Thousand Smiles Dental Project

Great Shape! is a USA based international nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empowering Jamaican children in need. Started as a relief effort for Hurricane Gilbert victims in 1988, this 100% volunteer charity now partners with Jamaican schools, health-oriented organizations, and other social service groups to complete projects that bring meaningful results towards improving the quality of life for Jamaica’s talented but often challenged youth.

From building schools to coordinating volunteers to organizing dental clinics, Great Shape! is working hard to provide access to life-enriching opportunities for Jamaican children. Find out more about Great Shape here.

NEW PROJECT! November 2003 Thousand Smiles Dental Project! Great Shape, International Smile Power Foundation, and Sandals Resorts are excited to announce the Thousand Smiles Dental Project where Volunteer Dentists from the USA will spend 16 days in Jamaica providing dental care to Jamaicans in need. Find out more about getting involved in this exciting new project!

Thousand Smiles Dental Project 2003

Great Shape and the International Smile Power Foundation have joined forces to proudly announce A Thousand Smiles Dental Project providing dental care and education in the Parish of Hanover, Jamaica.

As we prepare to launch our project in November we want to thank the following project partners, sponsors, and donors for the support.

With the most generous support of our project sponsor, Sandals, and Beaches Resorts, this two-week humanitarian pilot project will see 30 Dental professionals from the USA visit Jamaica and donate their services and expertise to the people of Jamaica who are in need of dental services.

The goal is to serve 1000 Jamaicans in direct basic clinical services such as cleanings, extractions, and fillings as well as in educational preventative oral hygiene care. With the close collaboration of the Jamaican Ministry of Health, teams of volunteers will establish portable dental clinics in rural communities in the Parish of Hanover.

The project begins Saturday, November 8 through Sunday, November 23.

Welcome To Jamaica! 1000 Smiles Volunteer Information

We are now recruiting 8 dentists and 8 hygienists or assistants!

Trip Overview
The trip is 16 days total with 2 days of travel, 2 days of R&R and 12 days of clinic work. (Click here for itinerary). Sandals and Beaches Resorts,
our project sponsor, have generously donated all-inclusive stays for our volunteers. Volunteers will stay in the comfort of these resorts while traveling a short distance each day out to the clinic work sites. Each volunteer will pay for their own airfare plus a $400 administrative fee.

The Work
There will be four teams each consisting of two dentists and two hygienists/assistants. Each team will be assigned to a Jamaican Ministry of Health (MOH) clinic in the beautifully lush and green parish of Hanover on the western end of the Island. Jamaican children and adults in need of services will be organized by the MOH for basic services with a focus on pain management. Services will include cleanings, fillings, and extractions. Due to lack of equipment, there will not be x-ray services. In addition, there will not be advanced services offered such as root canals, bridges or other similar procedures. There will be an education outreach team that will visit schools in the area promoting healthy preventative oral hygiene. Toothbrushes, paste, and floss will be distributed.

The basic equipment will most likely be portable and organized by Great Shape. If you have access to any portable equipment for this trip, please let us know right away as we are still trying to secure all the needed equipment.

Tools and Supplies
All hand tools and supplies are the responsibility of the dentist and hygienist. Each “team” will need to work with Dr. Shinn (our lead dentist from International Smile Power Foundation) to correctly estimate the amount and kinds of disposable supplies and other hand tools needed. Each team will collect, pack and prepare the supplies and tools and carry them down with them on the planes they travel on. The Government of Jamaica requires appropriate paperwork filled out in advance. Great Shape will assist with this task.

Location and Accommodations
The clinics are scattered throughout the northwest corner Parish of Jamaica in Hanover. The hotels are located in Negril, 1 and ½ hours west of Montego Bay (airport) and roughly 15 to 40 minutes from the clinic worksites. Each volunteer will share a room at either Sandals or Beaches resorts with one other volunteer and will be matched in the most compatible way possible. Volunteers wanting a private room, or room for family or others should expect to pay going rates for that room. Great Shape can assist in making those arrangements.

