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Gustavo Perez – Service Learning Campaign – December 12-20: Tena, Ecuador – Mobile Clinic*

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Hi everyone, I have recently signed up to work closely with MEDLIFE, which stands for "Medicine, Education, and Development for Low-Income Families Everywhere." They operate in specifically Latin America and Africa to help those families in need through charity and volunteers, which I will be doing in December in Tena Ecuador. However, I need your help so I can go on this remarkable trip.
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We, as US citizens, are very fortunate of the US healthcare system. Having high-level hospitals and clinics right around the corner to go to in case of an emergency. All of our services are equipped with high-end equipment to ensure the health of the community. In contrast, other places like Tena Ecuador do not have this luxury due to poverty and poor infrastructure, which makes these high-level services limited. Lastly, Tena is located in the Amazonia rainforest, which is an excellent destination for tourism due to biodiversity; however, businesses see it as a place for oil extraction. Due to oil extractions, it has caused environmental problems, which resulted in health complications such as cancer and other diseases for the people that live in the city. This is why I chose Tena Ecuador to help those that were impacted by this environmental problem.