Our Joy Story

Hunt School of Nursing Students Return from Medical Mission Trip to Guatemala


Recently, students and two faculty leaders from GWU's College of Health Sciences traveled to Guatemala to serve at the Good Shepherd Clinic in Quetzaltenango. The team shared God's love while providing healthcare to the local Quiche villages and the Indigenous Mayan people in a clinic and homes. 

Hunt School of Nursing (HSON) Dean Dr. Nicole Waters and HSON Digital Programs Chair Dr. Candice Rome served as trip leaders, and 12 students enjoyed an opportunity to provide community health services and show the love of Christ to the Guatemalan people.

“We served in multiple capacities—working in the standing medical clinic, offering home visits, connecting with schools, and providing support for the children’s home,” Waters explained. “In the standing medical clinic, we assisted nurse practitioners and doctors who provide care to the local Maya Quiche people. In the schools, team members gathered medical information from students and offered healthcare education to school-age children.”  

Nursing student Sara Marconi ('19) felt incredibly blessed to serve the people of Guatemala. "The huge smiles on the kids' faces reminded me that money and the things of this world are not what makes a person happy," she shared. "It is truly the joy of the Lord that can light up someone's world."

The team also provided vitamins and health and hygiene kits for both children and their parents. Rome saw firsthand how the students benefited from the hands-on care they were able to provide to families who had very little.

“This trip definitely opened team members’ eyes and hearts to God’s ability to use His people to serve others regardless of language barriers and supplies,” Rome reflected. “Our students enjoyed the simple things, like playing games with children at the local schools.”

The group connected with Good Shepherd Clinic in Guatemala, where they planted approximately 600 trees surrounding the clinic to help with vegetation and regrowth.

“We believe this trip impacted our students to look beyond their own abilities and stretch beyond their personal boundaries,” Waters shared. “To God be the glory for our joy story.”

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