Take part in our Dentistry internship in Vietnam and discover first hand what the day to day life of a dentist is like. You’ll shadow dentists in clinics and other healthcare centres, and learn directly from them. This experience will add value to your CV, and give you a deeper insight into the healthcare challenges people face in developing countries.
We’ll teach you about common oral diseases and conditions, and how to diagnose and treat them. You’ll sit in on consultations, and observe different procedures. You’ll also have the opportunity to do practical work during outreaches. You’ll focus on planning and running educational talks about the importance of good oral hygiene.
You’ll live and work in Hanoi, and stay with a host family or in shared accommodation with other Projects Abroad interns. Make the most of your time in Vietnam, and eat plenty of delicious food like pho, and explore places like Ha Long Bay!
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 021 234 8002 for more info.
When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 021 234 8002 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
To join this internship, you need to have completed at least one year of dentistry studies or training.
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this internship?
You will spend most of your time in a local hospital, but sometimes you will also travel to other healthcare clinics. Below are some of the activities you will take part in:
- Shadow and observe local dentists and experience their daily routine
- Assist with patient screenings and preparing instruments for procedures
- Raise awareness of the importance of good oral hygiene during outreaches
Your work will focus on the following main areas:
Shadow and observe local dentists and experience their daily routine
You will spend the majority of your time shadowing dentists as they go about their work day. You’ll sit in on consultations and observe simple procedures, and learn more about the theoretical and practical aspects of dentistry. We encourage you to ask questions and make notes about what you see.
Assist with patient screenings and preparing instruments for procedures
Besides sitting in on consultations and procedures, you will be taught how to clean, sterilise, and prepare medical equipment and the room for procedures. Once you have mastered these skills, this will be one of your daily duties as an intern.
Raise awareness of the importance of good oral hygiene
You have the opportunity to participate in outreach work. This work will involve teaching local communities about the importance of oral hygiene through presentations and handouts. The aim of these awareness campaigns is to encourage people to have regular dental check ups and to look after their teeth and mouths properly, in order to prevent disease.
Types of placements at the Dentistry placement in Vietnam
You’ll work at a hospital specialising in dental care. Here, you can explore different areas of dentistry. These include:
- Dental health examination
- Basic dental care
- Oral surgery
- Dentures and prosthesis
If you’re interested in a specific department, please feel free to contact us and we can help advise you.
Where in Vietnam will I be working?
You will be based in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city.
Hanoi is lively, with endless markets spilling onto streets, scooters zooming by, and a restaurant on every corner. You will have the opportunity to explore over weekends and in the evenings.
You will work mainly in a hospital setting, and can choose which departments you would like to be involved with. The main placement is in a hospital specialising in dental care.
The hospitals we are partnered with are generally of a high standard and are equipped with the modern technology.
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.
Meet the team in Vietnam
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