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!

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 »