Global Brigades (GB)

About Global Brigades

Last year, 4,200 volunteers from 160 university chapters in the U.S. and six other countries traveled to provide health and economic development solutions to more than 60,000 beneficiaries through our teams in Panama, Honduras, and Ghana.

The Wash U chapter of Global Brigades is growing steadily. We started with one brigade per year a decade ago, and now send seven brigades each year, covering the spectrum of avenues of aiding developing communities, from medical to microfinance. We are proud to offer a diverse range of Brigades, and cannot wait for another great year of service and fun!

For the 2016-2017 school year, WashU hopes to offer the following brigades:

Winter Brigades (last week of Winter Break):

  • Medical/Dental (Honduras)
  • Public Health (Honduras)

Spring Brigades:

  • Medical/Public Health (Panama)
  • Water (Honduras)

What is a Brigade?

A Brigade is a short term trip (from 7-10 days over Winter or Spring Break) during which students utilize their skills to support rural communities with the implementation of health and development projects. Global Brigades currently offers multidisciplinary projects in Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

Health & Development Projects

Global Brigades’ nine types of brigades:

  • Architecture: Design & build schools & health centers
  • Business: Consulting micro-enterprises & loan backing
  • Dental: Shadowing dentists & preventative dental care
  • Environmental: Waste management & reforestation
  • Human Rights: Shadowing lawyers during legal clinics
  • Medical: Shadowing doctors & preventative health care
  • Microfinance: Consulting borrowers & providing loan backing
  • Public Health: In-home preventative health care projects
  • Water: Building full scale water systems

How can you do a project in just one week?

Global Brigades’ sustainable model of using a constant stream of student volunteers along with our full-time staff in Ghana, Honduras, and Panama make it possible to complete large projects using one week increments. In between brigades, our staff in-country continues to build relationships with our community partners to ensure follow-up on past projects and to prepare communities for future projects.

Brigade Components

  • 1)    Capacity Building educational workshops related to each program, given by volunteers to community.
  • 2)    Cultural Interaction activities where the community gets to share their culture and traditions with volunteers.
  • 3)    Community Investment Fund A part of each volunteer’s program contribution is used to purchase materials, provide loan backings or to hire local professionals.

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