April 27, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Jenna Sanfilippo of New Hyde Park, N.Y., president of Mount
Saint Mary College’s MEDLIFE chapter, administers fluoride to a
young girl in Lima, Peru.
More than 20 students from Mount Saint Mary College’s MEDLIFE
chapter recently volunteered in Lima, Peru on a medical service
The chapter, which started in the Fall of 2016 under the
college’s Campus Ministry, brought medicine to donate and taught
community development strategies to those most in need in Lima. The
students were aided by donations from the college’s School of
Nursing and help with travel plans from the college’s Office of
The students spent three days in Lima serving in mobile clinics.
They assisted doctors by taking patients’ blood pressure, height
and weight, and temperature, giving fluoride treatments, educating
on the benefits of brushing one’s teeth, and transporting patients.
They also spent a day building a staircase through rocky, steep
terrain with the help of community members.
Shacore Graham of Mount Vernon, N.Y., a junior biology major on
the pre-dental track, said that the people, the land, and the
culture of Peru left a lasting impression on him.
“They have so little, but appreciate everything they have and
make good use of their resources,” he explained.
The president of the Mount’s MEDLIFE chapter, Jenna Sanfilippo
of New Hyde Park, N.Y., a junior biology major on the
pre-physician’s assistant track, noted that the trip was one of the
most rewarding experiences of her life.
“If anyone is skeptical about volunteering abroad, maybe because
of the cost of travel, just know that no amount of money can give
you the joy of making a difference in someone’s life,” she
The students also learned about Peruvian culture through a boat
ride around the Ballestas islands, sandboarding in the Ica desert,
The Mount’s MEDLIFE chapter plans to continue their humanitarian
work by hosting fundraising events on campus to help people in the