Volunteers and Operation Smile

Through Operation Smile, you can support a future where health and dignity are improved through safe surgery.

Safe surgery means providing patients with the highest quality of care. This is based on the highest medical standards, no matter where they live. Cleft is the third most common birth defect worldwide. In as little as 45 minutes, free safe surgery can give a child a chance to live a normal life.

As one of the largest medical volunteer-based nonprofits, Operation Smile has mobilised thousands of medical volunteers from a wide range of medical specialities from more than 80 countries. Our volunteers take care of children around the world and provide them with the highest quality surgical care.

An Operation Smile medical volunteer holds a young girl before cleft surgery


It takes only 45 minutes and as little as €180 to give a new smile to a child, but your gift is more than a surgery. All of our supporters give renewed hope to children like Antonia around the world.

Girl with a repaired cleft holding up a photo of herself before surgery

Antonia after cleft surgery