Why students?

At Operation Smile we believe an investment in students is an investment in our future, and our focus on youth leadership has been an integral part of our organisation since we were founded in 1982.

We count on the caring and dedication of students, parents and teachers to help us bring as many smiles as we can to children all across the world. From the hundreds of Operation Smile clubs in schools and universities around the world, to the student volunteers selected to accompany us on our medical missions, we depend on the next generation of leaders to build awareness, raise funds and educate others on our mission. 

How Students can help



  • Contact our office to request a speaker for your school. One of our medical volunteers would love to come and share their story with you and your classmates 
  • You can also download our lesson plans, school and university packs, and request further educational resources from our office










Our Student volunteers

"I witnessed how a group of people with so much good in their hearts can take kids who have never smiled and give them a new start, a new life they deserve. That day changed my entire perception on life. I made one of the most important decisions of my life. I decided to become a doctor. My dream is to volunteer and help give those kids a new chance.”

- Jonathan Amarilla, Student Volunteer, Paraguay. Today, Amarilla is in his third year of medical school.

"I was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, which in a way has made my first trip with Operation Smile to Mexico a sort of safe haven — a place where everyone understands. It was here that I met 10-year-old Rosio. She was staring. When she walked toward me, I lowered myself to her level. I could see her tiny scar above her lip, too. She pointed at my scar and motioned to her own scar. She smiled and said in Spanish, ‘Que linda’ — you’re beautiful.”

- Brooke Wayne, Student Volunteer, United States

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Find out how you and your school can help change children’s lives forever

Will Crane | Student Programmes and Fundraising Officer 

+44 (0)20 3475 5126|

“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 and President