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Tena Mobile Clinic: August 13 – 21

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Tena is an urban center in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. It serves as the primary economic and governmental hub for a network of surrounding Indigenous communities. Due to isolation and poor infrastructure, residents have limited access to healthcare and other basic services. Travel restrictions and health risks have exacerbated this lack of access during the pandemic. Although our COVID-19 response brought hunger relief and some limited healthcare services to the region, many communities have had to rely on local resources and traditional medicine to get through the pandemic. The area also faces environmental problems caused by the large-scale industrial extraction of natural resources in the Amazon. This has resulted in serious health complications for its inhabitants, including higher rates of cancer and skin diseases.

By coming on a Service Learning Trip to Tena, you will empower local communities in their recovery from COVID-19 by bringing free healthcare and improved infrastructure. Sign up today for a trip today and join the MEDLIFE Movement!

Highlights of the Trip

  • Learn about the challenges faced by low-income communities on a Reality Tour
  • Gain experience shadowing healthcare professionals at a Mobile Clinic 
  • Help bring safer homes to families with a Development Project 
  • Build bridges across cultures by connecting with community members

Key Pillars

Service: By volunteering on a Mobile Clinic and Development Project, you’ll directly help bring accessible medical care, health education, and a safer home to the marginalized communities you visit.

Environment: Service Learning Trips are created with sustainability in mind. In Tena, you will have the opportunity to learn about how Indigenous communities live sustainably in the Amazon.

Education: Learn about the historical, political, and economic factors that have shaped the realities faced by families. Deepen your knowledge of global health by shadowing healthcare professionals.

Life-changing experiences: Through eye-opening experiences and building human connections, a Service Learning Trip will renew your passion for building a world free from the constraints of poverty.

Itinerary In Brief

Day 1

Arrival to Quito and Transfer to Tena

Arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito where a MEDLIFE representative will be waiting for you. Once all volunteers have arrived, you will be shown to the bus that will transfer you and the rest of the group to Tena.

Overnight in Tena MEDLIFE Hostel




Day 2

Introduction to Tena

Sunday is an introduction to Tena for all volunteers. The Trip Leader will guide volunteers on a walking tour of Tena and the evening will be dedicated to an orientation meeting where we will cover the historical context of Ecuador, what to expect for the week, safety precautions, and a brief training course on our Mobile Clinics.

Overnight in Tena MEDLIFE Hostel



Day 3

Reality Tour

Today you will experience a full-day Reality Tour to gain a better understanding of local culture, tradition, and dress. The day will include visits to the home of a local family, a school, and a women’s co-op. You will have the chance to learn about the importance of traditional medicine and view a cultural dance.

Overnight in Tena MEDLIFE Hostel



Day 4-6

Mobile Clinics & Development Project

Tuesday through Thursday, you will support Mobile Clinics in the various communities around Tena. After unloading supplies, volunteers will report to the Mobile Clinic station that you have been assigned to that morning. As many as 100+ patients may pass through the medical clinic throughout the day! 

During the week, you may have the opportunity to assist in the construction of a community Development Project such as wells, home renovations, or bathroom complexes. Development Projects will vary, depending on community needs.

Overnight in Tena MEDLIFE Hostel



Day 7

Inauguration Day

After working on either the Development Project or a Mobile Clinic for the first half of the day, all volunteers will then head to the Development Project site for an inauguration celebration with the community.

Overnight in Tena MEDLIFE Hostel



Day 8

Continue Exploring!

Explore more of Ecuador by adding an optional Epic Trip to your itinerary. Head to the Galapagos Islands to experience the majestic destination that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. Or if you’re short on time, we invite you to join us for an adrenaline-pumping day of white water rafting in the jungle southwest of Tena.

MEDLIFE Extensions

If there are no MEDLIFE extensions listed below or if you have already registered for this trip and would like to add MEDLIFE extensions to your campaign, email us at [email protected] with the extension you are interested in. All extensions can be found at Good Life Expeditions but please note they may not be available for this particular trip.