Thank you again for your patience as Operation Smile Student Programs continues to keep an eye on the developing situation of COVID-19.

Due to the rapidly changing situation, Operation Smile Student Programs has put a hold on acceptances for the 2020 Peace Mission Program. However, we remain hopeful that two teams will still be able to travel to Panama and Guatemala this summer.

Our applicant pool is very strong given the many years your children have been engaged with the organization. We thank you for believing in our mission to grant the gift of a surgery to many deserving children across the globe.

Thank for your patience throughout this process. We will be back in touch by April 6th, to update you on the status of the Peace Mission Program.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

For some encouragement during this time please see the video below.

This Mother’s Commitment Proves Love Always Prevails:

The Peace Mission program serves to educate and inspire compassionate students who desire to understand and improve the world around them with Operation Smile as the vehicle. Employing an interdisciplinary approach that extends beyond the classroom, selected students will work alongside Operation Smile staff and volunteers to explore relevant educational, health, and environmental issues that take place in areas of Central America.

Accepted candidates will be assigned either Panama or Guatemala by the review committee. 

**Please note that only rising ninth-grade students from Hampton Roads may apply for admission, and two years of Spanish is preferred, but not mandatory.**

Applicants that demonstrate active involvement in Operation Smile activities within your school and/or community will be considered for this program.

**Please note that only rising ninth-grade students from Hampton Roads may apply for admission and two years of Spanish is preferred, but not mandatory.**

Aug 5-7, 2020 Immersion Program at Operation Smile Headquarters 

Aug 8-17, 2020 Peace Mission Program, including travel days 

Once the deadline for application has come to a close, all applications will be sent to a review committee. The review goes through several rounds and final decisions will happen in Mid-March 

Parents should complete this application with their child.  

Application Deadlines: 

  • Applications Close – Feb. 21  

Parent Information Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Operation Smile headquarters. This meeting is designed to provide an overview of the program, share past experiences from previous participants and answer questions regarding the program and application process.  

If you have immediate questions regarding the application process, please reach out to Brigette Clifford at 

Parents should complete this application with their child.

Peace Mission Application – click here


All applicants must submit 3 recommendations: one from a teacher, one from a community adviser and one from a parent.

Teacher Recommendation – click here

Community Adviser Recommendation – click here

Parent Recommendation – click here