Do I have to be pre-health to join?

No! We welcome anyone who is passionate about helping others!

How much is the program fee?

A 9-day brigade will require an individual contribution of $1,190 (not including airfare). This fee includes everything that is needed to run a successful brigade, including medication, equipment, doctors, translators, staff, transportation, food, and lodging.

This is separate from the $1,500 annual contribution that we will raise as a chapter through various fundraising events during the year.

How should I prepare for the brigade?

Brigaders are expected to attend weekly meetings, and participate in club fundraising and social events throughout the semester. Each brigader will also be assigned a specific quantity of supplies (Ex: toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoos, etc.) to bring on the trip as these will be used to create hygiene packs that are distributed to each patient. We recommend reaching out to local hotels, hospitals, pharmacies, etc. for toiletry donations.

Although knowing Spanish is not required to attend the brigade, we recommended that you learn some basic Spanish words and phrases as this will be very useful when communicating with patients!

What does a typical brigade day look like?

A brigade day starts between 6 and 7M. Breakfast is provided at the compound, and brigaders leave for the assigned community by bus. Upon arrival to the community, brigaders will work until noon when a lunch break is provided. A typical day ends around 3 or 4 PM, when brigaders will return to the compound. After medical clinic days, any remaining patient data forms will need to be entered into the online data base. A reflection meeting will also be held each evening to recap the day, learn about healthcare in Central America, and have a general discussion about the brigade experience.

Where do we stay?

Global Brigades owns several compounds in each partner country. Most facilities provide pillows, sheets, and towels as well as showers, toilets, and sinks with running water. There is filtered drinking water available onsite, and 24-hour security is ensured. Food is provided (included in individual contribution), and any dietary restrictions can be accommodated for.

Is it safe?

Absolutely! Global Brigades staff prioritizes the safety of brigaders and there are always police officers or staff members overseeing the group.