Volunteer Stories

Dr. Rodrigo Neira Speaks from the Heart

Learn about why Dr. Rodrigo Neira volunteers as a Plastic Surgeon for Operation Smile.

Canada's Student Leaders

Learn about our amazing student volunteer team's awesome trip to ISLC in Seattle.

Medical Mission Moments: Santa Cruz

Learn about Karen Mayet's experience volunteering in Bolivia.

The Extra Mile

Learn about Sabrina Ghiddi and her work for Operation Smile in Ghana.

A Pioneer’s Impact

Dr. Opoku Ampomah is a pioneer of the Ghanaian medical community, learn his backstory here.

Completing the Smile: Q&A with Lucy Apeajei

On this International Women's Day, learn about the inspiring story of Operation Smile Ghana's Lucy Apeajei.

"My only way to give back"

At just 28 years old, Ella has established herself as a dynamic young leader on the front line of Ghanaian pediatrics

The One Who Is Needed
South Africa

Learn the true story of a woman whose selfless nature has left a legacy of healing across her community.

Closing The Gap: Q&A with Dr. Paulin Banguti

Learn about the work Operation Smile is doing training anesthesiologists in Rwanda

Closing The Gap: Surgical Training Rotations in Rwanda

Learn about the work that Operation Smile is doing building surgical capacity in Rwanda


“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