Unfortunately, the public health care system in Honduras is one of the worst in Latin America, resulting in hospitals that are under resourced and poorly equipped, and the large dental department within La Ceiba’s largest full-service public hospitals is no exception. Many are simply unable to afford treatment, resulting in treatable oral diseases being left untreated, worsening and resulting in infections and serious medical conditions. This program makes a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable in society by providing free dental treatment, preventative care and education, changing the lives of the most vulnerable. Volunteers who are registered dental nurses or dental assistants, dental students or qualified dental care professionals are invited to take up placements in Honduras where their skills are desperately needed. This dental internship program places volunteers with a supervising dentist or dental nurse as they carry out their daily workload. Responsibilities vary according to their own qualifications, experience and/or comfort level.
Goals of this Project:
- Save lives and make a real difference to the people of La Ceiba
- Provide free healthcare to those who need it most
- Improve the health and long term wellbeing of some of Honduras’ most impoverished people
- Offer a teaching experience for dental students while also supplying a much-needed volunteer labour force to help those who need it most
This program offers an amazing opportunity for suitable applicants who are 18 years and over to work alongside qualified dental professionals and gain first-hand insight into the Honduran dental healthcare system.
Placement in the dental clinic is available to dentists and hygienists as well as pre-dental and dental students and hygienists-in-training. This clinic is in a large public hospital in La Ceiba and is typically understaffed and in need of assistance.
Volunteers on this project will need at least an intermediate understanding of Spanish in order to communicate effectively with patients and staff. Naturally, all applicants must also have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Note that Volunteers need to provide their own supplies where possible such as scrubs, gloves, hand sanitizer, and basic hand instruments.
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
- Police check