Dentistry Programme

  • Location: Jamaica
  • Types of Partners: Health Centres, Communities and Schools
  • Population Served: Children and adults
  • Age Group Served: All
  • Number of People Cared For: 20+ (varies for each partner)
  • Minimum Stay: From 2 weeks
  • Sustainable Development Goal: Good Health and Well-Being
  • Programme Requirements: Volunteers should have completed at least one year of dental school (observation only), while persons with two years or more years of study can access practical work opportunities at the discretion of partners. Professionals will be asked to register to do practical work, to observe only no registration is required. RSVP Caribbean will guide you through the simple registration process.
  • Work Schedule: 5 hours per day, Monday – Friday
  • Activities: Weekly workshops and cultural events
  • Accommodation Type: Host Family
  • Price: From $1,400USD per person, convert to your currency. Please see Programme and Project Price for Jamaica
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner (adapted to dietary requirements as necessary)
  • What is Included: 24-hour support, accommodation, programme, two meals, transportation to and from the airport, taxi cost from host family to partner agency, please see What is Included for a full list
  • What is Not Included: Airfare, daily lunch, internet, laundry, travel and health insurance, please see What is Not Included for a full list
  • Start Dates: Flexible
  • Age of Volunteer: Must be 18+

Poor and vulnerable persons in the Caribbean do not pay a lot of attention to dental care. They are unable to afford dental care privately as it is very costly. Some try to access dental care through government run centres and hospitals but at times they are unable to afford transportation to get to these centres where some services are free. Volunteers are needed to assist with dental health education by going into some of these communities to conduct workshops and where possible, provide basic services. As a volunteer you will work alongside locally trained dentists and dental hygienists at a health center or in communities to provide care. The types of services include dental examinations, diagnosis, tooth extraction, filling, cleaning, fluoride applications and oral health education. Dental students, dental assistants, dental hygienists and dentists can volunteer at a health centre in Jamaica. Dental students will only be able to observe but professionals, once registered with the Dental Council of Jamaica, will be able to do practical work.