Dental volunteer abroad can help you look at the world with a whole new pair of eyes. Not only will our dental program in India give you the invaluable hands on experience that you need to excel in your studies and advance in your career, but our program will help you form deeper connections with the matter who really matter, along the way. Suitable for both dental and pre-dental students, our dental electives in Kerala (South India) or Kolkata (East India) are designed to place you in a structured and disciplined working environment, under the supervision of expert medical staff who are there to both challenge you and guide you.
Broaden your horizons with Volunteering Journeys and take your dental volunteer program in a developing country; open your eyes and learn more about healthcare and medicine in a world where resources are not readily available. You’ll be thrown into a completely different setting and will be working towards improving the healthcare system in some of the poorest communities in India.
During your time as a dental volunteer in historical city of Kolkata (East India) or the stunning tropical paradise of Kerala (South India), you will be thrown into the mix in local hospitals and dental clinics and you’ll be expected to take a hands on approach to your learning. But don’t worry our team are on hand to support and help you every step of the way and you will be working under the supervision on experienced medical teams and dentists from start to finish.
The work you do will be with expert dentist and not only will you get to put your skills to the test in a real life situation and get hands on training, but you will get to experience life in a different country and get to know all the challenges of dental care in the developing country.
Our dental electives abroad are suitable for professional and dental students alike. There are two incredible locations to choose from and you will get the unique opportunity to take part in outreach work and give back to poor, disadvantaged communities as you train, learn and travel.
All The Details
Kochi, South India
Kolkata, East India
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Program Fee Includes:
- Placement fees to dental clinics
- Supervisor at your place of work.
- Your Accommodation: You will live in our volunteers house or a local guest house.
- Breakfast and Lunch or Dinner (depending on location)
- 24/7 Emergency local numbers
- Transport to sites on local public transport
- Area Orientation on arrival
- Recommendation or certificates of completion (upon request)
- Opportunity to run local dental camps in the community
Whats not included in your Program Fee:
- Flights to the program destination
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- 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.
Shalini Deo: Kolkata Manager
Shalini has spent a decade as a corporate trainer for language and behavioural skills for IT, banking to hospitality sectors. She is founder of New Agragati, a self help group which empowers 140 women by skill training and employment. Her passion to contribute to society introduced Shalini to us. She conducts cultural orientation and immersion programs, language courses and helps volunteers adjust better in India and particularly Kolkata. Shalini is basically super awesome to have around.
- The nearest airport for this program in Kerala is Cochin International Airport (COK)
- The nearest airport for this program in Kolkata is Kolkata Subash Chandra Bose Airport (CCU)
- We recommend you apply for Visas before you arrive. Our Kerala/Kolkata Volunteer Guide will give you guidance on how to get your visas.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program. You can get in touch with our team if you need travel insurance organised.
- Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
- We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel to India. Goto www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
- 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 dental clinics or hospitals or community centres
Friday 10:00-12:00 PM you will be on our community programs or with local schools giving workshops or running a dental camps in the community (run during certain times of the year only)
Evenings and Weekends are free for your leisure.
Free Time on Weekends
During your free time and weekends, we encourage all our volunteers to explore their local area. In East India’s Kolkata, you can explore the history and remains of the British Empire and also visit Darjeeling,a charming tea plantation town nestled in the hills! For those volunteering in South India’s Kerala region, there are so many opportunities for sightseeing; take a temple tour of the nearby area, discover Cochin’s backwaters by houseboat and immerse yourself in the local culture, or take a day trip to the nearby beaches along the coast.
What Happens When I Arrive?
We arrange safe, comfortable and convenient accommodation near the hospital / clinic grounds in our volunteer house. Because we encourage community living, all rooms will be shared with another volunteer; this is a great way of making new friends for life and you will always have someone to talk to about your experiences. However, you can also upgrade to a private room if this is what you prefer. All rooms will be supplied with a fan for your personal comfort and each room features its own en-suite bathroom (western style bathrooms).
Breakfast and lunch will be provided every day, consisting of tasty local dishes our volunteers really love trying the local food but if you prefer a western menu, there are many local cafes and restaurants close by. In Kolkata dinner will also be provided.
Health and Safety :
When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents and on arrival.Please read our Health and Safety pages for more details.
Volunteering Journeys Foundation:
Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Volunteering Journey’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world. 100% of each donation goes directly to support our projects. Go to our Donation page if you want to support or fundraise for any of our community programs.
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.’