FAQ

Is it safe?

Dentaid keeps in close contact with its partners in-country and runs regular checks to safeguard volunteers’ security. You will be invited to attend a training day where you’ll be given safety advice and there will be a team leader and local partners looking after the team while you are away.  You will be advised to stay with your team and not go off on your own.

 
Do I need a visa?
Each country has its own entry visa requirements. Dentaid will advise you accordingly.  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice gives some recommendations.
What funds do I need to raise for the trip?

Dentaid volunteering trips cost between £1200 and £2500. This cost includes your flight, accommodation, three meals a day on work days, in-country transport, a DBS certificate and a Dentaid t-shirt. 
What other costs will there be?
Extra costs to you will be your travel insurance policy, travel vaccinations and malaria tablets, your entry visa and local registration (if required).
How much spending money will I need?

You will only need extra money for drinks and meals outside of work days and for shopping and any sightseeing trips you choose. We recommend £300 is sufficient. 
What will be the daily itinerary?

This will be customised to each trip and you will be given more details nearer the departure date. As an example, a typical day would start with travelling to the location for that day, setting up the clinic using  portable dental equipment, then the team will provide treatments and oral health education to the people who come along. There will be a break for lunch. At the end of the day the team will meet for a debrief to discuss the days activities. Then you will have an evening meal and time to relax. 
What will be my duties?

This will depend on your professional qualifications and will be similar to your duties at home. We ask all volunteers to work to the same professional standards they do at home
What sort of situations will we be working in?

You may be working in a small rural clinic, or you may set up a clinic in a school classroom, a community hall, an orphanage or prison. Locations may vary from day to day. You will be given details of your itinerary near to departure.
What transport will the team use in country?

Where possible we will hire a minibus for the sole use of the team. Sometimes you will travel by public bus or taxi. 
What accommodation do we use?

Usually guest houses or small hotels. We try to use clean, comfortable accommodation of a reasonable standard, as much as is possible. Occasionally, teams will spend a couple of nights on a mattress on a floor of a tent or even in a hammock. 
Will there be hot showers?

Most of the time, but occasionally not. 
What will we eat?

A range of local foods, which will depend on the country you are visiting. Choice can sometimes be limited so we cannot always guarentee that different requirements will be catered for.  However, many Dentaid volunteers are vegetarians so please let us know if you don’t eat meat.
What are the loos like?

Sometimes they will be English style but in many places you will need to squat over a long drop toilet! It is a good idea to take your own loo roll. 
Will I need vaccinations?

Yes. You must visit the travel clinic at your GP surgery to get specific advice for the country you are visiting. You will need to pay for some vaccinations. You can get some advice on the Fit For Travel website http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx  
Will I need malaria tablets?

For many of the locations you will need malaria tablets. Visit your travel clinic at your GP surgery for specific advice. 
Do I need to take a mosquito net?

No, if you are staying somewhere this is necessary nets will be provided. 
What other precautions can I take against mosquitoes?

Use an insect repellent spray (with DEET) to spray on your skin. Keep your skin covered in the evenings 
How many people will be on the team?

Usually 8 – 10 people, with a mix of dentists, therapists, hygienist and nurses. Most volunteers come from the UK. 
Which airport will the team fly from?

We usually arrange all trips to fly from London and base the flight cost of flights from London. This means the team can meet and fly together and arrive at the same time which is more convenient for the host project. However, if flying from London is going to be difficult we can look into other options but there may be an extra cost to you. Please get in touch to discuss. 
Can I volunteer if I am coming from a country outside the UK?
Yes. We are happy to discuss this further, please get in touch with us.
Will we have some free time?

There will be some free time in the evenings and each trip will include a couple of days off to enjoy some sightseeing, shopping or relaxing. Costs of food, travel and sightseeing on days off are not included. This allows greater flexibility and choice for each volunteer. 
How safe are my valuables?

It is advisable not to take anything that would cause distress if lost. Valuable items will need to be kept on you at all times. Ensure you have good travel insurance cover for your valuable items. 
How can I fundraise for the trip?

Dentaid can give you suggestions and advice. We will provide you with posters, a collection box and t-shirt. We recommend you set up an online donation page with BT MyDonate to help make your fundraising easier to manage. We will give you advice on how to do this. You can promote your online donation page on social media to help raise awareness of your fundraising.