Yucatan Peninsula Dental Project

In 2021, GDR expanded its work to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. GDR’s clinic is set up near Akumal, a small sleepy town 20 miles north of Tulum. Akumal is Mayan for sea turtle, which is apropos for this stunningly beautiful and undeveloped beach location where sea turtles roam freely.

Global Dental Relief volunteers work with Mayan communities in this impoverished area, delivering dental care to thousands of children. Clinics are set up in partnership with DIF – a national social welfare program intended to help the poorest families in rural Mexico.

Volunteers stay in the small beach town of Akumal, in a beachfront location and travel a short distance to the clinic each day. When not working in the clinic, volunteers have the opportunity to snorkel, relax on the beach, visit Mayan ruins or enjoy a nearby cenote.

Mexico – Yucatan Peninsula Dental Project Itinerary/Cost +

Working in partnership with the local community, we will set up a clinic in the pueblo of Akumal, located 105 kilometers south of Cancun. Volunteers base out of Akumal Beach and work for six days in the clinic. After the clinic, participants have two days to relax on the beach, go snorkeling or diving or visit the famous ruins of nearby Tulum. Additional sightseeing options are also available.

Day Location Meals
1 Fly from the U.S. to Cancun – Akumal On arrival in Cancun, transfer from the airport to Akumal. Evening at leisure in Akumal. Overnight in Akumal. (-­‐/-­‐/-­‐)
2 Akumal. Morning snorkeling in Akumal bay to see the sea turtles. Afternoon project briefing. Overnight in Akumal. (B/L/-­‐)
3 Akumal – Pueblo. The clinic, situated in the pueblo of Akumal, less than a mile away. Full day working in the clinic. Return to Akumal in the late afternoon. Overnight in Akumal. (B/L/-­‐)
4 – 6 Pueblo. Working in the clinic. Return to Akumal in the late afternoon. Overnight in Akumal. (B/L/-­‐)
7 Pueblo. Working in the clinic. Return to Akumal in the late afternoon. Evening farewell dinner. Overnight in Akumal. (B/L/-­‐)
8 Akumal. Day at leisure. For those interested, your project leader will offer optional excursions (to be paid on site) to: 1.) a nearby cenote, 2.) snorkeling in Ya Kul lagoon, or 3.) scuba diving. Overnight in Akumal. (B/L/-­‐)
9 End Akumal. Transfer to the Cancun airport for your flight home or continue with independent travel. End of services. (B/-­‐/-­‐)


Project Cost: The cost for participation in this project is $2,075 per person, based on double occupancy (*For single occupancy and triple occupancy rates, please call our office*).

Includes: two meals a day while working in the clinic, the farewell dinner and breakfast only on sightseeing days; four star accommodation in a two-bedroom/two-bathroom beachfront condo on Akumal Bay for eight nights; all internal overland transportation within Mexico; all transfers; and sightseeing as listed in the project.

Options to Itinerary: You may come and volunteer in the clinic only without sightseeing in Tulum. The cost for participation in the clinic only is $1,890 per person based on double occupancy. The fee includes: seven nights of accommodation in a two-bedroom/two-bathroom beachfront condo on Akumal Bay; two meals per day in the clinic and the farewell dinner; daily transportation to and from the clinic site; and arrival and departure airport transfers.

*Global Dental can help arrange your international airfare. Round trip flights from the U.S. to Cancun range from $500 to $800.

GDR is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. A percentage of the cost is tax deductible.

2022 – 2023 Project Dates:
October 15 – 23, 2022
October 23 – 31, 2022
May 27 – June 4, 2023
June 4 – 12, 2023
October 14 – 22, 2023
October 22 – 30, 2023

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