Our Students Tell Us ‘Why Operation Smile’

We posed this question to our students on Instagram, and we loved the responses so much that we decided to share them with the world.


“Because nothing is more fulfilling than seeing your work and love reflected in someone’s smile.”

Brie Stoughton, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, University of British Columbia- Okanagan


“Operation Smile has allowed me to make a big difference both locally and globally.”

Katie Shives, New Jersey United States , Bucknell University


“Unlike most organizations, Operation Smile has concrete and defined solution to their cause.”

Sanjna Velugoti, United States, Alpharetta High School


“I felt comfortable since day one, and the family of volunteers is from another world.”

Yanik Sitta, Paraguay, University in Netherlands


“Everyone deserves a smile. That moment when a group comes together for a common cause, (it’s) always inspired me.”

Shannon Martinez Weston, Florida, Gator Run Smilemakers Club


“It is an incredible organization doing necessary work and compromised of beautiful people.”

Alicia Clark, United States, NC State University


“Because a smile is the closest thing to magic that humans have.”

Dharma Escobar, PerĂº, San Silvestre School


“Because it’s not ‘Just another cause.’ It’s a family, my family.”

Frida Montealegre, Nicaragua, Lincoln International Academy


“(Operation Smile is) an organization for the betterment of a child’s future, and promoting healthy smiles by repairing clefts.”

Anisha Mondal, West Bengal, India, studied at st. Peter’s school currently pursuing masters in English Literature


“Because they take care of the patient before, during and after surgery and truly love it!”

Brianna Lonergan, United States, DeSales University