Dental Assistant Volunteer

OrtoArte Dental - Quito, Ecuador
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-218 Location: Quito, Ecuador Sector: Health Care Category: Dentistry Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

OrtoArte Dental Office works to provide affordable dental care to all Ecuadorian people. It is staffed by volunteers who devote their time and supplies at this centre three mornings a week. It is a self-sufficient office, maintaining its work through the fees paid by patients who are able to do so.

The dentist is the only person working in his office and when he works at the clinic, he also works alone. He could use assistance to aid him in routine work which would allow him to see more patients per day.

A dental assistant volunteer would be able to help the dentist by assisting him when he is doing dental check-ups or other dental procedures, (as long as it does not require dental skills). There are numerous administrative tasks that the volunteer could help with such as up-dating charts, scheduling appointments etc.

No special educational training is required at this placement. However, the volunteer should have: computer knowledge, good organizational and communication skills, be flexible in the tasks required, have basic knowledge of the Spanish language and a keen interest to learn new skills. Volunteers who are considering a career in dentistry or other health care professions would obtain a vast amount of experience at this placement.

Volunteer Tasks Required


A dental assistant volunteer would be expected to: prepare the patients to be seen by the dentist, sterilize and disinfect dental instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare required supplies and assist the dentist during dental procedures that do not require dental skills.

Agenda Responsibilities

A dental assistant volunteer would be expected to: schedule appointments, prepare bills, receive payments for dental services, complete insurance forms and maintain records manually and/or using the computer.

Record Information

A dental assistant volunteer would be expected to take and record medical and dental histories. Provide postoperative instructions to the patients as prescribed by the dentist and keep records of the same in the patients files.

Comfort Children

A dental assistant volunteer would be expected to keep the dental area clean and that the supplies are available and in order. They may also be required to comfort frighten children before and/or after their dental care appointment.

Host Organization Details

OrtoArte Dental

OrtoArte Dental Office works to provide affordable dental care to all Ecuadorian people; in cooperation with the Medical Centre, El Labrador, funded and run by the Lions Club.

The OrtoArte Dental Office is staffed by volunteers who devote their time and supplies at this Centre three mornings a week, offering dental care to those who cannot afford to go to privately run institutions. They assists all Ecuadorian people, focusing on providing any dental care that is necessary, on a person by person basis, regardless of an individual's economic background. It is a self-sufficient office, maintaining its work through the fees paid by patients who are able to do so.

The Lions Club of Central Quito is the founder of the OrtoArte Dental Office and Dean of Lionism in Ecuador. It is a non profit organization designed to provide assistance to disadvantaged society, through health services, education, legal advice, volunteer medical brigades and community works. The Lions Club of Central Quito is a leader in social action, offering quality services with warmth through its dedicated staff, committed to improving the quality of life of their fellow man.

When They Were Founded

In 1917 the first "Lions Club" was established in Chicago Illinois. It was started by a group of concerned citizens dedicated to promoting numerous services within their community and to lower-income citizens.

Their "Symbol" is a lion with two faces, one looking back and one to the future. The lion is the king of the jungle, considered the bravest and noblest of all animals and a synthesis of loyalty.

A group of visionary Ecuadorians led by Sergio Enriquez, desired to incorporate the philosophy of Lionism in Ecuador, thus founding on April 9, 1946, the first Lions Club in Quito, Ecuador. On July 6, 1946, they were internationally recognized by the International Association of Lions Clubs.

Who They Work With

OrtoArte works with all people, focusing on providing the necessary medical care needed person by person, regardless of an individuals economic background.

How Are They Funded

The OrtoArte Dental Office is a self-sufficient office, maintaining its work through the fees paid by patients and is funded and run by the Lions Club," el Club de Leones".

Donation Requests

Any medical, dental or office supplies would be greatly appreciated by this organization.

Placement Location Information

Quito, Ecuador

OrtoArte is a small dental office located in the Mariscal or tourist district of Quito. This is a popular neighborhood for backpackers and has many necessary amenities for travelers.

Dr. Vélez Rizzo offers affordable dental care and education to all people who need it. As well, he combines his work in the Mariscal District with the work that he does at the Medical Center El Labrador, funded and run by el Club de Leones (Lions Club). He volunteers his time and supplies at this center three mornings a week, offering dental care to those who cannot afford to go to privately run institutions.

This center also offers a range of medical care to the neighborhood Cochapata in the North end of Quito, including dental care. Striving to provide the medical care and education to those people who would not otherwise receive any.

The office has complete equipment, up to date technology and a strict hygiene regiment. They use disposable materials and properly sterilized equipment and instruments.

Transfer From BaseCamp

To get to the Dental Office, volunteers can take the Trole (public transportation) for .25 cents on Avenida 10 de Agosto going South, getting off at the stop Santa Clara. From the station, cross the street towards the park and walk down Calle General Veintimilla for four blocks then turn left on Calle Juan Leon Mera. Walk for two blocks and turn right onto Calle Wilson, from there walk three blocks to the corner of Wilson and Avenida 6 de Diciembre where the office is located.

