Global Dental Relief
99% Rating
(8 Reviews)

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 15 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 8,000 impoverished children per year in Nepal, India, Guatemala, Vietnam, 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.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Tyler
Female
27 years old
Washington, DC
Harvard University

Meaningful, immersive, and high-impact volunteer program

9/10

GDR is a well-run organization that enables and empowers its volunteers to deliver high-quality care. I was impressed by the organized, attentive, and fun trip leaders and the wonderful local staff from GDR’s parter organizations. As a non-medical volunteer supporting a dentist, I felt that I made an important contribution, and was never sitting idle. The trip leaders do a great job making sure everyone is comfortable in their roles, and will often rotate people if they want to try different stations (e.g. fluoride, records, hygiene).

GDR also does a great job balancing time in the clinic with opportunities to explore Angkor Wat and experience Cambodian culture. Optional activities included temple visits at sunrise and sunset, meals at terrific restaurants, a stunning acrobatics performance, and evening strolls through food and craft markets. I highly recommend this program.

How can this program be improved?

There are a few things that could be included in the preliminary orientation (eg a brief language lesson, a more thorough safety overview for non-medical volunteers - which I shared with the organization).

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AmyG
Female
32 years old
Morgantown, WV
West Virginia University

beautiful location with smiling faces

10/10

I can't rave enough about my experience. I most assisted as I was a senior dental student. Accommodations were quite nice. The trip was well organized. Food was delicious. Clinic was great to work in. Shopping & sightseeing were amazing as well. Highly recommend this organization.

How can this program be improved?

Advertise to students!

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Kimberly
Female
42 years old
San Diego

Volunteer Dental Assistant

10/10

This trip had a huge impact on me spiritually and socially. I truly connected with the culture of Ladakh and had culture shock when I got back to the US! It was such an amazing experience to see how the kids we served benefitted from us being there. I am so proud to have been a part of this and work with such a great organization. I pray to do so again in the future :)

How can this program be improved?

I volunteered through a partnering company and not straight through GDR so I am not sure of the cost with GDR but I would make it more affordable for volunteers to be able to go more frequently if possible. I worked side by side with GDR though and they were amazing!!!

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Denver
Female
42 years old
Denver, CO
George Washington University

Fulfilling and Fun Experience

10/10

From the minute I landed to the minute I left the country GDR provided a great experience. The program has a good balance of work and fun. On clinic days we worked from 7 or 8 am until 3 or 4 pm. And we worked hard! But we had off days to enjoy the local culture and could participate in organized tours and activities if we wanted. The goal of the program is to help with the dental needs of Cambodian children, but the secondary result is that participants learn about the culture and people of a great country. The program is designed to allow independent time as well - not every minute was planned and I appreciated that.

I would recommend the program to young and old participants.

How can this program be improved?

The program was pretty close to perfect!

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Linda
Female
57 years old
Belen, NM
Creighton University

Everest country

10/10

Despite its location, Kathmandu weather is similar to home. The clinic is located in a school within walking distance of the guesthouse. These kids have been seen for years and we're now doing sealants as well as restorations and extractions. The history here is fabulous with opportunities to explore ancient cities. Afterward, one can either walk part of the trail to Mt. Everest or go to another town to the west for another clinic and stay in luxury tents overnight.

Program Listings

Cambodia

Global Dental Relief
On our Cambodia clinic, you'll have the opportunity to help provide much-needed dental care and hygiene education to kids in...

India

Global Dental Relief
Our India clinic will take you to the far-Northern town of Leh, a multicultural mountain community at 11,562 ft., home to a v...

Guatemala

Global Dental Relief
Our Guatemala clinic kicks off in the ancient Spanish colonial capital of Antigua, today UNESCO World Heritage site off the b...

Nepal

Global Dental Relief
On our Nepal clinic, you'll help give quality dental care and hygiene education to over 500 underprivileged kids in Kathmandu...

Kenya

Global Dental Relief
In Kenya, you'll be working in a modern medical facility in the hilly region outside Nairobi. While there, you'll help provid...