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1000 Smiles needs volunteers for St. Lucia humanitarian trips

April 06, 2017

Come together: A team of 1000 Smiles volunteers for a 2016 humanitarian trip in St. Lucia poses together.
The ADA Foundation is helping to get the word out about Great Shape!, a California-based nonprofit seeking dental volunteers to serve the underserved in St. Lucia this summer.

Great Shape! was founded in 1988 in response to the devastation in the Caribbean caused by Hurricane Gilbert. The organization's volunteers were primarily active in Jamaica until  2015 when the 1000 Smiles dental project was inaugurated in St. Lucia.

The 1000 Smiles St. Lucia trip dates for this year are July 14-23 and July 22-31.

For the St. Lucia trips, volunteers, both dental professionals and staff, make up teams at temporary dental clinics and teach oral health education to low-income, high-needs people in the eastern Caribbean country. The teams also provide cleanings, extractions, sealants, dentures and restorations in and near Castries. Sandals Resorts International provides all accommodations, meals, entertainment and island transportation.  

Each volunteer pays an $850 project fee and his/her own airfare.  In April, Great Shape! is offering a 2-for-1 project fee special. Volunteers who sign up in pairs in April and mention the ADA Foundation in their application will receive a project fee discount of 50 percent. In other words, the project fee will be $425 per person, rather than $850, if the payment is made in April.

The application is online at For more information call 1-510-893-1751 or email

To learn more about international volunteerism and find a volunteer opportunity, visit the ADA Foundation's international volunteer website,