We always have the phone number for the hotels we are staying at. Julie’s cell phone works while in country, so she can be reached anytime. If a volunteer wants to be reached by their phone, they can contact their carriers and look at their options. The compounds we are staying at also have wifi, and each student will be part of our Whatsapp network.
Yes, we like to meet either in person or via Skype or Facetime. We have a discussion and answer any question in preparation for leaving. Feel free to contact us with nay further questions regarding the education prior to leaving.
There is no Visa needed for Honduras, only in Uganda and Ghana. We can assist in getting those Visas expedited. Contact us with more information or further questions on this process. For the passport, you need to have 6 months of validity, although 8 months is preferred.
The Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives recommendations to the three parts of the world that we are going to. For Uganda and Ghana, there is a live vaccine that is required, and that is the yellow fever vaccine. You need to have a card saying you were vaccinated for yellow fever. Malaria vaccines are important for traveling to these parts of the world as well. The CDC will give you a recommendation based on which country you are traveling to. You will have the vaccination done a day before getting on the plane, and then continue those vaccines a week after your return. Also it is important to note that we do not cover these vaccines in our fees.
Yes. However, we do give priority to the students that are going to the school we are partnered with first. We do keep a few spots open for students that are not going to the school we are partnered with.
We try to go to each country at least once a year. Our Honduras and Uganda trips are in the summer.
For Honduras, the trips are typically seven days, sometimes an extra couple days are added on. Five days of clinic work, and the remaining time is spent working on other projects. Trips to Ghana and Uganda are typically two weeks due to the travel distance, which usually takes two full days of travel. Five days of clinic work, and the rest of the time is other service work and projects.
The fee is set one year in advance (mainly based on airfare at the time). The fee covers the airfare, transportation while in country, housing (all meals provided), and bottle water support. The fee does not include vaccinations or any medications or personal purchases made on the trip.
Yes! We welcome other health professionals and nurses, among other professions. There are many different levels of adults and professions that can come along and benefit.
For Honduras, we are looking for seniors (17-18 years old) or seniors who just graduated. For Ghana and Uganda, I prefer to take students who are 18 years old and older or college undergraduates.
You do not need experience, we will train you on the job. A lot of what our volunteers will be doing various jobs, based on what you would like to do. We will find the right spot for you based on your comfortability and how you would like to help. There are many levels that you can get involved with, from administrative work, basic oral hygiene work, to assisting the doctors.
We have security while we travel from the airport, and have picked very safe routes and lodging options. We have good contacts with the government as well for security purposes. We carry an insurance policy that is good for emergency and medivac, if the need occurs.
You can become a supporting partner, you can invest to the Summerwood Dental Brigades Foundation. We are currently looking for supporting partners to help us with our mission of providing service around the world to those in need.
Yes, all monetary donations are 100% tax deductible. You will get a tax donation receipt.
We will accept monetary donations, as small as $25 dollars to as much as you would like to give. You can also provide a scholarship for a student, or half a scholarship. $1,000 donation could be half a scholarship for a student to go to Honduras, for example. You can donate supplies, such as toothbrushes and floss, school equipment, school uniforms, etc. As well. Feel free to check out our donation site for monetary donation levels and goods that we further accept.
One way to help is by becoming a volunteer on one of our trips. If you’re a student, you can apply for a spot as a student volunteer. If you’re an adult, you don’t need to have experience, but you can apply as a volunteer chaperon. Being an adult volunteer means that you will be a service member and will work with our team as we help these communities.
Another way to help is by donating. You can donate money or supplies. Visit our donation page for more details.
One way to help is by becoming a volunteer. If you’re a student, you can apply for a spot as a student volunteer. If you’re an adult, you don’t need to have experience, but you can apply as a volunteer chaperone. Being an adult volunteer means that you will be a service member and will work with our team as we help these communities.