There are a host of resources around for hygienists working overseas. You simply need to know where to find them. Below is a list of some of the resources available online.
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This book, published in 2009, provides job-seeking etiquette when applying for work overseas, guidance on how to write a cover letter and CV, suggestions about what things to expect on an interview and dental terms and phrases in various languages to be used chairside.
- The IFDH – this resource keeps you up to date on happenings in the countries that have embraced the practice of dental hygiene, what may be required to work in them and what international dental hygiene symposiums will be held during the current year.
- A collection of Dental Hygiene Resources in German-speaking Europe
- Learn German through the Deutsche Welle online program
- Learn languages online with Cudoo (an affiliate link)
- The Swiss Dental Hygienists’ Association – Swiss-trained hygienists give insight into what its like to work in their country and what the requirements are
- IDPS Zurich – an English-language study Group for those in and around Zurich, Switzerland. They feature monthly meetings and an annual seminar to complete your CEU requirements
- EARDH Germany – an English-lanuage study group in Germany that offers an annual conference to complete your CEU requirements
- The (ADHA) American Dental Hygienists’ Association – here is your best resource if you would like to study dental hygiene in the US. Here you can also stay informed on legislation affection hygiene in certain states what things are new with the profession. As a member, you are also able to gain access to peer-reviewed journals, samples from suppliers, discounts on insurance and services and CEUs
- The (CDHA) Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association – here is a great resource for those interested in or licensed to practice in Canada. The site features information on education, publications, and events
Immigration and Local Licensing
- The German Federal Foreign Office – this site provides information on the requirements to immigrate to Germany and access their labour market
- The Swiss Red Cross – this organization regulates the practice of hygiene in Switzerland. You would need to submit all of your credentials to them to have your degree weighed against the Swiss degree in order to have your degree recognized. While it is possible to work in Switzerland without going through this step, there are benefits for taking the extra time to have your degree recognized. The site is only available in German, French and Italian.