Category: Stories

Column: Bring the World to Class

In this file photo from our 2017 International Student Leadership Conference in Rome, Matthew Henriquez, Abby Michalak, and Alaina Harris discuss ideas for a global social media campaign. (Operation Smile Photo - Kristy Walker) Bring the World to your Digital Classroom Teachers worldwide are adapting to holding class virtually as the Coronavirus has everyone hunkered [...]
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How to: Organize a Service Project

Do a World of Good — From Your Hometown From making sock puppet to holding a donation drive, when you conduct an Operation Smile service project, you bring joy and comfort to our patients around the world. Video by Juan Jose Marin One of the most effective ways to make a direct impact for the [...]
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How to: Start a Club

Start a Club for a Cause Rally your classmates to make a difference in global health right from your school.  Video by Juan Jose Marin Club Starter Toolkit Kicking off an Operation Smile club at your school is a natural way to get even more people involved and spread smiles in your school and beyond. [...]
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U-Voice: India

Dispatches from Durgapur U-Voice student storyteller Nicholas Nottage reports from Operation Smile's medical mission site in Durgapur, India, capturing stories of our patients and volunteers. Nicholas, who attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a longtime student volunteer for the organization, and he serves on the College Leadership Council.  Photos and stories [...]
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Photos: Spread the Love

A Local Campaign for a Global Cause In Hampton Roads, our student volunteers marked the Valentine’s Day holiday with our Spread the Love campaign to bring smiles to Operation Smile’s hometown. From gifting homemade treats to firefighters to tutoring elementary schoolers, about a dozen clubs tapped into Operation Smile’s spirit of service, spreading the word [...]
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LEA: Lessons Learned

LEA 2020: Lessons Learned Students from a dozen countries gathered together in Colombia for a week of cause and camaraderie at our Latinoamérica en Acción conference. Here are the lessons they learned during their week together. By Sol Sanchez, Student Programs media intern Valentina Del Valle of Guatemala poses for a photo with Operation Smile [...]
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Spread the Love

Ava Tankersley and members of the Operation Smile club write positive messages on the sidewalk running up to her school, Hampton Roads Academy. (Photo courtesy of Ava Tankersley) Global goes Local Inspired by Operation Smile and its worldwide impact, our student volunteers 'Spread the Love' and conduct service projects for their schools and communities. By [...]
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Photos: LEA 2020

Leading at LEA The room was sprinkled with garlands, balloons and presents at the "Amigos por un sueño" — “Friends for a dream” — an organization led by group of moms who decided to brighten their children’s reality. From playing at the beach to playing the drums, the organization’s goal is to welcome children and [...]
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Capturing moments

“It is when you leave home to participate in an international mission that you get to really experience the connection with this incredible group of talented people from all over the world,” said Carlos Rueda. (Photo courtesy of Carlos Rueda) By Sol Sanchez, ISLC 2019 media intern Rolling up the sleeve of his Operation Smile [...]
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