You don’t have to be a dentist to volunteer with Global Dental!

Carole Witka is retired and lives in Denver, Colorado. Every fall since 2007, she has traveled with Global Dental Relief to care for children in Nepal. Over the years she has worked as a dental assistant, taught toothbrushing, sterilized instruments and has become a maestro at managing the children’s records.

Carole returns over and over again because she has made fast friends with the local students who assist in the clinic and with many of the school children we treat. These lasting friendships transcend age, culture and language differences. Travel with a purpose lets Carole reach more deeply into another culture and forge unexpected, lasting friendships.

Hear Carole firsthand in this video. She knows how critical non-dental volunteers are to each clinic – as they work as a dedicated team intent on getting over 100 children a day through each of the clinic stations and leaving with a big smile and enthusiasm for “brushing two times a day.”

Many thanks to volunteer Michael Maher for his exceptional photography and editing skills!

Volunteering Worlds Away

Posted on May 24, 2019. How do you end up closer to home when you’re volunteering thousands of miles away? We had just arrived at the hotel in Guatemala. I was gearing up to run a seven-chair dental clinic with 18 volunteers. I glanced over at the new volunteers just... Read more »

Eat Like a Local in Guatemala!

Posted on May 9, 2019. Check out the article, “Eating like a local in Guatemala!” to hear about one of the many reasons you should join Global Dental Relief in Guatemala this summer! You can find the full article by clicking here. Are you a dentist or hygienist? Have you... Read more »

Destination Guatemala!

Posted on April 30, 2019. Global Dental Relief board member and long-time friend of the organization, Caroline Hagadorn, reflects on her experience in Guatemala. Front Porch, a Denver based newspaper, recently featured her story. Caroline and her family spent a month living, exploring and adventuring in Guatemala. During their time,... Read more »

Community Service and Travel – the Buddy System

Posted on April 11, 2019. I am an eager and avid traveler. Well, it’s more accurate to say eager than avid as I have travelled some, but not a lot. But I am hungry to travel more, especially now that I have retired. At the same time, there are times... Read more »

Laos

Posted on March 28, 2019. Laos means the land of a million elephants. Many travelers visit to see elephants, and we were no different. After working hard to provide complete dental care to 960 kids over six days in Cambodia, we flew to the ancient royal city of Luang Prabang... Read more »