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 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 conduct 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.

Medical Internship –
14 Day Overview

Medical Internships provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of community needs and healthcare access. In addition to receiving introductions to Global Brigades’ Holistic Model and the medical program, interns prepare for their time abroad with virtual programming and telehealth clinic days before the in-country portion of the internship. During their two weeks abroad, participants shadow licensed healthcare professionals at mobile medical clinics that assist asylum seekers, refugees, and other vulnerable populations.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
8:00am Airport Pick up & Transport to Lodging Facility Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00am Clinic Day Intro to Refugee Crisis Clinic Day Preparation for Health Education Workshop Health Education Workshop Depart for Airport
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
2:00pm Medical Presentation Clinic Day Introduction to the Holistic Model: Business Program Clinic Day Free Time
3:00pm Settle In Athens Tour
4:00pm In-Country Orientation & Introduction to Global Brigades
5:00pm Cultural Activity Language class Kipseli Walk: Visit to Business Clients & NGOs Cultural Activity
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
8:00pm Reflection PA Talk Reflection Reflection Reflection Final Reflection
Day 1
8:00am Airport Pick up & Transport to Lodging Facility
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm Settle In
4:00pm In-Country Orientation & Introduction to Global Brigades
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Reflection
Day 2
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Clinic Day
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Medical Presentation
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Cultural Activity
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm PA Talk
Day 3
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Intro to the Refugee Crisis
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Clinic Day
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Language Class
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Reflection
Day 4
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Clinic Day
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Introduction to the Holistic Model: Business Program
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Kipseli Walk: Visit to Business Clients & NGOs
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Reflection
Day 5
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Preparation for Health Education Workshop
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Clinic Day
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Cultural Activity
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Reflection
Day 6
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Health Education Workshop
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Free Time
3:00pm Athens Tour
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Final Reflection
Day 7
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Depart for Airport
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 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.

2022-2023 Greece 7-day Medical Brigade USD –

2022-2023 Greece 7-day Medical Brigade CAD –

2022-2023 Greece 7-day Medical Brigade GBP –

*Chapters with 8-11 volunteers, must be paired with another chapter.

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.

 

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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