Global Dental Relief

Global Dental Relief

About

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 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.

Founded
2001
Headquarters

4105 E Florida Ave
Denver, CO 80110
United States

Reviews

Madelyne
10/10

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!!

How can this program be improved?
Nothing yet!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jenny
10/10

I can’t recommend this trip highly enough. As with all of our previous travel with Global Dental Relief, this location was very well organized and efficient-allowing us the ability to really make a big impact during the week we spent in the clinic. It was also such a pleasure to work with the students from the SMD school who had been
trained as dental assistants. And of course, the chance to explore Kathmandu was exciting! The GDR staff is well acquainted with the area and made sure we saw and experienced all this amazing city has to offer. The culture, food, people, sights and sounds make this a truly special place. It is not an exaggeration to say this was an adventure of a lifetime!

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Tayler
10/10

I have had my eye on Global Dental Relief since I was 13 years old and decided I wanted to be involved in the dental field. Of course, at 13 I wasn't allowed to go without someone older with me...So at 19 I finally had the resources and time to go to Guatemala with the program for 10 days.
It was my first time traveling without my mom, which was nerve-wracking, but with the help of Becky and everyone who was coordinating my trip, I made it with no issues.
My time in Guatemala was amazing in so many different ways. I was able to meet some utterly amazing people in my short time there, both volunteers and locals. Everyone attending seemed to love the work we were doing, which is so hard to come by these days. I can't emphasize the atmosphere provided. I don't think I stopped smiling the whole time I was there. Not to mention I made connections with dental and non-dental volunteers from around the world. Connections that I plan to use later in life to further myself in this field, as well as maintain friendships that began.
The pure joy I felt was provided mostly by our ability to make a difference in the children's lives. I work with children in a mobile dental clinic at home as well, but the difference in gratitude was astounding. In Guatemala, those we were able to help were just happy to be there and be given the care they needed. I spoke pretty broken Spanish but was still about to communicate and laugh with the kids. I constantly look back on the videos I took with them and smile because there was such an unspoken bond and appreciation from them, and well as from myself.
My short 10 days was life-changing. I always had a feeling that I wanted to travel and do dental work, but it was completely solidified through my experience.
This year I will be joining the Cambodia mission, and hopefully, I will be able to attend the Nepal mission in 2019. I will forever be touched, amazed, and grateful for my time with Global Dental Relief.
So looking forward to the next journey with them. :)

Check out my youtube video on my experience:
(Skip to minute 3 for the dental clinic)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXU18xjU5Hk

How can this program be improved?
Hire me (;
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Chuck
10/10

This was our first trip with GDR. Our trip leaders, Katy and Peter were amazing. They were very organized and kept us informed. I felt safe with them and trusted their guidance. I've been on many mission trips. This was my first dental trip. I had some apprehension about assisting a dentist. The dentists and staff were great teachers and helped me ease into the position. I was deeply moved by the students we served. The need in Kenya is great and we were able to serve hundreds of students. The safari was a dream come true. I live on a farm with lots of wildlife. To see African wildlife in their native habitat was more than I imagined. GDR is doing marvelous work and I intend to join another trip.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Patti
10/10

I've had the honor of volunteering in three GDR clinics in Guatemala. As a non-dental volunteer I love the impact I can have on these kids lives -- children who without these clinics would have no access to dental care. Non dental volunteer make up more than 60% of the volunteers i the clinic - they teach toothbrush instructor, manage patient flow, do sterilization, assist dentists, and do fluoride varnish.

GDR has been working in Guatemala for ten years and has an amazing network of partners. The clinics are seamless, allowing volunteers to focus on the task of providing complete dental care to as many children as possible in a weeks time.

There is nothing more rewarding then seeing a child come in to the clinic in pain and leave smiling, relieved of their pain, able to eat and sleep and carry on with their lives. This is a truly special volunteer experience that I would recommend to anyone, regardless of age or profession!

How can this program be improved?
No improvements needed.
Yes, I recommend this program

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