As a student I had clear plans to go on a TUG dental mission once I had graduated.
I was a little surprised by the amount of physical strain being on a dental mission. In a good way though! Also, the speed with which you and your team adapt to the situation and the primitive conditions surprised me. It was great!
What moved me in particular was the fact that some of the children we treated (happily!) mistook me for a previous TUG emissary. This clearly shows how real and important one’s work as an emissary is. It also shows the degree to which our work is appreciated and is remembered by the locals.
I have no doubt that I am going on a mission with TUG again. If you want to make a difference being in the dental profession, I cannot recommend highly enough going on a mission.