Global Brigades is the largest international student-led, nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower volunteers and under-resourced communities to resolve global health and economic disparities. Since 2004, we have expanded to over 500 university chapters, recruiting both students and professionals through nine skills-based programs to implement our unique holistic model within our partner countries of Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Ghana to meet a community’s health and economic goals. This model is designed to create sustainable change as all of our projects include community member involvement, from training community health workers, to providing access to clean water, to establishing local businesses.  We do not believe in “band-aid” solutions, but rather that empowering local leaders is the only way that these programs will continue to expand and thrive even after a brigade leaves.