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Best Dental Volunteer Abroad Programs & Mission Trips 2018/2019

How to volunteer abroad as a Dentist

If you’re looking for dental volunteer abroad programs for students, dentists or dental hygienists, International Volunteer HQ offers affordable dental mission trips and dental volunteer opportunities within our Medical and Healthcare projects in 5 destinations around the world.

As a volunteer dentist with IVHQ, you will have the opportunity to volunteer abroad in Peru, Guatemala, India, Tanzania or Bali. There is also specialist Dentistry volunteer project available in the tropical state of Kerala in South India.

Dental volunteering abroad gives you the opportunity to give back to developing communities, while engaging in cross-cultural exchanges and gaining invaluable dental experience abroad to support you in your career as a dental professional.

When joining a dental mission trips with IVHQ, you will always be in the company of like-minded healthcare students and professionals from around the world, and our in-country team will ensure that you are well supported throughout your dental placement.

IVHQ makes organizing dental mission trips easy and affordable, and if you have group of volunteer dentists you want to travel with, we can customize a dental volunteer abroad program for you too.

What are the requirements to volunteer as a dentist abroad?

International Volunteer HQ offers dental volunteer opportunities for students, dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants, as well as pre dental volunteer opportunities. The scope of volunteer work you can participate on depends on your specific experience and qualification level, so it’s important to make note of these details when you apply for a dental volunteer abroad program with IVHQ.

How to volunteer abroad as a Dentist

Why volunteer as a dentist abroad?

Volunteering abroad as a dentist provides both students and professionals with the opportunity to gain invaluable first-hand experience in an international context. With dental placements located in Africa, Asia, South America and Central America, IVHQ gives you the opportunity to volunteer across a range of healthcare settings and the chance to explore your career path further, while gaining a deeper understanding of where your professional passions lie. In addition to medical clinics, IVHQ dental volunteers have the opportunity to work within schools, educating children about the importance of general health and dental hygiene. As an international volunteer, your impact often extends beyond your visible contribution, as the cross-cultural exchanges you’ll share offer beneficial learning experiences for both you and your host community.

Where are dental volunteer opportunities abroad available?

Dental students looking for a specialist dentistry volunteer project can volunteer in:

Fully-qualified dentists, as well as dental students who have completed their second year of dental or medical school are eligible to join IVHQ’s Medical or Healthcare projects in the following destinations:

Pre dental and dental students at any point in their studies can gain experience on our Medical or Healthcare projects in:

Your volunteering placement will be determined by our local team based on your skills, interests and the need of the community at the time of your dental volunteering program to ensure you have a meaningful experience.

How to volunteer abroad as a Dentist

How long can dentists volunteer abroad for?

IVHQ runs volunteer programs year-round and you can choose to volunteer abroad for durations ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks, so it’s easy to coordinate a dental mission trip that works with your schedule.

If you’re looking for dental gap year programs, you can easily join multiple volunteer programs with IVHQ so you can gain dentistry abroad experience across different destinations.

Why volunteer overseas with IVHQ?

We know that organizing a dental volunteer trip on your own isn’t easy, that’s why hundreds of dental students and professionals turn to International Volunteer HQ to do all the organizing. IVHQ offers all-inclusive and affordable dental placement opportunities that are budget-friendly and can be customized to suit your unique skills and experience, with program fees starting as low as $180 for 1 week.

With over 10 years of experience in hosting volunteer dentists overseas, IVHQ specializes in taking care of all your pre-departure and in-country arrangements. We provide you with a dental placement that meets your requirements and qualifications, while offering you a rewarding travel experience, as you are immersed in the local culture and community. We also arrange your airport pick-up, accommodation, meals and orientation, and provide you with access to 24/7 in-country support to ensure you’re all set for your nursing abroad experience. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn about dental health in a global context while experiencing new cultures, healthcare systems, technologies and observing different conditions, you’ll be living and working alongside other international volunteers, and have the opportunity to travel with them during your free time.

How to volunteer abroad as a Dentist

Dentistry Volunteer Abroad Programs

Kerala

  • Qualifications required: Dental students
  • Placement settings: Local clinics alongside leading general practice and cosmetic dentists, and occasionally dental check-ups in schools
  • Program duration: Volunteer for 1 to 12 weeks, programs start every Monday
  • Program fees: From $360USD (+$50USD medical surcharge per week for supervision, materials and the logistics involved in this project). Fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

When volunteering abroad on the Dentistry project in Kerala, you will work under the guidance and mentorship of leading dental professionals, and may also have the opportunity to support large-scale dental check-ups within the local community.

Guatemala

  • Qualifications required: Pre dental students, dental students and qualified dentists and dental hygienists
  • Placement settings: Local clinics and elderly homes
  • Program duration: Volunteer for 1 to 24 weeks, programs start every Monday
  • Program fees: From $299USD (+$65USD medical surcharge per week for supervision, materials and the logistics involved in this project). Fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

Volunteers working on the Medical project in Guatemala can get hands-on dentistry abroad experience, working with local professionals in small local clinics, providing check-ups and basic care within low income communities. Volunteer work is available for volunteers of all experience levels, but assigned tasks and the level of independence a volunteer will have depends their qualifications and experience, as well as Spanish language skills.

