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Interactive Learning Center Docent/Tour Guide

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 10 people are interested

What are docents?

Docents are volunteer tour guides at the Anthony L. and Hideko S. Burgess Interactive Learning Center (ILC). Through leading visitor experiences, docents will have a unique opportunity to educate students and the community about culture, medicine, science, geography, and leadership.

What is the Anthony L. and Hideko S. Burgess Interactive Learning Center (ILC)?

The ILC is Operation Smile's newest program located at our global headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Through guided tours of our immersive exhibit, visitors will be able to journey alongside our friends who are affected by cleft conditions as they seek the safe surgery and comprehensive care they need and deserve. With empathy and compassion at the heart of the exhibit, ILC guests will better understand the challenges that patients and their families overcome on their paths toward brighter futures.

Who can become a docent?

Our volunteers at Operation Smile are such an integral part of our team, we welcome everyone interested to apply! Ideal candidates are individuals passionate about humanitarian work, empathy, and lifelong learning with enthusiasm for community engagement and hospitality. Former involvement with Operation Smile or prior teaching experience is helpful, but not required. While docents lead tour groups of all ages, a majority will be student field trips. Docent candidates must be available weekdays and some mornings.

More opportunities with OPERATION SMILE INC

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.




Mission Statement

At Operation Smile we believe every child suffering from cleft lip or cleft palate deserves exceptional surgical care.


Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care. Since 1982, Operation Smile has developed expertise in mobilizing volunteer medical teams to conduct surgical missions in resource-poor environments while adhering to the highest standards of care and safety. Operation Smile helps to fill the gap in providing access to safe, well-timed surgeries by partnering with hospitals, governments and ministries of health, training local medical personnel, and donating much-needed supplies and equipment to surgical sites around the world. Founded and based in Virginia, U.S., Operation Smile has extended its global reach to more than 60 countries through its network of credentialed surgeons, pediatricians, doctors, nurses, and student volunteers. For more information, visit .


Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Health & Medicine
Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Health & Medicine


We'll work with your schedule.


Operation Smile Global Headquarters3641 Faculty BoulevardVirginia Beach, VA 23453



  • General Education
  • Community Outreach
  • People Skills
  • STEM


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Tours may last about 90 minutes. Expectation of 2-3 tours per month. We would prefer a 6 month to 1 year commitment, or longer if volunteer is interested

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