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Medical Brigade –
7 Day Sample Schedule

On the first day after arriving in Panama, volunteers will learn about rural Panamanian healthcare and economic needs during their Holistic Model day, which can be focused either on the Business, Public Health or Water programs. Then volunteers will prepare for the mobile clinic and pack supplies and medications into appropriate doses. For the next four days, volunteers will work with healthcare professionals during mobile medical clinics, providing assistance to hundreds of patients. Clinics consist of intake, triage, consultations, dental stations, educational workshops, potentially a vision station, and a pharmacy station. At the end of the Brigade, volunteers will have a chance to reflect on their brigade experience and ensure all data from the clinic days are inputted into the OpenMRS system.

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 hundreds of community members.

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 Airport Departure & Check-In
8:00am Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community
9:00am Holistic Model Day – Either working with Caja or CHW Program Medical Clinic Medical Clinic Medical Clinic Medical Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm Holistic Model Day – Either working with Caja or CHW Program Medical Clinic Medical Clinic Medical Clinic Medical Clinic
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Settle In Medications Packing
5:00pm Introduction to Global Brigades Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
7:00pm Dinner Medical/Dental Program Introduction Reflection (Panama Health System) Reflection (HCP exchange) Reflection Final Reflection, Pack Up!
8:00pm Holistic Model Overview/Discussion
9:00pm Mock Clinic Data Informatics
10:00pm Lights off in Dining Room by 10:00 PM and in Dorms by 11:00 PM
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 Global Brigades
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Holistic Model Overview/Discussion
9:00pm
10:00pm Lights off in Dining Room by 10:00 PM and in Dorms by 11:00 PM
Day 2
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Holistic Model Day – Either working with Caja or CHW Program
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Holistic Model Day – Either working with Caja or CHW Program
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Medications Packing
5:00pm
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Medical/Dental Program Introduction
8:00pm
9:00pm Mock Clinic
10:00pm Lights off in Dining Room by 10:00 PM and in Dorms by 11:00 PM
Day 3
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Medical Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Medical Clinic
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection (Panama Health System)
8:00pm
9:00pm Data Informatics
10:00pm Lights off in Dining Room by 10:00 PM and in Dorms by 11:00 PM
Day 4
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Medical Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Medical Clinic
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection (HCP exchange)
8:00pm
9:00pm Data Informatics
10:00pm Lights off in Dining Room by 10:00 PM and in Dorms by 11:00 PM
Day 5
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Medical Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Medical Clinic
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm
9:00pm Data Informatics
10:00pm Lights off in Dining Room by 10:00 PM and in Dorms by 11:00 PM
Day 6
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Medical Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Medical Clinic
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Final Reflection, Pack Up!
8:00pm
9:00pm
10:00pm Lights off in Dining Room by 10:00 PM and in Dorms by 11:00 PM
Day 7
7:00am Airport Departure and Check-In
8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm
9:00pm
10:00pm

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 Panama 7-day Medical Brigade USD –

2022-2023 Panama 7-day Medical Brigade CAD –

2022-2023 Panama 7-day Medical Brigade GBP –

*Chapters with 5-17 volunteers, must be paired with another chapter.

*The donation goals listed above 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.

Sustainable Health Fund

A portion of each Donation Goal supports our Sustainable Health Fund which enables year-round health care in partner communities carried out by our local teams. Specifically, the Fund supports initiatives of the medical program that enable sustainable transitions such as the Community Health Workers, Patient Referrals, Community Pharmacy, and the on-going impact evaluation of the program.

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.

In Panama

  • Global Brigades is an active member of OSAC (the Overseas Security Advisory Committee) and receives up-to-date security and safety briefings from the U.S. State Department;
  • Established relationship with Senafront to provide security escorts to those groups working in the Darien region;
  • Full-time local Global Brigades medical personnel on-call at all times;
  • Adherence to the IVPA standards of international volunteering.

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. 24-hour security is provided at all facilities. 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.

Asamblea de Dios

Campamento Asambleas De Dios, San Carlos, Panama is a large facility that sits only about 800 meters from the main road(Via Panamericana) approximately 2 hours from Panama City. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. Global Brigades Panama has been using the San Carlos facility since March 2015. Emergency medical care is available at the Health Center in the town of San Carlos, approximately 2 minutes from this facility.

El Palmar

The El Palmar hostel sits along the Pan-American highway, approximately 30 minutes after passing Lago Bayano and approximately 10 minutes before reaching the town of Torti. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green mountains and farms’ pastures. Global Brigades Panama has used El Palmar for several years, and it has housed hundreds of brigaders. Emergency medical care is easily accessible in Torti.

Hotel Avicar

Hotel Avicar sits along the Pan-American highway, approximately 40 minutes after passing Lago Bayano and is in the center of the town of Torti. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green mountains and farms’ pastures. Also, brigaders staying at Hotel Avicar get see how life plays out in a rural town in East Panama. Emergency medical care is available
in Torti.

Hotel Tonosi

It is located on the Pan-American Highway in the Meteti sector, it has cozy rooms, of four and five people, with color television and air conditioning. It has a covered terrace and countryside landscapes. He is known for his good food and great hospitality.

Pro Niños

Pro Ninos was one of the first lodges used by GB in its trajectory in the Darien area. It is a beautiful camp in which you can enjoy its variable flora and fauna. It has wooded areas and open spaces to recreate in contact with nature.

Iguana Eco Resort

It is a wide place that offers the experience to the volunteers of being in contact with nature. It offers various activities such as hiking. It has cozy rooms with air conditioning, 2 swimming pools and a meeting area. It is located near the city of Penonomé. It is the ideal place to rest after a long day of work in the brigade

Oasis de Bendición

As the name implies, it is the ideal place to relax after a hard day. It has beautiful landscapes, spacious bedrooms with cabins to encourage coexistence among volunteers. It has a terrace for meetings, multiple areas for indoor recreational activities. It is located a few meters from the main road which provides good access to it.

Hotel Vista Lago Eco Resort

This camp is the first on the GB expansion route to the Veraguas area. It has extensive landscapes, a beautiful lake on the side of the camp. Large areas for recreation. It has a restaurant specializing in typical Panamanian and international food. It has rooms on several floors from which you can see a beautiful view of the whole panorama.

Hotel Ojos del Rio

Hotel Ojos del Rio sits in the center of Panama City, about 40 minutes from Panama’s international airport. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of Panama City’s skyline. Global Brigades Panama began using this hotel in 2018 to accommodate any brigades that needed to stay in Panama City. Brigades do not typically stay in Panama City; Global Brigades Panama only uses this facility during emergencies and cases involving extenuating circumstances. Emergency medical care is available in several hospitals in the city.

Hotel Novotel

Novotel  sits in the center of Panama City, about 40 minutes from Panama’s international airport. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of Panama City’s skyline. Global Brigades Panama began using this hotel in 2018 to accommodate any brigades that needed to stay in Panama City. Brigades do not typically stay in Panama City; Global Brigades Panama only uses this facility during emergencies and cases involving extenuating circumstances. Emergency medical care is available in several hospitals in the city

Hostal Amador

Hostal Amador is located in the Canal Zone, previously know as U.S. territory. Here, brigaders can enjoy a wonderful view of the  beautiful nature around the Hostel. Global Brigades Panama began using this hostel to accommodate any brigades that needed to stay in Panama City. Brigades do not typically stay in Panama City; Global Brigades Panama only uses this facility during emergencies and cases involving extenuating circumstances. Emergency medical care is available in several hospitals in the city.

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