Mission: Iraq 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
By day I am a software professional, so joining a dental mission is outside my comfort zone. However, all of the dentists and returning volunteers are great teachers so we quickly got up to speed. During the trip I got the job of keeping the dentists busy with patients. Though the job was challenging, it was one of the best jobs as I got to interact with the children. Each time I would interrupt a class to call more children for treatment I was greeted by large smiles, hugs and the occasional tear. I also got the glorious job of being “the model” for the oral hygiene demonstrations as our real dental models got held up in customs. Though embarrassing, is was great to see the children’s bright faces soak up the information we imparted to them.