Ecuador 2011 Volunteer Dental Trip
We have returned from our adventure providing voluntary dental services in Ecuador. We flew to Quito and then took a 6 hour bus ride through the mountains to Tena, a town in the province of Napo in the jungle. Each of the 6 days of treatment took us to a new village anywhere from 40min. to 3 hours drive away.
There were 6 hygienists, 3 dentists, 8 dental assistants and 5 non-dental volunteers and we saw 357 patients for dental cleanings and 167 patients for fillings or extractions. It was an incredibly powerful experience of which we would all participate in again. We have included some of our favorite photos of the trip for you to view. You will see that the conditions for dental treatment were not always ideal and certainly not what we are used to in Canada but the people were so grateful for the opportunity to recieve treatment it makes it easy to give of yourself. We hope you enjoy the photos.