Medical Missions

Alliance for Smiles organizes and sends surgical teams to under-served countries for two week missions . A surgical team is comprised of approximately 14 medical volunteers, supported by approximately 6 non-medical volunteers. During a mission 60 to 80 children receive free surgery for cleft lip & palate anomalies. The AfS team works side-by-side with local medical practitioners to exchange ideas on proper medical techniques and procedures, as well as to provide follow-up care.

Volunteer positions on medical missions include the following medical and non-medical positions:

  • Plastic Surgeon (with cleft experience)
  • Anesthesiologist (with pediatric experience)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (with pediatric experience)
  • Pediatrician (with current PALS)
  • OR Nurse
  • PACU nurse (with current PALS & ACLS)
  • Dentist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Speech Pathologist (with cleft experience)
  • Mission Director
  • Quartermaster
  • Sterilizer
  • Photographer
  • Medical Record Keeper
  • Family/Ward Coordinator
  • Translators

Brief descriptions of non-medical positions.

For a list of Upcoming Missions, please see our Mission Calendar.

AfS provides care to all patients, regardless of sex, age, religion, economic status, educational background, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or marital status.

Volunteer Applications: