Dental volunteering positions are ideal for professionals in dentistry, dental students, dental assistants or those interested in pursuing this profession.
Any dental volunteer opportunity may involve providing local residents with dental treatment, or educating the public on dental hygiene. While trained professionals will be able to treat patients in the field, those volunteering as an assistant will be placed under the guidance of a dentist. The responsibilities would be similar to those in their own country. However, at some placements a knowledge of the host country's language may be necessary, especially if a volunteer dentist is required.
A dental volunteer, depending on the level of education in this field, can expect to do a variety of tasks, such as organizing and inventorying supplies and working closely in communication with local dentists.
Through this communication, a dental volunteer can expect to adhere to local dental health practices, while respectfully sharing and performing methods of dentistry they are knowledgeable about.
Dental Assistant Volunteer
Volunteers applying for dental assistant positions do not need any special education or past experience but they should have; basic computer knowledge and good organizational and communication skills.
Dental assistant volunteers would be asked to assist the dentists and staff at their placements with routine work. Tasks such as; preparing patients for their appointments, sterilizing dental instruments and equipment, setting up instrument trays and assisting the dentist during dental procedures would all be responsibilities of the volunteer.
Volunteers would also help with administrative projects, such as; scheduling appointments, preparing bills, receiving payments and maintaining records on the computer. In some cases, volunteers may also be asked to assist in teaching some dental health education classes. This would involve teaching locals all aspects of correct oral hygiene and good dental health habits.
Individuals looking to become dental volunteers must have completed their dental schooling and have some work experience in the dental field. Depending on the placement, volunteers may be working with a variety of patients, ranging from young children to the elderly. Dental volunteers may be responsible for; dental examinations, teeth cleaning, teaching preventative care and keeping all equipment in ready to use condition. Volunteers may also be asked to help in teaching some dental health classes, which would include teaching about; overall oral hygiene, proper dental habits and good nutrition.
The placements below list several of our dental volunteering placements. Please use the search tool at the top of this page to narrow your search. If you still cannot find the placement you are looking for, please let us know and our staff will see if we are able to find something more appropriate.
A dental assistant volunteer at the OrtoArte Dental Centre in Quito would be helping local dentists who volunteer their time & skills. These dentists have no assistants & therefore volunteers would have numerous tasks & obtain a vast amount of experience.
A dental assistant volunteer at the Siddhi Memorial Hospital would be helping local dentists with indirect dental care of clients. This may involve oral health teaching in regards to diets or personal hygiene, as well as administrative tasks etc. A volunteer would obtain a vast amount of experience.
A dental assistant volunteer at the Samaj Dental Hospital in New Baneshwor, Nepal may be asked to assist at the dental hospital, the out-patient clinics or in their research or educational sections.
Dental assistant volunteers at Ratna Park in Mahaboudha, Kathmandu would assist the dentist in various fields of dentistry. A lot would depend on previous experience & minimum duration.
A dental volunteer at the Carlos Maria Ulloa Home for the Elderly in San Jose would attend to the dental needs of its residents. Volunteers must have completed their education, had some experience in the field & speak intermediate Spanish.
A dental volunteer at Costa Rica's center for Cleft Lip & Palate Children, in San Jose would assist the children and a very busy dentist in all aspects of dental health.
A dental volunteer for Caritas de Esperanza at their Otavalo clinic in Quito would have duties similar to his/her native country but in a dental clinic that is rarely open due to lack of available dentists. Must know conversational Spanish.
A dental volunteer at the Omar Mosquera Foundation in Ambato would be providing dental care to the indigenous children in their schools, as well as the people in the surrounding communities.
A dental volunteer at KUNST Hospital in Kumasi would have duties similar to his/her native country but in an extremely busy, overworked dental clinic at this hospital in Ghana.
At the Mampong Government Hospital in Ghana qualified dentists, as well as dental students are needed. Volunteers duties would depend on their qualifications and past experience.
A dental volunteer at Camp Joshua in Arusha would attend to the dental needs at this orphanage, as well as Camp Moses & the surrounding people in the community, if time allowed. Volunteers must bring their own supplies & equipment as there are none at the placement.