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AGP recognizes the importance of a strong support network in a foreign country thousands of miles from home. We provide a single Australian point of contact for families at home, while onsite, each volunteer is matched with a program coordinator and a mentor. The coordinator typically lives in the volunteer residence in the rural based projects and is responsible for smooth day-to-day operations, while the mentor works with volunteers in a professional capacity.
AGP’s top concern is keeping our volunteers safe during their stay. As such, we thoroughly vet all properties we purchase or lease to ensure that they are in the towns’ safest areas, typically with easy access to major roads, U.S. embassies, and work assignments. We offer volunteers modern dormitory-style accommodations with air conditioning, maid service, and laundry service. Our full-time security team is available to help with off-site trip planning and escorts.
AGP employs chefs from nearby resorts to prepare nutritious local cuisine that volunteers will find both healthy and delicious. We also offer the comforts of home cooking through occasional American fare. We provide three full meals a day and can accommodate special nutritional needs.
AGP provides volunteers with shared, daily roundtrip transportation to placement sites in addition to arrival/departure airport transfers. Safe, reliable transportation is also available for leisure and personal trips at reasonable rates to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all volunteers.
AGP believes that an elective student needs to be culturally immersed to make sense of the placement in a cultural context. Nepal is an ancient country with a unique history of never being under a foreign rule. Food, music, yoga and a guided trip to the UNESCO world heritage sights through our facilitators offers a unique insider’s experience of Nepal – it people and culture.
A language expert and a Cultural Facilitator prepares the student to be able to equipped with a functional Nepali language skills while at the hospital or village project placement. Nepali dental phrases are taught in a fun and role play way.
The placement deploys a designated supervisor for the elective placement at the place of work. Further, important placement related dental supplies are also supplied by AGP to make the engagement a meaning experience as the likelihood of shortage of very basic dental supplies could dent the placement outcomes.
AGP ensures that its volunteers are fully informed and prepared before beginning their overseas experience. As such, we offer two types of orientation programs: one led by a program coordinator regarding the local area, and the other geared toward the work environment, including hospital operations, safety protocols, sanitation requirements, and specific terminology.
We offer unlimited Wi-Fi access from the volunteer residences for use during the program.
Required fees to utilize hospital facilities – often additional with other companies – are all included in the program fee. Our contracts also provide participants with priority access to specific areas of the hospital in which they have an interest in practicing.
Following the conclusion of each placement, volunteers will be asked to discuss their experiences with the program’s U.S.-based staff. This feedback on likes, dislikes, and suggestions is used as a basis for further improvements to the program.
Around Good People strives to be transparent about how your contribution is spent. We understand you’ve worked hard to raise the funds for your project and we think you’re entitled to know how we spend it. Whilst it’s impossible to give you an exact breakdown in each individual case, we can give you an idea about the type of things your contribution goes towards.
We are the only grassroots organization operating in the field of rolling out dental outreaches which is a not for profit entity in Nepal. This means that dental volunteer contributions do not end up in shareholders’ pockets; nor do we buy company cars, rent trendy offices or appoint flashy public relations consultants or advertising agencies.
Because we don’t have to allocate profits to shareholders, we’re able to invest more in project development and are able to offer you an unparalleled selection of top quality opportunities at the most competitive prices – no other organization comes close. We can also invest more in our existing projects, providing them with better resources, the best staff and equipment and widening the scope of their activities and improving their impact.