Volunteer Deadlines:
Officially registered for the trip and deposit received by Great Shape Sept. 1 Supporting paperwork completed and to Great Shape Sept 15 Supplies collected and supplies paperwork completed and to GS Sept 15 Flight Itinerary due to GS Oct. 1 Arrive in Jamaica Nov. 8

How do I sign up or get more information?
To sign up or for more information please call Julie Schuchard at 415-205-9290 or Joseph Wright at 415-235-6207. You may also email us at be sure to leave your name and phone number.

The $400 nonrefundable deposit is due by September 1 with a check made payable to Great Shape! Inc. Mailing address: C/o Joseph Wright
320 Church Street #1
San Francisco, CA 94114

Please be sure to contact our office at 415.552.3217 or by email at before sending any money.

NY Dental Clinics Teaches Dental Care For Jamaican Childrens

There are many things that you need to consider before selecting the right clinic for your needs. In fact, dental care is an integral component of basic hygiene and health. You should get your teeth examined by a qualified dentist at least twice a year in addition to brushing and flossing the teeth regularly. A dentist that you trust will make it easier for you to attend the appointments on schedule. Finding the right dental clinic in New York is not an easy task with hundreds of dental clinics operating in the region. Here are some things to consider when choosing the best dental clinics nyc.

First, check your dental insurance policy for recommended healthcare providers in the area. If the policy recommends a good dentist in the area, you can always trust the services provided by him or her. If not, you can ask for a referral from your primary healthcare provider in the area. They are the best source to find a reliable dental clinic in the area. The internet will give you a list of dental providers in New York. Make sure that you do the homework before choosing the best provider in the area.

Great Shape! Inc. – 28 years of One Love!

Great Shape! Inc. empowers the children and families of Jamaica and the Caribbean by providing access to education and health care.

  • 501 c 3, non-profit that facilitates humanitarian projects in Jamaica and the Caribbean serving more than 40,000 people each year
  • Over 500 volunteers a year come from all over the USA, Canada and beyond to lend critical skills, talents, time and love
  • Founded in 1988 in response to Hurricane Gilbert, now operates 3 major programs: dental, eye care and literacy


  • 1988 Founded: built schools, community centers & roads, sponsored students & uniforms
  • 2003 Launched: world’s largest, international, humanitarian, dental project – 1000 Smiles
  • 2008 Launched: literacy-enhancement program (incl. computer literacy & lab builds) – SuperKids
  • 2009 Launched: eye-care program – iCARE
  • Also: Dental Sealant Project and Teacher Computer and Literacy Training


  • Operate throughout Northern and Western Jamaica. Exploring opportunities in St Lucia and other Caribbean nations.
  • Founded: Ashland Oregon. Main office: Modesto, California. Leadership: across the USA, Canada and Jamaica.


  • Schools we partner with have only a 40% literacy rate
  • In rural Jamaica, there is only one dentist for every 100,000 people
  • There is only one public health eye care provider for every 250,000 people
  • We believe our purpose in life is to look after those in need
  • It’s great fun and deeply rewarding work


  • Great Shape! is a volunteer based nonprofit that matches skills and talents with communities in need
  • Great Shape! partners with Jamaica’s Sandals Foundation and Jamaicans from every corner of society to delvier meaningful solutions
  • YOU! can volunteer in Jamaica, fundraise, Donate, Sponsor a Smile, Corporate Sponsorships, etc.

Thanks To Our Amazing Partners & Sponsors

  • The Sandals Foundation, Sandals Resorts International: logistics, accommodations, meals (pro-bono)
  • Jamaican Ministries of Health and Education: strategy support and collaboration
  • First Book: donates thousands of books to SuperKids
  • Souls4Soles: shoes and uniforms
  • Patterson Dental: equipment, volunteers, internship program
  • Let It Shine Media: internal and external communications (including PR & video production)
  • Thousands of individual donors, sponsors and volunteers adds up to one big wave of love