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Volunteer Overseas

Dentistry Elective Placements Overseas with Projects Abroad

Dentistry Elective volunteer observes check-up

Join one of our rewarding Dentistry Elective projects and explore dental practice in a developing country! These worthwhile placements are tailor-made for undergraduates studying towards a degree in Dentistry. Challenge yourself, learn new skills and gain valuable experience in a completely different environment.

Next Step: Click here to choose a destination for your Dentistry Elective

How does an Elective abroad differ from a placement in the UK?

As a dentistry student taking your Elective abroad, you will get to witness the differences in healthcare between your host and home countries. As you will be based in a developing country, you will often work with limited resources and basic facilities. Some private clinics have more up-to-date equipment, but local staff have to be flexible and creative in their approach to treating patients.

In addition, many people in the countries in which we work cannot afford regular dental check-ups. As a result of this you will see many oral conditions in their advanced stages.

What will I do?

Dentistry Elective volunteers will work alongside local medical staff, learning from them and assisting where necessary. You can choose whether you'd like to be based in a dental unit within a large hospital or a dedicated dental practice. Whichever placement you choose, you will be involved in many aspects of oral hygiene and care.

You may also have the opportunity to take part in dental outreach work where you will visit communities, schools or orphanages. Students may find themselves helping to run workshops on basic oral hygiene, taking part in basic dental check-ups and running special clinics. The availability of outreach work depends on your choice of destination.

Staff support for our Elective students

We provide extensive support to our Elective students, prior to departure and during your placement. Our staff can assist with the completion of your paperwork for university, and one of our Volunteer Advisors will be in regular contact to guide you through your trip preparations prior to your departure. You will be assigned a supervisor when in-country, who will be your mentor for the duration of your Elective placement. Local staff are also available 24/7 to provide support and answer any questions you might have.

When should I apply?

Most universities have a set date by which time your Elective application paperwork needs to be completed. If your university needs information on the hospital or clinic in which you will be placed, or requires forms to be signed by your project supervisor, we recommend completing our application form at least one month before your deadline. This is because we can only provide the detailed information about your project once you have applied and been accepted onto an Elective placement with us.

If you are not an Elective student or would rather take part in our standard Dentistry projects, please see our Dentistry Projects page.

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