Category Archives: Global Connections

Light A Candle for Zambia

“We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us thru that darkness to a safe and sane future.”- John F. Kennedy

This July, the Tisch Summer Fellows Program in collaboration with TUSDM will support five Tufts Dental Students on an exciting service learning project to support oral health service delivery and infrastructure in Zambia, Africa! In efforts to raise awareness and funding for the project, the team is selling soy candles. Any donations raised by the Tufts Team will directly benefit the project and will be used towards supporting oral health for people in Zambia that are in desperate need of oral care

The highly scented soy candle is in a cute hexagon jar. Features include an awesome eco wick (no metal/zinc and not paraffin coated). Candles are made and hand poured with high quality ingredients and love (:


Wine Tasting for Health Thursday: Zambia wine tasting fundraiser

RSVP Required HERE

Entry Fee: Students – $15 , Faculty/Non-students – $30 

What is included: Wine Tasting & Food – Along with many chances to win prizes via Raffle and Auction! 

Each entry ticket will entry your name in a raffle. Each Raffle ticket is $5 or you can buy 5 for $20. 

The Zambia Project: 

In 2018, the longstanding TUSDM Zambian oral health outreach project (founded in 2006) was developed as the focus of a GSL course which requires a three-week country immersion as well as extensive project preparation and post field experience reflection and assessment. Lessons learned from this comprehensive project guide the refinement of the other five GSL projects. This project in rural Zambia is a collaboration of a local community, the Dental Training School of the Zambian Ministry of Health and TUSDM strategically utilizing existing health care infrastructure and incorporating community-oriented cost-effective oral health prevention. The program includes four components of oral health promotion—oral health education, emergency care for infection and pain, fluoride exposure and atraumatic restorative treatment (ART). Annual visits by TUSDM in collaboration with Zambian interdisciplinary oral health and medical teams provide exams, fluoride treatments, toothbrushes/toothpaste, extractions and tooth restoration. Since inception of the Zambian effort, local Zambian community oral health volunteers, trained and coordinated through the local rural health center, provide essential support for the program including on-going oral health education, identification of community dental needs and assistance for visiting teams.

Special Global Service Trip to Zambia for D20 and D21s!

This special Global Service Learning experience will last 3 weeks. Note: Applications are due: Saturday, April 20, 2019 @ 6pm.To read the reflections from last years group, check out this link.

For an overview of the trip from last year, check out this background and itinerary from last year’s trip!

2019 Jamaica GSL Outreach

This years Jamaica GSL outreach will take place from Saturday, January 19th – Sunday, January 27thPlease see the attached application for additional information! If you are interested in participating on this years trip, please fill out the form and email it back to Benjamin Golub by noon on Tuesday, August 31st. (Note: This project is open to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th yr students)

Check out the application here: 2019 Jamaica GSL Application

Research Travel Program Application

Like the idea of traveling to another country to conduct research?  Read on to learn more about the Research Travel Program!

Tufts pre-doctoral students have the opportunity to visit the domestic and international headquarters of leading dental manufactures to conduct research with industry scientists.  This opportunity allows students to gain insight into the multifaceted and interdisciplinary world of dental product manufacturing.  The program fosters understanding and shared information which benefits the participants, their patients, Tufts community, and the profession at large.

Students who are interested and have dental materials research experience should apply to the Research Travel Program, find information and the application here!

Please read through the qualifications before applying and note the application deadline of Friday June 8, 2018.

Any additional questions please contact

ZAMBIA Global Service Learning Program for D19s and D20s!

D19s and D20s: Want to travel abroad an volunteer this summer? Check out this new CSL/GSL opportunity culminating in a 3-week field experience in Zambia!

ZAMBIA Global Service Learning Program.

 Project Director: Dr. John Morgan

 Anticipated Travel Dates: July 16 – Aug 4 2018*

*If travel interferes with an exam or course responsibility, special permission must be obtained by Academic Affairs and for you to be allowed to make up the requirement, if necessary.



Key to this special initiative is that the costs for travel to Zambia and in-country stay are covered through the generosity of the Tisch College Summer Fellows Program.

Continue reading ZAMBIA Global Service Learning Program for D19s and D20s!

Nicaragua GSL Trip

In collaboration with the TUSDM Global Serving Learning department, a new dental service trip to Nicaragua will take place this spring from April 7-15, 2018. The team will travel to Los Robles, Nicaragua and work with a local non-profit organization to provide dental care to patients in a free community clinic. Applications are due Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by 11:59pm. Please contact Alicia Kim ( with questions.

HDA: GSL to Dominican Republic

This August, the Student Hispanic Dental Association will be taking its annual global service learning trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to provide dental care to the surrounding local community that has little to no access to dental care.

We have will been fundraising all year to be able to travel with 23 students and 6 faculty members to provide comprehensive dental care. For 1 week, we will be providing dental exams, cleanings, fillings, and extractions as needed, as well as providing everyone with toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and oral hygiene instruction and reinforcement. It is an extremely rewarding, uplifting experience as well as a very unique opportunity to offer our services as full-time dental providers to a community in need.

As a team of Tufts Dental students, it is challenging to afford this trip, and we would greatly appreciate any donation that you are able to make – large or small. The link below will direct you to our GoFundMe Page.

Your contribution would mean the world to us.  Every penny counts!
Thank you so much for your support and for sharing our passion by being a part of this truly amazing cause!!!

– Elizabeth Betances (D18) –

GSL Haiti | SNDA: Reflection by Matthew Downes (D20)

As I stepped foot off the plane, I could already see the need within the community in the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Haiti has endured several natural disasters and political instability. Within Haiti, there are approximately 300 dentists for 10.32 million people. After meeting with the dean at the University of Haiti dental school and hearing that, I was in shock. We are needed more than I could imagine, and our presence couldn’t be more welcomed.  After arriving in the remote town of Leogane, I knew the people there most likely had not seen a dentist in a long time. We drove down a dirt road through several sugar cane fields just to get to our destination. When we arrived at the Rasin Foundation in Leogane on Thursday morning, there was a crowd of people waiting for us. This made me so happy because this showed that the town was very eager for our arrival and receptive to receiving oral care.

Continue reading GSL Haiti | SNDA: Reflection by Matthew Downes (D20)

Join TUSDM Alumna Stephie Castera (D16) raise money to help hurricane-devastated Haiti!

Watch the great video (you get to see Stephie in action!) she made as part of her fundraising campaign  for farmers in Haiti and consider contributing! 

Last year,  Stephie Castera, D16 was awarded The Tufts Presidential award for Citizenship and Public Service for outstanding achievement in community service and leadership because of her long and rich commitment to public service as both a ‘citizen of the world’ and as a dental student. Central to her work, was delivering oral health education and support in her home country of Haiti.

Today, in response to the devastation left by Hurricane Matthew, Stephie has launched a wonderful fundraising campaign to help.  If you or your student organization are looking for a way to contribute money and be assured it is going directly to the Haitian people, this is one way to do it. Please join me — I just bought a goat for a family!!

Click HERE to contribute and support a family today!

Nancy Marks