Dental Team #BAJA723DENT7

COUNTRY: Mexico: Baja

ARRIVAL: July 23, 2017
DEPARTURE: July 29, 2017
COST: $1395

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

Volunteers will be working in with local health agencies to partner in providing much needed health services in the San Raphael community. They will also have the opportunity to explore the culture and cuisine and enjoy the beautiful Sea of Cortez.

Dental Teams

Dental care is one of the most critically underserved areas of international health care, as dental care is usually not included in the socialized health care systems found in most developing countries.  Through ISL, thousands receive dental care – with your help!

This program focuses on pediatric dentistry because 1)  this represents the greatest need area of dentistry in developing countries, 2) pediatric dentistry is less invasive and therefore more amenable to more activity by both dental and pre-dental students, 3) focuses our efforts on prevention and public health dentistry – clearly the advancing edge of World Health Organization guidelines and emphasis .

Our dental programming functions in accordance with the best practices of the local dental community and is compatible with ADEA guidelines.

Mexico: Baja

ISL’s Baja Mexico program is an on-going humanitarian project that takes place in Puerto Peñasco, situated along the beautiful Sea of Cortez. Though Puerto Peñasco is a safe tourist area, due to high unemployment and high numbers of newly deported nationals struggling to get home, it also houses a very large underserved community. We work with global health agencies, local health ministries, and other NGOs to build capacity in needy communities. Volunteers are able to gain valuable experience regardless of team size, participating in community clinics and working in institutional and community health contexts.

What ISL Provides

ISL Provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, two meals per day, drinking water, instruction by licensed dental professionals, dental supplies and medications, tours and basic recreation.

What to Bring

You will need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, donations of medications and medical supplies (optional), and funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.

Meet the Staff

Saul Veladiz Mexico Assistant Team Leader
Saul Veladiz
Assistant Team Leader

Saul Veladiz is a native of Mexico who was raised in Phoenix, AZ. He is now an entrepreneur and small business owner in Puerto Penasco. This allows him the flexibility of being available to ISL teams as needed. Saul’s positive and outgoing personality, hard work ethic, and love of helping people any way he can makes him a favorite of ISL volunteers.

Ruben Escobido Mexico Assistant Team Leader
Ruben Escobido
Assistant Team Leader

Ruben Escobedo is a native of Mexico, who specializes in sustainable desert agricultural practices. When not helping ISL teams, he works at Livingstones Christian Community Center as a teacher and assistant administrator. He enjoys working with people of all ages.

Dr. Eliel Lopez Mexico Medical Director
Dr. Eliel Lopez
Medical Director

Dr. Eliel Lopez is a native of Mexico and is also the Health Services Coordinator for one of the primary governmental health agencies in the area. He’s been a doctor in Puerto Penasco since 1989. ISL is pleased and honored to have him on the team. He is very passionate about his work and loves teaching ISL volunteers.

Maricela Moad Administrative Assistant Mexico
Maricela Moad
Administrative Assistant

Maricela is a native of Mexico. Besides her job as administrative assistant, she loves helping out on teams as needed. She is very organized and is a great asset for ISL. When she is not working, she enjoys exercising, cooking, reading, and tanning at the beach.

Michael Brinbaum
Michael Birnbaum
Mexico Country Coordinator

Michael is the founder of ISL and, among other duties, he serves as a New Programs Organizer, including the ISL Baja Program. In setting up the Baja Program he has implemented the first “full-time-come-anytime” ISL location. Michael enjoys living in the neighborhood ISL serves, with the people they serve. He also enjoys visiting his grown sons and their families in Washington State as often as… Read more

Activity Information

You will need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, donations of medications and medical supplies (optional), and funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.




Sample Dental Health Itinerary



Important Program Note:  Teams will participate in some of the following dental field work activities: house screening visits, institutional assignments/clinics, neighborhood (zone) clinics, community health screening stations (Commercial centers, etc.), tours and work at hospital, tours and work at Centro de Salud, and school screenings/health education sessions.  Therefore, time periods noted as “Dental Field Work” may refer to any of the above listed activities, to be determinded based on student expertise level and needs of our community at the time – that means this schedule WILL be adjusted as needed.  We are here to serve as needed – not as we desire!


Optional Activities: ESL, ecology, marine life


Day 1:  Travel day from airport; arrive in Puerto Penasco in early evening for Mexican dinner, donations processing, and cultural seminar; group reflection


Day 2: Dental Spanish and Public Health Surveying Seminar; Basic Dental Training Seminar; Dental Field Work; recreation/shopping; group reflection


Day 3:  Dental Field Work; Border Health Seminar, free time, dental skills practice; group reflection


Day 4:  Dental Field Work; group reflection


Day 5:  Dental Field Work; late afternoon Desert Medical Plants Seminar;

dinner and shopping at El Malecon (waterfront); group reflection


Day 6:  Dental Field Work and sharing with the community—Piñata time!

Recreation or optional additional community service time; sunset cruise ($15 per person); group reflection


Day 7: Depart