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International Volunteering: Get Involved

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Dental Volunteer Guide (PDF)

It is often the case that truly successful dentists stay dedicated to the profession by exploring other opportunities in the field. Volunteering your time, skills, and services for the betterment of others is one way to revitalize, strengthen, and sustain enthusiasm in your career.

As a dentist or dental hygienist, your talent is quite portable. With the aid of some basic equipment and instruments, a rudimentary dental clinic can be set up anywhere in the world. Although international volunteers tend to be practitioners in their middle years or close to retirement, those in the early years of practice, teaching, or even those still in dental school can gain a lifetime of satisfaction by getting involved. International colleagues in many developing countries are eager to learn from their U.S. counterparts as well as share their own techniques. In working closely and collaboratively with them and the local people they treat, professionals like you can do a great deal to educate people in other countries about the true nature of Americans.

While international volunteer work can be quite challenging, successfully managing and learning from these challenges makes getting involved in these unique opportunities so worthwhile.

Use the ADA Foundation's International Volunteer Opportunities Search to find a program that fits your needs, or visit the trip calendar to view volunteer opportunities by month.

The ADA Foundation 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.
www.hvousa.org