So I go to an undergrad in San Diego, and I have been to Tijuana several times on medical mission trips because Mexico is literally 45 minutes drive across the border. With that said, would this be considered volunteerism and looked down upon? I'd consider 45 minutes to be even local, since I'm not flying across the country. I usually spend very little on these trips (less than $100) since it's a quick drive. I know the problem with medical mission trips is that we don't create lasting impacts and sometimes volunteers practice out of their scope (i.e. doing illegal procedures unlicensed). However, I've been able to establish longevity by visiting that clinic in Tijuana every year and helping out the doctors by scribing or taking vitals for them, tasks that are not out of my scope because I have done these before in the hospital setting. I've learned a great deal from going on these mission trips and networking with the entire medical team, and working with the underserved is definitely a big theme in my application. Would you say that these Mexico mission trips would be frowned upon then?