Dental Volunteer Trips Abroad Opportunities: Introducing Smiles Movement!

Are you a dental student looking to broaden your horizons and make a positive impact in low-income communities? Look no further than dental volunteer abroad opportunities with Smiles Movement, a division of MEDLIFE. With a focus on providing oral healthcare to underserved populations in Latin America, this organization offers a unique and rewarding experience for aspiring dentists.

Why Volunteer Abroad?

Volunteering abroad as a dental student offers valuable hands-on experience, cultural immersion, and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals who lack access to proper oral healthcare. By participating in these programs, you gain insights into diverse oral health challenges and develop skills in resource-limited settings. It has also been proven that giving back to a cause you care deeply about can have tremendous advantages for your mental health, self-esteem, and overall well-being. It is a chance to serve communities in need while expanding your own knowledge and horizons.

About Smiles Movement

Smiles Movement is a renowned organization dedicated to improving oral health in underserved communities across Latin America. They provide dental volunteer abroad programs that offer invaluable experiences for dental students. Partnering with local clinics and organizations, Smiles Movement creates sustainable initiatives that address the oral health needs of disadvantaged populations.


Key Benefits of Volunteering with Smiles Movement

Clinical Experience:

As a dental student, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in real-world dental procedures while working under the guidance of experienced dentists and professionals.

Cultural Immersion:

By volunteering abroad in Latin America, you will immerse yourself in diverse cultures, traditions, and ways of life. This cultural exposure enhances your ability to communicate effectively with patients from different backgrounds, fostering understanding and empathy.

Making a Difference:

By joining Smiles Movement, you become part of a larger mission to improve oral health services in underserved communities. Your volunteer work helps address oral health disparities and brings smiles to individuals who desperately need dental care.

Networking Opportunities:

Volunteering abroad with Smiles Movement allows you to connect and collaborate with fellow dental students, local dentists, and professionals from around the world. Building these networks can have a positive impact on your future career in dentistry.


How to Get Involved:

Venturing abroad with Smiles Movement gives dental students an unparalleled opportunity to hone practical skills, immerse in different cultures, and address oral health disparities in Latin America. Engaging in these programs not only refines your clinical expertise but also broadens your understanding of global oral health challenges. Contact a MEDLIFE Advisor by completing the form below or view our upcoming trips page to embark on this amazing journey with Smiles Movement, making lasting differences in underserved communities.


Hear it From MEDLIFErs

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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
University of Ottawa

Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.