Dentistry Volunteer Work Abroad
Are you keen to help people and communities by providing dental treatment and preventive care around the world? There are placements available to dentists and students to work at clinics, schools and remote locations in places like Africa and South America. If you are training to be a dentist or are just interested in helping people these trips will appeal to you.
Dental Volunteer Programs
Find short and long term dentistry volunteer projects, electives, gap years & internships abroad for students, graduates and professionals.
Apply to Join a Dental Volunteer Trip Overseas
If you are keen to volunteer abroad we list local and international organisations who offer safe and structured dental placements. You will get to travel to a new destination in the developing world and provide dental care to children and communities who do not have the facilities to get treatment. Dental volunteer programs are an amazing experience but please note work can be difficult and challenging, living and working conditions might be basic compared to Western standards but don't let this put you off.
Where to Apply
There are a number of worldwide locations, we find most people apply for dental volunteer work in Africa although Asia and Latin America is also popular.
What to Expect
When on a medical volunteer program abroad these placements are a great learning experience, you will get to shadow experienced dentists and work alongside prosthodontics and orthodontists helping with treatments like maxillary carcinoma excision, extractions, gross pathologies, teeth grinding and abscesses.
As a volunteer you will be able to provide care and examinations whilst as a volunteer hygienists you can help educate local people and assist children with hygiene care.
You might also be performing check ups and more advanced work like installing braces and aligners which are clear plastic trays that fit over the teeth and gradually straighten them. They work a lot like braces, but they're made without uncomfortable pins or wires, and their transparent material means that they're virtually undetectable. If you want to know more, check out this video about Invisalign on Union Square Dental’s website.
On most outreach projects there are teams of around 5 dentists, 3 hygienists and also around 10 general assistants - sometimes you might be helping literally hundreds of people every week, sometimes this can be exhausting but rewarding. If you have no dental work experience and don't currently work in this industry but are keen to help non-skilled volunteers are also needed to help around the world.
Usually people aged 18+ apply but there are some special dental volunteer opportunities for high school students, some organisations arrange placements overseas which need to be booked in advance.
How to Apply
You can search our featured dental programs around the world and apply today. Arranging a dental placement overseas independently can be extremely difficult due to the nature of work and we highly recommend applying with a recognised international company - we have some listed on our website which offer safe and structured placements.
Most organisations charge a fee to participate which includes group placements, transport, training, acommodation, meals and in-country support. There are some free and low cost dental volunteer opportunities available with international charities but you will need to be a skilled professional.