The Student Advisory Board (SAB) of MEDLIFE gives students who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the goals of MEDLIFE and service to low income families an opportunity for greater responsibility within the organization. These responsibilities include supervising and coordinating the work of all Student Chapters across North America, working on a committee of students to help individual patients with special needs in Latin America to receive the treatment they need, and advising the executive board on student related involvement as well as our operations in Latin America. Students are invited to be part of the Student Advisory Board for one academic year.
Students must be elected to the Student Advisory Board. Any student who has previously worked with MEDLIFE is eligible to apply, but only the most committed students will be successful applicants. Ideal applicants have already taken positions of leadership at their University and have demonstrated a commitment beyond that expected of a student officer. Once accepted to the SAB, students are assigned to oversee 3-5 MEDLIFE Student Chapters. Active SAB members may be eligible to attend a Mobile Clinic free of charge.
Student Advisory Board, 2012-2013 Academic Year
Carolyn became involved with MEDLIFE when she applied to be part of the founding executive board for UGA's chapter. She served as her chapter's Local Service Chair for two years, and went on a Mobile Clinic to Lima during that time. She loved her Mobile Clinic experience so much that she came back for a 12 week internship in the MEDLIFE Peru office last summer. She is excited to be a member of the SAB and work with others who share her passion for MEDLIFE's mission.
Sarah Hillware has been involved with MEDLIFE for over two years, and has served in multiple roles, as Team Leader, Chapter President and SAB Member. A graduating senior in the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, she is studying Global Public Health and pre-medicine at The George Washington University. She is passionate about health and has held multiple global health, health policy and research positions and aspires to go to medical school and specialize in international humanitarian medicine. MEDLIFE has greatly contributed to her outlook on medicine and development and she hopes to continue service throughout her lifetime.
Cori has always had a love for public health. She attended a clinic in Honduras in January 2011 with another organization but was discouraged by the lack of sustainable change done by the clinic. A friend told her about MEDLIFE, and she attended a mobile clinic in Lima in August 2011. There she saw an opportunity to realize her longtime goal of making a significant change in the lives of others. She founded the MEDLIFE chapter at UConn that spring and this past May organized UConn's first clinic to Lima, which 35 students attended. She is excited to be a part of the SAB this year and hopes to inspire other students to get involved as well.
Sean became involved with MEDLIFE over two years ago, as the founder and president of the chapter at Michigan State University. Sean attended two mobile clinics in Lima, Peru while working towards his undergraduate degree in business management. After graduating in May 2012, Sean came to work in Lima full time with MEDLIFE as a year-long intern. Sean enjoys doing whatever he can to raise awareness about the plight of the sick and impoverished living in developing countries, and got a great opportunity to do so this fall through MEDLIFE's 1 Billion + Campaign.
Chris started the MEDLIFE chapter at University of Wisconsin-Madison in the spring of 2010, after a friend attended a mobile clinic trip and told him it changed her life, and he's been busy ever since! The Madison chapter currently has over 50 members and continues to grow. So far they have attended three mobile clinics in Peru and Ecuador and they're now planning more. Last semester, Chris studied abroad in Lima and was able to help out MEDLIFE every Tuesday. Participating in multiple medical mobile clinics was a great adventure, and he's ready for more!
Natalie first discovered MEDLIFE back in 2010 after seeing a flyer for a mobile clinic in Lima, Peru. This experience helped to cultivate her insatiable desire for learning about new cultures, passion for service, and global vision in regards to health care disparities worldwide. After returning from Peru, she worked diligently to promote MEDLIFE's mission and goals, recruit new members, share her personal experiences, increase fundraising, and encourage students to volunteer and serve both locally and abroad. Her journey with MEDLIFE has played a huge role in her personal growth, and she is thrilled to be working with the SAB for another year!
Ashley first became involved with MEDLIFE in 2011 after talking to current members at an activities fair at the University of Delaware. Soon after she traveled to Lima, Peru over spring break for a mobile clinic. The experience ignited her interest in global health and service and made her want to become more involved with MEDLIFE. Following her return from Peru she worked to inform others about MEDLIFE's mission through her own personal stories and experiences. Ashley then traveled to Cusco, Peru in the summer of 2012. It was this trip that ultimately sparked her to become more involved with MEDLIFE nationally and to join the SAB. She currently acts as one of the brigade coordinators at UD and is excited for her first year on the SAB!
The following are requirements of students sitting on the Student Advisory Board:
1. Volunteer on average 10 hours per week with MEDLIFE.
2. Complete all assigned tasks within a timely fashion.
3. Attend weekly phone meetings to report progress and make plans for the coming week to the executive board. Students may miss up to two meetings when they provide advance notice. More than two missed meetings will be sufficient reason to be asked to leave the SAB.
4. Make a sincere effort to spend a minimum of one week in Ecuador or Peru. As a SAB member you will have the opportunity to participate in one (per year on the SAB) MEDLIFE Mobile Clinic with a 100% discount on the participation fee.
5. Work to promote the highest standard of MEDLIFE's goals and reputation within their University and throughout MEDLIFE's student network.
6. Embody MEDLIFE's belief that through committed student action we can make a difference in the lives of individuals and families living in poverty.
Working in conjunction with the SAB, the MEDLIFE Expansion Team aims to bring MEDLIFE to universities and colleges that do not currently host MEDLIFE Student Chapters. The Expansion Team works to identify motivated individuals at such schools and assists them in the process of founding a new chapter. This process involves hosting an official MEDLIFE presentation for interested students, arranging a MEDLIFE fundraiser, coordinating the school's first Mobile Clinic, and working with the school's administration to establish the MEDLIFE chapter as a school-recognized student club.
Expansion Team members are selected by the Team Coordinator and commit themselves to a year-long position on the Expansion Team. As it is incredibly essential that new chapters and student leaders are clearly educated regarding MEDLIFE's mission, all Expansion Team Members must have an exhaustive knowledge of MEDLIFE's operations.
By helping to start MEDLIFE Chapters at new schools, Expansion Team members are directly responsible for the positive results achieved by those chapters. On average, an Expansion Team member who expands MEDLIFE to 5 new schools is responsible for delivering care to 1,934 patients on Mobile Clinics, and for $4,395 fundraised towards MEDLIFE Fund development projects!