Join Global Dental Relief at our very first domestic clinic location! Surrounded by the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, volunteers work in a rural community where 60% of children live without access to dentistry. The closest dentist is a two-hour drive, and many in the community lack both transportation as well as the resources to pay for care. Days are spent working in the clinic, while evenings are spent enjoying the local trails, mountain scenery and regional history in this bucolic setting.
Project Cost: $795 (based on double occupancy)

GDR will provide single rooms where possible upon request.

Please call our office for more information.

Project Dates
  • March 10 – 17, 2024
  • October 6 – 13, 2024
  • March 16 – 23, 2025
  • October 5 – 12, 2025
What’s Included?
  • Seven nights’ accommodations in the guesthouse
  • Three meals per day during the clinic
  • Celebratory farewell dinner
  • Signature GDR T-shirt and water bottle

Plus, you will get all this too:

  • A small group of 8 to 10 volunteers
  • The chance to make connections and create lifelong memories with new friends from all over the world
  • GDR Return Volunteer Discount on all future projects
  • Two GDR designated trip leaders
  • A GDR coordinator in the office to answer questions and ensure you are prepared for your trip
Project Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Jenkins. On arrival, meet your project leader and fellow volunteers. Overnight at the guesthouse in Jenkins. (-/-/D)

Day 2: Jenkins. Morning project briefing. Afternoon start working in the clinic. Overnight at the guesthouse. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Jenkins. Full day working in the clinic. Overnight at the guesthouse in Jenkins. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Jenkins. Full day working in the clinic. Overnight at the guesthouse in Jenkins. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Jenkins. Day off to explore the area. (B/-/-)

Day 6: Jenkins. Full day working in the clinic. Overnight at the guesthouse in Jenkins. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Jenkins. Full day working in the clinic. Overnight at the guesthouse in Jenkins. (B/L/D)

Day 8: End Jenkins. Depart today for your journey home. (B/-/-)

Physical Demands

Clinics are fast paced and include a moderate amount of physical activity each day. On our Jenkins dental project, you will need to:

  1. Walk approximately 20 minutes daily (10 minutes each way) to and from the clinic site.
  2. Be able to stand and/or walk (including climbing stairs) for approximately two hours at a time during sightseeing tours.
  3. Sleep with some street noise
  4. After orientation, be able to navigate the walk to clinic location and local restaurants.
Wolfgang Pfannenstiel

What Volunteers Say

After my first dental volunteer trip I was sure to do this continuously no matter what! This is helping kids in need effectively. This is having enjoyable conversations with new friends. This is creating unforgettable memories. So in my specific case the letters GDR stand for the German Dentist Returns :)”

- Wolfgang Pfannenstiel, Dentist, Germany

Darshani Khosla

What Partners Say

Global Dental Relief makes sure children are receiving continuous care and that clinics are run efficiently and with the highest ethical standards. They take care of every detail on your service trip — I plan to volunteer with them for years to come!

- Darshani Khosla, Dentist, Texas

Carol Lim

What Volunteers Say

Thank you Global Dental Relief! Nothing compares to the efforts and impact of your volunteer overseas programs, working hard to bring healthy smiles to children.

- Carol Lim, Vice President of Business Development, Cranberry U.S.A

TJ Gabriels

What Volunteers Say

I plan my whole year around these opportunities to volunteer abroad. I love travel with a purpose, being more than a tourist and making a small, positive mark in the world. This organization has allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and has really helped broaden my world view.

- TJ Gabriels, Lawyer and General Volunteer, New York

Michael Pasoff

What Volunteers Say

As a dentist, I have treated and cared for many patients, however, nothing can compare to the sense of fulfilment when volunteering your time and skill to ease the pain and suffering of others. It never ceases to amaze me what can be accomplished when surrounded by dedicated, caring and talented volunteers, such as those I met in past international dental clinics with GDR.

- Michael Pasoff, Dentist, Montreal, Canada

Nour Shehadeh

What Volunteers Say

I am honored and grateful to help these amazing children, meet incredible people, explore their culture and change children's lives for the better. I look forward to many service trips with GDR in the future.

- Nour Shehadeh, Dental Hygienist, Illinois

Peggy Lamm

What Volunteers Say

If you want to literally change lives, this is a great way to do that. Our work with Global Dental Relief produced more real good than all the other cumulative good works I've helped with through the rest of my life.

- Peggy Lamm, CEO Colorado Mesa University Foundation and General Volunteer, Colorado