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.

Apply environmental science and chemical engineering fundamentals to test the quality and efficacy of clean water initiatives in Honduras

Our bilingual on-the-ground engineers guide students and local Water Councils through a variety of water testing exercises to determine the efficacy of their water treatment systems and provide data for decision-making for larger repairs. The curriculum immerses students in the program methodology of a live global water intervention: water council interviews, water treatment, water testing, and monitoring & evaluation practices. Students, alongside our field staff, review the current treatment systems and test water at the source(s), storage tanks, and various households to determine their efficacy and the environmental conditions that affect them. The final deliverable includes a presentation of their findings that includes recommendations on treatment options as well as structural repairs that may be needed for the community to invest in.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.

 

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your STEM TeleSquad by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:

 

MODULE 1: Introductions and Organization Overview

Our Facilitator provides an overview of Squads Abroad (SA), our parent organization, Global Brigades (GB), and its Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) program. Discussion about how international development organizations do monitoring & evaluation and how Global Brigades follows up on water systems that it has previously built. Self-paced activity: Group reviews best practices from organizations that do monitoring and evaluation on water systems.

MODULE 2: Community Context and the Importance of Water Quality

Introduction to the two communities that we will be water testing, including profile, region, and map coordinates. The facilitator describes the importance of quality testing as it relates to disease prevention. Using the GB website, internet resources, and TeleSquad presentations to substantiate their responses. Self-paced activity: Students research preventable health issues caused by poor drinking water that persist in rural communities in the area.

MODULE 3: Meeting Water Council of Community 1

Facilitator leads a video introduction with a Honduran Water Council from the community partner. Self-paced activity: Students reflect on the role of the Water Council to maintain the water system and researches the drinking water source in their hometown.

MODULE 4: Technician Site Visit of Community 1: Assessing Current Water System

Virtual field visit: recording of a technician in the community assessing the current water source, existing wells, tanks, cisterns, and home connections. Self-paced activity: Students research the treatment and distribution systems for their hometown and draw parallels.

MODULE 5: Meeting Water Council of Community 2

Facilitator leads a video introduction with a Honduran Water Council from the community partner. Self-paced activity: Students reflect on differences between the two water councils.

MODULE 6: Technician Site Visit of Community 2: Assessing Current Water System

Virtual field visit: recording of a technician in the community assessing the current water source, existing wells, tanks, cisterns, and home connections. Self-paced activity: Students reflect on the similarities and differences of the community water systems, including topography, complexity, type, size of the population it serves, etc.

MODULE 7: Technical Training: Water Testing

Facilitator demonstrates the local tools available to test water samples in Honduras. Self-paced activity: Students research drinking water regulations and contaminant limits in their home country.

MODULE 8: Water Quality Testing Community 1

Our technician visits the community to collect a water sample from their drinking source to be analyzed for quality. A review of the water test kit process and results from tests will be analyzed with the group testing for Bacteria, Lead (Pb), Pesticides (Pe), Nitrates/Nitrites (N), Chlorine (Cl), Hardness (Hd). Self-paced activity: Students create an executive summary report on water quality testing results for Community 1.

MODULE 9: Water Quality Testing Community 2

Our technician visits the community to collect a water sample from their drinking source to be analyzed for quality. A review of the water test kit process and results from tests will be analyzed with the group testing for Bacteria Lead (Pb), Pesticides (Pe), Nitrates/Nitrites (N), Chlorine (Cl), Hardness (Hd). Self-paced activity: Students create an executive summary report on water quality testing results for Community 2.

MODULE 10: Working Session with Engineer for Community 1

Group has a working session with the engineer to create a presentation of results for the community including possible causes of contamination and an action plan. Self-paced activity: Based on the engineer’s feedback, volunteers edit water system design and begin working on their presentation for the community.

MODULE 11: Working Session with Engineer for Community 2

Group has a working session with the engineer to create a presentation of results to the community including possible causes of contamination and an action plan. Self-paced activity: Based on the engineer’s feedback, volunteers edit water system design and begin working on their presentation for the community.

MODULE 12: Final Presentation Review

Teams submit video presentation of their report along with an action plan for final review of the engineer. Self-paced activity: Based on the engineer’s feedback, volunteers edit and prepare the final presentation for the community with a script to be translated by SA facilitator.

MODULE 14: Presentation to Community 1

Water system presentation is delivered to Water Council members to receive feedback from community leaders. SA facilitator provides an overview of the project’s next steps toward construction and the cost recovery model. Self-paced activity: Group makes any changes to the design and action plan based on community feedback.

MODULE 14: Presentation to Community 2

Water system presentation is delivered to Water Council members to receive feedback from community leaders. SA facilitator provides an overview of the project’s next steps toward construction and the cost recovery model. Self-paced activity: Group makes any changes to the design and action plan based on community feedback.

MODULE 15: Data Impact Reporting

Facilitator explains ongoing follow-up with the project and presents the impact of the project. Self-paced activity: Volunteers complete evaluation survey and prepare final reflections.

MODULE 16: Post-Project Follow Up and Reflections

SA facilitator guides a reflection with the group and a Q & A about the usefulness of the project. The group is encouraged to advocate and help raise funds to implement the project. Self-paced activity: Receive a certificate of completion.

 

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Through virtual or in-country programs, 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.
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.