If you wish to learn more about dental healthcare in a developing country, gain more shadowing and volunteer experiences, or simply hope to help those without accessible healthcare, then this dental internship is for you! We are looking for motivated individuals with a desire to help others receive the healthcare services they deserve. Students will shadow dentists and directly interact with Nepali patients. They will keep a notebook to write down thoughts and lessons they learned each day and submit a final report reflecting on the internship on the last day. This is a great opportunity to learn about the dental dynamics in Nepal and gain a global perspective on healthcare!
We will pick you up and drive you to the hotel from the Kathmandu airport. In the first week, you will get to explore and learn more about the culture in a series of tours. After reviewing over what each provided specialty does, students will choose two of the following specialties in order of priority: Ortho/Prosthodontics, Surgery/Periodontics, and Cons/Endodontic (e.g. 1. Ortho/Prosthodontics; 2. Cons/Endodontic). In the coming weeks, students are expected to take notes and reflect upon their experiences while they shadow dental professionals. It should be noted that while these preferences are taken into consideration, the students’ shadowing assignments depend on the availability of the dental professionals.
In these 4 weeks, you will be volunteering at a general dentist’s office. Under the dentist’s and the staff’s supervision, you will carry out various tasks to assist them, such as helping the front desk, sterilizing dental tools, and recording data during examinations. The dentist may assign you more duties as you familiarize yourself with the daily routine of the office.
During this time, the interns will also learn the basics of dental care, such as brushing and flossing methods, healthy food habits, and simple procedures such as fluoride varnishes and sealants. In addition, you may also do various hands-on activities with your peers outside of the dental office, such as putting puzzle pieces together with a mirror, to improve your spatial awareness.
In these 6 weeks, interns will be shadowing the two specialists that they chose to shadow from the following: Ortho/Prosthodontics, Surgery/Periodontics, and Cons/Endodontic. These dentists will give them a more detailed insight into their specialty, so that students can begin thinking about which branch of dentistry interests them most. It is up to the specialist what work that the interns will carry out, and may allow the students to carry out some basic dental assistant duties, such as handling equipment. Interns will shadow each of their assigned specialists for three weeks.
Throughout this time, interns will also be volunteering at local schools to share their dental knowledge that they gained from their experiences with the general dentist. Before these volunteering events occur, interns will have made and prepared presentations approved by a general dentist. They will teach younger students about basic dental care, such as proper brushing and flossing techniques, foods to avoid, and the importance of routine checkups. While shadowing specialists and teaching young children, interns will reflect upon their experiences and record them in their notebooks.
In the final week, interns will begin work on their final presentations/reports on what they have learned throughout their experiences shadowing dentists as well as their experiences in volunteering at local schools. During the remainder of the week, students are free to continue volunteering at local schools or continue exploring Kathmandu. On the last day, interns will be picked up from the hotel and driven to the airport for departure.
Every Sunday All Year Round
Leadership, Playing with Kids, Immerse with local
Minimum 2 to maximum 8
LIMITED SPACE, Join Group