Multiple Locations +3
  • Myanmar
  • China
  • Philippines

Program Details

Academic Year Fall Spring Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Weekly Hours
Age Min.
  • At least 18 years of age at the time of the trip. If you are under 18 when you apply, we will also need consent from your parent or guardian in writing. This includes high school graduates, undergraduate students, pre-medical students, and medical student
  • While there are no other formal requirements, successful applicants are able to articulate their motivation and unique qualities for participating in a fellowship.
  • Related experience is a plus (but not required)


Starting Price
Price Details
The program cost is $4,500, (deposit of $500 goes towards your tuition) which includes all mentoring and teaching, all meals, ground transportation, one day of sightseeing, accommodations for 11 nights (shared room), travel insurance and administrative costs. The remaining revenue is used to sponsor one child and to fund our global humanitarian missions. Airfare is not included. We have tons of fundraising ideas to help you raise your tuition.

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What's Included
Accommodation Some Accommodation Activities Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals Some Meals Transportation Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare SIM cards Visa
Apr 09, 2020
Jan 15, 2018
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About Program

The Alliance for Smiles (AfS) International Medical Fellowship program is designed for pre-med students who are ready to enter the medical field. Our program offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about cleft surgeries by supporting and watching our highly trained doctors and nurses on an AfS mission. Interns are expected to shadow and support the doctors, nurses and non-medical volunteers one-on-one for approximately 7 hours/day and 6 days/week. Unlike many international medical programs, AfS is a non-profit organization focused on giving to the communities in which we operate. Every fellow who joins to our program will be providing sponsorship for one child’s transformational cleft surgery.

Please apply regardless of your experience level in the medical field!

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Program Highlights

  • You will be shadowing our superb team while learning what it takes to “do the job” by rotating through each position from plastic surgery to anesthesia, from record-keeping to holding beautiful babies.
  • You will have access to all the doctors and nurses from breakfast through dinner. You will stay at the same hotel; dine together, and shadow – in and out of the OR – throughout the day.
  • You will receive noteworthy volunteer hours! We offer 80 hours of verified volunteer time and a certificate of completion.
  • We work with a carefully vetted travel agency and local contacts to book our accommodations ensuring that they are in the safest areas, typically with easy access to major roads, shopping areas, U.S.
  • You will have two days of travel and group excursion to discover the city and rural life in addition to 10 days of program. We have several customized short trips, which are sold as all-inclusive packages and can be added to your fellowship charges.

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Words cannot describe how thankful I am for having been included in the program as Alliance for Smile’s first intern / educational observer. I had such an amazing experience during the trip to Myanmar.
I am very passionate about becoming a doctor someday, and this trip just encouraged me to pursue my goals even more. Being a young student, just the ability to be present among your nurses and doctors, and being able to observe and ask questions is a gift all in itself. Experiencing new cultures and immersing myself in a country that I have never been to before was a valuable experience that I will never forget.
Some of my top takeaways from the trip were visiting with the families of the children who had just been operated on, and getting to be right next to the surgeons while they were at work. Speaking with people from the hospital and learning how to operate on cleft lips and palates was truly an awarding experience. This was a very intense and deeply moving experience as all the doctors worked so incredibly hard around the clock!

I find that trips like this help shape the kind of person I strive to be, and the kind of doctor I hope to become.

Thank you Alliance for Smiles!

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