Volunteer Stories

Meet The Acompañantes
Honduras

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
Ireland

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


Meet the volunteer: Dr Peter McGonigal
Ireland

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
Honduras

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
Honduras

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
Philippines

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


Nuala's story
Ireland

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.


New Smiles in Honduras
Ireland

Professor Michael Earley is a consultant plastic surgeon who worked for many years at Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street. You may have read his recent mission recap from Honduras in our February ‘Smile News’, but if not then here’s a chance to catch it again


Improving Patient Safety in Vietnam
Vietnam

Vietnam's Ministry of Health and Operation Smile are collaborating to improve the country's standards of surgical care.


Jackie's story
United Kingdom

Jackie Matthews works as Clinical Nurse Specialist specialising in the care of infants and young children born with cleft conditions, but she is also an Operation Smile volunteer. "I consider myself lucky because I can see for myself the difference we can make together - to so many children and their families. My work doesn't end with a mission - it continues and multiplies as I can tell other people what I have seen."


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“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