Squads Abroad is a 501c3 non-profit organization under our parent company Global Brigades, a Platinum Level Guidestar member for Financial Transparency. Since 2004, our organization has collectively mobilized more than 70,000 international volunteers to help resolve global health and economic disparities around the world.

Teachers: Join our movement!

Empower your students to improve health and education outcomes abroad!

Squad Volunteer Programs

Each Squad has a defined focus with achievable impact projects and educational workshops that benefit community partners while also providing a transformative learning experience for student volunteers.

Choose Your Squad:

Resolve public health challenges while learning to identify the systems that cause them.

Improve educational outcomes by bettering infrastructure in under-resourced schools.

Help provide access to clean water in rural under resourced communities through applying stem skills.

Inspire entrepreneurism and financial literacy abroad for youth in under-resourced communities.

Sustainable Impact

Each Squad is one critical piece of a larger system for sustainable development. Collectively, we mobilize hundreds of groups a year that fund and support a team of local development specialists to work collaboratively with community leaders to improve health, education, and economic outcomes year-round.

Skill-Based Volunteering

Each Squads program builds upon and applies the skills of volunteers to meet community health, education and economic development goals. Real world experience that makes lasting impact.

Skill-Based Volunteering

Each Squads program builds upon and applies the skills of volunteers to meet community health, education and economic development goals. Real world experience that makes lasting impact.

Elevate Cultural Competence

A Squads’ success transcends the impact made in each community, to help transform the daily life of the volunteer. We help build global citizens with cultural competence and first hand experience that help shape cultural awareness back home.

Where We Work

GUATEMALA

HONDURAS

COSTA RICA

PANAMA

GHANA

GREECE

What is Squads Abroad?

Squads are groups of passionate volunteers that mobilize abroad for positive social change. Comprised of students and led by faculty, Squads embark on the largest task of all: making meaningful change on a global scale. Since 2005, collectively with our parent organization, Global Brigades, we have mobilized more than 78,000 university and high school volunteers as one of the largest empowerment initiatives to improve global health, economic, and educational outcomes in under-resourced communities.

Each Squad faculty leader chooses a skill-based program and country to then volunteer with their students alongside our local teams that work year-round to create continuity between groups. Our home-base model, strong community partnerships, and expert in-country staff have established an unparalleled track record for safety and program impact.

Our Holistic Approach

with Global Brigades

Squads Abroad is the high school division of Global Brigades, a highly recognized international development organization that uniquely implements a Holistic Model that targets specific UN Sustainable Development goals within partner communities.

Our model systematically builds community ownership and collaboratively executes programs with the end goal of sustainably transitioning to a relationship of impact monitoring.

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WHAT OUR VOLUNTEERS SAY

  • “The kids were so sweet and really appreciated us teaching them and playing soccer at recess. I recommend this to anyone!”

    Elizabeth

    Rye High School
  • “The staff was incredibly welcoming and helpful in making us feel at home. My volunteer experience was truly eye-opening and extremely rewarding. I spent a week helping in an elderly home and underprivileged primary school. We also got to try so many different activities in the evenings and on the week-end!”

    Julian

    Ottawa HS
  • “The people were so welcoming and friendly and I felt very comfortable. I never felt unsafe during my time there. My volunteer placement was a ton of fun and I felt they really needed my help.”

    Chris

    Washington DC
Squads are passionate groups of volunteers who mobilize abroad to create positive change. Each Squad type has a skill-based focus area that support the education, health and economic development objectives of community partners. Faculty choose their dates, duration (typically 1-2 weeks), and their site location from one of our six program countries.
 
Upcoming Faculty Ambassador Trips
Squads are passionate groups of volunteers who mobilize abroad to create positive change. Each Squad type has a skill-based focus area that support the education, health and economic development objectives of community partners. Faculty choose their dates, duration (typically 1-2 weeks), and their site location from one of our six program countries.
Squads Abroad is a 501c3 non-profit organization under our parent company Global Brigades, a Platinum Level Guidestar member for Financial Transparency. Since 2004, our organization has collectively mobilized more than 70,000 international volunteers to help resolve global health and economic disparities around the world.