Jerusalem Tour Day 2

This blog entry was kindly written by one of the volunteers during the trip:

Today we continued with our tour of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. We went to the top of the Mount of Olives where we were greeted with a spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem.

We were privileged to be invited to the Palestinian Dental Association where we were given a guided tour and were made aware of the many difficulties dentists and dental students face living here. It made us feel really appreciative of the support we receive in the UK throughout our training and careers. Personally I was staggered by the level of dedication my colleagues here are demonstrating in remaining in a challenging profession given their circumstances. It has certainly made me reevaluate my issues in life.

We then visited a charity that provides support for single mothers and orphans. This support varies from basic food packages to arranging fun activities for the children. It is run by an extremely dedicated woman who is passionate about maintaining this crucial service for her community. I think I speak for all of us when I say she is a truly inspiring person who we will not forget.

We went on to visit the Jordan River, Jericho, Hebron, and ended our day with a lovely evening in Bethlehem where we were able to take part in the Christmas Eve celebrations. A perfect end to a very exhilarating day.

Umara Tariq

Jerusalem Tour

After a good night rest the team met for breakfast and were ready to beign our tour of Jerusalem at 9am. The team covered over 11 miles through the historic streets of Jerusalem as we took in the array of amazing sites including the Via Dolorosa, Church of Holy Sepulchre, the Wailing Wall and the Al-Aqsa mosque complex including the Dome of the Rock. We admired some beautiful rooftop views of this historic city and later in the evening visited family homes in the old city of Jerusalem. This long day was finished with dinner kindly cooked for us by a local family.

Palestine 2016 Dental Aid Project Begins

Today the dental team are travelling from around the United Kingdom to meet at Manchester airport and they will fly together to Tel Aviv. The team this year includes a dental nurse, a dental therapist and a dentist currently in their vocational training year. We also have a specialist registrar in paediatric called Helen Rogers, joining us this year. Helen has been able to secure us a great deal of free dental stock such as stainless steel crowns that we can use to provide dental treatment.

On arrival in Tel Aviv there was a a wait for several hours for a few of the team members whilst the Israeli security forces carried out security checks but thankfully everyone was eventually issued a travel visa.

Looking forward to a few days of sightseeing before getting stuck into work.

Tel Aviv 2016

Palestine dental team in Tel Aviv airport 2016