El Niño Rey relies on our volunteers to make possible our annual mission trips to provide dental and educational services to the people of Guerrero, Mexico. We welcome your interest. The guidelines below are used by the board in accepting volunteer applications. If you are interested in volunteering, we encourage you to read through these guidelines and contact us.


Achicga Village Dancers Say Goodbye to 2011 Dental Team


Mission Travel Expectation and Conditions

  • Days can be very hot and nights very cool – dressing in layers is highly recommended
  • Travel is on open trucks into the mountains on narrow dirt roads
  • Due to the dental treatments, bloody conditions exist
  • Clinic hours are long
  • Sleeping arrangements are on air mattresses and on open or enclosed environments


Volunteer Guidelines

1. The ideal number of participants for a mission is 15 to 16 including 4 dentists, 1 to 2 hygienists, 1 to 2 scholarship/education team members, plus volunteer helpers with 18 being the maximum depending on the number of dental service providers and expected numbers of villagers to be served. The scholarship/education team members can also be worked into this team as helpers in the clinic in addition to their outreach activities to the villages, schools, students, parents, and teachers they serve.

2. Adult volunteer members can participate on mission trips for two years in a row, and then would be asked to skip a year if interest from other individuals exceeds the number of volunteer spots open.

3. To achieve the goal of broader participation by dental providers and volunteer helpers, a goal of 1/3 of each team should consist of new participants. A balanced mix of male/female, some dental providers and volunteers with prior mission experience, and those with special skills (i.e., speaks Spanish) should be considered. In all cases, extenuating circumstances will also be considered in the selection process.

4. All participants will be required to complete necessary paperwork and have deposit money to the Trip Coordinator by the predetermined dates. Failure to comply with these requirements will allow the Trip Coordinator to remove that individual from the trip roster and insert someone else onto the trip roster.

5. Young adults wishing to participate in the mission must be out of high school, 18 years of age, accompanied by an adult (named sponsor), and are limited to one mission trip until they reach the age of 22 or have graduated from college. The maximum number of young adults per trip is 5. Applicants will be asked to express in writing their reasons for wanting to participate on the dental/education trip and may include any special skills they possess as part of the application.

6. Dentists and hygienists and any future medical personnel will not be subject to all the above limitations, except where the number of these specialists wanting to go exceeds the number of spots available. In that case, based on first come first served and a desired mix of GPs and oral surgeons, the Trip Coordinator, chairman of the Dental Committee, and the President shall decide which dental service provider(s) will go on a specific trip.

7. The first starting point for selection to participate in the missions will be based on allowing former participants to be given the opportunity to go again. Second in line to be asked will be St. Norbert parishioners and third, individuals outside the parish. All will be subject to the above guidelines.  Special skills for the mission’s goals can allow for special override consideration in this process.