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

A Holistic View

Global Brigades uniquely implements a holistic model to meet a community’s health and economic goals. Our model systematically builds community ownership and collaboratively executes programs with the end goal of sustainably evolving to a relationship of monitoring and guidance. Through our unique model, we are able to develop a system to provide sustainable healthcare to our community partners.


Our Values


Create an infrastructure that propels passion to meaningful results

Holistic Approach

Implement programming at all levels through a multi-disciplinary model


Perpetuate positive impact


Create replicable systems that maximize impact

Financial Transparency

Demonstrate efficient resource usage


Facilitate a partnership approach that makes any act of service empowering

Empowered Communities | All Programs Implemented

# Community Name Country Population
1 El Zurzular Honduras 600
2 El Canton Honduras 500
3 El Ojochal Honduras 250
4 Palo Verde Honduras 250
5 Guaricayán Honduras 185
6 El Jute Honduras 380
7 El Junco y Joyas Honduras 200
8 El Encinal Honduras 185
9 Fray Lazaro Honduras 550
10 Tomatin Honduras 250
11 Piriati Embera Panama 780
12 La Concepción Honduras 570
13 El Espinito Honduras 450

Sustainable Healthcare

Our Medical program supports the holistic model with four core initiatives: mobile clinics, community health entrepreneurs, patient referrals and regular access to doctors. Our unique model provides sustainable healthcare to community partners.

Mobile Clinics

Mobile medical clinics and preventative health workshops are implemented within partner communities through the utilization of student and health professional volunteers participating in 7-8 day volunteer trips called “Medical Brigades.”

Patient Referrals

Patients with severe diagnoses during medical brigades are referred to local health clinics and hospitals for more advanced treatments. In appropriate cases, Global Brigades provides financial assistance for treatments. Click here to learn more about our open cases.

Community Health Workers/Entrepreneurs

Volunteers living in the community are trained by our staff to become Community Health Workers/Entrepreneurs (CHWs/CHEs). CHWs/CHEs provide basic medical care, monitor chronic conditions, and serve as point persons for urgent care cases year-round.

Regular Doctor Access

Supported by hired local doctors and Global Brigades alumni doctors, the program will provide access to consultations on a quarterly basis.

Success Indicator | Empowered 100 Goal #2

Daily access to a trained Community Health Entrepreneur.

Current status: 32 of 100 Communities

2019 progress

  • 477 Community Health Entrepreneurs trained

2018 progress

  • 368 Community Health Entrepreneurs trained

2017 progress

  • 11 Community Health Entrepreneurs training sessions completed

Annual Reports

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