We believe in the power of youth to create a compassionate world.
Operation Smile Student Programs empowers youth globally through advocacy, education, leadership, and service.
Our student volunteers represent the future of furthering the Operation Smile mission. Volunteering with us affords them a fulfilling and unique opportunity to be exposed to different cultures, serve those who need it the most, and discover things about themselves they may not have otherwise.
“I chose Operation Smile because I clearly saw their cause. It was clear that they care about every patient and they are truly changing the world through one smile at a time. In my religion it is important to give charity, and even if we have nothing, a smile is considered charity. My mission experience was one of the best experiences I have ever had so far. I have never seen how people from all over the world work so well together caring for the same cause. As a student I mainly prioritized keeping the patients calm and happy as majority were children. I was fascinated by these children. Their creativity, how smart they were for their age truly made me see how they are the next leaders of tomorrow.”
– Farah Logday, Student Volunteer and U-Voice for Operation Smile SA
“As a South African, born in Cape Town and currently residing in Germany, I continuously explore ways of connecting with my community back home. I have chosen Operation Smile, because it not only gives me the opportunity to create awareness, but also support the provision of life-changing surgeries for children born with cleft palette or cleft lip in communities”
– Zaria Adam, Studen Volunteer, Germany