Volunteer Stories

Volunteer Nurse, Terry Collier

"...nothing is more poignant than watching a child smile for the first time"

Volunteer Nurse, Jasmine Koh

Operation Smile has undoubtedly opened up my eyes and my world. Volunteering keeps me grounded and I am humbled from every angle in life and in my career through these missions.

A Lion Members Experience on Mission in the Philippines.

"To have the personal experience to witness first-hand how I can make a difference to at least one truly worthwhile cause has been life changing"

It's Never Too Late To Transform a Life.

Australian Nurse Rinnah Fry shares the stories of two patients that stole her heart on mission in India.

Volunteer Anaesthetist, Dr Anna Negus.

I find great personal satisfaction from volunteering in this capacity, it is wonderful to see what a difference this makes to the patients quality of life.

Volunteering with Operation Smile in the Philippines: Frances' New Smile!

On mission in Legaspi, Philippines lucky #100 patient, Frances, a gorgeous 8-year-old girl, captured Australian volunteers hearts.

Deidre’s Journey to Cebu: Volunteering with Operation Smile

An Australian nurses dream of medical volunteering becoming a reality!

Dedicated to children's care

I was inspired by all of the volunteers who selflessly give their time, talents, skills and knowledge to give children born with cleft conditions their well deserved smiles.

Meet plastic surgeon, Dr. Rocio Trujillo

I will never forget my first medical mission in India. I was completely speechless when I saw the amount of people in need; children of all ages and levels of need waiting. It was like a sea of people just waiting and with all odds against them, they were still grateful to be there.

One of our volunteers, Lindsay Anderson was on our recent medical mission to Ghana. She shares her experience of what inspired her to start volunteering for Operation Smile.

My first mission was to Hanoi, Vietnam – a mega mission and a very big team. It was overwhelming at first but everyone made me feel at ease and as soon as I saw the babies and children, I felt a massive sense of purpose.


"We strive for a world where no child suffers the risks and uncertainties of a facial deformity."

- Richard Lewandowski, Plastic Surgeon, Co-Founder Operation Smile Australia