Help Us Heal
Cleft Conditions

Join our global community of dedicated student volunteers and help us make a difference in the lives of Operation Smile’s patients born with cleft lip and cleft palate.

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Make An Impact
Healing Cleft
Conditions Worldwide

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for Changemakers

Operation Smile offers unique experiences for young people around the world to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Operation Smile’s patients - including the opportunity to serve on an international surgical program.

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for Change-makers

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Operation Smile Student Programs offers unique opportunities for young people to get involved in our fight against cleft lip and palate conditions worldwide. Our mission is to provide safe and timely surgery, as well as comprehensive care to every child born with a cleft. We have already helped thousands of children and their families, but there is still much work to be done. We believe that young people can make a difference, and we welcome students to join us in our mission by volunteering, fundraising, or raising awareness.

Why join us

Develop leadership skills
and global awareness

Create meaningful change
in the world

Make new friends
and build a network of support

What is Cleft Lip
and Cleft Palate?

A cleft condition is a gap in the lip or roof of the mouth that didn’t close during the early stages of pregnancy. This happens more often than you may realize: It is estimated that, worldwide, a child is born every three minutes with a cleft condition. A cleft may make it difficult to eat, drink and speak. Fortunately, with the right treatment and support, children with cleft conditions can lead happy, healthy lives.

Some ways to get involved


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Visit Our Interactive
Learning Center

As students experience the ILC, they’ll encounter real-world examples of the subject matter they learn in the classroom – including objectives as outlined in the Virginia Standards of Learning – and they’ll explore potential career opportunities. But, perhaps most importantly, they’ll build meaningful connections with Operation Smile’s patients and learn how to apply their knowledge to make a difference in the lives of others.

We’re happy
to connect with you

We’re happy
to connect
with you

Operation Smile Student Programs has associates around the world who can help you in your efforts to make life better for people born with cleft lip and cleft palate. Reach out to us and we'll connect you!