Volunteer Stories

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."


Dedicated to children's care
Philippines

I was inspired by all of the volunteers who selflessly give their time, talents, skills and knowledge to give children born with cleft conditions their well deserved smiles.


Meet plastic surgeon, Dr. Rocio Trujillo
Ecuador

I will never forget my first medical mission in India. I was completely speechless when I saw the amount of people in need; children of all ages and levels of need waiting. It was like a sea of people just waiting and with all odds against them, they were still grateful to be there.


Volunteering with Operation Smile
Ghana

My first mission was to Hanoi, Vietnam – a mega mission and a very big team. It was overwhelming at first but everyone made me feel at ease and as soon as I saw the babies and children, I felt a massive sense of purpose.


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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