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

Background about our work in Greece

In 2018, Global Brigades was invited to Greece to explore filling a void for health care services for the Refugee Populations. After the 2015 European Refugee Crisis, Greece became the main entry point to Europe for populations fleeing war and persecution. The vast majority of asylum seekers are stuck in transit in a country where many international health agencies lost funding to provide care and pulled out.

Our team traveled to Greece, validated the need, and grew enthusiastic about the enormous potential of adapting our tenants of development work: holistic model, empowerment of community members, and increased collaboration with local government and NGOs in this unique setting.

In 2019, we hired a local staff, and formed an official partnership with KEELPNO (the Greek health department) to support their PHILOS 2, the program previously responsible for coordinating and providing healthcare services in all camps. With our Pilots Medical Brigades we were able to provide much needed care in camps outside of Athens. This experience, and the strong collaboration with other local NGOs and the Athens Municipality, enabled us to identify the need for a consistent regular care for refugee populations living in Athens.

Consistent with our programmatic methodology, we started implementing Medical Brigades to build trust and gather insight to develop a unique holistic model for refugees and asylum seekers aspiring for integration. In 2020,  we worked on establishing our own stable Polyclinic in Athens to provide free, consistent and broad health coverage to vulnerable populations. The Clinic, located in the center of Athens receives patients referred by other NGOs, residents of refugee camps and shelters for unaccompanied minors for regular check-ups, tests and vaccinations.

Medical Brigade –
7 Day Sample Schedule

To develop an understanding of the unique needs and sensitivities of asylum seekers, refugees and other vulnerable populations, volunteers will go through an intensive training prior to and during their brigade. For the majority of the Brigade, volunteers will help conduct medical services at the Urban Clinic in Athens on an appointment basis and conducting health workshops for patients. Unlike some of our other program countries, there will be more time to participate in cultural activities in the surrounding area of Athens.

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 Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Athens Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Airport & Airline Check in
9:00am Cultural Activity Medical  Clinic Medical  Clinic Medical  Clinic Medical  Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
2:00pm In-Country Orientation & Medical Presentation Medical  Clinic Medical  Clinic Medical  Clinic Medical  Clinic
3:00pm
4:00pm Settle In
5:00pm Introduction to Brigade Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
7:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
8:00pm Medical Introduction Medical Meeting Medical Meeting Medical Meeting Medical Meeting 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
4:00pm Settle In
5:00pm Introduction to Brigade
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Medical Introduction
Day 2
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Athens
9:00am Cultural Activity
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm In-Country Orientation & Medical Presentation
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Medical Meeting
Day 3
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Medical Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Medical Clinic
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Medical Meeting
Day 4
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Medical Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Medical Clinic
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Medical Meeting
Day 5
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Medical Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Medical Clinic
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Medical Meeting
Day 6
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Medical Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Medical Clinic
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Final Reflection
Day 7
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Airport & Airline Check In
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

In order to participate in a Greece Medical Brigade, all volunteers must meet a Donation Goal, this is not considered a payment, but support toward Global Brigades’ expansion in Greece. Once a volunteer meets the set Donation Goal, they are eligible to join us on-the-ground to see their fundraising efforts put into action by participating in the brigade.

During this Greece Medical 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 medications, equipment, local doctors, pharmacists, 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.

2022 Greece 7 day Medical Brigade –

Donation Goal Details

The donation goals listed are for volunteers joining an existing Global Medical Brigades (GMB) Chapter on a university campus, with a brigade group size of at least 12 volunteers. Scholarship opportunities are available for volunteers to meet their Donation Goal by starting or referring a new chapter. Once a volunteer meets their Donation Goal, they have up to 1 year to participate in a Medical Brigades.

Impact Level
Medical Scaled 30 or more $1,250
Minimum Volunteers
Medical Empowered 18-29 $1,350
Donation Goal
Medical Sustainable 10-17 $1,450

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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 Quote from Askari International Security

“I was asked to review Global Brigades safety and security procedures for their operations in Central America. I always use a “litmus test” by assessing whether I’d be happy to send my own daughters (late teens early 20’s) on one of their events. The answer was a resounding yes. I hope I was able to help them improve their processes and procedures, but what was already in place was good, but better still was the culture of safety and security. All the staff were concerned with safety and security and keen to improve. Nothing can ever be 100% secure or safe, but with Global Brigades I can genuinely say they care and take things very seriously.”
– Bryan Hemmings, Managing Director, Askari International Security

Lodging Facilities

APOLLO HOTEL
Apollo Hotel is located right at the Center of Athens, only 5 minutes by foot  from the GB Athens Clinic.
Apollo Hotel provides pillows, bedsheets, and towels. Rooms have toilets, showers & sinks with running hot water, and potable clean water. Rooms also have air conditioners in each unit. Volunteers will be staying in rooms of 3 or 4. Global Brigades has done a safety review of this hotel. 

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