Operation Smile Kenya’s surgical programs are almost entirely volunteer-based. We rely on competent medical professionals who have compassion for their patients and can carry out their roles with confidence. Medical practitioners require stamina – physically, mentally and emotionally – as long hours and a fast pace are expected of our volunteers. Our work also requires travel to locations across the globe, which presents its own set of demands and challenges.

We require surgeons, nurses, nutritionists and anesthetists who can become part of our team. To become a volunteer with Operation Smile contact us.


Volunteer specialties


  • Cleft Surgeons
  • Anesthesiologists/Pediatric Anesthesiologists
  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Physician/Pediatric Intensivists
  • Pediatricians
  • Dentists
  • Operating room nurses
  • Recovery room nurses
  • Ward nurses
  • Genetic Specialists
  • Speech pathologists
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Researchers


  • Paper Medical records
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • PIT (medical photographers)
  • Photographers
  • Translators
  • Others…

For more information and to apply, please contact us.

“It is quite fulfilling to assist in these operations with Operation Smile Kenya. The aftermath of the services offered is not in vain. Indeed, it’s one of the most satisfying experiences of my career.” -Grace, Volunteer Nurse