Our Dental Internship in India will not only give you the invaluable clinical experience that you need to excel in your studies and advance in your career, but our dental program will help you form networks with the dental community in India. Suitable for dental students from Year 1 to 3 in particular, our dental electives in Cochin, Kerala (South India) are designed to place you in a structured and disciplined working environment, under the supervision of an expert dentist who is there to both challenge you and guide you.
Kerala is an incredible location to choose from and the dentist we will send you to is run by a very renowned dentist in Cochin. There are a good flow of patients coming in daily and students can spend their time learning about : Oral Rehabilitation, Crowns and Bridges, FixingCosmetic/ Aesthetic Dentistry, Dentofacial Orthopedics, Impaction / Impacted Tooth Extraction, Conservative Dentistry, Dental Fillings, Dental Implants, FixingInvisible/Clear Braces, and Laser Surgery.
We have a capacity limit on this program so before you apply please get in touch with us about availability.
Our Dental program is conducted at a private dental clinic of Dr Nachupadam in Ernakulam city.
The clinic is 40 mins from the volunteer house. The dentist is famous for adult orthodontics and
clear aligner therapy.
This program is suitable for dental students or those with at least some level of knowledge or experience in the field – it is not suited for participants with no experience at all. Participants work under the guidance and mentorship of the leading dentist at the clinic and his team across both general and cosmetic practices.
We place no more than 2 to 4 students in the clinic at once to ensure there is no overcrowding and the dentist
and his team can spend time to teach each of you. It is important to note that the experience for all dental clinics is mainly observation-based, where students will get exposure to a wide range of cases. We recommend you to join for a minimum of 4 weeks if you want to get a good exposure in to this placement.
You can expect to work for 5 to 7 hours a day. Timings will be given to you on arrival by our program coordinators. Weekends will be free for your leisure and you will can stay and travel around Kerala or travel around India. Our local team would be glad to help you out in country with any weekend excursions.
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Program Fee Includes:
- Airport Transfers
- Shared accommodation in our volunteer house
- Breakfast and Dinner
- 24/7 Staff support
- Orientation on arrival
- Dental Placement
Whats not included in your Program Fee:
- Flights to the program destination
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Travel Cost to the placement
- Personal shopping and gratuities
- Local excursions
Geetha Raj: Kerala Program Manager
Geetha is the backbone of our programs in Kerala. Her friendliness, generosity and warmth towards every volunteer will leave you feeling extra special. Having worked as local journalist for almost 10 years, Geetha grew a passion for community development work is very forward thinking. She is instrumental in Program development and is a born leader, giving you the direction you will need to succeed as a volunteer. Her team will look after all your needs from the time you enter Kerala to the time you leave.
- The nearest airport for this program in Kerala is Cochin International Airport (COK)
- We recommend you apply for Visas before you arrive.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program.
- For support on any of the above email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Breakfast 08:00 to 09:00 AM
Monday to Thursday 10:00 – 16:00 PM you can expect to be at the clinics
Friday 10:00-12:00 PM you can join our community programs in a local schools giving workshops. This is optional and must be discussed with the local team on arrival.
Dinner: 18:00 to 19:00 PM
Evenings and Weekends are free for your leisure.
What Happens When I Arrive?
Your accommodation will be in our volunteer house in the quaint town of Fort Kochi. You will be given a room to share with your family. If you need private rooms we can arrange this at an additional cost. The house is a wonderful new built with a gorgeous rooftop, lounge area, dining area and ample space to relax and unwind.Our office is also on the ground floor so we are always around incase you need us.
Your meals will be cooked by our chef who prepares this fresh everyday. Breakfast and Dinner are Keralan meals made with locally available ingredients. Lunch is not included in your program as you will be at the clinics during lunch time. We recommend you to buy your lunch meals locally.
The clinic will be in the city which is 30-40 mins travel. Transport to the clinic will be on public bus or you can take the ferry to Ernakulam. This is a great way of experiencing local life and all our students love travelling by ferry and bus.
Weekends and Free Time:
This program in India is based in Kochi, Kerala, recently voted as the top 10 cities to visit in 2020 by the Lonely Planet. During your free time and weekends, we encourage all our volunteers to explore their local area. Kerala is great and local cultural activities that you can get involved in include the Kathakali (traditional dance) or yoga classes. You can visit local beaches or enjoy the famous Kerala backwaters boat trip and if you have more time visit the lush tea plantations of Munnar where you can even go trekking.
Fort Kochi where you will be living is an amazing area to live in and we are walking distance to amenities like supermarkets, hospitals, atms, and also sightseeing places so you will have plenty to do and see. Our local team will certainly guide you as much as possible.
