Is a Dentistry internship in Argentina right for me?
This project is ideal for anyone looking to pursue a career in dentistry, and give their CV an extra edge.
Better yet, you don’t need previous experience or training to join. This internship is focused on learning, and we’ll teach you everything you need to know. You’ll shadow dentists, and learn by observing and asking questions about what you see. They’ll be able to teach you about the common diseases and conditions, and show you how to diagnose and treat them. In addition, all of your work during outreaches is supervised.
However, you do need to speak intermediate Spanish to join. This means that you need to be comfortable holding a conversation in Spanish.This is important, as it will help you interact with other staff and patients, who probably won’t speak English.
Our Dentistry internship in Argentina runs year-round, and you can join at any time from a minimum of two weeks. We encourage you to stay longer, so you can see and learn more.
What will I be doing as a Dentistry intern in Argentina?
On this Dentistry internship in Argentina, there is plenty of opportunity for you to learn and build your practical dental knowledge. Here are some of the tasks you’ll help with:
- Observe and assist dentists at a paediatric hospital
- Help dentists with basic procedures during outreaches
- Teach children about basic oral hygiene
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Observe and assist experienced dentists
You’ll shadow experienced dentists at the Hospital Pediatrico del Ninos Jesus in Cordoba. By watching these doctors perform dental procedures you’ve only read about in text books before, you’ll learn a lot and expand your practical knowledge. We encourage you to ask questions and take notes.
Depending on whether you have some prior dentistry experience and training, you may be able to assist with basic procedures. This is strictly only with permission from your supervising dentist.
Help dentists with basic procedures during outreaches
During your Dentistry internship in Argentina, you can join an outreach to one of the more disadvantaged communities. Here, you’ll assist dentists with some of the more basic procedures, and gain some practical experience.
We also sometimes organise other outreach activities for all of our medical interns. This might include going to other hospitals to deliver food to the parents of the children who are in the hospital.
Teach children about basic oral hygiene
You will also get the opportunity to educate children about the importance of basic oral hygiene.
During outreaches, you can share why taking care of teeth is so important, and emphasise that they need to practice good oral hygiene everyday. In the hospital you could show children educational books and pictures about oral hygiene while they wait for their appointment.
Where will I be working during my Dental internship in Argentina?
You will be based in Cordoba, a city of natural beauty and historical significance with a true zest for life, best expressed in its vibrant cultural life and colourful street art. It’s located in central Argentina, in the foothills of the magnificent Sierras Chicas mountain range.
You’ll be placed at the Hospital Pediatrico del Ninos Jesus, a public university hospital located in Cordoba not far from our offices. You will also do outreaches to local communities and other hospitals.
A typical day at a dentistry placement in Argentina
A working day on the Dentistry internship in Argentina will normally run from about 8am to 5pm.
You will start your morning at the paediatric hospital by helping the local staff complete a few daily administration tasks. After this, you will join experienced dentists on their morning rounds. Use this time to observe their work, ask questions, and make notes.
Once the morning tasks have been completed, you’ll take a break for lunch. If your host family lives close by, you will be able to head home to eat and rest. Alternatively, a meal will be provided at the hospital.
In the afternoon, you will either continue shadowing dentists as they work with patients, or you will head out on a community outreach.
When the day’s work is complete, you’ll have evenings free to do as you please. Having dinner with your local host family is a great way to get to know them better and gain more insight into Argentinian culture.
You can also use your free time in the evenings and over weekends to explore Cordoba and surrounds with your fellow interns.
What are the aims and impacts of the Dentistry internship in Argentina?
There are two main aims of this project: to help you develop professional skills, and to meet the needs of communities around Cordoba.
We want to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to pursue a career in dentistry. You’ll be working alongside some of the most skilled dentists in Argentina, giving you the chance to learn from them and ask questions.
What’s more, you’ll also be helping provide much-needed dental healthcare to children living in communities on the outskirts of Cordoba. Basic dental care isn’t easily accessed in disadvantaged areas outside Cordoba.
We have identified four goals in our Medical Management Plan for Argentina, of which our Dentistry Internship forms part of. These are to:
- Encourage an understanding of medical practices and promote an exchange of medical knowledge
- Improve access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged groups
- Improve hygiene standards
- Promote awareness of non-communicable diseases, like diabetes and high blood pressure
Join us as an intern and gain professional dentistry work experience in Argentina while helping us work toward several of these goals.
Medical electives for students
This project is also perfect for university medical and healthcare elective students. The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional. You will also learn to work with different people and get a broader perspective of global healthcare systems and issues. This benefits your career for years to come. We can organise a placement that meets all of your university's requirements.
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.
Leisure activities and free time
Argentina is a vibrant South American country bursting with colour and rich heritage. Along with contributing to worthwhile projects, a trip with us to Argentina means you can explore this fascinating country.
Enjoying a coffee at the Plaza de San Martin, with its street performers and iconic statue of General Jose de San Martin, is the perfect way to spend an evening. It’s located in Cordoba, where our projects are based, so you don’t have to travel far for this experience.
For thrill seekers, you can take a weekend trip to La Cumbre where you can go paragliding off lofty cliffs. The surrounding nature is breathtaking and a horse ride around nature trails here is well worth it.
There are also enriching cultural experiences, like the Evita Fine Arts Museum or the Teatro del Libertador General San Martin. You can also learn more about the country’s history at local museums.
There will likely be other volunteers in Argentina with you. So you can choose to explore solo, or with a group of volunteers from different projects.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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