Professional Volunteer Opportunities for Dentists and Dental Hygienists in Jamaica
In 2016, Projects Abroad will be running a special dentistry program in partnership with Child’s Smile.The program will run from Saturday August 13th 2016 to Wednesday August 31st 2016. We need the help of professional dentists and dental hygienists to help children in rural communities get the dental care and treatments that they desperately need.
The majority of children in rural communities in Jamaica cannot afford to go to a dentist and have never received any dental treatment. In the last two years, the dental team has provided care to over 1000 children. In 2014, far more children turned out than the dental team could attend to. With your help, we can ensure that more children have access to important dental services.
Here you will find answers to the following questions:
How can dentists and dental hygienists help in Jamaica?
We need the help of dentists and dental hygienists to make this dental outreach program a success.
You will work with the dental team, and depending on your skills you can work on tasks such as:
- Carrying out dental examinations and diagnosing patient’s dental conditions
- Extracting teeth
- Providing fillings
- Cleaning, scaling, and polishing teeth
- Fluoride applications
- Oral health education
This dentistry program will be held in rural communities where the dental clinics are set up in school rooms, church halls, or community centres. The services are advertised and children are asked to register and attend on specific days.
What will I gain from this project?
This project will allow you to gain experience of dental practice in the developing world. You will be able to work alongside trained professionals and they will want to share ideas. You will also see techniques and diagnoses which may be unfamiliar to you. This is all part of working in a foreign country and can be a useful learning experience.
Through working with patients and local staff, you will learn about the Jamaican culture and way of life. They will want to hear about your life back home and your family and friends. We call this the ‘cultural exchange’ and we think it helps our volunteers gain a new perspective on life.
What will Projects Abroad provide?
We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Jamaica is successful and enjoyable:
- Safe accommodation in a host family.
- 3 meals a day.
- Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure.
- Medical and travel insurance.
What skills or qualifications do I need?
We are looking for qualified dentists, dental hygienists, and dentistry students to help with this program.
If you are interested in joining a dentistry program at other times throughout the year, then please read about our standard Dentistry project in Jamaica.