Since 2005, the school’s main focus has been to start the country’s first dental hygiene program and supplement their periodontal program. With the cooperation of the dean, local students and dental faculty, a dental hygiene curriculum has been developed and SLOWLY implemented. Much of the instruction has been sporadic, with teaching expeditions once a year (average one month long). The goal is to have local dental faculty teach the curriculum to the dental hygiene students, but this has been slow to happen and the school has instead relied on visiting instructors.
During the summer of 2008, five dental hygienists went to Ghana to teach for one month at the dental school and then in early fall, four Ghanaian dental hygiene students came to the U.S. where they attended dental hygiene courses and observed clinical procedures at UVU’s Dental Hygiene Program. They also observed in many general dental and periodontal offices.Upon completion of their four-week intensive program here, it was hoped that the University of Ghana Dental School (UGDS) and Ghanaian Ministry of Education would recognize their accomplishments and let them sit for clinical exams (administered by an accrediting body out of Nigeria). We are still waiting for this to happen.Once these four hygienists are recognized for their hard work and seen as health professionals it is hoped that they will serve at the dental school as clinical instructors for more dental hygiene students.
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Two to four trucks per week go into Mexico that feed people by the tens of thousands, assisted thousands of schools with school materials, and many thousands of hospitals and clinics. They have been established since 1982. Length of service tours is variable. Dentists, hygienists and assistants, and wives are invited to attend. Costs are covered by the individual volunteers.
1011 West Mermot Carlsbad, NM 88220
This organization provides similar opportunities to those sponsored by CHOICE. This organization is different from Choice in that it is programmed around local dentists and they (the local dentists) operate a charitable clinic throughout the year. Deseret International Foundation is a support group for those clinics.
Short-term opportunities are available from one week to a month, and there also may be options for six months to two years. They can tailor service experience to specific skills or times. Please note that the organization’s dental areas of focus are El Salvador, Tonga, Uganda, Brazil, Philippines and Vietnam.
Deseret International Foundation
1282 E. Cambridge Ct.
Provo, UT 84604
Dr. Bill Jackson (801) 374-0167 email@example.com
Doug Jackson (801) 687-9699 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Leon Clark (801)253-2141 or email@example.com
Expeditions are 11-12 day trips to the jungles and Andes of Peru where participants contribute their time and resources to benefit the lives of poor children and communities. Projects are selected in the areas of: 1. Health and Hygiene, 2. Literacy and Education and 3. Food and Water. Previous expeditions have included construction of kitchens, greenhouses, and bathrooms for grade schools as well as individual medical attention.
Van Evans (801) 859-1033
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Ethiopia Service Project
Dear Prospective Volunteers,
In October of 2006, I went with the Village of Hope to Ethiopia, on a medical humanitarian expedition. I have worked as a medical sales rep for 9 years and finally decided to donate my time on an expedition to a developing country. I stumbled upon a couple in Heber, the Kennard’s, who adopted 6 Ethiopian children 12 years ago. Since that time, the family has been back numerous times and now have a non-profit organization that takes in “high risk” children. High risk is anything from orphans to young women who have been raped and circumcised and then have become outcasts. The Kennard’s have taken over many doctors, of various fields, to volunteer and help. Upon returning from my expedition to Africa, I knew I had to help this organization. Because of my line of work, which includes six years with Johnson & Johnson and three years with Astra Tech Implants, I have become acquainted with many health care professionals, including many dentists. Because I have worked with so many dentists, I would like to develop a humanitarian dental program in Ethiopia.
I met Dr. Karl Koerner at an implant seminar, and he told me about the Academy of LDS Dentists. He told me he would like to help me with this project. I told him of my plans and told him it was in its infancy. He thought that there would be plenty of dentists who would be interested in helping. Whoever might be interested in participating in this service project in Ethiopia would be part of a project starting from the ground floor. We currently are getting in touch with the dental school in the capital city of Addis Ababa. We want the students to be involved from the beginning and become a giant part of what we do over there.
What I would like to see happen is the following: We have a trip planned for the beginning of October. I would like to get some information on your website and see what kind of response we get. In the meantime, we will be working with the Ethiopian Dental School to plan for the arrival of the LDS dentists. I would like to have a group that stays in the capital city, Addis Ababa, and a group that goes out to a remote village and then we can switch them. We are looking for general dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists and plastic surgeons, for our project.
Please let me know if you are interested in helping us on this project. We need lots of help and input.
P.S. Every expedition is followed with an incredible trip to Kenya, for a four day Safari. This is optional, however everyone who has gone on past expeditions have also gone on this Safari. It is an incredible experience.
