What is a typical Clinic day like?

As an AGP dental outreach volunteering participant, your days are action-packed both clinically and otherwise. Each working day morning following a delicious breakfast, you’ll join other friends to complete meaningful service work directly with the Nepalese dental hospital team including the Dental Supervisor in Charge of the clinic, his/her supporting Dental Assistants and local community members. First, the registration of the patients are made by the local volunteers. They are given OHI in a batch of 15 to 25, in return they are given tooth brush and fluoride tooth paste. After screening, the Treatment Plan is drawn and depending upon the principle complaint of the patient the procedures commence, BP is taken and other medical history of disease is ascertained and checked. Patients with hypertension, any other serious medical conditions and pregnant mothers are considered as per the protocol. HIV and any other infectious diseases patients are handled as per the protocol standards. For children patients fluoride varnish, gel and sealant is used. Scaling, restorations, extractions and pharmacy is followed in that order for the general patients. There is a separate chamber for stores, sterilizing the equipment and tools. Changing room for the clinicians, and an project office is usually there at the temporary clinic premises. The following tools are used:

  1. Examination instruments
    1. Mirror
    2. Probes
  2. Retractors
  3. Local anesthesia
  4. Dental handpieces (both high speed and slow)
  5. Dental laser
  6. Dental torque
  7. Burs
  8. Operative burs
  9. Restorative instruments
    1. Excavators
  10. Burnishers
  11. Pluggers
  12. Periodontal scalers
    1. Curettes
  13. Prosthodontic
    1. Removable prosthodontics
  14. Extraction/surgical instruments
    1. Dental forceps
    2. Elevators
    3. Chisels
  15. Orthodontic Instruments
  16. Endodontic Instruments
  17. Amalgamator

In order to orient and familiarize the international volunteers, the first day of the outreach at the time of setting up the clinic, the Dental Supervisor and the assisting team outlays the practice and clinical procedures in Nepal. All equipment and tools will be introduced so that the students can quickly get on with the business. There will be thorough discussion about any situation, conditions, correct methods and the supervisors can be sought for any consultations regarding the treatment being performed in hand. Also the first day or two are normally slower as both the supervisor and the student gets to know each other. Everyone picks up the skills pretty fast, for slower lesser experienced ones, more supervision and help is available.

Normally the clinic stats at 9 am and closes at 5 pm with a lunch break from 1 to 2 pm. There is a pantry at the office room, clinicians can take a break for tea/coffee/snacks. There are normally 3 to 8 treatment bays, the volunteering students rotate after every 4 to 6 extractions. There is the post of the Clinic Manager to be rotated daily from amongst the students. Every volunteer is expected to have read the Clinic Manual which is provided to them at the reporting time. Normally the clinic is kept very busy and at times the clinic hours may have to be extended. All the students will have to work in a team spirit and observe highest professional ethics and standards. The Supervising Dentist acts as a friend, philosopher and guide and is the last word in the clinic decision making. Every evening data is collated and all records taken stock of.

Every day, the evenings are fun time and activities are organized. Students are expected to take an active participation. There is always some extra time for learning the Nepali phrases that are dental and clinic oriented. Our local staff work very hard to bring to you the Cultural Activities, which include excursions to local points of interest, language lessons, cooking classes, local tribal song and dance evenings, basket making, handloom observation, weaving of grass mattress, rice-wine making, friendly soccer/volleyball match, team building and leadership exercises, and much more to fully immerse and educate you about the culture and country. Of course, a family-style dinner of healthy, local cuisine is always provided. Whether you’re playing soccer with our in-country staff, enjoying a game night, or on a weekend trip to a nearby destination, you’ll enjoy that perfect balance of unique activities with time to reflect on your experience and develop lifelong friendships with the exceptional global teens on your program—all from the comfort and safety of a tented accommodation/homestay/ Home-Base.

Because each schedule is created to address current needs of the local community and for interesting cultural events and celebrations, your exact itinerary will be sent to you closer to the program start date.

Who supervises this program in-country? What training is provided?

Around Good People programs are unique because of our dedicated full-time, in-country staff. Each Project is led by a Programme Co-ordinator, who is an expert with at least 10 years of experience in international volunteering and development. Besides, for the clinic purpose, there is a qualified dentist from our partner dental hospital assisted by other dentists to supervise your hands on experiences. The clinic bay work is assisted by local hygienists. The AGP Country Director also leads a full team of professional staff who truly love the work we do. Our team includes cooks, drivers, guards, Social Mobilisers and Program Officers. Around Good People has a full training program in place for our rural staff that runs continuously throughout the year, making sure that our high quality and safety standards are consistent throughout the projects. We think you’ll be impressed too once you get a chance to learn about the experience of our dynamic and inspiring team!

