Join our Dentistry internship in Jamaica and gain invaluable work experience. You’ll learn from qualified local professionals in a dental clinic and observe a range of different procedures. It’s an excellent way to give your CV an extra edge in the competitive world of job and university applications.
You’ll encounter patients with a range of different conditions, which will give you insight into the diagnosis and treatment of these issues. There is the opportunity to help out with a range of different tasks in the clinic. Depending on the schedule, you might also take part in initiatives that benefit the local community, such as dental outreaches.
During your time abroad, you’ll live with a host family. This is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the local culture. You can make friends with fellow interns during your time off, and explore the many attractions that Jamaica has to offer.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 18 can join
You should have completed at least one year of dentistry related studies or training.
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Travel and medical insurance
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Volunteering for Professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
What will I do on this project?
While interns are not allowed to take part in patient procedures, there are still many things to do and learn on this internship. At your dentistry placement in Jamaica, you will:
- Observe local dental staff as they go about their daily work
- Assist with a range of basic tasks in the dental clinic
- Take part in dental outreaches or school visits which benefit the local community
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Observe local dental staff as they go about their daily work
On this internship, you’ll learn by observing staff and asking them questions about different treatments and techniques. The staff you will shadow include dental nurses, dentists, and dental surgeons. You’ll get to witness everything that goes on in the working day of a dental clinic, including minor and major surgical procedures.
Assist with a range of basic tasks in the dental clinic
As an extra pair of hands, you will be able to help out around the clinic. Tasks you may get involved in include patient registration and screening, or preparing materials for dental procedures. You might also find yourself providing patients with information about oral hygiene.
Take part in dental outreaches or school visits which benefit the local community
There is also the opportunity to get involved in healthcare work that benefits the local community. You may find yourself participating in dental outreaches organised by the Ministry of Health. Or you can take part in mobile dental clinics in rural areas that don’t have permanent dental facilities.
Our interns regularly conduct independent outreach sessions as well. These sessions take place in the form of presentations at local schools or community centres. They focus on topics such as dental health and oral hygiene.
Where in Jamaica will I work?
You will gain dentistry work experience in Mandeville, Jamaica. You’ll work in the dental clinic of a local health centre.
While Mandeville is fairly quiet, it does have all the modern amenities that you might need. These include convenience stores, banks, and restaurants.
During your time off on the weekends, you can explore further afield. Visit beautiful beach resorts, soak in the local reggae music scene, or take advantage of the natural wonders with a hiking or scuba diving trip.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Meet the team in Jamaica
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