Dental Clinic is a week-long Service Learning Trip that allows students interested in dentistry to work side by side with local professionals supporting a Mobile Dental Clinic. The clinic, and involvement of students on the trip, will provide necessary dental treatment to communities living in the remote areas outside Lima, Peru. During MEDLIFE Mobile Clinics, we always offer a dental station — it’s consistently one of the most-requested services. But the dentists are only able to treat 15 patients a day. With a specialty Dental Clinic, we can expand our reach and provide quality dental care to more people.Find a Trip
Throughout the course of this week, students will support local dentists while providing dental screening and treatment in the communities in Lima’s urban settlements and in the MEDVIDA Dental Clinic.
Itinerary In Brief
Day 1: Arrival and overnight at MEDLIFE hostel in Lima.
Day 2: Participate in an optional walking tour to familiarize yourself with the area and culture where you will be working with this week.
Day 3: Take an immersive Reality Tour through the Southern Cone of Lima where you will learn more about the geographical, political, and social realities of the region.
Days 4-6: Shadow local dentists during routine dental appointments, and at least one specialized surgery or treatment.
Day 7: Spend some time in a local school leading dental education workshops with kids, teaching proper dental hygiene.
Day 8: Explore more of your location on some of our optional itinerary add-ons or return home.
Itinerary In Detail
Throughout the week, you’ll work interactively with patients and dentists by performing a variety of tasks including patient registration, station set-up, instrument preparation, and shadowing dentists throughout procedures like extractions, fillings, and cleanings. Round out your week giving an interactive dental workshop to students at a local school.
In addition to providing treatment, the clinics also offer educational workshops for patients to learn about dental health and self-care topics to raise awareness, break stigmas, and provide patients with the tools to lead healthier lives.
After a transformative week of development, add-on an optional tour or excursion. Head to some of the highlights of Peru on a Machu Picchu Getaway where you’ll journey through Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and Machu Picchu. Or visit the biodiverse Amazon Jungle on this immersive 4-day extension trip through the rainforest.