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Our Story

Our Story

Around Good People is a non-profit and Grassroots Oral Healthcare Advocacy Activists, bringing a unique community-led bespoke oral health care delivery outreaches in the remote unserviced communities of mountainous rural Nepal, in collaboration with international dental/oral health professionals and students. This unique student-led self-sustaining initiative has been bringing about oral health care delivery, servicing thousands of people, at no charge, throughout the mountain communities of Nepal for past three years. The overall experience for the volunteering students and the empowered communities has been spectacularly successful and distinctive.

AGP brings together supervising dentists and staff trained in Nepal with international dental volunteers who come to share in 10 days/2 week programmes that provide essential treatment to those who need it most. The outreach provides access to the beautifully rich culture of the Nepali people and a chance to explore the outdoors and breathtaking Himalayas. Facilitating free dental treatment for the local people is key, whilst also ensuring that our volunteers have every opportunity to make the most of what Nepal has to offer!

In every community in which we work, we have long-standing relationships with local organizations who communicate real-time needs and objectives to the Around Good People Team. Since early 2014, we’ve made the (dental placements) volunteer abroad experience of a lifetime possible for hundreds of International Dentistry/Oral Health Care student/professional adventurers just like you and with our passionate ground staff and social activists working for oral health care in the remote mountain villages of Nepal, you can rest assured that we’ll provide you with the full experience—a safe, immersive, and impacting dentistry experience/adventure of a lifetime.

Our Goal

The goal of Around Good People is to address the inadequate gap in oral healthcare infrastructure in Nepal. We believe that both the social need of the unprivileged/marginalised mountain communities and the continued experiential learning needs of the dentistry students can combine well. We also want to bring fully qualified dental professionals to understand just how vital their training is and provide them with a culturally enriching experience of a lifetime. We strive to bring the international dental volunteer community who can meet the basic dental care needs of the resource-poor Nepal in a sustainable way. We want to show that the synergy between international volunteerism and empowered grassroots level initiative can be a viable model, and a tool that can cross over into a viable social good.

Integrity

AGP respects honesty within and outside the organisation. We practice ethical business principles in dental outreach, medicine, treatment, law and spirit, and strives for patient/partner delight. Fostering leadership and volunteerism is the essence of our growth. Through continuous collaboration with the partner communities and the overseas volunteers, we are always striving for innovation, research, networking, knowledge sharing and alliance, to bring the best dental outreach in the uncovered areas of mountain Nepal. Around Good People strives to excel and stay ahead.

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COVID-19 UPDATES

KEEPING YOU SAFE AS OUR PROGRAMS RE-OPEN

Last updated: June 16th, 2020

KEEP CALM and CARRY ON –

The Enlightenment that speak to this time of coronavirus shutdowns and of health and economic fears.

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Travel in response to COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly. AROUND GOOD PEOPLE is closely monitoring the situation, following the advice of public health experts, and making decisions with our participants, staff, and global community partners at the forefront of every conversation. 

 

As the world begins to re-open, your wellbeing is our highest priority.

Thanks to the incredible team effort of millions around the world, many countries are beginning to exit their COVID-19 lockdowns and re-open their countries for visitors. While some regions may remain restricted for some months more, we plan to restart our Dental Placement volunteer programs where the local health situation and government advice allows this. AROUND GOOD PEOPLEs volunteers provide invaluable support to our local communities around the underprivileged communities in Nepal. Now more than ever, our volunteerscontributions of time, expertise and local spending money are critically needed to help these communities to get back on their feet.

Since long before COVID-19 began to spread, AROUND GOOD PEOPLE has followed industry-leading procedures to ensure the safety of our volunteers. As our programs start to re-open to volunteers, we will maintain our pledge to keep you safe. In addition to our standard volunteer safety processes, all of our local program teams will be following enhanced procedures we have developed to minimize risks from COVID-19.

 

Our volunteers should also take personal responsibility for their own health and the safety of others. Please do not travel if you are feeling ill or if there is a risk you may be an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19 for example, if you have been exposed to an infected individual within the 14 days before you start your AROUND GOOD PEOPLE program.

Most of our volunteers book their trips months in advance, so please take this time to plan for the future. With AROUND GOOD PEOPLE you can register for trips up to three years ahead.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support of AROUND GOOD PEOPLE and the communities we work within. If theres anything we can do to help you with your travel plans during this time, please get in touch with us for further information, support and guidance.

 

If you continue scrolling down this page, youll find answers to some of the most common questions the AROUND GOOD PEOPLE team are being asked, including details on which programs will open in the near future under different emerging scenarios.

 

Please stay safe, be kind, and protect the health of yourself and others, wherever you are in the world.

 

Rij Baskar

Co-Founder & Chief Executive, AROUND GOOD PEOPLE

 

Before we continue, let us say:

 

Thank you to all those on the front lines, the doctors, the nurses, the pharmacists, the first responders, and other medical staff. Youve risked your health to save us. You are the true heroes.

Thank you to everyone working to get us what we need. Without the grocery store employees, the delivery drivers, the warehouse staff, the manufacturing workers, and others who are supporting the relief operation, we wouldnt be able to fight this deadly virus. Without teachers and childcare workers, we couldnt support our youth. You all are the everyday heroes.

 

Thank you to everyone practicing social distancing and staying at home. Youve done your part to prevent the spread.

 

For most volunteers, its legally not possible or at least not advisable to go on medical/dental volunteer abroad at this time.

 

So, in this note, we have highlighted dental volunteer projects in Nepal that you can join after the Coronavirus pandemic has passed and life returns to some sort of normalcy, which we are hoping by the end of September, 2020. See what projects catch your eye, bookmark them, and apply to one later.

 

With these volunteer programs, use a wait-and-see approach. Because we don’t know when the Coronavirus outbreak will slow. The situation changes rapidly, so it’s hard to plan a Nepal Dental volunteer trip now. If you’re interested in a specific program, stay in touch with us. That way, once things do settle down, you’ll be ready to apply and go to Nepal for a life changing volunteering experience.

 

Note: Hopefully, the rate of new coronavirus cases slows and effective treatments and a vaccine are developed. There has been much progress already and the way countries and international health organizations have been working together bodes well for all of us. In the meantime, we’ll continually update this guide and our list of Nepal Dental Volunteering Projects as the situation evolves.

Covid Map

Also, regularly check this live map from Johns Hopkins University that tracks the Coronavirus outbreak around the world. This way, you can stay updated on when it’s safe to join   a Nepal Dental Volunteering Project.