Peru - Cusco

  • Qualifications required: Pre dental students, dental students and qualified dentists and dental hygienists
  • Placement settings: Hospitals and clinics
  • Program duration: Volunteer for 1 to 24 weeks, programs start every Monday
  • Program fees: From $295USD (+$65USD medical surcharge per week for supervision, materials and the logistics involved in this project) which includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

Dental clinics and hospitals for low income families in Cusco are typicallu underfunded and under-staffed, and volunteers play an important role in assisting local dentists while also learning about the healthcare system in Cusco. Your placement will be dependent on your level of Spanish - a basic level is advantageous, but a higher level preferred.

Peru - Lima

  • Qualifications required: Pre dental students, dental students and qualified dentists with an intermediate level of Spanish
  • Placement settings: A mobile “clini-bus”
  • Program duration: Volunteer for 1 to 24 weeks, programs start on the 1st and 15th of each month
  • Program fees: From $180USD which includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

Dental students and professionals who speak at least intermediate Spanish can help a mobile clinic provide dental care to underprivileged areas of Lima, while working alongside Peruvian healthcare professionals. Volunteers in Peru cater to a range of patient needs, as the clinic is operated in a bus that reaches neighborhoods where people cannot always afford even basic healthcare. Tasks will vary based on your level of experience and Spanish skill level.

India - Delhi

  • Qualifications required: Pre dental students, dental students and qualified dentists and dental hygienists
  • Placement settings: Hospitals and a mobile clinic
  • Program duration: Volunteer for 1 to 24 weeks, programs start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month
  • Program fees: From $250USD which includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

Delhi provides opportunities for both dental students, as well as qualified professionals to gain a first-hand insight to the medical systems in one of the world’s fast-growing countries. Dental volunteers in India work in hospitals and clinics in Delhi, shadowing experienced professionals who are enthusiastic about exchanging their knowledge and experience with international volunteers. Longer-term volunteers (staying 3 months or more) will have more scope to assist with hands-on tasks.

Bali - Ubud

  • Qualifications required: Volunteers are not required to have prior experience or training to participate. This project is open to dental students, pre dental students, as well as qualified dentists, dental assistants and denal hygienists.
  • Placement settings: Volunteers work in local schools
  • Program duration: Volunteer for 1 to 12 weeks, programs start every Monday
  • Program fees: From $295USD which includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

Dental students, pnd pre dental volunteers and dental assistants with an interest in education and dental hygiene are welcome to join the Healthcare Education project in Bali. This project takes place in local schools within the Ubud area with the aim of teaching the importance of basic dental hygiene and general health to the students. Topics can include (but are not limited to) general oral hygiene and brushing teeth correctly, and volunteers are encouraged to come prepared with an idea of what they would like to teach.

Bali - Lovina

  • Qualifications required: Volunteers are not required to have prior experience or training to participate. This project is open to dental students, pre dental students, as well as qualified dentists, dental assistants and denal hygienists.
  • Placement settings: Volunteers work in local schools
  • Program duration: Volunteer for 1 to 12 weeks, programs start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month
  • Program fees: From $320USD which includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

Similar to the dental volunteer project in Ubud, this project is focused on increasing access to healthcare education within local schools in Bali. Dental volunteers are welcome to take lessons on basic dental hygiene or general health, keeping the content engaging for the young students.

How do I apply for a dental volunteer abroad program with IVHQ?

  • Browse our dental volunteer opportunities and choose a destination and the project you wish to volunteer on, as well as the dates you wish to volunteer.
  • Complete the free online application form with the details of your chosen program and dates. You will then receive an email confirming that IVHQ has received your application. Within 48 hours (2 working days), you will receive an email from your IVHQ Program Manager acknowledging your application and confirming the country, project and dates of your volunteer program. In this email, you will receive instructions on how to pay the US$299 Registration Fee in order to confirm your booking with IVHQ.
  • Log in to your MyIVHQ account to pay your Registration Fee. As soon as your Registration Fee has been received by IVHQ, you will be provided with all the information and support you need to prepare for your upcoming volunteer program. Your IVHQ Program Manager will be your point of contact throughout your preparations up until you finish your volunteer program.

How can I volunteer with a group of dental students or colleagues?

We are proud to have hosted a large number of dental volunteer groups over the past 10 years, and we have a specialized IVHQ Groups Team who will provide your group with all the information and support you need to register for one of our group volunteer programs. For groups of over 8 or more members, we can also help you in building a customized group itinerary, or organize a dental campaign for you to support. We’ll guide you and your group through the application process, from start to finish, and ensure that you and your group are prepared for your volunteer trip. Learn more about our group volunteer opportunities or contact our Groups Team (groups@volunteerhq.org) to chat about your dental volunteer trip plans.

Want to learn more about IVHQ’s full range of Medical and Healthcare volunteer abroad projects? Discover all your options here.

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How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!