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EL SALVADOR - December 2021 - Providing dental health education, menstruation health education, and prevention of sexual transmitted disease education for the small community of El Zonte, La Libertad. (11 photos)

 

DOMINCAN REPUBLIC - November 2021 - There are thousands of people living in the sprawling neighborhood of La Cienega who can use a little help hand, Sofia Foundation free clinic gives so much to the children and young adults who live with so little. Another school for girls from poor ... (23 photos)

 

DOMINCAN REPUBLIC - JUNE 2021 - Join hand with SoFia Foundation to provide free dental health and menstruation health programs for poor families in La Cienega neighborhood. (10 photos)

 

DOMINCAN REPUBLIC - APRIL 2021 - Volunteered at the free clinic of Sofia Foundation serving the poor neighborhood of La Cienega, Cabarete. (18 photos)

 

COSTA RICA - March 2021 - Serving school children in elementary schools of CEPIA Foundation and a poor barrio of Guanacaste. (10 photos)

 

COLOMBIA, South America, December 2020 - The first-ever dental health program and menstruation health for girls in the remote areas near the border of Venezuela, many indigenous communities live in the mountains of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. On the outskirts of Cartanega is a sprawling ... (9 photos)

 

COSTA RICA - October 2020 - Working with CEPIA - a nonprofit organization in Guanacaste province helping at-risk children of poor families. Dental health education and menstruation health for girls are greatly needed here. (10 photos)

 

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DDS4KIDS
Humanitarian Dental Relief Organization

DDS4Kids is a federal and state licensed non-profit health organization with the exclusive purpose to provide charitable dental care treatment and preventive dental health education on a long-term basis to children and adults living in deep poverty in the developing countries in the world. Dentists, health professionals, and non-health volunteers are needed on each team. While sharing our skills and resources with the underserved rural populations, team members will have an opportunity to experience the unique beauty of the country and its people that most tourists do not come to know.

 
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VOLUNTEER TRIP OPPORTUNITIES


The distance between DREAMS and REALITY is called ACTION. 

 

All volunteers must have the COVID-19 vaccines as well as COVID-19 tests before and after each trip as the requirement of most every country in the world including the US for air travelers.

 

 OUR PURPOSE:

OUR TEAMS TRAVEL TO REMOTE VILLAGES WITH THE SOLE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING FREE DENTAL/MEDICAL SERVICES TO RURAL COMMUNITIES. OUR TEAM MEMBERS ARE THOSE WHO ARE CARING, COMPASSIONATE, HARD WORKING, FLEXIBLE, EASY GOING, ENJOY HELPING OTHERS, AND BRING THE FUN WITH THEM EVERYWHERE THEY GO.

WE ARE NOT A TRAVEL AGENCY AND OUR TRIPS ARE NOT VACATIONS FOR THE REGULAR ADVENTURE SEEKERS.  DDS4KIDS IS A NON-PROFIT HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION WITH NO PAID STAFF, ONLY LIFE-LONG VOLUNTEERS. 

DURING THE 2 WEEK OUTREACH, OUR IDEA OF FUN IS TO HELP AS MANY KIDS and FAMILIES AS WE POSSIBLY COULD IN THIS SHORT PERIOD.  YOU ARE FREE TO TAKE EXTRA TIME TO TOUR THE COUNTRY AND SOUTHEAST ASIA IF YOU LIKE BEFORE OR AFTER THE OUTREACH, WE WILL HELP YOU MAKE THE ARRANGEMENT.

 

Vietnam is a beautiful country with extremely friendly people, it was voted as one of the safest countries for tourists on Conde Nast traveling magazine in Southeast Asia.  Our team will reach remote villages by car and by boat and sometimes on foot, we will get to see the real VN and its people that most tourists do not have the opportunity to see.  The Vietnamese cuisine is a mixed between French and Chinese, the best of both world.  The best part of the trip to me is the friendship and the bond our team forms with the local Red Cross staff, with the local villagers, with the children we serve, it is the human bond that stay forever in our heart and it is what makes us want to return year after year. 

Would you like to be part of this life changing experience?  JOIN US!

 

* Dominica Republic - August 1st - 7th, 2022 - Application accepted.  

* El Salvador - November 15th - 27th, 2022 - Application accepted.  

* Sri Lanka - December 20th - 31th, 2022 - Application accepted.

* Vietnam - March 1st - 15th, 2023 - Application accepted.

 


Teams are kept at the maximum of 8-10 volunteers on a first come first serve basis.  Before you sign up, please look through the Question and Answer column completely and make sure this kind of volunteer trip is for you.  If you come on these trips to serve lots of kids and people in need, don't mind working long days, and travel extensively to remote villages, you will be in for a life changing experience.

Go to Volunteer page, print out the application, fill it out and send a complete application package to us, we will contact you as soon as we receive your application.

At times we might receive more applications than space allowed for certain trips, but we do make a serious effort to accommodate every volunteer and wish to welcome all in this extremely rewarding endeavor.  THANK YOU!

*IMPORTANT:  YOU MUST HAVE INTERNET CONNECTION AND ABLE TO COMMUNICATE THROUGH EMAIL EFFICIENTLY*

 

DO YOU HAVE THE POWER TO BE A VOLUNTEER?

Real power is about presence.  It is the energy of knowing that you are who you are, and therefore speaking and acting from your authentic self.  It doesn't matter what your work is - if you are a teacher, a dentist, a homemaker, a student, or whatever; it is your presence that is the power.  It is not power over anybody else.  Power of personal presence is in the sense of empowerment.  Love is the real power.  It brings out your creativity, and helps everyone around you flower.  Marion Woodman - Analyst and Author

 

 

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FAQs
Where do the team set up clinic and what condition we work in?

 

DO I NEED EXPERIENCE IN VOLUNTEER DENTISTRY TO JOIN?

 

Is my space on the team guaranteed once I send my complete application to DDS4Kids?

 

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF DDS4KIDS BUDGET COVERS OVERHEAD? HOW MUCH DO THE CEO TAKE AS SALARY?

 

Is there any religious requirement to join?

 

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE TRIP AND HOW IS IT FUNDED?

 

Is there a limit in age to volunteer?

 

CAN I ARRIVE EARLIER OR LEAVE LATER THAN THE TRIP DATE?

 

What time of year are the trips?

 

HOW DO I MAKE MY TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT?

 

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Dental Journal Articles
Dr. Noel Perkins -
British Dental Journal,
January 2009

 

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