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.

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Squads Abroad Looks To The Future With Hope

Squads Abroad Looks To The Future With Hope

Written by Julie Meyers, CFRE, MA – SA Fundraising Advisor

Amidst the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to become hopeless and succumb to the stress and fear we all justifiably feel at this time. However, if we can find the courage to take a deep breath and look beyond our current circumstances, we can discover steps toward a brighter future for all.

Here at Squads Abroad, we want to help you prioritize and strategize your unique plan to empower the global community. As we look toward a bright future, we are more driven toward our mission to support under-resourced communities accomplish their health and economic goals. 

Together we can do great things! Check out these two simple tips to help you organize, strategize and play your part in brightening our shared goal of impacting others. We might not be able to step into our classrooms yet, but there are big steps we can take as you prepare to volunteer with Squads Abroad!

Tip #1: Set aside at least ONE hour every day to dedicate to envisioning and beginning sharing your  story and planning for your Squad. During your daily power hour here are 6 fun things you can do!  
  1. Call your closest family and friends. Check in on the people that love you! Let them know you want to plan an amazing life-changing squad. Use these calls to get yourself and your closest friends excited about your future summer squad! These conversations will really help you get comfortable sharing what you’ll be doing and the impact you’ll be making.
  2. Send emails to family, friends, your parents’ work colleagues etc. Share how your family is doing and your upcoming travel plans to help empower our world! Let the people you email hear how excited you are to be a force in helping the world become stronger and healthier, especially now!
  3. If you have access to movie making apps – make a film  or a Coming Soon Trailer about your squad. Showcase why you’re excited and what you hope to accomplish with your future squad! You can share this on any social media platform to make sure your friends know that you are planning on doing great things!
  4. If you’re on social media, share your enthusiasm! You can be a bright light online during these challenging times! Share about the future country you’ll be volunteering in and about the impact you hope to make with your squad! Be sure to include the link to your Empowered Page early and often for people who want to read and learn more!
  5. Make sure your MySquads page  is completely set up! Share your story passionately and impactfully on your MySquads page! Don’t forget to include a photo. This page will be the key to your fundraising, so you’ll want it ready to be shared with ANYONE who wants more information! By having your page complete, you can easily share it with anyone who wants to help!

Doing these items now while you have some time at home will help you so much when your fundraising and planning kicks into high gear! It’s powerful and important  to take some time to envision the great things you’ll be doing!

Tip #2: Take it one step at a time!

Through this challenging time, we encourage you to take a deep breath and take any tasks you have one at a time! Having a huge list of things to do can be extremely daunting and worrying about everything can certainly lead to doing absolutely nothing, which is the opposite of what you want!  By following the previous tip along with the list of things you can do, you can start right now to prepare for your future squad!

If you have any questions about anything in this blog, you can reach out to fundraising@squads.org with whatever questions or concerns you have! We will support you along the way to then help you plan your future squad with renewed determination.

Warum Dr. Normeshie nach Europa will | Why Dr. Normeshie Went to Europe

Warum Dr. Normeshie nach Europa will | Why Dr. Normeshie Went to Europe

Spiegel Online

In Ghana werden dringend Ärzte benötigt. Dennoch verlässt inzwischen jeder zweite nach der Ausbildung das Land – vor allem aus Frust über die schlechten medizinischen Bedingungen. Was könnte den Brain Drain stoppen?

Ghana urgently needs doctors. Nevertheless, every second person leaves the country after completing his training – mainly because of frustration over the poor medical conditions. What could stop the brain drain?

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Volunteering abroad with Warwick Global Brigades

Volunteering abroad with Warwick Global Brigades

The Boar

Global Brigades is one of the best experiences one could ever have, and this is not a bold statement. The programme gives its participants the opportunity to use their technical skills to create an impact, while simultaneously immersing themselves in the culture and language of the country. This is just an addition to the core of what the Legal Empowerment Brigade and the Engineering Brigade in Honduras aim to achieve.

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FSU students use resilience training for global impact

FSU students use resilience training for global impact

Florida State University News

One student who saw particular value in the training was Richard Brito, a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in public administration with intentions to earn his master’s degree in social work. In 2018, Brito, a student ambassador for FSU’s Student Resilience Project, brought Medical Brigades to FSU, a campus chapter of Global Brigades, the largest student nonprofit group dedicated to helping vulnerable communities worldwide.

“The work of Global Brigades is dynamic and important,” Brito said. “Teaching students about trauma and resilience through the Resilience Project and the professional certification helps us provide better services to the communities we serve on our trips abroad. It’s wonderful how the projects dovetail. They are like pieces of the same puzzle.”

Students in the Global Brigades program are trained throughout the academic year in preparation to travel abroad during the summer semester and help people with human necessities, such as access to water, building repairs, and health and small business education.

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People celebrate cultural diversity at annual festival

People celebrate cultural diversity at annual festival

KSNB Local4

From traditional tacos from Mexico, to chicken and vegetables from China, to egg rolls from Vietnam, people tasted, and shared, food from all around the world at the festival.

At the Panama booth, people could try a breakfast medley of hot dogs, broccoli, rice and eggs. Students with the Global Medical Brigades said they ate that dish everyday when they were in Panama this year setting up clinics for people who needed healthcare.

“I think it’s important to talk about our differences, and coming together as a community. They say America’s a melting pot, but we don’t really know about other cultures when we’re sitting here,” said Hannah Langer, co-president of the Global Medical Brigades at Hastings College.

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NJII Hosts Pop Up Health Clinic

The Vector

The New Jersey Innovation Institute is a not-for-profit “NJIT corporation focused on helping private enterprise discover what’s possible,” by sharing innovative ideas within the business’s respective sector to pursue new market opportunities, says Don Sebastian, the President of NJII. Generally, NJII’s work focuses on generating commercial success. Its Healthcare Division seeks to improve the quality and cost of health care, a task which has required much research and reflection on health care accessibility.

However, it was exactly this evaluation of the health care field that inspired and drove support for the pop-up clinic. NJII’s project manager, Inaceli Tubilleja, explained that NJII noted a “significant gap in healthcare access, access to healthcare data and a gap in health literacy.”

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UVic Global Brigades: Gaining a global perspective

UVic Global Brigades: Gaining a global perspective

MyUVic Life

I grew up curious about the world and the idea of poverty. In North America, we are exposed to “poverty” through pictures painted of starving children around the world. Yet these images have never felt real to me and there has always been a disconnect between them and my life here in Victoria.

I can remember clubs day in my first year of university where I took pamphlets from every organization that offered trips volunteering abroad. I never once considered the impact of these trips and naively joined UVic Global Brigades that first year. Four years later, I am still with the same organization, but with a very different understanding of ethical volunteering and sustainable development.

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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.