Without the dedication and commitment of our amazing volunteers, we would not be able to do the work we do! We decided it’s time for YOU – our faithful readers – to hear from our volunteers.
Follow along over the next few months as we roll out our new Volunteer Q&A blog series!
Dr. Oliva Masry attended her first Global Dental Relief clinic last in year in Cambodia. She recently returned from her latest GDR adventure in Kathmandu, Nepal.
As a dentist, Olivia not only understands the need for dental care in the remote areas that we work, she also understands the inexplicable joy that comes from changing the life of a child in need.
Upon Olivia’s return from Nepal, we sat down to chat with her about her recent experience.
1. Olivia, tell us a little about yourself! How old are you? What do you do for work? Hobbies?
I enjoy so many things in life. My greatest joy comes from spending time with my family. We have four children (including a set of twins) and eight grandchildren. I love playing tennis and try to get to it at least twice a week. Anything in the great sunny outdoors is a perk! I never thought I would enjoy gardening like my mother and grandmother before me, but I am carrying on that tradition.
2. What made you choose Global Dental Relief, and how did you initially find out about them?
I have been clipping articles about GDR from its inception and have a fat file in my drawer of everything I read in ADA NEWS or JADA about GDR. I had always planned to begin volunteering when my kids were done with school and out of the house. It would have been too difficult to balance raising an active family of four, running a busy solo practice and finding the time to do a travel dental mission.
3. Have you had other volunteer experience prior to Global Dental Relief? If so, how did it compare to your experience with GDR?
4. What skills or qualifications should one have to volunteer with GDR?
5. Tell us your favorite part about volunteering with Global Dental Relief.
6. What is your most memorable story from your time working in the clinic?
The parents feel privileged to be able to send their kids away as a guarantee of survival. The conditions are so harsh in the high Himalayan mountains that only one in four children makes it to age five.
7. Lastly, what would say to someone considering a trip with Global Dental Relief?
I am already thinking of where and when my next GDR trip will be. I highly recommend it.
Global Dental Relief hosts 28 clinics a year in five countries. To anyone who is considering volunteering – there is a spot for YOU!
Let 2020 be the year you take an adventure of a lifetime and provide free dental care to children in need around the world. Signing up for a trip is easy. Click here to begin the online application, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Will you be the next one featured on our Volunteer Q&A?