7 DAY TOUR ITINERARY
Maubisse, Timor Leste
$295 AUD Ground Component to SSDC
Approx $425 USD paid on the Ground directly to Suppliers
Volunteer pays & arranges flights themselves
Team One: Saturday 2nd of March to Saturday 9th of March (FULL)
Team Two: Saturday 9th March to 16th of March
Team Three: Saturday 8th of June to 15th of June
Team Four: Saturday 15th of June to 22nd of June
Team Five: Saturday 7th of September to 14th of September
Team Six: Saturday 14th of September to the 21st of September
*Due to vehicle restrictions each team can only have 2 additional dental practitioners and 3 additional general volunteers.
**If you are a dentist and would like to volunteer at a different time, please contact us as depending on bookings we can be flexible on dates.
***To secure your place a non refundable deposit of $200 must be made to the bank account below and a volunteer participation form must be submitted.
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER? The Answer is we need Everyone!
We have jobs to suit everyone's skill sets:
General Volunteers (no dental experience required) these volunteers can help as a basic dental assistants, with admin work, sterilisation & teaching toothbrushing techniques.
Dentists working clinically and mentor our employed Timorese Oral Health Therapist, Savio. You'll share your experience with fillings, extractions, giving LA, diagnosis etc
Dental Therapists working clinically and as a mentor
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinking Water & Snacks at the School whilst in Maubisse
- Breakfasts in Dili
- Visit to Letefoho Coffee House & the Tais Market
- 2hr Tetum course run by a local Timorese Translator
- 2 Solar Smiles Dental Charity Team t shirts worn in clinic
- Sim Card with unlimited data for 7 days (if you would like the ability to call you can pay a small fee extra $1-5 USD)
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance provided by RAWCS (upon getting a medical certificate signed by your doctor)
Accommodation in Maubisse - $35USD per night paid to the hotel (if sharing then it is a charge per room)
Accommodation in Dili - Approx $60USD per night paid to the hotel (rooms can be arranged for sharing)
Dinner on Saturday night at the restaurant in Dili (expect $15 USD & drinks at bar prices)
Dinner on Friday night at the restaurant in Dili (expect $15 USD & drinks at bar prices)
Whale/ Dolphin Cruise $30USD (if operating - seasonal)
Snorkeling off Cristo Rei Beach $5 USD for snorkels
Resistance Museum $1USD
DAY 1 - Saturday
Benvindu! Welcome to Dili, Timor Leste
Your adventure begins early 4.20am Darwin airport, where the team will meet and check in to the Air North flight together. After a 1hr flight time we arrive in Dili & drop our bags off to our hotel & grab some famous Timorese coffee from Cafe Letefoho to kick start our day.
Today we relax and take in our surroundings of this fascinating and beautiful country. Although being the 5th newest country in the world, it is steeped in history and pristine natural beauty.
1. Timor Plaza
Here is a chance to pick up a local sim for your mobile for the week with unlimited data, you don't want to miss the chance to Whatsapp friends and family from the most remote locations with spectacular scenery. You might also like to pick up some western snacks or even some beer for the week.
2. Resistance Museum
A visit to the museum established in 2005, gives us an understanding of the struggles that Timor Leste has faced in the past 24 years against the Indonesian occupation. The story is brought to life through a timeline, photo's and video recordings showing how the East Timorese fought for their Independence.
Timorese are very creative with their unique style and workmanship. Their most famous workmanship are tais (traditional hand woven fabrics). They are produced in different colours and designs depending on the community where they are made.
7 km east of Dili lies the Cristro Rei, a 27m high statue of Jesus located atop a globe, a gift from the Indonesian government in 1996. The statue and globe which it rests, are situated at the end of Fatucama peninsula, facing out to the ocean and overlooks the mountainous terrain and the beautiful Aturo island. The statue can be reached by climbing the 500 ish steps.
5. Cristo Rei Beach
If climbing the 500ish stairs isn't for you why not wait for everyone on the pristine Cristo Rei beach that has a spectacular view of the Cristo Rei statue anyway. This is where we will spend a few hours just relaxing and enjoying the sun and the sand. Just 10m off shore you will find a shallow coral reef to explore (we can arrange to hire masks and snorkels at a very small fee).