The “Village of Hope” website is www.villageofhope-ethiopia.org
This is an organization that has been in existence for over 40 years. The Flying Samaritans is a volunteer organization, which operates free medical and dental clinics in Baja California, Mexico. There are ten chapters located in California and Arizona that support these clinics.
Monthly each chapter organizes and plans a trip to the clinics that their particular chapter supports. Most of these clinics have dental operatories all set up and ready to use. Procedures performed include fillings, extractions and cleanings generally.
The trips are all on weekends, so by taking just a Friday off of work you can have a great humanitarian experience and help many who are in need. A typical trip departs the United States on Friday morning. We fly to Mexico in mostly single engine private aircraft of 4-6 seats. You will be assigned to an aircraft and pilot. After clearing Mexico customs at a port of entry, we continue the trip landing on an airstrip close to the clinic.
We stay in modest hotels in Mexico, usually for 2 nights each trip. Each participant pays his own way including hotel, food, visa and a portion of the fuel costs of the aircraft that you fly in. Typically the cost per person will be around $250.00 to cover all of these expenses.
See a YouTube about the clinic at: Laguna San Ignacio
If you are interested in more information go to www.flyingsamaritans.net.
Hope Alliance has switched their focus to vision care and no longer does dental work. In the past they sponsored medical and dental service projects in mostly the Iquitos, Peru (Amazon) area. Always welcomes a dentist to accompany their service expeditions.
They also work in Guatamala, Kenya, Haiti and Nepal, as well as Peru. They work with a local dentist who lives in Barranca, Peru. Currently building a medical dental building. They do a lot of clinics on the Amazon river where there is no care available, bringing in generators and a portable dental units. Needs doctors, hygienists, dental students, and assistants. Dental excursions are most common in Peru there are 5-6 trips during the past year.
1775 West 1500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Cause for Hope has recently become Lifting Generations. A nonprofit organization, we seek to enable thousands of families and individuals in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty and achieve lasting self-reliance through online and classroom based job market education and one-on-one mentoring. There are several different divisions within the organization.
Pre-Missionary Program: This track was instituted to help direct and prepare young people for missions. Their participation in service projects qualifies them for the things that keep them from missions such as clothing, medical costs, and dental expenses, luggage and passports. Lifting Generations knows that mission service enriches life and has empowered over 900 young adults with the opportunity to serve full-time missions. Without this program, most would have never served. We provide dental work for the pre-missionaries, full-time missionaries, our students, and orphanages throughout Honduras.
Lifting Generations has four dental clinics at our schools in San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Merida, Mexico and Managua, Nicaragua. At each clinic we have local dentists who work at the clinics to keep up with the demands of the work that needs to be done for our patients. They see an average of 30 patients a month. For a typical dental service trip, we have two dentists who will work 4 and a half days during the week and see an average of 20 patients per day.
When the US dentists come down to work at our clinics, they not only do harder cases, they act as mentors to our full-time dentists, teaching them techniques that will help them with their practice. The clinic dentists love to learn and are grateful for the service our US dentists are doing for their people.
If you want to bring your family members, we provide service opportunities for them, including working at the orphanges, teaching English, painting retirement centers, schools and orphanages, and making piñatas for the special needs school to sell to earn money. Those are only a few of the quality service opportunities we provide.
Every trip is different as we customize it according to who is traveling with us. We need general dentists, endodontists, oral surgeons, hygienists, dental assistants, pre-dental students, and receptionists. Some family members may want to work in the clinic which is great. The hotels are very nice and clean. We hire a driver that we use every time we travel in Honduras, and the van/buses are air conditioned and comfortable. Safety is our #1 priority. Cost: $1,800-$2,500.
Upcoming Dental Service Trips: October 19-26, 2019 in Merida, Mexico. For more information contact:
Rotary International to Peru
An opportunity to go on a Rotary International sponsored expedition Iquitos, Peru a jungle village along the Amazon. The purpose of the expedition is primarily to do medical and dental care. They are seeking dentists to go down with them to do rural dental work as part of their multiple expeditions, in primitive conditions.
Monty Eggett (past governor of Rotary in Utah)
*Anyone desiring to fulfill these positions can borrow the Academy’s Adec portable dental units to take down with them to use.
Smiles for Latin America
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic Smiles for Latin America is no longer operating. They hope to resume the program after the pandemic restrictions have lifted, but currently have no plans to reopen.
Wings World Wide – The Air Medical Foundation maintains a website at the following web address:
Specific information on the Foundation can be found at either of these addresses. Interested parties can also download all Foundation information and/or contact Foundation officers from our website.
All communication with Wings World Wide – The Air Medical Foundation should be directed to:
Wings World Wide
The Air Medical Foundation
11411 160th Ct. NE
Redmond, WA 98052