Who Goes and When
Each year, Austin Smiles undertakes two to three week-long medical missions to various locations in Latin America.
The medical mission team generally consists of a medical team and 10 to 15 volunteers who provide translation, administrative and technical support. About 30 licensed medical professionals make up a medical team. These may include board certified plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, speech pathologists, otolaryngologists, surgical nurses, recovery and post recovery nurses, and other surgical technologists. No volunteer (medical or otherwise) is paid for their services and each must raise a sponsorship fee to cover a portion of his or her expenses.