A Catholic, college-preparatory school, grades 7-12

Student Volunteers in Guatemala on Medical Mission Trip

March 6, 2017


This past January, Noah ‘18 and his mom Christina Swindlehurst, BSN traveled to Guatemala for a medical mission trip with Baby’s Breath Project. The organization focuses on bringing knowledge to nurses, midwives and other medical personnel to improve the care of newborns and reduce the infant mortality rate in Guatemala. In a country where access to the necessary medical equipment and modern technology is severely limited, teaching neonatal resuscitation and early newborn care to midwives is crucial. To date, Baby’s Breath Project has taught over 170 midwives in Guatemala.

Noah was introduced to Baby’s Breath through his mom who had previously volunteered with the group. When his mom asked the leader if Noah could attend this year, they were more than happy to have him. Noah‘s main duty was to be a translator for the group of 8 NICU nurses. As a bonus, he was able to participate in some of the medical aspects of the mission. This was the first time that a high school student was given such an important volunteer role.

“I was an interpreter for the nurses, but I also taught part of the ‘curriculum’ to the midwives. I hope to someday pursue medicine as a career, so this was a great opportunity to experience firsthand how to integrate modern medicine while respecting local practices,” explained Noah.

Although Noah missed school for the trip, his counselors and teachers made the extra effort to help Noah pursue his passions while keeping up with his academic work. At Benilde-St. Margaret's, it is our goal to ensure all students achieve academic success; however, it is equally important that we honor our longstanding tradition of service to others. Both of these characteristics are at the core of our mission as a Catholic, college preparatory school.


“The community here is really focused on giving back and serving others. This opportunity came up, and I was very lucky my teachers and school leaders were supportive of me taking the time away from school. This was the perfect chance to practice my Spanish, learn about medicine and give back abroad,” Noah shared.

“We were thrilled for this unique opportunity for him to participate. Thank you to BSM for the support,” Christina said.

Noah is hoping to attend a military academy after graduation and then go on to practice medicine. In the meantime, he is focused on finishing his career as a Red Knight. We are proud to have such a dedicated servant leader as part of our community. 


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