After the beach we head back to the hotel for some R&R before heading out to Legendario's Bar and Restaurant on the esplanade where we take in a couple of cocktails have dinner and watch the sun go down.
This venue is also the unique place for our informal basic Tetum classes to begin. Although English is spoken widely in Dili, out in the sub district of Maubisse, Tetum is spoken as the predominant language. This basic Tetum class will teach you how to greet others and some basic words to use whilst in the dental clinics. We found by knowing a few Tetum words it enhanced Kim and Dr Phil's experience of being in Timor Leste and we'd like that for you as well. Although our accents and pronunciation isn't great the locals really appreciate the fact we try and will keep teaching you little bits throughout your trip.
DAY 2 - Sunday
Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise and transit to Maubisse
Today is another early start with us joining the MV Atauro run by an Aussie Kev and his Timorese crew for a Whale and Dolphin watching cruise for 4-5 hrs (Seasonal). The cruise allows you to take in the spectacular scenery of the East Timor coastline and if you are lucky catch glimpse of the many variety of whales that migrate along the coast line or the pod of dolphins that call the area home. The cruise finishes with a snorkel just off the coastline on the opposite side of the Cristo Rei.
If sitting on a boat for 4hrs isn't for you, the morning is free to take in the sights of Dili at your own pace. Maybe enjoy a relaxing morning tea at the Timor Plaza Hotel balcony bar with views of most of Dili or spend your time browsing the many shops within the plaza.
This afternoon we head in convoy to Maubisse, this trip take approx 2 1/2 -3 1/2 hrs as we head high into the mountains of Timor Leste. The views are breathtaking and along the way we will stop at a waterfall for some pictures and paddle.
Dinners are at Sara's Guest House made especially for the team by our local host.
Food in Maubisse is quite simple and consists of boiled or fried rice/noodles, eggs, fish, portuguese chicken, beef, local greens & some root vegetables like carrot or sweet potato varieties. It would be quite difficult to accommodate specific dietary requirements other than vegetarian (english is very limited). We are able to shop at the local supermarket in Dili before going to Maubisse where most food can be found very easily (think Coles or Woolworths) we have limited access to a fridge at the guesthouse.
DAY 3 - Monday to Thursday
Clinical Days at the Schools
This begins what we all came here to do, get hands on and help some people by removing pain and educating them on how to have better dental health!
The days start reasonably early with breakfast between 7am and 7.30am served at Sara’s Guesthouse. Then we hit the road for around 45mins to 60mins ish (you’ll get used to ish in Timor Leste! LOL) to reach a school high in the mountains.
Once the teams arrive at their locations around 8.30am they will go to work setting up the dental clinic for the day, setting up dental chairs, instrument tables, sterilisation area and admin area. When this is done the real work begins seeing patients for the day. All General Non-Clinical Experienced Volunteers will be given hands on training and I promise with how repetitive it is, you’ll be an expert by the end of the first day!
Morning Tea and Lunch will be had at the schools and it will be a very simple meal usually of some kind of bread baked by the local community, we tend to share this time with the teachers before going back to the dental clinic.
At the end of the day around 3.30 - 4pm, the clinic is packed down and stored at the school overnight. Then we head back into Maubisse before dark for dinner at Sara’s Guesthouse.
DAY 7 - Friday
Half Day Clinic and transit back to Dili
Today we do a small dental clinic finishing around 12pm and then transit back to Dili.
Along the way we will stop at Projecto Montanha for lunch or afternoon tea. The project is a local NGO set up in Aileu district that enriches the lives of young locals by sponsoring scholarships for vocational training, having an arts and craft studio where students can create and then their work is sold at the onsite gift shop. They also have an Australian standard fixed dental clinic we can view that provides treatment to the community, especially working in the prevention of oral problems in children and youth.
Or if the team prefers we can spend the afternoon back at Cristo Rei Beach reflecting on the week that has just been whilst enjoying the beautiful coral and fish.
Tonight, it's back to our hotel in Dili and our team farewell dinner & drinks at a local resturant.
DAY 8 - Saturday
Back to Australia
Today the team departs for Australia approx 8.00am or if you prefer, you can back up with Team Two and do it all over again for another week (costs will be Approx $235 for the second week).
Through Rotary Australia Community Services (RAWCS), Solar Smiles Dental Charity is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission ABN 37 739 341 003