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Critical Thinking Education

Critical thinking plays an important role in volunteering with diverse and vulnerable populations, as well as in development work. This guide will provide you with resources to utilize as a group to review before your brigade and to prepare you for what to expect on brigade.


Pre-Brigade Education

Pre-brigade meetings are an essential part of preparing your volunteers for their brigade and helping them (and you!) get the most out of the experience. In this section, you will find resources to start building group dynamics, learn about where your donations go, and start setting goals as a group.

Building Group Dynamics: Ice Breakers
Pre-Brigade Reflection
Understanding your Donation Breakdown
Ted Talk: The way we think about charity is dead wrong
SMART Goal Setting Activity


Establish On-Brigade Expectations: Part 1

In order to properly prepare volunteers for a meaningful brigade experience, it is necessary to set expectations for volunteering abroad. Check out these resources to discuss bias, privilege and what to do and not to do on a brigade.

Recognizing Implicit and Explicit biases
What Is Bias, and WhatCan Medical Professionals Do to Address It?
> Discussion Guide
How Does Implicit Bias Affect Health Care?
> Discussion Guide



Establish On-Brigade Expectations: Part 2

Recognizing Privilege and Understanding Different Backgrounds
Privilege Walk Activity
Privilege Beads Activity
> Discussion Guide
“Slumdog Tourism” NY Times Article
> Discussion Guide
Chimamanda Adichie’s “Danger of a Single Story” Ted Talk
> Discussion Guide
Brigade Do’s and Don’ts


GB365: Part 1

You’ve been on brigade, now what? In this section you’ll find resources to lead an effective and engaging post-brigade reflection, how to grow Global Brigades on your campus, and other ways to get involved with GB!