Ethiopia Smile

FAQ

WHAT IS ETHIOPIASMILE?

A loosely organized group of friends who come together to love and serve the people of Ethiopia, primarily through caring for their dental needs but also through other medical and humanitarian means.



IS ETHIOPIASMILE A CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION?

We boldly and unashamedly serve and love the people of Ethiopia under the authority of Jesus Christ and seek to emulate the ways of Jesus, specifically as He loved the poor and the needy.  However, the trips in no way are exclusive to people of a specific creed, belief or race.



WHY ISN’T THE GROUP UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF A CHURCH?

We have chosen to keep the group independent of a specific church or organization so as to welcome anyone interested in serving together.



HOW IS THE MISSION OF ETHIOPIASMILE LIVED OUT?

Primarily through traveling as a group on mission trips to Ethiopia.



WHAT HAPPENS ON THE MISSION TRIPS?

The majority of the days are spent doing dentistry for widows and orphans, caring for people who have no access to dental care, primarily for pain relief and removing infection.



WHAT IF I’M NOT A DENTIST?

No problem!  For every dentist that is on the trip, at least 3 “lay” people are needed as assistants, patient buddies, sterilization and check in/check out.  Without a doubt, it is a medical environment.  There is always work to be done for those whose stomachs need to stay clear of the sight of blood.



WHO ARE THE PATIENTS?

We have partnered with several ministries, churches and relief organizations in Ethiopia.  Our goal is to treat patients in need that currently are connected with one of the partners.



WHERE DO THE TRIPS TAKE PLACE?

Typically in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, but sometimes other parts of Ethiopia as well.



HOW LONG ARE THE TRIPS?

1-2 weeks.



WHEN DO THE TRIPS TAKE PLACE?

Whenever the most number of people are available to go.



WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE?

In the past, we have stayed as a team in the TDS Hotel.  A nice, centrally located hotel with clean rooms and a beautiful staff.  A complete breakfast is served each morning.



WHAT DO YOU EAT?

Lunch is in the field and usually consists of bars, fruit and snack foods.  Dinners are as a team each night at a different restaurant in Addis.



HOW MUCH DOES IT COSTS?

Each person on the team is responsible for arranging and purchasing their own airline ticket.  In country costs (meals, lodging, transportation, tips, gifts to ministries) are covered by a trip fee, which has been $750 to $850 in the past per person.