each project to make sure that they are being properly maintained, utilized, and staffed year-round. Community members also sign a document pledging to maintain projects after they are finished.

 
     
 
LEARNING ABOUT LOCAL CULTURE THROUGH SERVICE 
 
 

Through direct interaction with community residents and professionals in construction, as well as educational workshops related to the participant's project site, students have the opportunity to learn about a foreign country and culture through the context of service (as opposed to traveling with a tour group). Students will also have the chance to participate in tourism activities at night and during two of their seven trip days.