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Voice of America

Empowering Communities, Changing Lives [Podcast]


How are young people empowering communities to lead their own way to permanently rise out of poverty? Join us on this week’s show to learn how educators and students are taking action through Global Brigades – an international nonprofit that is working systematically in communities across the world to empower volunteers and under-resources communities to resolve global health and economic disparities and inspire all involved to work together towards an equal world.

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Georgia State News Hub

Getting In The Trenches


Kristina Andrade, a graduate of the Biomedical Science and Enterprise bachelor’s degree program in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Honors College student and an aspiring doctor, pursued practical experience in the medical field in the United States and Honduras during her years at Georgia State, while leading several health and science student organizations.

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Getting Smart

Global Brigades Offers Students Transformational Learning Experiences, While Transforming Global Communities


In contrast to traditional service learning, the Global Brigades model systematically builds community ownership and collaboratively executes programs with the end goal of sustainably transitioning to a relationship of impact monitoring, according to CEO & Founder Shital Vora.

“We don’t help teach them to fish, we build the rods and the boats,” said Vora. “We leave every community with four key elements: a bank, health care, fresh running water and latrines.”

In its history, Vora said Global Brigades has recruited 83,000-plus students from over 400 universities, who helped fundraise more than $100 million in aid. These efforts provided 1.5 million patients with medical and dental treatment, as well as established 106 community banks that gave 12,000 loans and invested nearly $700,000 in local businesses and communities. Global Brigades has also installed 56 water systems – bringing clean, drinkable water to more than 32,000 people.

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Southeast Arrow

Global Brigades traveling to assist underserved countries using telebrigades during COVID-19


Each year, the Global Brigades at SEMO travels to underserved countries, creating makeshift clinics, eco-stoves and water systems to serve the community members. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Brigades have been unable to travel but continue their work through Telebrigades via Zoom.

Students in the Global Brigades have traveled to Honduras since 2004, according to and stay a few hours outside of Tegucigalpa, traveling back and forth to remote communities several hours away from where they stay.

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How One Man – And A Creative Map – Made A Difference In Panama’s COVID-19 Crisis


The map has been an integral to their work, says Anibal Cardenas-Mosquera, manager of sustainable development at Global Brigades and head of solution mapping at the UNDP in Panama. “Through the map, I could see that some indigenous territories in Darién were already receiving support from other organizations, so we could relocate those resources to other communities that were in a much worse situation,” he says.

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Authority Magazine

Young Change Makers: Why and How Cassie Laibly Is Helping To Change Our World


Cassie Laibly, a junior at Marquette University, is on a mission to make a difference in our world through connection, sustainability and empowerment. A leader with Global Brigades, the largest student-funded humanitarian organization in the world, Cassie has been one of the leaders for Marquette’s Medical Brigade chapter and was recently among the first students to participate in TeleBrigades, the nonprofit’s all-new, virtual-experiential-learning program.

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Carnegie Mellon University News

Students Seeking Service Opportunities Find Virtual Groove


For decades, Carnegie Mellon University has supported alternative spring break opportunities for servant leadership. Student Leadership, Involvement and Civic Engagement (SLICE) helps Tartans travel around the world to lend their skills to communities with limited resources.

Kaycee Palko, senior coordinator of student activities at SLICE, said students typically spend the entire academic year preparing for these service trips, starting with fundraising in the fall and working through a training curriculum that includes topics such as cultural competency, voluntourism and reflection in the lead up to their trip. This year, due to the pandemic, volunteering will look a little different.

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The News-Herald

Lake Erie College Pre-Med Club allows students to network, help community


The Pre-Med Club at Lake Erie College is providing a way for all students going into health care to enjoy a community on campus.

The club, which has been on campus for more than 10 years, is open to a variety of medical programs offered at the college. Students can join at any time through the year and have opportunities to learn more about other professions through club activities, according to a news release from the school.

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Catholic Herald

Career Path Formed Through Global Brigades


While most students kick back, relax, study or vacation during college breaks, some students, such as Madeline Gwinn, devote their time to organizations like Global Brigades and work on sustainability or medical initiatives in countries such as Panama and Honduras.

Global Brigades is an international nonprofit organization and registered charity that runs programs in five countries: Greece, Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua and Ghana. Their student trips work with partner organizations and full-time Global Brigades staff in each country under a holistic perspective of community development.

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The Bridge - Texas A&M International

Get Involved, Make an Impact and Gain Real-World Experience With Global Brigades


As a freshman at Marquette, Cassie Laibly was shocked by what she saw when she traveled to Panama with Global Brigades.

“Hundreds of patients lined up to see the doctors and dentists we shadowed; no running water and many locals sick from a parasite in the water they were drinking,” the Biomedical Sciences major recalled. ”But not a single person complained. They were all so welcoming and such grateful people.”

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