Global Dental Relief

Why choose Global Dental Relief?

Global Dental Relief’s mission is to bring quality dental care and hygiene education to underprivileged children across the world. Utilizing our pioneering model of care, dental professionals in collaboration with non-medically trained volunteers (approximately 13-18 volunteers total per clinic) are able to provide excellent care to more than 500 kids in the course of a single week-long clinic. You don't need to be a dental professional to join us!

With a vision to transform lives and cultivate community through international volunteerism, Global Dental Relief brings together diverse groups of international volunteers to provide care to over 20,000 impoverished children per year in Nepal, India, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Cambodia.

In addition to the quality of our work, we pride ourselves on providing an exceptional volunteer experience—43% of first-time volunteers return to volunteer with us within three years.

Join us and see the world as you’ve never seen it before.


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Global Dental Relief

I have gone on two trips with Global Dental Relief. One to Guatemala and one to Cambodia. Both trips were rewarding in that I was able to be a part of an amazing team that brought much needed health care services to people. Even as a person with no dental experience, I was able to pitch in and I learned so much about dentistry along the way. These trips really help you feel part of the local community, not like just an outsider stopping by. Every part of the time spent there is thoughtfully planned from how meals are sourced to the excursions you can choose to join. And those experiences were so memorable. From tasting coffee beans right off the bush, making chocolate from cacao, and seeing street art made from sand and flower petals to hearing volcanoes grumble below me while I slept— Guatemala is so beautiful. Or walking alongside elephants in the forest, visiting ancient temples at sunrise and sunset, shopping local markets and learning to cook traditional cuisine from locals, even boating to a floating village, and exploring the colorful shops and diverse restaurants in Siem Reap—Cambodia is a treasure. I cannot wait to book my next volunteer trip. With a good friend I made on my first trip who went with me on the second one and hopefully will Jin me on many more. I love being able to make a difference and explore new places at the same time and Global Dental Relief is a great way to do both.

  • Very organized. Give to the communities you visit. Excursions are worthwhile.
  • It is pricey but tax deductible
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Life changing experience!

Volunteering in Nepal was an incredible experience to say the least. I love giving back and making a difference, so to be able to use my skills and expertise as a dental hygienist to help so many in need of dental care was truly heartwarming. We even built long-term friendships with the student volunteers at SMD and they still keep in touch with us, which is more than I could have ever expected from this trip. This was my first GDR trip and I could not have been more impressed with the organization. Mark and Victoria were amazing to work with and ensured everything ran smoothly in the clinic. They also made sure we enjoyed our time outside the clinic with plenty of recommendations of places to see, to eat, to shop, you name it. This was truly a life changing experience and I know I will definitely be back again.

Yes, I recommend this program


Honestly speaking, before going to Nepal, I wasn’t expecting the impact that it would actually make on me. I’ve got way more than just memories from Nepal, I’ve made friends for life. I had such an amazing experience with GDR, they are truly doing something special and it changed my joke. If I was to rate my experience it would be a solid 12/10, and I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes travelling, or volunteering or is just looking for an adventure, I promise you, you will leave with so much more than what you came with. The clinics were so much fun and Mark and Victoria have such a positive vibe that reflects onto everyone. Their love and passion for what they do reflects in their work and effort and especially the smiles of the kids we treated. The sightseeing was absolutely incredible. I wouldn’t have been able to do all and see all that we did if I travelled alone and I love to travel! The food, the culture, the people, the music, the excursions, the SHOPPING! This was an amazing way of travelling and I have a feeling that it’s the first of many adventures! I don’t even have enough words to explain how I feel and the gratitude I have towards GDR. Thank you, GDR and especially Mark and Victoria for being such amazing hosts and the amazing energy and stories and wisdoms you guys shared with all of us! All I can really say is that I can’t wait till my next trip! Ps I’m brining friends! :)

Yes, I recommend this program

First volunteer trip ~ definitely returning

This was my first trip out of the US and it was definitely one to remember. Traveling with GDR was so well planned and had a great balance of tourism and volunteering. The food, tourism activities and people we met were all so amazing. The children were also such a refreshing group of kids, who truly warmed my heart. I enjoyed myself throughly and can’t wait to go on another trip with this organization!

What would you improve about this program?
No improvements needed!
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Guatemala 2017 Trip

My trip to Guatemala was incredible. The entire planning process went smoothly and the staff at GDR were very organized, professional and timely! I have already signed up for another trip this September 2018 to Kenya. I would recommend GDR to everyone because it was nothing less than amazing! I did not know anyone prior to the trip, and once I met everyone there I noticed they were just as seevant hearted as me, welcomed me with opened arms and by the time I left I made some super awesome lifelong friends!!! GDR is a 10!!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing yet!


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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Peter Vanicek

Job Title
Clinic Coordinator

After almost thirty years in private practice, Peter has traveled extensively, volunteered in many of our clinics, and joined us as a trip leader. He also helps coordinate our equipment and supplies for the clinics and loves to constantly update and improve the volunteer experience.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory is my first visit to Asia visiting Nepal and Thailand in 1989. Although I had traveled many times to Europe, this trip to Asia really awakened my love of travel and opened my eyes to so many new cultures and experiences. It is such a strong memory because of the sights, sounds and smells that were so exotic to me at the time. It instilled such a desire of exploring more of Asia which has never left me.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have really loved to share my love of volunteering and travel with our new volunteers. Many of them have never traveled outside of the USA prior to one of our trips and I love to awaken that sense of wonder which I felt when I started to travel. For many, our trips start a life of travel and giving which continue life long. It is gratifying and humbling to play a role in this amazing change in people's lives.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our organization is unique in that we combine a specific health service (dentistry) with volunteering in an underdeveloped country. We provide a very valuable service which is often lacking and provide a unique opportunity to our volunteers to experience the life and culture of our host countries.

Our team is very dedicated to providing a memorable experience to our volunteers coupled with aid to people who lack access to dental care.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The biggest factor in the success in our organization are our team members who provide meticulous preparation, passion and hard work in the success of our clinics and volunteer trips. We strive to provide an incredible experience during our volunteer trips and allow the traveler to experience the sights and sounds of our host country while providing a valuable health service which provides enormous dividends.