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At A Reason to Smile, we are always eager to connect with like-minded individuals interested in helping us provide dental care to people in need. Whether you are a student, an educator, a dental/medical professional, a chef, or an accountant, it doesn’t matter – we are excited to hear from you! No prior dental or medical experience is required, as there is plenty of work to be done that does not require cleaning or pulling teeth!


Our aim is to engage our volunteers in a meaningful exchange, wherein they are helping to provide necessary care while also receiving exposure to an amazing variety of cultures. Just as we hope the patients we see will be able to continue maintaining their oral hygiene when we leave, we hope that our volunteers will return home and be able to teach others about the cultures and hard-hitting truths of life they witnessed.


The average volunteer should be a hardy, well-conditioned traveler with no debilitating health conditions that might be exacerbated in a remote, rugged location. They should be willing to work hard and enjoy people of all ages and ethnicities. Like any volunteer, people working with ARTS feel fortunate to have the opportunity to provide vital services and work alongside amazing people from all over the world.

Interested? Learn more about volunteering and fill out a Volunteer Application.

Join our Board

While our mission was inspired by dental healthcare professionals, our Board of Directors is a vastly diverse group of people simply passionate about healthcare and helping others. Learn more about our Board of Directors responsibilities here and how to apply to become a Board Member.

Volunteer Trip Costs

The cost of the trip varies depending on the length, location, and other factors. On average, volunteers should be willing to raise or personally contribute around $1,800 for airfare and accommodations.


There are also personal costs to consider, such as passport renewal, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, and meals/snacks. Many volunteers have great success seeking financial partners to contribute to such a worthy cause.


ARTS engages in general fundraising efforts to support our trips, and we are also here to help our volunteers by providing official fundraising letters and tax-deductible donation forms that can be sent to friends, family, and local businesses. Of course, you can also direct potential donors here to donate online!

Dental Supplies

Looking for other ways to contribute?
We appreciate donations of supplies as well!


Please contact us at to arrange shipments:

Wholesale Dental Suppliers:

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