Global Brigades is an international non-profit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams.

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Public Health Brigade –
7 Day Sample Schedule

To develop an understanding of families’ health challenges, volunteers meet with the community’s Basic Sanitation Committee, which is the committee responsible for maintaining the community’s public health projects. For the remainder of the Brigade, volunteers will work with masons and families to construct a variety of in-home public health infrastructure for families, such as eco-stoves, latrines, and water storage units.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
7:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Breakfast
9:00am
10:00am Community Tour Initiate Public Health Project Construction Public Health Project Construction Public Health Project Construction Meeting with Basic Sanitation Committee & Education Day Transport to Airport & Airline Check In
11:00am Meet with Families
12:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm Meet with CSB & CHWs Public Health Project Construction Public Health Project Construction Finalize Public Health Project Construction Despedida (Goodbye) with Families
2:00pm
3:00pm Settle In
4:00pm Introduction to Brigade Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Prep Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
7:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
8:00pm Public Health Introduction & Charla Prep Public Health Project Explanation Reflection Free Time Reflection Final Reflection
Day 1
7:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility
8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm Settle In
4:00pm Introduction to Brigade
5:00pm
6:00pm Prep
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Public Health Introduction & CHW Charla
Day 2
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am
10:00am Community Tour
11:00am Meet with Families
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Meet with CSB & CHWs
2:00pm Healthy Household Assessment House Visits
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Public Health Project Explanation
Day 3
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am
10:00am Initiate Public Health Project Construction
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Public Health Project Construction
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Reflection
Day 4
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am
10:00am Public Health Project Construction
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Public Health Project Construction
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Free Time
Day 5
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am
10:00am Public Health Project Construction
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Finalize Public Health Project Construction
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Reflection
Day 6
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am
10:00am Meeting with Basic Sanitation Committee & Education Day
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Despedida (Goodbye) with Families
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Final Reflection
Day 7
7:00am
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am
10:00am Transport to Airport & Airline Check In
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm

Volunteer Donation Goal

Volunteers do not pay to participate in a Public Health Brigade. Instead, volunteers fundraise to support Global Brigades’ Holistic Model. Once a volunteer meets a set Donation Goal, they are eligible to join us on-the-ground to see their fundraising efforts put into action by participating in a Public Health Brigade.

When a volunteer participates in a Public Health Brigade, the volunteer’s ground transportation, food, lodging, and emergency insurance are all covered. The funding that the volunteer raised also supports all the necessary costs for program implementation, such as construction supplies, coordinators, masons, translators, and support staff.

Airfare is not included in the standard Donation Goal. However, Global Brigades’ travel team can work with volunteers to book airfare and incorporate the airfare expense into the volunteer’s Donation Goal.

2019 Panama 7 day Medical Brigade –

*The donation goals listed above are for volunteers joining an existing Global Public Health Brigades (PHB) Chapter on a university campus. Scholarship opportunities are available for volunteers to meet their Donation Goal by starting or referring a new chapter. Options to brigade for 12 days with 2 different programs are also available. Once a volunteer meets their Donation Goal, they have up to 1 year to participate in a Public Health Brigade.

Chapter Donation Goal

A portion of each Donation Goal supports our Healthy Household Fund which enables year-round public health initiatives in partner communities carried out by our local teams. Specifically, the fund supports families to (1) be able to purchase healthy household products (e.g. latrines, eco-stoves, water filters) by subsidizing the savings that the families invest, (2) planning and follow-up of healthy household project distribution and installation, and (3) on-going project monitoring and impact evaluation.

Safety

Volunteer safety will always be our absolute top priority. Global Brigades recently engaged Askari International Security, an industry leader in international risk assessment, to complete a comprehensive risk/safety assessment of all brigade operations. A full explanation of safety precautions and procedures can be found on our “Safety & Insurance” page.

In Panama

  • Global Brigades is an active member of OSAC (the Overseas Security Advisory Committee) and receives up-to-date security and safety briefings from the U.S. State Department;
  • Established relationship with Senafront to provide security escorts to those groups working in the Darien region;
  • Full-time local Global Brigades medical personnel on-call at all times;
  • Adherence to the IVPA standards of international volunteering.

Lodging Facilities

Global Brigades does an annual safety review of all lodging facility partners each year. Lodging facilities provide pillows, bedsheets and towels. Facilities have showers, toilets and sinks with running water (no hot water) as well as filtered clean drinking water dispensers onsite. 24-hour security is provided at all facilities. Conditions are most similar to a comfortable summer camp, with dormitory-style sleeping and shared bathrooms.

Public Health Brigades are assigned to lodging facilities based on proximity to the partner community they will be working with.

El Palmar

The El Palmar hostel sits along the Pan-American highway, approximately 30 minutes after passing Lago Bayano and approximately 10 minutes before reaching the town of Torti. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green mountains and farms’ pastures. Global Brigades Panama has used El Palmar for several years, and it has housed hundreds of brigaders. Emergency medical care is easily accessible in Torti.

Hotel Avicar

Hotel Avicar sits along the Pan-American highway, approximately 40 minutes after passing Lago Bayano and is in the center of the town of Torti. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green mountains and farms’ pastures. Also, brigaders staying at Hotel Avicar get see how life plays out in a rural town in East Panama. Emergency medical care is available in Torti.

Vía España

Hotel Vía España sits in the center of Panama City, about 40 minutes from Panama’s international airport. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of Panama City’s skyline. Global Brigades Panama began using this hotel in 2013 to accommodate any brigades that needed to stay in Panama City. Brigades do not typically stay in Panama City; Global Brigades Panama only uses this facility during emergencies and cases involving extenuating circumstances. Emergency medical care is available in several hospitals in the city.

Pro Niños

The Pro Niños facility sits along the Pan-American
highway, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes after passing into the Darién province. The facility is also located about 10 minutes from the town of Meteti. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green pastures and distant mountains. Global Brigades Panama has used the Pro Niños facility for several years, and it has housed hundreds of brigaders. Emergency medical care is available in Meteti and in the town of Santa Fe, about 30 minutes away.

San Carlos

The San Carlos facility sits about 10 minutes off of the Pan-American highway, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes after leaving Panama City in the direction of the Coclé province. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. Global Brigades Panama will be using the San Carlos facility for the first time in March 2015. Emergency medical care is available at the Health Center in the town of San Carlos, approximately 2 minutes from this facility.

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