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Public Health Brigade –
7 Day Sample Schedule

The first day after arriving in Panama, volunteers will travel to their partner community and meet the families, Sanitation Committee leaders, and professionals with whom they will be working for the remainder of the Brigade. Volunteers will learn about the community’s health challenges and previous projects, then they will prepare plans and materials for a public health construction project. 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 showers, latrines, and water storage tanks. On the final day of Brigade, volunteers will present educational workshops to the community about public health topics such as hygiene, waste and water management, latrine maintenance, or caring for the environment. The Brigade will close with a fun cultural exchange activity for the volunteers.

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 Transport to Airport & Airline Check in
8:00am Intro to Panama and Holistic Model Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community
9:00am Transport to Community Public Health Project Construction Public Health Project Construction Public Health Project Construction Education Workhops & Farewell from the Community
10:00am Meet Your PH Community & Intro to Partners
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm Allocation of Families & Work Groups, Transport of Materials & Distribution of Tools Public Health Project Construction Public Health Project Construction Public Health Project Construction Pack-up
2:00pm Transport to Community
3:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility Community Development and Cultural Exchange
4:00pm Dinner Free Time
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
7:00pm Cultural Sensitivity & Lodging Rules Discussion Public Health Project Explanation Reflection (Rural Panama Sanitation Situation) Reflection Measuring Your PH Impact (Project Progress Report) Final Reflection & Packing
8:00pm Preparation of PH Workshops & Free Time Preparation of PH Workshops & Free Time Free Time
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
4:00pm Dinner
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm Cultural Sensitivity & Lodging Rules Discussion
8:00pm
Day 2
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Intro to Panama and Holistic Model
9:00am Transport to Community
10:00am Meet Your PH Community & Intro to Partners
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Allocation of Families & Work Groups, Transport of Materials & Distribution of Tools
2:00pm
3:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
4:00pm Free Time
5:00pm
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Public Health Project Explanation
8:00pm
Day 3
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Public Health Project Construction
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Public Health Project Construction
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection (Rural Panama Sanitation Situation)
8:00pm Preparation of PH Workshop & Free Time
Day 4
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Public Health Project Construction
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Public Health Project Construction
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm Preparation of PH Workshop & Free Time
Day 5
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Public Health Project Construction
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Public Health Project Construction
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Measuring Your PH Impact (Project Progress Report)
8:00pm Free Time
Day 6
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Education Workshops & Farewell from the Community
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Pack-up
2:00pm Transport to Community
3:00pm Community Development and Cultural Exchange
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Final Reflection & Packing
8:00pm
Day 7
7:00am Transport to Airport & Airline Check In
8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
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.

Healthy Household Fund

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.

Asamblea de Dios

Campamento Asambleas De Dios, San Carlos, Panama is a large facility that sits only about 800 meters from the main road(Via Panamericana) approximately 2 hours from Panama City. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. Global Brigades Panama has been using the San Carlos facility since March 2015. Emergency medical care is available at the Health Center in the town of San Carlos, approximately 2 minutes from this facility.

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.

Hotel Tonosi

It is located on the Pan-American Highway in the Meteti sector, it has cozy rooms, of four and five people, with color television and air conditioning. It has a covered terrace and countryside landscapes. He is known for his good food and great hospitality.

Pro Niños

Pro Ninos was one of the first lodges used by GB in its trajectory in the Darien area. It is a beautiful camp in which you can enjoy its variable flora and fauna. It has wooded areas and open spaces to recreate in contact with nature.

Iguana Eco Resort

It is a wide place that offers the experience to the volunteers of being in contact with nature. It offers various activities such as hiking. It has cozy rooms with air conditioning, 2 swimming pools and a meeting area. It is located near the city of Penonomé. It is the ideal place to rest after a long day of work in the brigade

Oasis de Bendición

As the name implies, it is the ideal place to relax after a hard day. It has beautiful landscapes, spacious bedrooms with cabins to encourage coexistence among volunteers. It has a terrace for meetings, multiple areas for indoor recreational activities. It is located a few meters from the main road which provides good access to it.

Hotel Vista Lago Eco Resort

This camp is the first on the GB expansion route to the Veraguas area. It has extensive landscapes, a beautiful lake on the side of the camp. Large areas for recreation. It has a restaurant specializing in typical Panamanian and international food. It has rooms on several floors from which you can see a beautiful view of the whole panorama.

Hotel Ojos del Rio

Hotel Ojos del Rio 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 2018 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.

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