Appalachia Dental Project — 2021
Working in partnership with Smilefaith, a 501(c)3 organization, we will provide dental care to children in need in and around Jenkins, Kentucky. Volunteers base out of a guesthouse in Jenkins and work for four days in an established clinic. The clinic was built by Smilefaith to provide free dental care to families in need in the surrounding area. GDR volunteers have the entire clinic during the time they are volunteering.
Jenkins is a small bucolic community, situated in the southeast corner of Kentucky, close to the Virginia border. Historically Jenkins was a center for the Appalachian coal mining industry. Recent studies in the area indicate that more than 53% of children between the ages of 9 and 12 have untreated cavities.
Volunteers stay in a guesthouse built specifically for people working in the dental clinic. The guesthouse cook prepares all meals for volunteers. During your time off you can enjoy hikes in the beautiful countryside.
Appalachia Dental Project Itinerary/Cost +
|1||Arrive Jenkins, KY. On arrival meet your project leader and fellow volunteers. Overnight at the guesthouse in Jenkins.||(-‐/-‐/D)|
|2||Jenkins. Morning project briefing and health assessment. Afternoon start working in the clinic. Overnight at the guesthouse.||(B/L/D)|
|3||Jenkins. Full day working in the clinic. Overnight at the guesthouse in Jenkins.||(B/L/D)|
|4||Jenkins. Full day working in the clinic. Overnight at the guesthouse in Jenkins.||(B/L/D)|
|5||Jenkins. Full day working in the clinic. Overnight at the guesthouse in Jenkins.||(B/L/D)|
|6||End Jenkins. Depart today for your journey home.||(B/-‐/-‐)|
Project Cost: The cost for participation in this project is $650 per person, based on double occupancy (*will provide single rooms when possible*). The fee includes three meals a day and five nights of accommodation in a comfortable guesthouse and COVID test on-site.
*We highly encourage all volunteers to drive to limit possible exposure to COVID.
**Keep in mind that the closest airport is a two-hour drive. If you fly, you will need to rent a car to get to Jenkins.
***Before registering for this clinic, you must read and agree to the Domestic Clinic COVID Policy Manual.
|2021 Departure Dates:|
|March 16 – 21, 2021|
|March 23 – 28, 2021|
|September 21 – 26, 2021|
|Sept. 28 – Oct. 3, 2021|
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