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Belize humanitarians seeking help for autumn missions

July 12, 2017

The Belize Mission Project is looking for volunteers to assist dental humanitarian missions in the Central American country in October and November.

The 2017 dates are Oct. 20-28 and Oct. 28-Nov. 5. Volunteers serve for one week.

The group, led by semi-retired Illinois dentist Dr. Frank Whipps, travels to Belize every autumn and typically consists of about 40 dentists, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists and assistants, nurses, dental technicians and general helpers. They serve in the small beach town of San Pedro in the southern part of the country.

“After 25 years, this project continues to have a profound personal influence on the participants that give up their time to help the Belizean people,” said Dr. Phil Bangle, a dentist in Waukesha, Wisconsin, who has been on every Belize trip with Dr. Whipps since 2004. “It is a life-changing experience.”

To learn more about the project, visit and search for the headline “Fishing Trip Snowballs Into Belize Mission Project” for a 2016 ADA News story about the humanitarians.

To volunteer, go to the website and fill out an application. Potential volunteers can also call Dr. Whipps’ office at 1-618-532-1821 for more information and to sign up.

For more information on international volunteer opportunities, visit the ADA Foundation’s International Volunteer website,