Get Started

Deciding to become involved is the most difficult step. There are as many excuses not to get involved as there are days in the year. As one volunteer put it, “There was always an excuse, but in the end, all of the excuses boiled down to fear.” There can be fear of the unknown, but preparation and speaking with other volunteers can assuage most of that anxiety. Once you make a commitment, the details can be worked out. Many veterans can assist in the proper planning of the project itself and the process of how to manage professional and personal matters back home while you are away. Many practitioners worry about their practices, but the practice will be there when you return, and patients may even view you in a more favorable light.

Selecting a Site and Organization

Determine questions and answers to help you make the right decision.

Assembling the Team

Seek solid support to fuel the success of your journey.


Open Wide Foundation

Help those in need in Guatemala. The Open Wide Foundation has year-round restorative/hygiene clinics fully supported by local dental staff at permanent clinics and a Crowns/Implants program. Trip dates for 2017 are as follows:

January 2-5
January 9-12
January 16-19
January 23-26
Jan 30-February 2
February 6-9
February 13-16
February 20-23
Feb 27-March 2
March 6-9
March 13-16
March 20-23
March 27-30
April 3-6
April 10-13
April 17-20
April 24-27
May 1-4
May 8-11
May 15-18
May 22-25
May 29-June 1
June 5-8
June 12-15
June 19-22
June 26-29
July 3-6
July 10-13
July 17-20
July 24-27
July 31-August 3
August 7-10
August 14-17
August 21-24
August 28-31
September 4-7
September 11-14
September 18-21
September 25-28
October 2-5
October 9-12
October 16-19
October 23-26
October 30-November 2
November 6-9
November 13-16
November 20-23
November 27-30
December 4-7
December 11-14
December 18-21
December 25-28

For additional information contact Charity Crawford, 855-843-8444,