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Organizing own overseas volunteer work

Discussion in 'Dental' started by doctor.ee, Jul 4, 2017.

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  1. doctor.ee


    Apr 23, 2017
    Does anyone have experience organizing a dental service trip overseas outside of the organizations already established? I am doing an independent study (pre-dent student) about establishing a charitable foundation component of a private practice where one goes to an underserved area for a week or so to set up a clinic twice a year and serve others. Do you have any experience with this type of work? All I can really find by doing a google search is volunteering with other larger organizations. What kind of certifications/licensure do you need from the country you are visiting?
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  3. schmoob

    schmoob SDN Moderator 2+ Year Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    IMO I would not do this. Many ADCOMS have a problem with overseas volunteer dental work. There are lots of ethical boundary questions involved, and it may end up hurting you more than helping. I would try to find an underserved area domestically and volunteer here.
  4. HarryEvans


    Aug 16, 2017
    Hello there! That was really an amazing work you are doing. I didn't have any idea about volunteering overseas. But my sister was participated in a mission humanitaire Afrique as a volunteer to help people living overseas.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017 at 3:43 AM
  5. free99

    free99 SDN Moderator 2+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Wait until you're a dentist to try to set something like this up. There's too much you don't know right now for this undertaking
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