Get Involved

It is often the case that truly successful dentists stay dedicated to the profession by exploring other opportunities in the field. Volunteering your time, skills, and services for the betterment of others is one way to revitalize, strengthen, and sustain enthusiasm in your career.

As a dentist or dental hygienist, your talent is quite portable. With the aid of some basic equipment and instruments, a rudimentary dental clinic can be set up anywhere in the world. Although international volunteers tend to be practitioners in their middle years or close to retirement, those in the early years of practice, teaching, or even those still in dental school can gain a lifetime of satisfaction by getting involved. International colleagues in many developing countries are eager to learn from their U.S. counterparts as well as share their own techniques. In working closely and collaboratively with them and the local people they treat, professionals like you can do a great deal to educate people in other countries about the true nature of Americans.

While international volunteer work can be quite challenging, successfully managing and learning from these challenges makes getting involved in these unique opportunities so worthwhile.

Why Volunteer

Consider your reasons and take the next steps.

Types of Projects

Explore the many options available to you.

Sharing Knowledge

Embrace your role as a teacher.

Get Started

Make a commitment to a meaningful adventure.

Get Prepared

Make plans that make a difference.

What to Expect

Recognize the need to adapt to new surroundings.


Volunteer Journal:

Unique Uganda

Exotic and intriguing Africa was the destination.  I had heard about Uganda, though I wasn’t certain were it was.  I had even had my excitement perked when, as a dental student forty some years ago, we had been assigned to Nigeria, then Ethiopia, then Kenya, never to get there.  Rather, I was diverted to Bella Vista Hospital’s mission dental clinic, when, even with Canadian Boards, a work permit (Kenya dental license) could not be arranged without a year of private practice.  Being asked by Koren Borland, DDS, FADI (Vice Regent, SW US, USA Section, Academy of Dentistry International) a few months ago, I didn’t have to think twice about this. After much preparation (visas, donations from companies at ADA in Las Vegas, instruments, materials,... (MORE)