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Volunteering Organisations


Work the World

Work the WorldWork the World provides safe, structured overseas dental placements that are tailored to your interest. Gain experience treating rare disease and advanced pathologies in Africa, Asia and South America. Pre-departure preparation, full placement organisation, meals and accommodation in the Work the World house and 24/7 in-country support are included.

For the majority of people in the developing world, oral and dental health is unfortunately not considered a priority. Even though lifestyle, diet and location in many of our destinations creates problems for peoples teeth and gums, countless people wait as long as possible before seeking help. Strong relationships with our partner hospitals and clinics, offers opportunities for practical work in scaling, extractions, fillings and root canal treatment. Specialist placements in oral cancer, maxillofacial and surgery are also available.

For more information about our dental programmes visit our website: worktheworld.co.uk, email info@worktheworld.co.uk or call us on 01273 974634.

Volunteering is a great chance to experience a new environment, meet new friends and learn new skills. Here is a useful list of volunteering organisations and charities. If you would like to share your volunteering experience or send us some photo we'd love to hear from you. Just send your photo and article to theyoungdentist@dentalprotection.com

Dent Aid

Work the WorldDentaid’s mission is to provide people of disadvantaged communities with oral health care services in their community. This is done by delivering equipment, training and education to oral health professionals as well as the community.

Dentaid has worked in over 70 countries providing equipment, training, treatment and education.

Our volunteering programmes are rewarding on many levels. You will work as a team in cross cultural situations and learn from local dental professionals on how they cope with the challenges of providing dental care in under-resourced settings. You will meet the locals by running outreach oral education programmes to schools and communities as prevention is key. By volunteering you will have an impact on the dental health of those in dire need as well as develop your own skills to add to your CV, CPD and awards.
The type of work most commonly carried out on volunteer trips are:

  • Atraumatic Restorative Treatments (ART) - simple fillings without drills.
  • Tooth extractions.
  • Providing preventative fissure sealant treatments to children
  • Providing oral health education in cross cultural situations.

    In 2014:
  • Dentaid ran nine overseas dental missions where, on an average two week dental mission we provided treatment to over 1000 people
  • We manufactured and supplied 25 Dentaid Boxes (which provides all the equipment needed to provide basic dental care) to projects around the world
  • Provided three fully reconditioned dental surgeries and well as instrument packs to over 20 different projects
  • Supported in country dental health professionals in 3 different countries to complete outreach clinics in deprived areas.

If you would like to get involved with Dentaid, from showing your support as a sponsor to volunteering please contact us on 01794 324 249, email info@dentaid.org or visit us at www.dentaid.org

Dent Aid

Bridge2Aid

bridge2aidBridge2Aid, is a dental volunteer charity that works in East Africa, which have reached more than a million people through its dental volunteer programme. They provide emergency access to pain relief to those who need it through their Dental Volunteer Programme (DVP).

B2A's chief executive Ian Wilson explains: 'With over four billion people worldwide with no access to safe, basic emergency dentistry, training local health workers to treat their own people is a key strategy to alleviating the weight of this burden'.

'Dental pain causes more lost work days each year than malaria! With over 200,000 people in East Africa alone experiencing pain each day, we are pushing ahead with training to provide access to emergency dentistry to half a million people in 2010 – that's one every 60 seconds.'

Bridge2Aid offers this support to an area in need of dentists, just one of the places in the world included in the 70% without access to a dentist.

More information on Bridge2Aid, how to volunteer and how to donate can be found at www.bridge2aid.org.uk

Mission Finder

Here at Mission Finder, we believe in doing what you can, in using your own God given talents to shine for Him. We believe in uplifting others and ourselves to remember we are necessary. We were made with something spectacular to give. No matter whom you are or where you come from.

www.missionfinder.org

Dental Volunteer

The web site connects dental volunteers with volunteering organizations, so that volunteers can use their time searching for opportunities more efficiently. Through this undertaking it became known that there is no shortage of dental volunteers and definitely no shortage of patients who could use dental treatment. Now, there will be no shortage of dental volunteering activity.

www.dentalvolunteer.com

Real Gap Experience

Aims to offer both gap year travelers and career break explorers the best range of choices possible, so whether you're interested in volunteering, community work, conservation, paid work overseas, teaching English, learning a new skill, adventure travel or sports and expeditions, you'll find what you're looking for with us!

www.realgap.co.uk

Health Serve

HealthServe is a non-profit community development organisation dedicated to serving the interests of the migrants, disadvantaged and poor in the local community, regardless of ethnicity, gender, language and religion.

www.healthserve.org.sg

Projects Abroad

For over 20 years Projects Abroad have been experts in volunteering abroad, work experience and gap year placements. Founded in 1992, Projects Abroad has now sent over 50,000 volunteers from all walks of life to volunteer projects in the developing world www.projects-abroad.co.uk

Dental Project Peru

Dental volunteer Peru
Dental Project Peru provides emergency dental care and education to the most impoverished and rural areas of Peru.

www.dentalprojectperu.org

Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships is an international charity which provides free dental and medical care along with humanitarian aid to some of the world's poorest people. Mercy Ships believe that they provide transformational health care through Oral Care Programmes.

www.mercyship.org

 
If you would like to include any other links to volunteering organisations please email theyoungdentist@dentalprotection.com