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Dentists sought for Jamaican mission trips

Ocho Rios, Jamaica—Great Shape! Inc. seeks volunteer dental professionals to participate in the world’s largest international humanitarian dental project.

Great Shape!, Sandals Resorts International and the Jamaican Ministry of Health collaborate for the 1000 Smiles project to provide free dental care and education in rural schools and health clinics to some 15,000 people in Jamaica every year. The 1000 Smiles project enlists the help of more than 200 volunteers who provide care in areas that have one dentist for every 100,000 people. This year the project will launch a new program to deliver sealants to hundreds of children in rural Jamaica.

Volunteers pay a tax deductable program fee of $700 and their airfare to Jamaica and receive free housing, food and ground transport from Sandals. Volunteers are also asked to buy or solicit donations for all supplies needed to serve 75 patients per week. One- and two-week missions are available. Program dates are Sept. 23-Oct. 1, Ocho Rios; Oct. 14-30, Montego Bay; and Nov. 4-21, Whitehouse.

For more information, visit www.gsjamaica.org or call 1-510-893-1751.

To learn more about international volunteer opportunities, call the ADA Division of Global Affairs 1-312-440-2726, email international@ada.org or visit the website http://internationalvolunteer.ada.org.