Important Notice! All minors under 18 yrs of age accompanying adult volunteers must be under the direct supervision of that adult at all times.

How To Volunteer

Volunteering can be done in various ways, Check the options listed below and choose one that is easiest for you. Our volunteer coordinator will review the information and contact you before each clinic that you are available or needed for. We thank you for your dedication.

1. Click here to add yourself to our on-line database. If you have access to a web browser and an e-mail account, this is the preferred way to register with us. If you have problems, please call Mina Olimon at 619 954 3595

Due to the popular success of our student participation program in the dental clinic, it has become necessary to monitor the number of students who work in each dental clinic.   If you are a dental or pre-dental student and over the age of 21 you must send an email to Mina Olimon to confirm your place at the next clinic. Please include a copy of your passport, your school name, whether you are pre-dental or a dental student, your status at the school (soph. Jr etc.), and any previous dental experience.  No experience is necessary, and we like a variety of backgrounds.  We need to manage this program because of its popularity, over a dozen pre-dent programs exist in southern California. You will not be able to attend the clinic if you have not reserved a position with Dr. Ivan Celis the dental clinic supervisor. You will receive a confirmation email if there is an open position. If you don’t receive a confirmation, please do not attend. Every attempt will be made to be fair to all students in rotation of positions. Thousand Smiles Foundation greatly appreciates your commitment to our children.

Important – Passports or Real ID Drives Licenses and a copy of your birth certificate are now required to enter Mexico and to return to the United States.  We no longer offer bus transportation from Chula Vista to Ensenada. Thousand Smiles recommends the Hotel Villa Marina. If you want a hotel reservation please call the hotel at 011 52 646 178-3321. They will take your credit card and reserve your room. They cannot be responsible for reservations which are not paid for in advance.

A field surgical team consists of: Surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, orthodontists, dental staff, audiologists, speech therapists, nurses and volunteers.

The volunteers, many of whom are Rotarians, are the backbone of the team. They come principally from the United States and Mexico. All clinics are well attended by local medical and dental volunteers

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