How do I prepare for an international dental volunteer program?

We know the importance of preparation and information before you begin your program, and our team of office staffs are there to guide you every step of the way. Starting when you are considering your program, you can reach out to a Program Coordinator to help determine the best location and start dates for you. Once you enroll, you’ll be guided through calls /emails/live chats, etc. complete with a wealth of program information to ensure that your every question is answered and you can be effective and prepared for your program. And, once you arrive in-country, you’ll have a full-day orientation, including a tour of your new community, an introduction to cultural norms, and effective international volunteering. You will be introduced with the contact persons and the co-ordinators of the partner hospital/clinic so that you will be settled with the assignments for the weeks ahead. Normally, all the concerned Dental Supervisor would be knowing about your placement well in advance going through what goals or experiences that you look forward to or set for.

Finally, once you return, you are part of the Around Good People global family, where we offer tools and guidance on how to leverage your experience, continue your impact, and remain engaged in global oral health care issues.

How many years has Around Good People been running international volunteer programs?

Our Mentor, and founder has the experience of running community projects in remote communities in more than six countries for more than 8 years. With his enormous experience of galvanizing people, govt officials, stake holders and the beneficiary collaborating communities, Around Good People is marching ahead for a good cause of making this world a better place to live. His passion and commitment is very inspiring which helped him forge a strong band of highly motivated young social changers with a mission to bring all the good people of the world to Nepal for fostering oral health care in a humanitarian mission.

How can the students and parents stay in contact during the program?

We realize it’s important to stay in touch during your program, and for parents of the participants to have a way to reach Around Good People day and night. At every Home-Base/Homestay there is a volunteer phone that accepts international calls, and that number will be provided to parents of participants. In addition, internet access is either available in the Home-Base or in a nearby internet café that we visit as a group, so that you can stay in touch via email, social media, and Skype. Finally, to add to your peace of mind, a 24-hour hotline is available for emergency questions where you or your parents can always reach an Around Good People staff member at Around Good People HQ. Of course, your Program Site Specialist will continue to be available throughout (and after) the program to address any concerns and answer all questions, and they are in regular contact with our in-country staff.

How do you ensure the Around Good People experience is safe?

The safety of our volunteers is our #1 priority and, with almost 8 years of experience and scores of international volunteers, we’ve learned what is important to keep volunteers safe. It starts with the initial selection of our program sites—every location is chosen with safety in mind, and we are continuously monitoring the community so that we are aware of local events. We think about the big things that you might already have in mind, like building relationships with local doctors and hospitals and providing drinking water safe for travelers. We’re also thinking about those small details that you might not have in mind, like comprehensive daily vehicle inspections and installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors within each Home-Base. Our experience and our commitment to safety make us the safest international volunteer program out there, and we invite you to ask us more about our detailed safety standards. We’re sure you’ll be impressed.

What happens if a volunteer gets sick?

A lot of our safety procedures have been put in place to help protect against illness in-country—like traveler-safe food and drinking water. But, in the case of an illness, we are ready to ensure that the volunteer receives appropriate and professional care. Whether it means a warm bowl of soup and a comforting hand, or an appointment with a local doctor or hospital, our experienced staff is trained and ready to handle any situation. We’ve also developed relationships with nearby doctors and hospitals so that any concerns can be handled immediately. And, our in-country staff will be there every step of the way—and we are confident that a dedicated and caring professional who is there 24/7 is often the best comfort of all when loved one is overseas.

How long should I volunteer for?

Forever! Just kidding. We offer a variety of program lengths so that we can meet the needs of every kind of volunteer. Only have a week to spare? We’ve got plenty of week-long programs that offer an excellent introduction to your destination of choice through volunteering, cultural immersion, cultural activities, and free time. And the best part is, one week is plenty of time to make a real impact.

Our volunteers love their Around Good People experience, but here’s one thing we hear over and over: “I wish I stayed longer!” Try a longer duration of stay and reduce the cost per week of your experience. So if you’ve got more time to spare — three weeks, seven, twelve (you get the point) — enroll to volunteer in any destination for up to 12 weeks. And if after that, you’re ready for even more, we’ve got some great options for pairing programs so that you can volunteer in multiple destinations, one after another. We also organize bespoke outreaches for specific groups with specific goals. Please get in touch with our staff to get the details and assistance.


Nepal Dental Outreach Volunteering
Impact 2014 - 2017

Free screening, prevention, diagnosis & treatment of dental diseases.

10096

Hours of volunteering by 382 professionals & students

22352

Procedures on 21061 patients

11415

Students from 68 Schools