Florida Hospital Sharing Smiles mission trips are made possible with volunteer physicians and clinical staff who generously give their expertise and time to help make needy children smile again. All volunteers are currently licensed in the United States in one or more of the following areas:
- Plastic Surgery
- Physical Therapy
- Pediatric Dentistry
- Dental Hygiene
If you are interested in becoming a medical volunteer contact us.
If you are not a licensed clinician but are interested getting involved here are three great ways to give back:
- Give Now
- Start a Smile Campaign
- Join the packing and preparation team for medical mission trips originating in Orlando, Florida. Contact Us for more information.
VOLUNTEER QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q: How can I go on a mission trip?
A: Sharing Smiles is now accepting licensed professionals to volunteer on trips for all three of our program areas: cleft lip and palate, pediatric dentistry, and physical therapy. To go on a mission trip, volunteers must have a valid passport, certification or license in his/her profession and a heart for service. If you are interested, please contact the Sharing Smiles Program Officer: Michelle.Gross@flhosp.org
Q: What experience do I need?
A: While it is not necessary that you have volunteered on a mission trip before, you do need to demonstrate experience and certification in your professional field. Even though Sharing Smiles travels to Latin America, Spanish proficiency is not required since medical interpreters attend the trips.
Q: How does the volunteer selection process work for mission trips?
A: The Sharing Smiles Program Officer sends the dates for upcoming trips to interested volunteers. Volunteers may then request specific dates and sites. The Program Officer works with the Sharing Smiles medical director to determine the personnel needed for each trip, then works with volunteers to create the teams for each trip.
Q: How much will it cost for me to go on a mission trip?
A: Sharing Smiles encourages volunteers to help fundraise for mission trips by setting up a personal fundraising page at www.FHSharingSmiles.org. While we will cover the airfare, food and lodging for all mission-critical volunteers, every monetary gift (which is tax deductible!) helps us heal more children.
Q. Do you accept retirees?
A: Sharing Smiles accepts retirees on our trips, as long as you still have a valid license to practice.
Q. I am not a medical person but would like to go on a mission trip. Is this possible?
A: There are a few roles available for non-medical professionals, including trip coordination and translation. Sharing Smiles does not pay for non-mission critical volunteers, so you are responsible for covering the costs of your flight, hotel, and meals during the trip. For more information, please contact: