Be among those who will volunteer NAMASTE

NAMASTE Overview

Each year, humanitarian heroes travel to with us from all across the USA, Canada, and the UK and beyond to help people in great need. In the process, we find that we the volunteers receive far more from the project than we can ever give. We ask each volunteer to join with an open heart, a good sense of humor, a willingness to learn and the ability to “go with the flow”. The purpose of this project can be put out in one word: NAMASTE!

NAMASTE means I honor and salute the divinity that is inside of you. Which we should expressed with everyone we meet, each and every one we treat and touch, just because everyone is special and we acknowledge the power and divinity of each and every one we meet is why we care – that is why we come.

Life Changing

We are repeatedly told by our volunteers their lives have been forever changed positively by the  for World Wide Smiles Projects. They tell us this is one of, if not the most, rewarding experiences of their lives. Volunteers make new friends, learn about different cultures, learn about themselves and have a chance to act from the heart to become that highest person within.

Who Can Go?

You don’t have to be a dental professional to volunteer on the for World Wide Smiles Projects. Dentists of all types, hygienists, dental and hygiene students, and other dental professionals make up about 2/3 of our team. The other 1/3 includes friends, parents, students, doctors, nurses, teacher retirees, lawyers, construction workers and folks from all walks of life. Non-dental professionals help with various jobs such as patient flow, sterilization, radiography, chair side assisting and the education team. Volunteers must be 18 years or older. Exceptions may be requested from Facsimiles staff.

How Long Can I Stay?

Depending on where we are, volunteers stay for 1 week minimum for Haiti, two weeks minimum for Uganda, and more. You must arrive and depart on specific dates (see calendar for details). If you wish to arrive or depart on other dates you must get permission from fwwsmiles staff and you will be responsible for any additional expenses incurred, including hotels.

Costs

  1. Volunteers pay their own airfare and a $200 project fee*.
  2. You can be refunded some or all of your project fee and airfare through our Sponsor a Smile fund raising campaign. Ask for more info.
  3. Your project fee and travel expenses are tax deductible. All donations made to Great Shape! In the Sponsor a Smile campaign is tax deductible for the donor.
  4. Dentists and hygienists must buy or procure donations for all supplies necessary to serve 75 patients per week. Many volunteers get these items donated.
  5. All other volunteers bring 2 boxes of gloves their size and 200 toothbrushes.
  6. All project fees go directly to offset the expenses of the project to operate and administer a well organized, safe and productive international humanitarian experience.