Volunteer Lebanon

Dental Mavericks has been bringing quality dental care to Lebanon to alleviate the protracted displacement of 1.5 million Syrians as well as vulnerable members of the host communities since mid-2017. Dental care is not considered a humanitarian health priority, which means that there is a vast gap in services and a correspondingly large need for assistance. We have been running dental clinic in Beqaa Valley alongside our regular outreach projects, providing sustainable support with an emphasis on capacity building (local team).

Frequently Asked Questions About The Lebanon Projects

  1. Who can come on the project?

Dentists with minimum 2 years post-graduate experience, dental nurses, hygienists and therapists. We welcome applications from dental professionals from all around the world with good command of spoken English.

  1. What is the project location?

In Lebanon we carry out outreach projects at community centers, schools, churches or healthcare centers around Bekaa Valley or in Beirut.

  1. How long is the project? Can I come for longer or shorter time?

The projects usually last for one week. The volunteers arrive to Lebanon Saturday evening, Sunday is the orientation day. We then work from Monday to Friday and everyone departs Saturday morning. If you are interested in volunteering for a longer time we can make special arrangement. Local volunteers are welcome to join for a shorter period.

  1. What is the daily schedule?

We send out the itinerary for the week before you travel but you have to remember it’s a general draft and things usually change on short notice.

Typically, we start the day early in the morning with common breakfast. Then we depart to the project location where we work around 8 hours/day with coffee break and lunch break. In the afternoon we have dinner together either at home or at a restaurant. Usually the volunteers want to rest in the evening but sometimes we can plan some extra activities.

  1. What treatments will I be able to carry out?

Dental check-ups, oral hygiene instructions, fluoride varnish application, fissure sealing, fillings, extractions.

  1. What is included in the price? Do I need do bring any money with me?

All accommodation, meals, transport and supplies are included in the price. Extra costs include your flight and travel insurance. On the project you might need some petty cash for souvenirs or personal shopping.

  1. How do I get to Lebanon? Do I need a visa?

We can help you book your flights. Most nations are granted a visa on arrival at Beirut International Airport for a maximum stay of 1 months if they are holding a passport valid for 6 months beyond the period of intended stay and there are no Israeli stamps, visas, or seals on their passport. Please check Lebanon entry visa requirements specific for your country.

  1. How do I move around Lebanon?

You will be picked up from the airport and brought to our accommodation either by one of our team members or taxi company that we collaborate with. Throughout the project we will all move around together with a rented car or taxi.

  1. What is the accommodation like?

In the Bekaa Valley you’ll be staying at our volunteer apartment, where you’ll share a room with another volunteer or team member of the same gender. The accommodation is basic but has all facilities: common area, kitchen, bathroom with toilet and hot shower.

In Beirut we either book hotel suites or shared apartment in a guesthouse or through Airbnb.

  1. What will I eat? What if I have food allergies?

Lebanese food is simply delicious and a highlight for most of the volunteers. We typically have meat and vegetarian options but our team will struggle with other diets such as celiac and food “preferences”. If you have any specific food allergies let us know as soon as possible to check if we’ll be able to cater for your diet.

For breakfasts we typically have bread, eggs, cereal, yoghurt, fruit etc. Lunch would be provided by the communities we serve and the options vary between shawarma or falafel sandwich and Lebanese pizza. Dinner is served either at home, prepared by local cook, or at the restaurant.

  1. Is it safe?

We follow Foreign Office travel advice and only work in zones marked as green (the majority of the country). Your field coordinator will always be there to help keep you safe and give advice. 

  1. Do I need travel insurance? Do I need vaccinations?

Yes, insurance is vital to your stay in Lebanon and you are responsible for buying your insurance cover before you travel.

It is advisable to be up-to-date with your travel vaccinations for Lebanon.  We recommend that participants have a pre-travel health consultation with their doctor at least 6 weeks prior to travel in order to determine which travel vaccines may be required.

  1. What is the weather like?

Summer months get pretty hot with daily temperature around 30 Celsius degree. On the other hand in the winter, from November till March, the temperature at night drops to 4-5 Celsius degree and there are rainy days. Spring and autumn has moderate, Mediterranean weather.

  1. What kind of support do I get?
  1. How do I apply?

Just pop your details into the form below or email kerri@dentalmavericks.org.


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See What Our Volunteers Say About Their Experience

So many gorgeous, happy faces. The best of times with the Mavericks team, working together was a privilege that shaped me. It was the honour of my life to be able to serve these beautiful children, helping them to smile again. I can’t wait to be back in the T-shirt again. Thank you to everyone on this trip, especially to the clinical yin to my yang Jas and to Michael who deserves credit for documenting all of these touching moments with his photography skills xxx#dentalcharity #dental #charity #dentaltherapist #dentalmavericks #morocco #volunteer
I was lucky to participate with this organized professional organisation.the team was lovely and so friendly, and i will recommend all the dentist to try this amazing experience,till the next one, see you soon team ❤️❤️😘😘.
It was great experience 🙂🙂🙂
What an amazing experience I had when I volunteered to help out on one of the trips to the Rif mountains with Dental Mavericks. This was the most exhilarating and rewarding thing I have ever done. I had never been to Morocco before so I was a little apprehensive about what to expect, but I can honestly say that with all of the organisation and planning that the Dental Mavericks team do (Cally Gedge and Kerri Geddes) I need not have been worried, I was in safe hands! We took the ferry over to Tangier and then travelled on to Chefchouene where we stayed for 3 days. I helped out with the oral hygiene, applying the flouride to the children and sitting with them after they'd had extractions. I was amazed at how brave these children are. If I ever have the opportunity of returning then I wouldn't hesitate. Thank you Team Dental Mavericks, the work you do is amazing xx
Every year at MPOD we have a competition, the prize is a fully paid trip to collaborate with one of Dental Mavericks’ projects. Being the newest addition to the team, you can imagine the surprise when my name was the one picked out of the bag. But even more surprising was the destination of the trip that Cally told me a bit later: Lebanon.I didn’t know much about this country, and most of the news from there is related to refugees. Anyway, upon arrival we received a warm welcome from Basima and her relatives. We were to spend the next week at her house and from the minute we set foot inside we were made to feel part of the family. My task on the trip was to take pictures, so I was able to observe as much as I wanted. What I saw was a country in a really harsh situation, but with people resolved not to lose their smiles or their will to improve their situation.During the trip we visited several places. A school founded by an NGO focused on Syrian refugee kids’ education. The clinic, where the professional team of Gina (nurse) and Anna (dentist), the two other volunteers, would perform treatments to anyone in need showing up at the door. And an orphanage, full of buzzing kids playing around, laughing and eager to get a picture of themselves.In all these places I found nothing but kindness and gratitude. From the kids, from the teachers, from the patients and from the people involved on the project. I can’t recommend the experience enough to anyone willing to help and ready to receive a dose of reality.
WELL... where do I begin?! 🤯 I can genuinely say that this trip has been AMAZING from start to finish. Every moment, every second. 💫 I had no idea what to expect but it has surpassed any expectation I ever could have had. I’ve learned so much 🥰 I have met people who are truly beautiful inside and out that have fully embraced me, I have seen a different way of life and can only hope to see more of and continue to learn about in the future. The work ethic of these people is like nothing I have ever come across before. 👏🏽 I will forever be thankful for this opportunity can not wait for more in the future. 🙏🏼 A special thank you to Gina Louise Goddard Cally Gedge Amin and Manar for everything this week from making me feel so comfortable to having me belly laughing all day long. My heart belongs to you dentistry and the dental mavericks particularly! ♥️
After my second trip to Morocco with DM I’m so proud to be part of such an amazingly dedicated team working tirelessly to achieve valuable life changing treatments for all those kiddies in dental pain, and setting new goals for sustainability in future generations!www.dentalmavericks.org
Amazing experiece would recommend anyone to do it
Wow. So proud of this team. Worked so hard for our patients and each other. Humble enough to learn from each other and grow. Now, there’s a recipe for success. Worked side by side with my son as a clinician. Got back last night from my 14th Dental Maverick expedition. Up in remote, rural villages in the Rif mountains of Morocco getting kids out of daily pain, giving oral health education, preventive fluoride therapy and enough toothpaste and tooth brushes for the foreseeable future. 1600 benefactors!!!We sponsored a football tournament organised by Rif Com to build bridges and develop trust. This is really good for the soul. I’ve done a good few of these now but this was the best. If you want to get involved message me or go to www.dentalmavericks.org. It just might change your life. It did mine. And those of the kids. HERE’S TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE!!!https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/…/finalCharityHomepage.act…
My second trip with DM to Morocco. Went to the villages in the Rif Mountains this time, amazing local helpers, volunteers and patients. Would definitely recommend joining this amazing group and volunteering. Doing wonderful work taking children out of pain.
One of the best week-end in my life with dental Mavericks.. thanks for everything .. I will never forget this experience..❤🙏🇲🇦
Hello everyone! I have just returned from 7 days in Morroco 🇲🇦 working within Asni alongside the Dental Mavericks. Wow what can I say what a rewarding and life changing experience! I couldn’t have wished for a nicer group of people I was working alongside an also the local village people were very welcoming an very friendly an very much respected what the Dental Mavericks team have helped them with ending their daily dental pain. I would totally recommend taking part in this project. I didn’t want to come back! I will be returning next year!! 😘😘
I have just returned from a week in Asni,Morocco with the Mavericks and can honestly say its has been such a rewarding experience.I was part of an amazing group and we all got on so well we did not want to leave. The Asni community was full of wonderful people and they were all very appreciative of our time in the village getting them out of dental pain. 🥰Looking forward to helping on another project with you next year
having done 4 trips with Mavericks I can say hand on heart no ome will regret going on a adventure with themchanges lives including your own for the better and make amazing friends and memories !!! come on join our family xx
Had an incredible time as part of Project Essaouira, Morocco 2019... one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever done and I miss it already. It was the dream team, thank you for looking after us so well 😊❤️
I have had the most amazing week with the Mavericks in Essaouira, Morocco. The experience has just blown me away. I'm already thinking seriously about my next trip. We have been looked after so well. Dental Mavericks rock! It's been an absolute pleasure.... Til next time 😍
We were privileged to spend 2 weeks in Lebanon Bekka Valley with DentalMavericks. It was an eye opening experience to work with refugees and children.DentalMavericks provides an important role providing dental care for the most disadvantaged group in this area. Well done.We wish you all the best. 🙂
My trip with Dental Mavericks was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I nursed in Lebanon, and felt completely welcomed by every one right from the start. I met so many fantastic people and already want to book my next trip! I would thoroughly recommend volunteering with Dental Mavericks. Miss you all so much already!
Last week I finished the project with DM in Bekka Valley. Since day 1 I got so much love and support from Cally, other volunteers and the team on the ground (not to forget Kerry who helped organise everyhting before the trip) The only downside could be you fall in love with Lebanon and can’t wait to go back.
Recently returned from my first trip to Asni Morocco ( but won't be my last ).The Dental Mavericks are a well run charity, everything about the trip was organised and I felt very well supported by Cally and all her team. If you are looking for a rewarding trip, outside of your comfort zone but one which is an amazing, humbling experience then you should definitely sign up
Amazing amazing AMAZING experience. I loved every minute, I would recommend it to anyone! Kerri did an amazing job for her first solo trip with a group and it was just nothing I have ever experienced. The people are lovely and are so appreciative of you being there. Working with Richard and becoming a dental nurse was wonderful and just made me want to become a dental nurse even more than before! I would definitely go back and would recommend in anyone into going! Thank you dental mavericks for an amazing trip and an experience of a life time!
