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

Guatemala

Medical Brigade –
7 Day Sample Schedule

To develop an understanding of community needs and healthcare access, volunteers will be provided with introductions to Global Brigades’ Holistic Model and the medical program. They will then prepare all education material and medication needed for the clinic days. For the majority of the Brigade, volunteers will then work with healthcare professionals during mobile medical clinics, providing assistance to hundreds of community members. At the end of the Brigade, volunteers will have a chance to support medication inventory and ensure all data from the clinic days are inputted into the OpenMRS system

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
7:00am Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
8:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility Free Time Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Free Time Breakfast
9:00am In-Country Orientation & Brigade Preparation Clinic Day Clinic Day Clinic Day Cultural Activity Depart for Airport
10:00am
11:00pm
12:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm Adult & Kids Charla Materials Preparation Clinic Day Clinic Day Clinic Day Final Supplies Inventory / Final Reflection
2:00pm
3:00pm Settle In
4:00pm Introduction to Global Brigades Free Time Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Free Time
5:00pm Free Time Free Time Free Time
6:00pm Free Time Medical Spanish Packet Practice
7:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
8:00pm Holistic Model Overview Medical Program Introduction Kaqchikel Class Healthcare System in Guatemala PA Talk Cultural Activity / Bonfire
Day 1
7:00am
8:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm Settle In
4:00pm Introduction to Global Brigades
5:00pm
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Holistic Model Overview
Day 2
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am In-Country Orientation & Brigade Preparation
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Adult & Kids Charla Materials Preparation
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Free Time
5:00pm
6:00pm Medical Spanish Packet Practice
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Medical Program Introduction
Day 3
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Clinic Day
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Clinic Day
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm Free Time
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Kaqchikel Class
Day 4
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Clinic Day
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Clinic Day
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm Free Time
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Healthcare System in Guatemala
Day 5
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Clinic Day
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Clinic Day
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm Free Time
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm PA Talk
Day 6
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Cultural Activity
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Final Supplies Inventory / Final Reflection
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Free Time
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Cultural Activity / Bonfire
Day 7
7:00am
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
*Itinerary subject to change

Volunteer Donation Goal

In order to participate in a Medical Brigade, all volunteers must meet a Donation Goal, this is not considered a payment, but support toward our 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 Medical Brigade.

When a volunteer participates in a 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 Guatemala 7-day Medical Brigade USD –

2022-2023 Guatemala 7-day Medical Brigade CAD –

*Chapters with 5-17 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 18 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 Brigade.

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.

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

Safety Highlights in Guatemala

  • Global Brigades is in contact with OSAC (the Overseas Security Advisory Committee) to receive up-to-date security and safety briefings from the U.S. State Department;
  • Established relationships with local community authorities to gain trust and access into communities;
  • Established relationships with local police in the Tecpan Region to provide monitoring of volunteer activity in country;
  • Full-time local Global Brigades medical personnel on-call at all times.

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. Conditions are most similar to a comfortable summer camp, with dormitory-style sleeping and shared bathrooms.

Medical Brigades are assigned to lodging facilities based on proximity to the partner community they will be working with.

Centro de Capacitación Maya Uleu

The Centro de Capacitación Maya Uleu lodging facility is located approximately 2 hours northwest of Guatemala City. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of lush greenery and distant mountains.

Centro de Retiros Jireh

The Centro de Retiros Jireh lodging facility is located in the city of Chimaltenango, approximately 2 hours northwest of Guatemala City. The facility includes a dining area, outdoor patio, and swimming pool.

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