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VIETNAM 2014 - We came from Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, California, Washington, USA and joining hand with our team in Saigon, Long An, Tien Giang and Hue, Vietnam, and with the support of many of you at home, we were able to pull off another TRIP OF A... (4 photos)

 

VIETNAM 2013 - Working along side with the Tien Giang Red Cross, our combined team served thousands of children and adults in remote villages of the Mekong Delta. Please read the travelog for a full report of this exceptional dental outreach. (20 photos)

 

VIETNAM 2012 - Another unforgettable dental operation for DDS4Kids team! We came from different parts of North America and together we rolled our sleeve up and served hundreds of elementary school children all day long, day after day in different villages, only st... (30 photos)

 

VIETNAM 2011 - We came from Ottawa - Canada, North Carolina and Tennessee - USA, London - England, Cologne - Germany, Tel Aviv - Israel, and Saigon - Vietnam to join hand providing free dental care and dental education for children and families living in deep pover... (20 photos)

 

Vietnam 2010 - It was another successful dental operation for our team. We are dentists, dental students, and non-dental volunteers from the US, UK, Italy, Canada, Australia, and Vietnam. We worked side by side with the local Red Cross staff treating 200-300 chil... (20 photos)

 

Vietnam 2009 - Beyond Dental Relief - Every year when our team traveled into remote villages, we met children with different health issues who desperately need help. DDS4Kids provides financial and emotional assistance to the families so the children can get needed surgical treatment in... (4 photos)

 

Vietnam 2009 - Dental Education Program - Five year dental program given to some of the poorest elementary schools in the Mekong Delta where thousands of village children receive year round dental health education with gift of toothbrushes and school supplies. (6 photos)

 

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DDS4KIDS
Humanitarian Dental Relief Organization

DDS4Kids is a federal and state licensed non-profit health organization with the exclusive purpose to provide charitable dental care treatment and preventive dental health education on a long-term basis to children and adults living in deep poverty in the developing countries in the world. Dentists, health professionals, and non-health volunteers are needed on each team. While sharing our skills and resources with the underserved rural populations, team members will have an opportunity to experience the unique beauty of the country and its people that most tourists do not come to know.

 
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VOLUNTEER TRIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

 OUR PURPOSE:

OUR TEAMS TRAVEL TO REMOTE VILLAGES WITH THE SOLE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING FREE DENTAL/MEDICAL SERVICES TO RURAL COMMUNITIES. OUR TEAM MEMBERS ARE THOSE WHO ARE CARING, COMPASSIONATE, HARD WORKING, FLEXIBLE, EASY GOING, ENJOY HELPING OTHERS, AND BRING THE FUN WITH THEM EVERYWHERE THEY GO.

WE ARE NOT A TRAVEL AGENCY AND OUR TRIPS ARE NOT VACATIONS FOR THE REGULAR ADVENTURE SEEKERS.  DDS4KIDS IS A NON-PROFIT HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION WITH NO PAID STAFF, ONLY LIFE-LONG VOLUNTEERS. 

DURING THE 2 WEEK OUTREACH, OUR IDEA OF FUN IS TO HELP AS MANY KIDS AS WE POSSIBLY COULD IN THIS SHORT PERIOD.  YOU ARE FREE TO TAKE EXTRA TIME TO TOUR THE COUNTRY AND SOUTHEAST ASIA IF YOU LIKE, WE WILL HELP YOU MAKE THE ARRANGEMENT.

 

Vietnam is a beautiful country with extremely friendly people, it was voted as one of the safest countries for tourists on Conde Nast traveling magazine in Southeast Asia.  Our team will reach remote villages by car and by boat and sometimes on foot, we will get to see the real VN and its people that most tourists do not have the opportunity to see.  The Vietnamese cuisine is a mixed between French and Chinese, the best of both world.  The best part of the trip to me is the friendship and the bond our team forms with the local Red Cross staff, with the local villagers, with the children we serve, it is the human bond that stay forever in our heart and it is what makes us want to return year after year. 

Would you like to be part of this life changing experience?  JOIN US!

* SIERRA LEONE - 2 weeks minimum - please contact us for details.

* Vietnam - February 22 - March 8, 2014 - Mission accomplished.

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* Peru - October 2014.  Under construction.

* Vietnam - March 7 - 20, 2015 - Applications accepted.

Himalayas - May 2015 - Under construction.

* Vietnam - February 20 - March 4, 2016 - Application accepted.

* Vietnam - February 18 - March 3, 2017 - Application accepted.

* Vietnam - March 3 - 16, 2018 - Application accepted.


Teams for Vietnam trips are kept at the maximum of 8-10 volunteers on a first come first serve basis.  Before you sign up, please look through the Question and Answer column completely and make sure this kind of volunteer trip is for you.  If you come to VN to serve lots of kids and people in need, don't mind working long days, and travel extensively to remote villages, you will be in for a life changing experience.

Go to Volunteer page, print out the application, fill it out and send a complete application package to us, we will contact you as soon as we receive your application.

At times we might receive more applications than space allowed for certain trips, but we do make a serious effort to accommodate every volunteer and wish to welcome all in this extremely rewarding endeavor.  THANK YOU!

*IMPORTANT:  YOU MUST HAVE INTERNET CONNECTION AND ABLE TO COMMUNICATE THROUGH EMAIL EFFICIENTLY*

 

DO YOU HAVE THE POWER TO BE A VOLUNTEER?

Real power is about presence.  It is the energy of knowing that you are who you are, and therefore speaking and acting from your authentic self.  It doesn't matter what your work is - if you are a teacher, a dentist, a homemaker, a student, or whatever; it is your presence that is the power.  It is not power over anybody else.  Power of personal presence is in the sense of empowerment.  Love is the real power.  It brings out your creativity, and helps everyone around you flower.  Marion Woodman - Analyst and Author

 

 

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FAQs
Where do the team set up clinic and what condition we work in?

 

DO I NEED EXPERIENCE IN VOLUNTEER DENTISTRY TO JOIN?

 

Is my space on the team guaranteed once I send my complete application to DDS4Kids?

 

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF DDS4KIDS BUDGET COVERS OVERHEAD? HOW MUCH DO THE CEO TAKE AS SALARY?

 

Is there any religious requirement to join?

 

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE TRIP AND HOW IS IT FUNDED?

 

Is there a limit in age to volunteer?

 

CAN I ARRIVE EARLIER OR LEAVE LATER THAN THE TRIP DATE?

 

What time of year are the trips?

 

HOW DO I MAKE MY TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT?

 

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Dental Journal Articles
Dr. Noel Perkins -
British Dental Journal,
January 2009

 

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