A dental assistant volunteer at Costa Rica's centre for Cleft Lip & Palate Children, in San Jose would assist the children and a very busy dentist in all aspects of dental health.
Dental volunteering positions are ideal for professionals in dentistry, dental students, dental assistants or those interested in pursuing this profession. A dental volunteer opportunity may involve providing dental treatment, assisting a dentist or educating the public on dental hygiene depending on the objectives of the placement.
While trained dental professionals will be able to treat patients in the field, those volunteering as an assistant will be placed under the guidance of a dentist. For dental assistant volunteers with training, duties will be similar to those of a dental assistant in any country.
For dental volunteers without any training or background, tasks may range from general administrative assistance to providing basic dental hygiene training in the community.