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Health Volunteers Overseas seeking dental humanitarians

November 13, 2019
Education: HVO volunteer Dr. Chinhua Hsiao, center, an ADA Foundation and HVO grant reccipient, provides a hands-on demonstration for students at the National University of Laos in Vientiane, Laos. Photo courtesy of Health Volunteers Overseas.

Health Volunteers Overseas has funding opportunities for qualifying volunteers who want to serve internationally.

Funding opportunities are supported by the Henry Schein Cares Foundation and the ADA Foundation.

Those eligible for funding include either a dentist who is a first-time HVO volunteer and/or a dentist who graduated from dental school within the last five years.

Grants will cover up to $1,500 of assignment-related expenses. HVO is a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.

The ADA sponsors the Health Volunteers Overseas oral health programs. Opportunities for oral health providers to volunteer with HVO include:

•    Vientiane, Laos — National University of Laos: Volunteers provide clinical training to dental students and faculty at the university as well as to local dentists in Vientiane. Areas of training include restorative dentistry, oral surgery and pain management, oral pathology, periodontics and preventive dentistry (especially pediatric), as well as dental radiology and dental clinic management. Assignments are one to two weeks long.
•    Dhulikhel, Nepal — Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences: This project focuses on improving the education to dental students, dental assistants and dental hygienists by providing clinical and didactic training in all aspects of clinical dentistry. General dentists, specialists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons are needed. Assignments are a minimum of two weeks.
•    Chiclayo, Peru — Craniofacial Center of Hospital Regional Docente Las Mercedes: Volunteers provide clinical and didactic instruction to dental students, clinicians and faculty, as well as provide teaching and ongoing mentorship to the faculty and staff. Oral surgeons with clinical experience in implants, trauma or benign pathology are needed. Assignments are for up to two weeks.
•    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences: Volunteers provide chairside instruction and lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as continuing education to the faculty at Muhimbili University and assisting them with revising the current curriculum. Areas of focus are oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatrics and preventative and restorative dentistry. The minimum length of assignment is two weeks.

There is a particular need for volunteers in Nepal and Peru throughout 2020.

Interested volunteers can visit to learn more and submit an application.

Additional information about international volunteerism and international volunteer opportunities can be found on the ADA International Volunteer Website: