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Chapter Essentials

Learn more about about who will be supporting you at Global Brigades and explore the foundations of starting and running a successful Global Brigades Chapter on your campus.

Your GB Support Team

Volunteer Engagement Associates

VEAs provide support to Campus Chairpersons, plan Student Leadership Conferences and support new leaders in creating a chapter on their campus through leadership development and high-level chapter support.

Program Associates

PAs support chapter leaders and volunteers through their brigade planning process. They also work with leaders on strengthening their chapters year-round and are the liaisons between brigades and our program teams.

Travel Team

Our Travel Team staff support chapter leaders in booking airfare for their brigades. They work tirelessly to find the best flight deals for volunteers and support our traveling volunteers when issues arise with their flights.

Chapter Creation

Global Brigades mobilizes thousands of volunteers each year to travel abroad and participate in sustainable development alongside our staff and community partners through Global Brigades Chapters that are found on university campuses across the world. Global Brigades’ student-led Chapters are the engine that drives the impact and success of the organization’s mission and vision. On campus, student leaders create and lead Global Brigades Chapters like other student led organizations  on campus (i.e., clubs/societies). The goal of creating a chapter is to mobilize peers to learn more about global health and sustainable development and plan a brigade to make a significant impact with our partner program countries.  

Interested in starting a new Chapter on your campus? Check out the Chapter Creation Guide.

Build Your Leadership Team

Whether you have one chapter on your campus or several chapters, it is important to set your chapter(s) up for success by understanding the foundations of what make a chapter successful: their leadership team(s). 

Leadership Team Structures
We highly encourage each campus to build their leadership teams in a way that is best suited for their unique campus or circumstances. Check out our Chapter Leadership Structures Guide to learn more about what makes a strong leadership team, what structures and roles are ideal, and how to ensure leadership team accountability. 

Chapter Transparency
A constitution is a basic set of rules for the daily running of your chapter. Your Constitution should establish your club/society’s name, state and support its mission/purpose, and set policy and procedures related to your members, officers, meetings, elections, and other functions that may be unique to your club/society. It is important that chapters’ policies are made transparent to chapter leaders and members. Constitutions can explain to members and non-members what your group is about, provide guidelines for the daily running of the chapter, and are great at helping solve any internal problems, as they act as an unbiased/objective document. Constitutions are also sometimes required by universities in order to become an official club/society on campus. Feel free to reference a Sample Chapter Constitution and create your own! 

Leadership Transitions
Your final task as a GB  student leader (and arguably one of the most important) is to ensure the sustainability of your chapter(s) after you leave. But what does this mean? We want to work with you to ensure that your legacy on campus lives on and that your chapter(s) continue to send successful brigades and make impact for many years to come! The most important next step is taking the time to thoroughly transition your leadership role to a new leader, and prepare them with all of the wisdom and knowledge you’ve gained in your position. Use our very detailed Chapter Leader Transition Packet or make your own that’s more suited to your exact campus leadership structure.

Develop University Relations

Though not mandatory as a part of being a Global Brigades Chapter, it is important that you and all Global Brigades Chapters on your campus consider the benefits of developing some type of  relationship with your university. Understanding where your relationship is with your university (maybe negative, positive, neutral, or somewhere in between) and exploring future opportunities is a great place to start. Please review the Building University Relations Guide for tips and tricks and resources. 

We don’t expect you to navigate this process alone! If at any time you need support with university relations, please feel free to reach out to our Director of University and Corporate Relations, Lauren Maitland at lauren.maitland@globalbrigades.org

Plan Your Brigade

Once your Chapter is set up on campus & your leadership team is created, you are ready to start planning your brigade. On brigade, volunteers participate in intensive skill-based programs (brigades) in one of our partner countries that are tied to a community’s health, water & sanitation, or economic development goals. Each brigade type is supported by year-round teams that scale the impact of the one week brigade into a year-round community development program.  

Want to learn more about planning a brigade? Check out this Brigade Planning Checklist to learn more and get started!