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International Externship Program (IEP)

Help support Oregon Tech Dental Hygiene Students!


This year, students from Oregon Institute of Technology and the Dental Hygiene International Externship Program (IEP) will be embarking on a humanitarian mission to Jamaica from August 31st – September 9th, 2019.

The IEP team will be providing dental hygiene services to the residents in rural areas of Jamaica, where there is only one dentist for every 100,000 people. This is not only an amazing opportunity for the residents of Jamaica, but for the dental hygiene students as well. The International Externship Program provided here at Oregon Tech is influential as it provides students with the opportunity for exponential growth. This experience provides them with a unique opportunity to further their skills as oral health care providers and become exceptional partners in their patient’s health.

The students selected to participate in this program are required to pay a $2,700 program fee for travel, tuition costs, passports, and supplies. Each student is required to bring dental equipment and supplies which will be needed such as instruments, disposables, gloves, and masks. If the students do not receive donations from various corporations and sponsors, they are required to purchase remaining supplies from their own funds. Any monetary or supply donation, regardless of size, would be greatly appreciated.

Please support us in creating healthy and happy smiles worldwide!

Warmest Regards,
2019 Oregon Tech Dental Hygiene International Externship Program

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About IEP

The International Externship Program is an exciting opportunity for a team of senior students and an instructor to travel outside the United States on a dental care mission. Past destinations include Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Peru, Guatemala, Vietnam, Jamaica and Africa.

The goals of IEP are:
  • To provide quality oral health care and education to people around the world who lack access to such care
  • To provide students an opportunity to expand and improve their clinical skills in a setting that requires teamwork, innovation, and flexibility
  • To provide a unique cultural learning experience

Travel is coordinated through a global medical organization and an in-country partner. Missions last approximately one to two weeks.

Each student pays a portion of the travel cost. Fundraisers and sponsors help students obtain mission funds.

Most of the students that enter this program have not ventured outside the U.S. borders. The exposure to cultural differences and provision of humanitarian aid often make the trip a life-changing experience.

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