Volunteer Stories

Cora's story

Cora O’Leary is a Cork based nurse and long-time volunteer of Operation Smile. Read her account of her latest mission to Malawi.

Completeness of Care: Anaesthesia

Operation Smile anaesthesia providers ensure the safety of our patients by conducting medical evaluations, administering safe anaesthesia and responding to any issue that may occur.

The Warm Heart of Africa

Sabrina O’Leary is a medical records volunteer based in Cork. She recently travelled to Malawi on her fourth medical mission with Operation Smile and recaps her experience

Meet The Acompañantes

Miriam Figueroa, Edwin López and Claudia Rivas are three of the seven advocates who help Honduran patients connect with Operation Smile.

New Smiles in Ouarzazate

Operation Smile Ireland Chairman, Jack O’Keeffe, reminisces on his mission experience in Ouarzazate, Morocco

Meet the volunteer: Dr Peter McGonigal

Dr. Peter McGonigal is a retired dentist based in Dublin, who recently travelled on medical mission to Bacolod, Philippines. He’s recapped his mission experience.

Realising His Reach, Part 2

Operation Smile Honduras called on Rudis Casteñeda and other patient advocates to find the remaining adults, teens and children in Honduras living with cleft.

Realising His Reach, Part 1

Rudis Casteñeda was devastated when his daughter, Kensey, was born with cleft. Three months later, her surgery from Operation Smile changed both of their lives.

Discovering The Causes Of Cleft, Part 1

This story is the first of a two-part feature on the International Family Study.

Nuala's story

Nuala Dee, one of our volunteer nurses from Cork, recently returned from a medical mission in Honduras. We caught up with Nuala to find out about her trip, her love for Operation Smile, and how she's been impacted by her volunteering experience.


“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President