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!

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 »

Behind the Scenes: Meet the GDR Staff!

Posted on July 15, 2019. Since 2001, Global Dental Relief has transformed and expanded in many different ways! Much of GDR’s success can be attributed to its hardworking and dedicated staff. This blog is dedicated to the passionate people who work diligently to ensure GDR is able to provide free... Read more »

GDR Super Stars: Introducing new volunteer recognition program

Posted on June 19, 2019. GDR Superstar Mary Miller Our veteran volunteers are the glue that holds our clinics together. They set the clinic pace, mentor new volunteers and troubleshoot with our trip leaders. These super star volunteers help us serve more kids and restore more teeth - increasing our... Read more »

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 »