About “Smiles for Central America”
Twice a year, teams of dental and medical professionals and other volunteers are formed to travel to Central America to participate in “Smiles for Central America” expeditions.
Our primary focus is to provide dental and medical services for young men and women in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, and Nicaragua to help prepare them to serve full-time LDS missions.
To get a taste of a Smiles for Central America expedition, we invite you to watch this video: http://vimeo.com/74124853. Learn more by visiting our website: smilesforcentralamerica.com.
We are now accepting applications for our Fall 2017 humanitarian expedition to Central America!
SMILES FOR NICARAGUA
November 9 through November 19, 2017
Click here to fill out your application!
We anticipate helping approximately 600 young men and women prepare to serve LDS missions by providing assistance in filling out missionary papers, haircuts, missionary photos, blood and urine tests, missionary medical exams, dental hygiene, hygiene training, comprehensive restorative dentistry, endodontics, and oral surgery.
We will also be participating in various community service projects while we are in Nicaragua, including projects for orphanages, a children’s cancer hospital, a maternity hospital, a service project for the families in a local LDS ward, and several visits to families in need.
Our team will be made up of approximately 120 volunteers. The estimated numbers of medical and dental professionals and volunteers needed are:
- 22 general dentists
- 5 endodontists
- 6 oral and maxillofacial surgeons
- 5 physicians
- 1 prosthodontist, orthodontist, or dental lab technician (to make replacement teeth)
- 2 nurses
- 3-4 dental hygienists
- 1-2 medical lab technicians
- 31 dental and oral surgical assistants (including pre-dental students)
- 2-3 volunteers to give haircuts
- Other volunteers to staff the dental and medical clinic areas
Dental and medical professionals are encouraged (but not required) to bring a trained assistant and/or family members to assist in the clinic. This will enable us to be as efficient as possible in this large endeavor.
The full cost of this trip will be approximately $2700-2800. The cost includes airfare from and returning to Salt Lake City (may be different for those departing from and returning to other airports), hotels, meals, and ground transportation. In addition to the 5 day medical/dental clinic in Managua, we will take a three night vacation at the end of the trip to beautiful Costa Rica. Everyone, including tour leaders, pays his/her own way.
Applications will be reviewed as soon as possible. You will be contacted for a phone interview within a few weeks.
Space on this expedition is limited and we anticipate receiving more applications than we will be able to accommodate. If the spots for your position are filled, we will put your name on a list for consideration for future trips.
Experience has shown that this type of service expedition is not suited for young children or babies, and that teenagers 16 and over are best able to participate in the long work days. As space is limited, we will be accepting only a limited number of minors on this expedition. No minors will be accepted without at least one parent accompanying them, and minors must be supervised by a parent throughout the trip.
Click here to learn more about this expedition.
We hope you will plan to join us!
David Sheets, Director
Smiles for Central America
Smiles for Central America Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization