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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- What treatments will I be able to carry out?
Dental check-ups, oral hygiene instructions, fluoride varnish application, fissure sealing, fillings, extractions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- What kind of support do I get?
- How do I apply?
Just pop your details into the form below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.