At a glance
- Join our Dentistry internship in Jamaica and gain invaluable work experience. You’ll learn from qualified local professionals in a dental clinic and observe a range of different procedures.
- You’ll see patients with a range of different conditions, which will give you an insight into the diagnosis and treatment of these issues.
- You’ll stay with a local host family which is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the local culture. In your free time you can explore all that Jamaica has to offer with other interns.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
You should have completed at least one year of dentistry related studies or training.
Is dentistry work experience in Jamaica right for me?
Are you a current dentistry student or recent graduate? Looking to gain international work experience and build your CV? Then this is the ideal internship for you.
You’ll learn from skilled local professionals, and find out more about healthcare practice in a country different from your own. It’s also a great way to prepare for your future career as a dental practitioner.
This internship is open to those aged 18 and over who have completed at least one year of dentistry-related studies or training. The project is available year-round, from a minimum of two weeks. However, our start and end dates are completely flexible, so you can choose a time that suits you. We encourage you to stay longer, so you can see and learn more.
Upon arrival, you will receive a comprehensive induction that will guide you through everything you need to know about where you’ll be working and what you’ll be doing. During your time at the dental clinic, you’ll be supervised by various members of the dental team. There is also a Projects Abroad medical supervisor who will ensure you get the most out of your time abroad.
What will I do on this project?
While interns are not allowed to take part in patient procedures, there are still many things to do and learn on this internship. At your dentistry placement in Jamaica, you will:
- Observe local dental staff as they go about their daily work
- Assist with a range of basic tasks in the dental clinic
- Take part in dental outreaches or school visits which benefit the local community
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Observe local dental staff as they go about their daily work
On this internship, you’ll learn by observing staff and asking them questions about different treatments and techniques. The staff you will shadow include dental nurses, dentists, and dental surgeons. You’ll get to witness everything that goes on in the working day of a dental clinic, including minor and major surgical procedures.
Assist with a range of basic tasks in the dental clinic
As an extra pair of hands, you will be able to help out around the clinic. Tasks you may get involved in include patient registration and screening, or preparing materials for dental procedures. You might also find yourself providing patients with information about oral hygiene.
Take part in dental outreaches or school visits which benefit the local community
There is also the opportunity to get involved in healthcare work that benefits the local community. You may find yourself participating in dental outreaches organised by the Ministry of Health. Or you can take part in mobile dental clinics in rural areas that don’t have permanent dental facilities.
Our interns regularly conduct independent outreach sessions as well. These sessions take place in the form of presentations at local schools or community centres. They focus on topics such as dental health and oral hygiene.
Where in Jamaica will I work?
You will gain dentistry work experience in Mandeville, Jamaica. You’ll work in the dental clinic of a local health centre.
While Mandeville is fairly quiet, it does have all the modern amenities that you might need. These include convenience stores, banks, and restaurants.
During your time off on the weekends, you can explore further afield. Visit beautiful beach resorts, soak in the local reggae music scene, or take advantage of the natural wonders with a hiking or scuba diving trip.
A typical day on the Dentistry internship in Jamaica
Wake up in the morning and enjoy a delicious breakfast with your host family. You’ll then travel to your placement by a shared taxi. If you live close enough, you’ll be able to walk instead. On your first day, Projects Abroad staff will accompany you to show you the way.
On this internship, you will work from 8.30am - 3pm, Monday to Friday, although you can stay longer if you wish to do so. You will observe and be supervised by the local dental team, which includes dentists, dental surgeons, and dental nurses.
You’ll spend your time shadowing staff in the dental clinic of a local health centre. You’ll have the chance to observe a range of procedures, from simple interventions to complex operations.
While you will not be allowed to participate directly in procedures, there is still plenty to keep you busy. During the day you may find yourself assisting with patient screening and registration, or preparing material for dental procedures.
Once you’re done for the day, it’s time to explore your new surroundings. Why not spend some time getting to know your host family over a delicious dinner? We also organise regular social activities for all Projects Abroad volunteers and interns. This is a great way to make new friends from around the world, and learn about the local culture.
What are the aims and impact of this Dentistry internship?
The main aim of this project is to provide students with a well-rounded, practical internship abroad. Many of the interns who join us in Jamaica are looking for international work experience in their field. We encourage cross-cultural exchange, where interns and local professionals exchange knowledge and ideas.
You will work alongside qualified dentistry staff in Jamaica, gaining insight into healthcare practice in a country different from your own. You’ll learn about various aspects of dental treatment, and also have the chance to participate in outreach and educational presentations.
Good oral health is not practiced in many disadvantaged communities in Jamaica. Our outreaches educate students and community members about the importance of dental hygiene. This can also help to prevent some common health issues resulting from poor dental care.
Join us on a Dentistry Internship in Jamaica and build your CV while preparing for your future career in the dentistry field.
Volunteering for professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
When you think of the tropical Caribbean, Jamaica is one of the first countries that comes to mind. With its white-sand beaches and vibrant culture, this island nation has a lot to offer. It’s an amazing location to volunteer in, and explore during your free time.
The local cuisine is definitely worth trying, with tasty dishes like Jamaican patties and jerk chicken. You can enjoy these at seaside restaurants and then head down to the sea for a cooling swim in the ocean.
With a rich culture and friendly locals, exploring markets and museums is a must-do. Visiting the famous Bob Marley Museum in Kingston makes for an enlightening weekend trip. While you’re there, you can also tour Fort Charles and the National Heroes Park.
There will be other volunteers working on different projects in Jamaica while you’re there. This means you can choose to explore independently or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
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