Daybreak shows silhouetted palm trees and a cool, clear morning. At 7:15 we head to clinic – we start early in Cambodia to beat the heat of the day. After a 20 minute drive we are deep in the countryside, passing ox carts and swarms of children biking to school.

ur team of six dentists, one dental assistant and 13 non-dental volunteers are from five US states, Canada and Malaysia. Non-dental volunteers include an ICU nurse, commercial fisherman, foreign service officer, teacher, a CEO and retirees.


This morning on the bus the team is quiet as they prepare for work in this new and sometimes challenging environment. We arrive at a village school built by, HUSK, an NGO that provides free supplemental education, particularly English and hygiene classes, to local children. The clinic is set up in a converted classroom – close quarters for six dental stations.

The day begins quickly and efficiently – students receive a dental chart, a new tooth brush and toothbrush instruction. Patients line up at the door chattering excitedly.

We Have an Adventure for YOU!

Posted on September 23, 2019. Each year, Global Dental Relief hosts 27 to 30 clinics in five different countries – Kenya, Cambodia, India, Nepal and Guatemala. In each clinic, GDR aims to provide an experience that is enjoyable for everyone, from the well-seasoned traveler to the first-time flyer, while focusing... Read more »

It’s Time to Party!

Posted on September 10, 2019. Each year, as the leaves start to turn, we come together to reflect and celebrate all that GDR has accomplished. We gather together as a GDR family, reflect on memories from each clinic, and celebrate the thousands of children worldwide who now live with healthier... Read more »

Delta Dental Employee Volunteers at Dental Clinic in Nepal

Posted on September 6, 2019. In March 2019, Jennifer Swaney – a Delta Dental of California employee – spent time volunteering at a dental clinic in Kathmandu, Nepal. Swaney worked alongside Global Dental Relief (GDR), a Colorado based non-profit, to bring free dental care to children in need. “I had... Read more »

Cranberry USA and GDR: Paving a New Path for Dental Students

Posted on August 20, 2019. If you’ve previously visited our blog, you may have read about our ongoing partnership with Cranberry USA, a generous Global Dental Relief (GDR) sponsor. Over the past three years, Cranberry USA has made it possible for students pursuing a career in the dental field to... Read more »

Featured Article: “Volunteering for smiles: Local dentist helps provide global care”

Posted on August 8, 2019. Earlier this year, long-time volunteer and Global Dental Relief supporter was featured in his local newspaper! Jim Gilman, DDS of Worland, WY, has been volunteering with GDR since 2010, and since then, he has volunteered on nine more clinics in three different countries. Read the... Read more »