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Volunteer Overseas

Professional Volunteering Opportunities for Dentists and Dental Nurses in Jamaica

  • Placement location: Mandeville
  • Requirements: Qualifications as a dentist or dental hygienist
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: Two weeks
  • Start Dates: Flexible start dates year-round

Professional volunteer opportunities for qualified dentists and dental nurses are available year-round in Jamaica. However, each year we run a special dentistry programme in partnership with Child’s Smile. During these two weeks we need the help of professional dentists and dental nurses to offer dental care and treatments to children in rural communities. The dates for this year are 11 - 25 August 2018.

The majority of children in rural communities in Jamaica cannot afford to go to a dentist and have never received any dental treatment. In the last two years the dental team has provided care to over 1,000 children.

Oftentimes far more children turn out than the dental team can attend to, so your help is needed to ensure that more children have access to important dental services.

Here you will find answers to the following questions:

Dentistry in Jamaica

How can volunteer dentists help in Jamaica?

What will I gain from this project?

What will Projects Abroad PRO provide?

What skills or qualifications do I need?

How can dentists and dental nurses help in Jamaica?

Volunteer dentists and dental nurses will work in dental clinics in Mandeville, Manchester and occasionally in mobile clinics or at community outreaches. You must be a registered dentist or dental nurse. The minimum duration for this project is two weeks and start dates are flexible.

PRO Dentists will:

  • Carry out dental examinations and diagnose a patient’s dental condition. Extracting teeth
  • Extract teeth.
  • Provide fillings.
  • Clean, scale and polish teeth.
  • Complete fluoride applications.
  • Take part in oral health education sessions.
  • Engage in community dental outreaches as scheduled.

PRO Dental Nurses will:

  • Ensure all dental instruments are correctly decontaminated.
  • Set up for patients.
  • Provide the Dentist with the correct instruments and equipment.
  • Serve as an assistant to the dentist during treatment, by passing the relevant equipment and instruments to him, in the same vein retracting and aspirating if necessary.
  • Mix and prepare materials.
  • Write patient notes efficiently and correctly as dictated by the Dentist.
  • Monitor patients from the entering the room, during treatment and after the surgery/procedure.
  • Offer reassurance and support to patients.
  • Greet patients and check them in.
  • Take part in oral health education sessions.
  • Engage in community dental outreaches as scheduled.

What will I gain from this project?

This project will allow you to gain experience of dental practice in the developing world. You will be able to work alongside trained professionals and they will want to share ideas. You will also see techniques and diagnoses which may be unfamiliar to you. This is all part of working in a foreign country and can be a useful learning experience.

Through working with patients and local staff, you will learn about the Jamaican culture and way of life. They will want to hear about your life back home and your family and friends. We call this the ‘cultural exchange’ and we think it helps our volunteers gain a new perspective on life.

What will Projects Abroad PRO provide?

We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Jamaica is successful and enjoyable:

  • Safe accommodation in a host family.
  • 3 meals a day.
  • Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure.
  • Medical and travel insurance.

What skills or qualifications do I need?

We are looking for qualified dentists, dental nurses, dental hygienists and dentistry students to help with this programme.

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