STANDISH — Local residents recently completed a week-long service trip to Guatemala as part of Saint Joseph’s College of Maine’s International Service Trips, in conjunction with Partners in Development of Ipswich, Mass.

In Guatemala, four faculty and staff members and a 24-member student team volunteered in the village of Desierto and at a local health clinic a few miles from the village.

Nursing students helped to staff the medical clinic — running the lab, doing triage, assessing and caring for patients, screening children for various afflictions and providing health education to adults in the clinic and children at the local school.

Other students helped to build a new home for a family. The group also ran a children’s program and distributed humanitarian supplies and medicine. Saint Joseph’s College has sent volunteer teams to Guatemala for the past 10 years.

Jenna Cote of Lewiston, a writing and publishing student at the college.

Deborah Crump of West Paris, a nursing faculty member at the college.

Frank Daggett of Harrison, the Mercy Center Director at the college. Last year Daggett participated in a service trip to Haiti.

Leah Martin of Turner, a nursing student at the college. This is Martin’s second year volunteering in Guatemala.

Sharon Martin of Turner, a nursing professor at the college. This is Martin’s second year volunteering in Guatemala.

Meaghan McDonough of Auburn, a nursing student at the college.

Kelly Nutter of Greene, a nursing student at the college. This is Nutter’s second year volunteering in Guatemala.

Brittany Robertson of Mechanic Falls, a nursing student at the college.


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