Volunteering with a Difference!
‘My experience in India was absolutely fantastic. Having never done anything like this before, Volunteering Journeys made sure I settled in well and supported me throughout my time. Being placed with an amazing family gave me the chance to experience Indian culture first hand. I was part of the Disabled Childcare Programs for two weeks. Although short, I felt the time I spent was so valuable for the children. If this is something that you are interested in I would 100% recommend it. The memories, friendships and experiences you will develop will be ones that you will never forget.’
‘The teaching experience was second to none. I was overwhelmed by the respect and politeness all the children have, which made it some much easier to work with them, even with the language barrier. The amazing thing about the schools I visited was that all the children are like little sponges, they absorb everything you say, teach and do! It’s quite outstanding how much they gain from just a small conversation in the playground or in the class room.
So in general if you are questioning whether you want to volunteer and you don’t know what company to go with, it has the be Volunteering Journeys. You will be well looked after, gain an immense experience and make friends for life!!!’
‘I took a short sabbatical from work in November 2013 and decided to come to India. I was helping at a small school in Fort Kochi, teaching English, Maths, Science and the odd nursery rhyme. The school where I volunteered had amazing teachers and the kids were great. Ridhi and the team organised everything brilliantly – from cycling tours to the backwaters, to hosting me with a family that made my stay feel like home. If you’re going to volunteer in India then I highly recommend Volunteering Journeys’
“J’ai passé deux mois formidables à Kochi en travaillant comme volontaire avec Volunteering Journeys. Deux mois de ma vie que je n’oublierais jamais. J’ai rencontré des gens incroyables et participé à des projets qui me tenaient vraiment à coeur. J’ai pu voir l’aboutissement de mes efforts et le sourire sur le visage des enfants. Une expérience magique que je recommande à tous. Merci Rainbow”
‘I spent 3 wonderful weeks with the Volunteering Journeys team in Kerala, it marked the beginning of almost 2 months adventuring through India, and I can say without a doubt it was one of my favourite experiences of my time spent in incredible India! From the moment my plane landed and I was greeted by a friendly face and whisked away to a wonderful home, the local staff were incredibly welcoming, helpful, supportive and great fun to be around!
I spent my time volunteering in 2 local schools, assisting with English studies. The enthusiasm and joy with which the children approach their days will ensure you never want to leave!I cannot recommend Volunteering Journeys highly enough, it was such a joyful introduction to India – it’s culture, people and crazy beautiful way of life. You will leave with some fond memories and firm friendships’
‘I volunteered by teaching English both at a school and at an all girls’ orphanage for two months. It has been the best experience of my life so far. I really got to know the children I was teaching and seeing the children’s English improve over my time was an incredible feeling. From being introduced to yoga to tasting delicious flavoursome Indian cuisine and living in “God’s own country”, has left me eager to return. I have made friends across the World who made my time spent in Kerala unforgettable. I highly recommend volunteering with Volunteering Journeys; Kerala is beautiful and you will gain fun memories.’
‘I spent two weeks running an art workshop which was absolutely fantastic. The children were so enthusiastic and bustled about with paste and paint, putting together the most amazing creations. They were not used to producing collaborative work and were thrilled when their individual efforts achieved a glorious whole. Their personalities really shone through and I became very fond of them in the short time I was with them. Thank you to Volunteering Journeys for enabling me to have such a wonderful experience!’
‘There is some kind of magic that happens when you’re in India. The climate, the people, the warm welcome, the happiness in every person, the culture, it’s simply inspiring. On top of that having a group of friendly, thoughtful organizers guiding me through the program made my time volunteering with Volunteering Journeys one of the most memorable moments in my life.
If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don’t hesitate, become a volunteer. It will be the most rewarding experience and adventure of your life. I assure you that you will have a vital impact on the community, the place and the children. I would recommend Volunteering Journeys without hesitation. Well organized and hassle free adventure. You get help and guidance with everything you need. Kerala was my destination. Safe, beautiful and very friendly. Just do it and have an adventure of your life!’
“Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”
‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’
‘We decided to volunteer as part of our family vacation. It was the perfect balance: making a contribution but not being asked to do too much, with Volunteering Journeys staff with us every step of the way to help, support, clarify, etc. I was also impressed that they didn’t feed us a line about how we were changing the world in a week; I knew going in that *we* would be the ones most changed, and the staff’s perspective’s was the same: we were making an impact by showing we cared and sharing experiences, which hopefully meant something to a lot of people.’