About Us

about engaged education

What is Engaged Education?

Engaged Education, is a division of MEDLIFE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that partners with low-income communities in Latin America and Africa to improve their access to medicine, education, and community development projects. Unlike the traditional student educational tours led predominantly by private companies, Engaged Education was born from a desire to do better.

We firmly believe that as a nonprofit organization, we have the potential to create a far greater impact, benefiting both the communities we work with and creating life-changing moments for our participants.

By partnering with local organizations and community leaders, we aim to create mutually beneficial relationships that go beyond mere tourism. These collaborations offer students profound opportunities to immerse themselves in diverse cultures, traditions, and social challenges, thereby cultivating empathy, tolerance, and a sense of global citizenship.


Our philosophy

Curated with social and environmental responsibility at the forefront, our tours guide participants deep into the essence of each destination by fostering genuine connections across cultures, borders, and languages. Engaged Education ensures that all our destinations and programs encourage students to confront diverse viewpoints and engage constructively with the world around them.

Through educational travel, students can explore a range of topics from marine biology to civil and indigenous rights, to European history, each designed to expand their perspectives. We emphasize the process of listening, analyzing, and acting—key steps that equip travelers to think critically and engage effectively. Our tours challenge participants to reflect on significant issues, inspire them to embrace big ideas, and empower them to grow into the next generation of changemakers.

Giving Back

MEDLIFE, founded by Dr. Nick Ellis in 2004, addresses unmet needs in underserved communities. This movement involves students and professionals who engage in Service Learning Trips and support projects in Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Tanzania. Every Engaged Education tour directly contributes to community development projects and patient treatment through MEDLIFE.

Responsible Travel

We prioritize community impact and responsible travel. Our tours have a positive influence and contribute directly to the places and people we encounter. We carefully select our partners and experiences, ensuring they are sustainable and eco-friendly. We introduce visitors to local people, whether is a community leader driving social change in rural Ecuador or local Peruvian chef for an authentic gastronomic experience in Lima.

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