After a long journey home yesterday I got back from my first Dental Mavericks trip to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. I won this trip of a life time by entering a competition on Facebook and i am so so so glad that I did!! I wanted to do something out of my comfort zone and as a trainee dental nurse I also wanted to see what dentistry was like in other countries/places as I’ve only ever worked in the same practise down in Cornwall. I can not explain how scared, anxious and nervous I was to be going away from home, with out my parents, with no one i knew, in a county I’ve never been to, in a family’s house who I’ve never met and to be flying on my own.. but how those nerves and scary thoughts went after meeting the team I was going to be with for the week. I can not explain how friendly and caring everyone was it was like I had known them for years after just spending a couple of hours with them. Morocco is a beautiful country and the views are outstanding but of course the best part about the whole trip was seeing the smiles on the children’s and adults faces when they saw us in the school ready for clinic. They were all so thankful and happy to see us it was a lovely feeling. Everyone was so keen to learn how to brush their teeth, I went around with a tooth model and brush and they all had ago at brushing the teeth, I couldn’t get over how funny and exciting they found it everyone kept coming back to me do it it again which was just lovely and made me feel good knowing i was helping them out with something that is so simple and a daily thing for us to do but basically non existent thing for them. But it was also heartbreaking to see how bad their oral health was, most had decay in their teeth, most had hardly any teeth at all, most had very badly broken teeth, most had abscesses forming giving them chronic tooth pain. But we went over and we gave them the treatment we new would get them out of daily pain and we give them the treatment they needed and the equipment they needed to maintain a healthy mouth e.g tooth paste and tooth brushes & tooth brushing instruction. We saw about 700 patients in 3 days which is a huge achievement for us all, getting that many people out of pain in such a short amount of time. The trip went way to quickly and I can not wait to go back and to book more trips to go and help the people that do truly deserve it! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the Dental Mavericks for giving me the opportunity to go, and a huge thank you to the team I went with I’ve made friends for life� I hope to see you all very soon�
Keep up the good work !! Proud of Your amazing work
I’ve been involved with Dental Mavericks for 5 years and have recently come back from my 5th project in the Rif Mountains. Over the years I’ve worked with people from all walks of life from all over the world, people who have one purpose while on these projects, to take these beautiful children out of daily dental pain. Ive made some awesome friends. It's the most incredible and fulfilling experience that I've ever been involved with and an absolute privilege to work with such inspirational people and to call myself a Maverick. Thank you Dental Mavericks for the opportunity x
It's the most incredible and fulfilling experience that I've ever got involved in. I'm so grateful that I was given the opportunity to join the Dental Mavericks, and I can't wait to go back!
Volunteering as a nurse and working alongside the Dental Mavericks totally changed my outlook on life! Never have I met such like minded inspirational amazing people. Don't just think about it... do it!
What an absolute privilege for our NZ team of dental volunteers to join the Dental Mavericks in Morocco. They are a fabulous group, passionate about sparking positive and lasting change, for the Moroccan community's we worked in. If you want to add some fun and real meaning to your travels, get involved it will change you forever. �
Working with Dental Mavericks was an absolute privilege. They are dedicated, professional, and friendly. It's rare to find a group so dedicated to teamwork, positivity, and hard work even in difficult situations and environments. I'm already looking forward to the next time we'll work together!
Dental Mavericks have given me a wonderful life changing experience to work alongside them in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. This is a fantastic opportunity for any Dental Professional to become involved with. It opened my eyes to the harsh reality of such huge numbers of displaced refugees. In my ignorance, I previously thought of them as homeless and poor, rather than of who they are professionally before they found themselves in the circumstances they are currently in today. Having experienced day to day life in a refugee camp, it made me connect fully with the people and gave me an understanding and awareness I wouldn't have gained otherwise. I would therefore like to thank the Dental Mavericks team for a fantastic experience that cannot be gained by simply reading about it alone. I thoroughly recommend this to anyone considering volunteering for such an amazing cause.