Our Vision and Mission

“I realize dentistry’s true worth when I give it away.”

Founded by Dr. William Griffin, dentalmissiontrips.com is designed to provide a constant, current database of opportunities for dental service around the world. Dr. Griffin has been active in volunteer care since 2001 and he spends several weeks every year in places like Jamaica, Nigeria, and Haiti. In Dr. Griffin’s words, “I realize dentistry’s true worth when I give it away.”
Having experienced the benefits of missions work firsthand, Dr. Griffin hopes this site will help you connect with a trip and have a positive journey of your own. Check out the FAQ tab to help determine which trip is right for you, and feel free to browse the Media section to see pictures from past trips and watch video testimonials from real volunteers.

Global Perspective

We are all greatly influenced by the views of whatever culture in which we live.  If we believe there is transcendent reality that goes beyond what we experience in our own culture, then we can seek to progress beyond our subjective experiences by entering into a different culture and considering how their experiences and understanding of life compares with ours.

Sharpen Your Skills

On the mission field there are plenty of patients who are desperate for the treatment that we can provide.  This great need, combined with the availability of experienced compassionate dentists willing to share their expertise with fellow team members, is the perfect environment to help participants progress greatly with their clinical skills.

Spiritual Reflection

In the United States it is easy to become deeply entangled with all of our material possessions and opportunities.  This can become a roadblock to considering our relationship with our creator - why has He made us, to what does He call us, and how can we best honor and enjoy Him?  Mission trips provide the time and the camaraderie to enable such reflection.