To get to the Medical Clinic, volunteers can take the Trole line called the Ecovia for .25 cents on Avenida 6 de diciembre going North, getting off at the stop Los Sauces. From the station, cross the street towards the Pizza Hut and take a left up Avenida Gaspar de Villarroel, for approximately four blocks. From there turn left on Calle Jose de Abascal and walk to the end of this street. Turn right on to Calle Cochapata and go up hill until you see a large sign for Centro Medico Cochapata and/or Club de Leones on your left hand side.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 4KM
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:30

Weather in the Area

Because Ecuador is located on the Equator line, Quito's weather is very unique. Due to the Equator, Ecuador has no seasons; there is summer and winter. The year has six months winter and six months summer but the number of months for each changes from time to time.

Because Quito is so high up in the mountains, the sun is very strong and the wind blows really hard; it can get pretty cold at night. Quito always has a temperate climate with temperatures ranging from 10 to 27 ° C.

City/Village Description

Quito or also called "Luz de America", is the capital of Ecuador; a country located in South America, on the Equator line. Quito is considered one of the most beautiful cities in South America because of its amazing colonial architecture, historical sites, fantastic landscapes and panoramic views all surrounded by incredible mountains, rivers, parks and volcanoes.

Quito was founded in the 16th century by the Incas Tribe and is located at an altitude of 2,850 meters above sea level.

Centro de Quito, (colonial city) is the largest and best conserved colonial city in South America; this is why the UNESCO named it a "World Cultural Heritage Site" in 1978. The city's structure on the 320 hectare compound is an outstanding example of superb architecture from the sixteenth to the twentieth century; surrounded by volcanic stone with very narrow streets within, (built stone by stone), there is much to see.

The historic centre of Quito has ancient colonial homes, priceless churches, chapels, monasteries, convents, as well as plazas, museums and republican buildings with interesting architecture.

Once outside of the historical centre of the city, Quito takes on a completely different personality in the “new town” where many high rise and government buildings are found.

Though Quito is old and historic, the public transportation is fairly efficient and the city is served by a network of buses that travel throughout most of the areas; it is a cheap way of getting around. Since the city is very long and narrow, it is divided into three zones and many buses run in each zone of the city.

Currently, the heart of the capital is full of vigour and culture, such as "Heritage Nights" where citizens and visitors can enjoy the unique attractions in the, "jewel in the crown of Ecuador", through images and videos.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Clìnica Pichincha
Paez N22-160 y Veintimilla
TEL 1: 593 2 2998-777

Placement Address

OrtoArte Dental
Avenida 6 De Diciembre N23-119 Y Calle Wilson

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ecuador at our BaseCamp Center in Quito. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ecuador. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Ecuador you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Ecuador

BaseCamp Ecuador
BaseCamp Ecuador Address

Juan Rodriguez E8 - 72 Y
6 De Diciembre
Quito, Ecuador

BaseCamp Ecuador Contact Details

Tel: 593 2-254-7737 (Guest House Jazmines)
Mobile: 593-0-998-221-438

BaseCamp Ecuador is located in the trendy Mariscal district of Quito. Within easy walking distance of banks, restaurants, internet cafes and more; BaseCamp in Quito is perfectly situated for any need. Whether you are taking advantage of the rich and vibrant night life of La Mariscal or visiting a local market, BaseCamp Ecuador is always just a few minutes away.

There are six dormitory style guest rooms and five wash-rooms. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. There are two common areas on the main floor, including a small resource centre, containing books, magazines, games and other Ecuadorian publications. As well there is a large selection of local movies and documentaries which are available for guest viewing. In addition to the two common areas, BaseCamp Quito has a rooftop terrace, the perfect spot to watch the street come awake with a morning cup of coffee, or spend an afternoon relaxing in the sun.

BaseCamp Quito is also the orientation and training centre for international volunteers visiting Ecuador. In addition to accommodation and meals, BaseCamp Quito also provides volunteers with orientation, Spanish Language training (1 - 8 weeks), placement consultation and work plan seminars, as well as follow up and continued support while volunteers are at their placements. All of these services are available to guests who are interested.

Living With a Host Family in Ecuador

Living with a host family in Ecuador is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

In the case of a volunteer lodge or ranger station (which is often the only option for placements within a National Park), volunteers will be living in dormitory type accommodation and meals will be provided in a mess hall or dining area.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Ecuador.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Ecuador

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks

Ecuador wildlife and conservation placements require an additional $7 USD per day fee to cover park fees and accommodation. All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Program Dates

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Dec 04, 2020 Jan 01, 2021 Feb 05, 2021
Mar 05, 2021 Apr 02, 2021 May 07, 2021
Jun 04, 2021 Jul 02, 2021 Aug 06, 2021
Sep 03, 2021 Oct 01, 2021 Nov 05, 2021
Dec 03, 2021 Jan 07, 2022 Feb 04, 2022
Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022 May 06, 2022
Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022 Aug 05, 2022
Sep 02, 2022 Oct 07, 2022 Nov 04, 2022


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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