Work side by side with Dentists at a neighbourhood dental health clinic. This Dentistry observation and experience opportunity offers you hands-on dentistry work experience and is aimed at current professionals and aspiring dentists. The project provides an opportunity to work in the local hospital-based dental clinic or a neighbourhood health clinic, where you will experience the stark contrast between Western dentist practice and the day-to-day realities of dentistry at a public dental clinic in a developing country.
Your level of possible involvement will largely depend upon your professional and Spanish language skills, as well as your motivation and willingness to get involved. Your work schedule will be created in a meeting with the departmental director and the volunteer coordinator and supervisor. As with any medical service, volunteers should recognize that their schedules may be subject to sudden change and are dictated by patients' needs.
During this observation and experience program, you will be shadowing the doctors and nurses and you will be able to get hands-on experience in accordance with your qualifications and language skills. In order to gain the most out of your experience - or if you have a specific healthcare goal - please contact us in a timely fashion to discuss your options in greater detail.
What to expect
Working hours will be primarily in the morning when the dentists are at the hospital /health clinic. Intermediate to advanced Spanish speakers will get the most out of the rotation. Friendly and welcoming staff and patients make this rotation a joy to be a part of!
Activities can include but are not limited to:
- Observing, shadowing and assisting the dentist
- Encouraging and teaching prevention of oral diseases through proper hygiene and regular checkups for professional cleaning and evaluation (special prevention program for pregnant woman)
- Providing oral health services support when needed, which includes dental assistance, dental hygiene and dental therapy
- Assisting the dentist according to your skills and experience with dental treatments: dental restorations, crowns, bridges, dentures, root canal therapy, periodontal therapy and extraction of teeth, as well as dental examinations and diagnosis
- Furthermore you are welcome to also work in our other projects such as the English and computer classes for example
This program is suitable for dentistry students and electives with free holiday time, pre-university students and also students taking, or planning to take, specialist dentist courses. The key requirements for a medical volunteer or intern are initiative, enthusiasm, and readiness to work in unfamiliar circumstances. If volunteers have more specialized skills, this will allow for more specialized activities. Basic conversational Spanish skills are required and the more advanced your level of experience and Spanish language skills, the larger the number of opportunities available. To allow for deeper engagement with your placement we also offer 6 free Spanish language lessons every week allowing for an enhanced experience as a volunteer/intern with us.
Volunteer Placement and/or Internship
This program can be booked as a volunteer placement and internship. Please let us know your school or universities internship requirements and we will work out your personalized work plan.
A minimum stay of 4 weeks is required.
Hospital and neighborhood health clinics in Samana, La Pascuala and Las Terrenas
Costs & Benefits
Aldeas de Paz works hard to keep the required financial contribution to an absolute minimum and to offer financial transparency by practicing an open book policy. The calculation of your your financial contribution or donation is set up so that the longer you stay the less you give per week. We do this to encourage longer stays, recognizing that longer stays lead to more significant volunteer work and more energy contributed in the form of donated time in place of money! The minimum contribution starts at € 110 per week including double room accommodation at our Aldeas de Paz Guesthouse. For single room add € 30 per week. Minimum donation for the Host Family stay is € 200 per week and includes a private bedroom and two meals (breakfast and lunch). For more information about costs and benefits check out our webpage .
Extra donation required
We require an extra donation of Euro 30,- per placement week for the Dental Care program. This donation will be spent to provide urgent medical supplies as well as needed equipment for the hospital /health clinic and to cover extra spendings incurred while placed at the hospital /health clinic.
Spanish Language immersion classes - Volunteers or Interns receive 6 free language lessons every week. Classes focus on developing communication skills so that students are able to put their knowledge to practical use as soon as they step outside the classroom. Our teaching method enables students to develop four basic skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. The idea is to learn Spanish in a natural and spontaneous way, just as students have learned their mother tongue. Our students speak Spanish right from the very first day, using it in typical real-life situations: the basic syllabus is supplemented by special exercises, such as role-play, situational dialogues and work projects. Outside the classroom the learning process continues as you are immersed in the Spanish language and culture.
Suggestions on what to bring and donate:
Please bring scrubs and easy to clean closed toe shoes to wear in the hospital as they are mandatory!
Latex gloves, hand sanitizer and face masks (N95 for the TB patients) would be a very helpful donation to the dental clinic.
Guidelines on medical Issues of the Dominican Republic:
WHO report on health care reform in Dominican Republic, 2010
Health System of the Dominican Republic, 2011. The website provides an excellent overview of common medical issues in the DR and the government health system. Only available in Spanish.
Contact Person: Manfred Mönnighoff; Project/charity name: Fundación Aldeas de Paz; Address: Samana, Dominican Republic, Tel: +1 829 7055 123; E-Mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ; Webpage: http://www.peacevillages.org ; Facebook: http://www.facebook/AldeasdePaz ; Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/aldeasdepaz ; Twitter: @AldeasDePaz ; YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Peacevillages
- Patient Care
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Minimum 4 weeks