Types of Projects

Whether choosing to volunteer in the United States or overseas, there are a variety of project options to help fit your focus—and choices can be narrowed down by geographic or philosophical preference. As expected, most of the projects are service-oriented. The majority of areas served are in desperate need of health care and the work of volunteer clinicians tends to center on oral surgery and/or exodontia to provide relief for infection and pain. Some projects include teams of surgeons who repair cleft lips and palates, but those services depend on local facilities and governmental restrictions. Many projects are very short-term, one to two weeks in length. In fact, once a project has ended there may not be any follow-up services during the year or even from one year to the next. In an effort to help overcome this challenge, some projects focus on the training and education of various people in the local community. Going beyond short-term solutions, this approach provides community participants with insight and information designed to make a more lasting impact.

Service Projects

Gain insight on a featured project.

Training and Education Programs

Understand the aim of an educational strategy.


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, ccrawford@openwidefoundation.org