Educational Resources


Operation Smile seeks to change the lives not only of the children we provide medical care to, but also to those kids working hard to share our mission. Educators and Parents are paramount to this process, and we have a number of resources to help educate students around the world on the good work we do.


We’re continuously developing new educational curriculum for teachers to implement in the classroom. Through student-centered, interdisciplinary, interactive and authentic assignments that include National Standards of Learning, teachers can facilitate lessons that will help cultivate generations of giving, altruistic and motivated people. Our work in 60-plus countries providing more than 3.5 million comprehensive healthcare evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children born with facial conditions worldwide has given us a keen understanding of the importance of exposure to different cultures. We try to bring these life lessons to the classroom as well.

Currently, we have four lessons available for educators and parents to introduce students to Operation Smile. Each one focuses on students developing an effective connection to Operation Smile by incorporating health, language arts, mathematics, and/or Technology National Standards of Learning at every grade level.


One of our signature events is the Operation Smile Final Mile. Last year, more than 4,000 elementary school students from more than 200 schools in Virginia and across the U.S. participated in the event to get fit and raise money for our organization. The marathon ensures that students exercise their bodies, while the Final Mile educational curriculum exercises students’ minds.

The curriculum is separated for kindergarten to 3rd graders and 4th to 6th graders. State and national standards are identified for each of the four lessons, and teachers can flexibly incorporate as many or as few of the included components as best suited for their individual classroom needs.

Final Mile VIP runner Hailey Dore assumed a super-hero stance just before the Final Mile on March 16, 2019.

Educators can also become advisers to students who want to form Operation Smile student clubs. In collaboration with the Operation Smile Student Programs department, educators can help instill the values of commitment, leadership and volunteerism in their students. Advisers can attend leadership conferences with their students and even have the opportunity to apply to become student sponsors on international medical missions.

If you are an educator and interested in collaborating in the creation of Operation Smile curriculum, please contact reach out to Jennifer McKendree, the associate vice president of Operation Smile Student Programs.

University Resources


University students on college campuses all over the globe are coming together to make a difference in the lives of children with cleft lips and cleft palates.

Operation Smile looks to the these student volunteers to educate their communities on our mission, spread awareness about facial deformities, and host inspirational year round events and fundraisers. College club members work to create better lives for the children we serve, while also giving back to their own communities through local service projects and initiatives.

Learn more about how to get involved on an Operation Smile medical mission through our U-Voice program  

DOES your college or university have an Operation Smile Club? FIND OUT NOW

WANT to start an Operation Smile Club on your campus? GET STARTED

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WANT to be a student storyteller? APPLY FOR U-VOICE

LOOKING for an internship?

Come join our team! Operation Smile has internship opportunities that are updated frequently online. Please apply through the website and if you are already involved in our programs feel free to use Student Programs staff as a referral! Operation Smile is an equal opportunity employer. INTERNSHIPS[templatera id=”774″]

Start an Operation Smile Club

Attend a Medical Mission

Attend ISLC

Organize a Service Project

Put on a Fundraiser

Create a Smile Fund

Kick off Your Club’s Social Media Account

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