Learn more about Global Brigades’ and Airlines’ travel policies and what it takes to start the flight booking process
for your brigade!
Visa and Passports
It is the responsibility of each volunteer to secure a valid passport and any visas required to travel to their destination country. If your country of citizenship is not included in the following document, contact your local embassy or consulate and airline to determine if there are visa requirements that apply to your nationality and destination country.
All volunteers must have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the last date of their intended brigade. Passports expiring before this must be renewed prior to travel. Please begin any necessary passport procurement or renewal processes 3-4 months before the intended brigade. This is an immigration policy, not a Global Brigades policy. View this document and select your country of citizenship to view passport information from your government website.
Every individual is responsible for his/her own visa processing and costs. Global Brigades is not responsible for a volunteer being denied entry into their destination country due to the lack of proper documentation. Please begin any necessary visa procurement processes 3-4 months before the intended brigade. View this document and navigate to the page for your country of citizenship to view specific visa information.
GREEN YOUR BRIGADE!
As an environmentally conscious organization, Global Brigades supports volunteers that wish to offset their carbon emissions from air travel. This initiative is open to all volunteers participating in any type of brigade throughout Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Ghana, and Greece.
Approximately 9,000 volunteers participate in Global Brigades’ development projects each year in Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Ghana, and Greece. This positive impact on GB partner communities comes with a considerable toll on the environment due to emissions from air travel. We feel it is our responsibility to take a stand and make Global Brigades a truly sustainable development organization, so we’ve developed a carbon offsetting program in partnership with ANCON, an environmental organization located in Central America.
Air travel is responsible for an increase in greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, which accelerates the effects of climate change and ocean acidification. By offsetting your flight, we not only acknowledge our shared responsibility for the effects of our actions, but we are actively working to counter the consequences of our travel. By simply donating to offset the emissions of your flight, you are simultaneously promoting sustainability, conservation, and a better world for the future. To offset your flight, select the option when completing your MyBrigades Roster Questionnaire Survey or contact your Program Associate (PA). If you have any additional questions, please review these Carbon Offsetting FAQs.
Packing for your Brigade
The packing list provided here will serve as general guidelines of things to bring or not to bring on a brigade. Please be sure to contact your airline to confirm baggage allowances prior to travel.
GENERAL PACKING TIPS
- The weather is typically hot and humid. Clothing may get wet, muddy, or dirty.
- Pack light. Try to avoid checking personal items. Global Brigades is not liable for lost baggage.
- Keep personal medicine in their original prescription bottles and always in your carry-on luggage.
- Bring plastic resealable bags to keep personal belongings (e.g. camera) dry.
- Always carry a copy of your passport and other important documents with you.
- Do NOT bring expensive jewelry, fancy clothing, or unnecessary electronics.
Every volunteer is representing Global Brigades while in communities and should dress conservatively while in communities. While at the lodging facility, volunteers are permitted to wear shorts/leggings, flip flops, tank tops, etc.
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Groups are typically assigned to a lodging facility 2-3 weeks before the brigade. Assignments are made based on group size, proximity to the community, available space on the compound, etc. The Lodging Facilities document is where you can find updates about lodging in each of the Global Brigades programming countries that GB currently uses and plans to use. This document will provide general information about each facility and information about the accommodations available at each destination.
View some questions we are frequently asked about booking brigade travel with Global Brigades. Don’t see your question listed? Contact your Program Associate for more information.
Why are online prices cheaper than group reservation quotes?
Prices you see online are published fares (for one individual, not a group) and are 24-hour reservations. After purchasing several individual tickets at a time (5-6), there is an incremental increase in ticket prices for the fare. As a result, the “savings” from the initial quote end up outweighing the overall group increases. This is why group booking is ultimately more financially sensible.
Can I use my frequent flyer miles to book flights?
If brigaders would like to use miles to book airfare, they must book flights directly with the airlines, independent of Global Brigades. A third party (ex. Global Brigades Travel) cannot apply an individual’s miles towards flights.
However, you are able to accrue miles through flights booked through Global Brigades. Contact your brigade leader to see how your frequent flyer number can be added to your ticket.
What happens if flight funds are not raised in time?
If the full amount of the airfare is not raised on the fundraising page by the appropriate deadline, the reservation will be cancelled, and any deposits already paid may be lost. Volunteers will need to begin the flight booking process again to find new flights.
Is my ticket refundable or transferrable?
Once issued, tickets are not transferable.
The refund policy depends on the airline and fare paid. If tickets were booked through Global Brigades, any refunds from airlines will be issued to Global Brigades. From there, refunds from Global Brigades to individual volunteers or donors will follow our organization’s Cancellation & Refund Policies.