At a glance:
*Trip dates: 27th June – 12th July 2020 – FULL
26th June – 11th July 2021
*The cost of this trip is £2300 (2021 price £2450)
* Teams of 8 volunteers including dentists, dental nurses, hygienists and therapists who give pain relieving treatments, fluoride varnish and fissure sealant programmes and oral health education.
* Based in Nyahururu (3 hours north of Nairobi) and other locations
* All volunteers should attend a training day ahead of their trip. The cost of this event is £20 which includes lunch and 3 hours’ CPD.
Dentaid’s work in Kenya is going from strength to strength and this is now one of our most popular volunteering experiences. You will be working alongside our Kenyan dental partners providing outreach dental care in schools, old people’s homes, rural clinics and remote community buildings.
There is a huge need for dental care in Kenya and many people struggle to access basic treatment. Our teams will take dental care to these communities using portable equipment. You might be working in a classroom, a church hall or even out in the open but you’ll be providing life-changing dental care.
Our Kenyan trip leader is dental therapist and Dentaid trustee Sally Reading who has visited Kenya many times. For the first week of the trip the team works alongside our Kenyan dental partner Ben Mburu in Nyahururu. Some clinics take place in his surgery and you’ll also go into the community to provide emergency treatments, fluoride varnish programmes, oral health education projects and to establish toothbrushing schemes. The second week is spent at a Dentaid-supported project near Dundori where the team will work in remote health centres, schools and community buildings.
We welcome applications from dentists, hygienists, therapists and dental nurses. Everyone works together to set up the clinics and pack up at the end of the day. Oral health education is a key part of our work in Kenya and all team members are asked to promote dental health.
The team spends some of the trip staying near the Thompson Falls and on your days off there’s the chance to see some of Kenya’s incredible wildlife and natural wonders.
You’ll eat in local restaurants and with the communities you visit and can be sure of a great welcome everywhere you go.
This will be a busy and exciting trip. In 2018 our team saw 1267 patients for treatment and provided oral health education sessions for 1066 people. Long queues often form before our teams arrive and for some of our patients it will be the first time they have seen a dentist.
Each trip is different depending on the needs of local communities. Sometimes we return to projects where teams have worked before and on other occasions teams will visit new venues.
Volunteers are encouraged to fundraise to cover the cost of their trip. The money we ask you to raise covers your flights, accommodation, travel, food on working days and all the dental supplies we need to provide free dental care for hundreds of people.
Any extra funds will support Dentaid’s ongoing work in Kenya as we continue to support dental projects after you have gone home. Please note visas, sightseeing excursions and any vaccinations you require are not included in the price of your trip and should be arranged separately.
Dentaid can give you lots of support and ideas and help you set up an online fundraising page. We can also help to publicise your trip. All volunteers will be invited to a training day where you will meet your team and trip leader.
Our trip datesApply now
- 27th June – July 12th 2020 – £2300 – FULL
- 26th June – 11th July 2021 – £2450