Mission Training Workshop


Are You Mission Ready?

There is no better way to witness the incredible work Operation Smile does to change the lives of children living with facial deformities than by joining us for one of our international medical missions. Every year Operation Smile takes around 80 school and university students to the field where they play a key role as part of our volunteer team.

Those interested in participating in a mission must apply to our Mission Training Workshop (MTW). This is held twice a year, once in January at Operation Smile Headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA, USA, and once three days prior to our International Student Leadership Conference in July. Students play a vital role on our missions delivering basic healthcare modules to our patients, their families and other local groups. MTW prepares students for this role and gives attendees the confidence to share what they know with others. Students will be accompanied to their mission by an adult sponsor who knows Operation Smile well and will help them get the most out of their experience.


School Pupil Role

  • Deliver potentially life-saving healthcare modules to our patients, their families and other local groups.
  • Modules include hands only CPR, burn care and prevention, oral rehydration therapy, nutrition, dental hygiene and basic hygiene.
  • Experience all aspects of the mission, from patient arrival, to surgery, to post-op wards.

Requirements

  • School pupils aged 16-18
  • Active member of an Operation Smile club, has started a club or actively fundraising for Operation Smile UK
  • Involved for at least one year
  • Able to demonstrate dedicated participation and exceptional leadership
  • A participant at a previous International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC)

U-VOICE Training


Share our Story by Sharing Yours

Are you a university student interested in attending an Operation Smile medical mission? Join us by applying for our U-Voice programme.

Operation Smile sends university students on our international medical missions as a U-Voice student. U-Voice students capture the perspective of our patients, our volunteers and the unique challenges and triumphs of the medical mission. They share these stories through blog, photo and video posting on our social networks, website, newsletters and other Operation Smile materials which are then distributed throughout the world.

To attend a medical mission as a U-Voice student, you must first attend our U-Voice Training during the summer. This is held once a year three days before our International Student Leadership Conference. 

U-Voice Student Role

The primary role of a U-Voice student is to tell the story of an Operation Smile medical mission. The U-Voice student will be responsible for, but not limited to, submitting three to five social media posts, writing one blog story and creating a presentation to share with schools and community groups. Upon returning from their medical missions, the U-Voice student will also be required to present a video they make to at least five different audiences. We also ask our U-Voice students to work to have their stories published in their university and local newspapers.

Requirements

  • University student
  • Active member of an Operation Smile club, has started a club or actively fundraising for Operation Smile UK
  • Involved for at least one year
  • Able to indicate dedicated participation and exceptional leadership
  • A participant at a previous International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) or will be participating in the ISLC after U-Voice training.

GET INVOLVED!

Find out how you and your school can help change children’s lives forever

Will Crane | Student Programmes and Fundraising Officer 

+44 (0)20 3475 5126| students.uk@operationsmile.org

“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President