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Operation Smile NIST works alongside Operation Smile Thailand, sharing the aim of working towards a world where no child suffers from lack of access to safe surgery.

Our Profile

Approximately one in every 700 babies in Thailand is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. Children with these facial deformities who do not receive reconstructive surgery often have difficulty breathing, drinking, eating and speaking. As a result, many suffer from malnutrition, medical and psychological problems.

The Operation Smile NIST service group consist of approximately 24 dedicated students. The club is lead by Mei Lin Nall and Gaia Seguso. Every year, group members participate in mission trips to rural areas of Thailand in support of Operation Smile Thailand. Additionally, major events are held, both at NIST and in collaboration with other international schools. Operation Smile NIST continues to grow and come up with creative new ideas to fundraise and support the cause.

Which UN Sustainable Development Goals Do We Support?

To provide a clear context for the aims of service groups at NIST, we align our projects to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations.” This NIST group supports the following goals:

Key Contacts & Experts

Are you interested in learning more about this group? Contact one of the team members to discover ways that you can become involved.

Carla D.

Carla D.

Student Leader

Ishaani B.

Ishaani B.

Student Leader

Basilia M.

Basilia M.

Teacher Mentor 

Tan P.

Tan P.

Teacher Mentor 

Sustainability & Transparency

All NIST service groups are held to our community’s high standards and values: integrity, caring, community and growth.

Funds Raised (THB)

Amount of money we raise Auction

Long-Term Goals

To directly and indirectly help children who suffer from lack of access to safe surgery.


Expenses Breakdown

95% of all funds and resources raised have been directly funneled to the beneficiary communities.

Members of Operation Smile

Members of Operation Smile NIST work together to plan events to raise funds and awareness for Operation Smile Thailand both within the school community and with Smile Clubs at other international schools in Bangkok.

Members of the Operation Smile

Operation Smile Thailand provides free and safe surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other deformities for children throughout the country. Many members of the Operation Smile NIST service group go on mission trips to Mae Sot and Bueng Kan, Thailand to interact with the children receiving surgeries provided for them.

Find Resources

Access curriculum and learning materials that help develop and support our aims. Get inspired and feel supported with materials to help you take on service learning in your own community.

Visit the Operation Smile NIST Instagram to learn more about our group, see photos from our archives and read the latest updates about our activities.

Contact us to learn how you can support this NIST service group. Whether you wish to donate, offer your expertise, provide resources or more, get in touch!