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Posted on February 28, 2019.

Global Dental relief needs your help carrying out our mission in Guatemala this summer! We are currently looking for dental professionals to join us in San Martin in May and July/August! We have a space for dentists and hygienists to volunteer with us in a week-long clinic serving children in need with free dental care.

In 2007, Global Dental Relief began working in Guatemala, partnering with local communities to bring free dental care to children living in the Mayan Highlands. Since then, GDR has held 47 clinics in Guatemala, in which volunteers provided 32,000 children with free, comprehensive dental care.

Together with local partners, volunteer teams work to improve the oral health of children who otherwise would have no access to treatment.

During a six-day clinic, clinicians provide children from local schools and orphanages with complete dental treatment. Each child receives an exam, cleaning, and any fillings or extractions that are needed. Children return to the clinic for follow-up visits to ensure all necessary treatment is complete.

Each trip also includes two days of optional sightseeing to explore more of the country!

After a week of work, volunteers return to Antigua for a weekend of adventure. Volunteers can choose to tour a local coffee plantation or zip line through the Guatemalan rainforest!

While in Antigua, volunteers can also explore Central Park which is a hotspot for many tourists. Religious and government structures provide a history of the capital status it once held. Small museums provide further in-depth information about the culture and history of this ancient city.

If you’re a dental professional with a desire to improve the oral health of children in need we want to hear from you! We are looking for energetic dentists and hygienists to join us in Guatemala this summer for a life-changing adventure.

The clinic dates listed below:

  • May 24 – June 2, 2019
  • May 31 – June 9, 2019
  • July 19 – 28, 2019
  • July 26 – August 4, 2019
  • August 2- 13, 2019 (optional sightseeing to Belize after!)

Applying to volunteer is easy! Click here to fill out a volunteer application. Upon submission, one of our Country Coordinators will be in touch with all the necessary details! (Packing lists, visa requirements, travel dates, personal itinerary, etc.)

Our mission is simple, we provide free dental care to children in need around the globe. Email us today for more information.

A History of Global Dental Relief

Posted on June 19, 2018.

Living in remote areas, many children around the world do not receive the dental care they need. Due to this lack of simple oral care, children suffer from chronic pain. As decay in their mouth increases, infections grow, ultimately affecting their overall health. Seventeen years ago, two Colorado women set out to address this overwhelming need. Global Dental Relief (GDR) was founded, and slowly through the support of thousands of volunteers and donors,

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The Volunteer Experience: What Is It Like to Volunteer with Global Dental Relief?

Posted on June 12, 2018.

Do you have a passion for volunteering and dental care? Consider joining Global Dental Relief on a volunteer trip to one of five developing countries where we provide vital dental care for children. Volunteers are the backbone of the work we do – treating as many as 800 children in the course of a week with complete dental care. We promise it will be a life-changing experience.

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Colorado Dental Hygienists Help Children in Need in Guatemala

Posted on May 22, 2018.

Theresa arrived in Antigua, Guatemala, not sure what volunteering would look like. This was nothing like past “vacations” where you sit on a beach and drink margaritas. She had a different focus in mind – to help children in the Guatemalan Highlands live happier, healthier lives.

Theresa Tran, RDH got her degree in hygiene from the Community College of Denver in the spring of 2012.

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March 2018 Progress Report

Progress Report #18
March 2018

Volunteers Serving Children in Need Around the Globe

Dental Care for Kids
Since 2001

Children Served:
146,365

Donated Care:
$30.7 million

Volunteers:
2,358

Seventeen years ago we started this adventure in service–and today Global Dental Relief volunteers remain hard at work delivering critical dental care to children.

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We need YOU: Clinic openings in 2018.

Posted on April 9, 2018.

Dental care is a luxury many people take for granted. Regular exams and routine cleanings are an annual occurrence for many. But for children who live in remote areas of the world, access to proper dental care is often a “once in a lifetime” opportunity.

Here at Global Dental Relief (GDR) we are committed to providing children with comprehensive dental care and oral health education.

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