Interns are placed in dental clinics in the region and work with professional dentists. The program is highly suitable for dental students who are looking to gain valuable working experience in the dentistry field. While first and second-year dental students assist in basic tasks and shadow the doctor, fourth and final year students are given hands-on tasks such as extractions, fillings, and scalings depending on their skill level.
This program is designed for dental students who have good knowledge of dentistry and are confident enough to work in a rural setup.
The 2 Week program is designed to give comprehensive dental hands-on opportunities as well as shadowing/ assisting experience to the students. The idea of the program is to set a rural dental clinic in the village or the village school and provide dental checkups and dental treatments to people of the community free of cost.
Week 1: Observation / Shadowing Week
Day 1 - Monday: Orientation and visit to the town and knowing the area.
Day 2 - Tuesday: Visit the placement and observation in various private and government clinics begins.
Day 3 - Wednesday: Again visit various clinics and observing the local dentist work and interacting with them.
Day 4 - Thursday: Visiting the clinics on a rotational basis and making notes on the different ways of practice in India which are different to those back home.
Day 5 - Friday: Same as other days.
Day 6th and 7th - Weekend Off
Day 1 - Monday: Visit the village where the camp will be set up and meeting the people and organizers.
Day 2 - Tuesday: Setting up a clinic and doing examinations and scanning of patients and giving treatments on the same day if possible.
Day 3 - Wednesday: Starting treatment for the scanned patients and doing more examinations for new patients.
Day 4 - Thursday: Follow up for the treated patients; continue the treatments started on prior days and new patients.
Day 5 - Friday: Final treatments, follow-ups, and advice on dental health and hygiene.
We do not compromise on your living standards and tour arrangements. From arranging airport pickups to taking care of your volunteer placement, to putting you at the right volunteer house and helping you take up weekend travel, we help you plan and execute everything in a structured way.
Volunteers are picked up from Gaggal Airport in Dharamsala by a member of the local coordinating team. The airport is served with daily direct flights from Delhi. For those participants choosing to travel from Delhi to Palampur by bus, they will be picked up from the bus station and transferred to the volunteer home base.
You would be provided accommodation in our volunteer home base in Palampur. The accommodation offers spectacular views of the Himalayan mountains and provides a safe living environment for the participants. At the house, we provide same gender sharing dorm style rooms with attached western style toilets, lockers, TV, hot water, internet and a large common area for the volunteers to enjoy their free time. The volunteer house has a huge front and backyard with beautiful gardens where the volunteers can relax and even play outdoor games and activities such as badminton with other participants during the free time.
An orientation and briefing session will be provided by our staff in Palampur. We cover areas like culture, safety, locations, transportation etc. Volunteers also have the option to start their program by joining the 1 week Language & Culture Orientation week in Delhi.
The volunteer homebase in Palampur has full time cooking staff for preparing fresh meals for the volunteers. Volunteers are provided with three meals a day for six days a week. A sample of the meals you can expect are below:
Breakfast - Parantha, Bread, Tea (chai), Jam, Butter, Porridge etc.
Lunch/ Dinner - Dal (lentils), vegetable, rice, roti (Indian bread), pickle, yogurt may be provided along with some sort of curry.
Volunteers can go and explore the market in Palampur and take long pleasant walks. The area in and around Palampur is very safe and volunteers generally prefer to walk down the nearby locations. You can also visit the beautiful tea gardens, temples and Tashi Jong monastery which is located in Palampur. Volunteers are also given a tour of the Palampur market, Tea Garden and Tea Factory and a Yoga class once a week.
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