Our volunteers are driven by one goal: taking care of children around the world and providing them with the highest quality surgical care. Our network of thousands of credentialed medical volunteers from more than 80 countries generously donate their time, knowledge and unique skills to change children’s lives.

“A smile lights up a face, when words can’t be understood, a smile lets the other person know that they are important, where there is diversity a smile says you are accepted. A picture paints a thousand words – nothing is more poignant than watching a child / young adult / adult smile for the first time.”- Terry Collier, Pre/Post Operative Nurse, Volunteer

193 Volunteers

From across Australia and New Zealand.


Number of hours donated by medical volunteers last year


From across Australia and New Zealand.

“The tireless spirit of all of our volunteers will continue to make working towards our goals seem effortless.”

– Dr Richard Lewandowski, Plastic Surgeon,  Founder Operation Smile Australia

“Volunteering for Operation Smile is one of my greatest accomplishments. Working in harmony with a multinational team, towards the same goal is such a fulfilling experience, both for your soul and career. You are able to experience different cultures, and meet such amazing, passionate, supportive and caring volunteers. You work hard, and form lifelong bonds with your colleagues. Operation smile transforms thousands of lives with surgery, and transformed my life as a nurse

– Arianwen, Recovery Room Nurse, Volunteer.

“It is a wonderful privilege to volunteer with Operation Smile and to make a difference in the lives of children around the world”

– Dr. Stuart Bade, Plastic Surgeon, Volunteer.