Palau - Palau Adventist Wellness Center
To help serve the people of Palau through the dental clinic and wellness center by acting as a dental assistant, office worker, and clinician and being involved and participating in outreach such as home visitation and Bible studies throughout the week.
Palau Adventist Wellness Center is a dental and wellness clinic located right in the heart of the main town of Koror on the beautiful island of Palau. The clinic mainly serves as a dental and eye clinic and occasionally hosts visiting specialists for surgery. A student missionary who comes here will find themselves mainly working as a dental assistant and office worker but should be ready and willing to fill various other roles. Outreach is also a big part of the mission of the clinic and missionaries should be willing to participate and lead out in Bible studies as well as being active and involved in church (example: Sabbath School teacher, weekly prayer meetings). The Palau Adventist Wellness Center is perfect for those who are interested in the field of dentistry and for those who are willing to learn new things!
- Average Fundraising Goal: Prices may vary. ~ $3,300 for a full year. See Student Missions Office.
- Timeline: While both semester and full year options are available, full-year positions are preferred.
- Location: Koror is the main city of Palau and holds 70% of the population of the country (total population ~ 21,000 people). Necessities can be found at the superstore (grocery/department store) located about 10-15-minutes' drive from the clinic. Check out the location on Google Maps!
- Living Accommodations: Student missionaries will live at the clinic in a small apartment that is within the clinic with women and men on separate floors. Depending on the number of missionaries at the location, rooms may be shared by two people.
- Language: English, Palauan, and Japanese. English is mainly spoken although many elderly Palauan's only speak Palauan and some may speak Japanese.
- Food: Student missionaries are responsible for buying (with a monthly stipend) and preparing their own meals. There is a kitchen and family room within the upstairs apartment where meals can be prepared and where morning and evening worships will take place.
- Requirements: For US citizens, a residence card will be issued once on the island. For non-US citizens, a Visa is required.
- Dental Assistant/Office and Desk Worker – Responsibilities at the Wellness Center will include assisting the dentists, sterilizing instruments at the end of each day, cleaning the clinic, scheduling appointments, answering phone calls, and running errands to the pharmacy and post office for dental orders. Missionaries should also be ready and willing to help in odd, non-specific jobs around the clinic and house. In addition to these work week responsibilities, the weekend responsibilities may include teaching Sabbath school, outreach to the prison, participating in church services and other outreach opportunities.
- An average day in the life of a student missionary at the Palau Adventist Wellness
Center may look something like this (may vary widely):
- 6:30-7:30 AM wake up, devotions, get ready for the day
- 7:30-8:30 AM morning group worship and breakfast
- 8:30-9:00 AM prep clinic for patients, print schedule and prep instrument trays
- 9:00-12:00 PM assist dentists in patient care, answer phones, schedule appointments...
- 12:00-1:00 PM break for lunch (cook and clean)
- 1:00-6:00 PM assist dentists in patient care etc.
- 6:00-6:30 PM clinic closes; instrument sterilization and prep for next day
- 6:30-10:00 PM dinner (cook and clean), evening worship, and free time
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Interested in Palau?
Apply for your preferred position at least four months before you plan to serve, though spots may be available up until a month before departure.