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ADA Foundation International Programs

Photo of five Filipino women with brand new dentures received during volunteer program

The ADA Foundation engages in a number of activities to support the improvement of global oral health. These activities include professional education, oral health infrastructure development, community dental public health, and humanitarian outreach programs.

Free International Volunteerism Webinar - View recording of webinar
Dr. Jack Levine, Tanzania 2008
Dr. Jack Levine, Tanzania, 2008
International Volunteer Dental Projects, What's It All About Anyway?
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
5:00 p.m. Central Time
Presenter: Frank Serio, DMD, MS, MBA, FACD, FICD, recipient of the 2015 American Dental Association Humanitarian Award

You can make a difference in the lives of people around the world through volunteer projects. This free webinar is designed for dentists, dental hygienists, and other interested parties who want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of volunteering around the world or around the block. It will also be useful for those with some volunteering experience looking for new ideas, or just validation of what they are doing. Topics include the nature of volunteer activities, cross-cultural issues, comparison of service and teaching projects, how to get started either at home or abroad, and where to find these volunteer opportunities. There will be ample time for interaction with the presenters and other experienced members of the audience. View a recording of this webinar.

ADA Foundation International Program Activities

The ADAF sponsors the oral health programs of Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO). These programs build the local capacity by providing health care professionals in resource-scarce countries with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to address the health care needs of their communities. There are currently eight ADAF/HVO programs in Cambodia, Haiti, Kenya, Laos, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Tanzania. Learn more about HVO at

To help dentists seeking volunteer opportunities outside of the U.S., the ADAF provides an international volunteer website: Potential volunteers can search among 125 listed organizations that offer volunteer opportunities for dental professionals and learn about how to select a volunteer program and location, how to prepare for a trip, and what to expect upon the return home.

Dental professionals who wish to learn more about international volunteerism can attend an ADA Foundation-sponsored course at the ADA annual meeting.

The ADAF unites the global dental profession by fundraising for international disasters. Past fundraising efforts have benefited programs in Haiti, Japan, the Philippines, and Nepal, following disaster events in those countries. The ADAF also fields requests from NGOs involved in oral health, as well as dentists who may need in-kind donations for international dental missions, and works to connect them to industry contacts.