Volunteer Resource Site

Volunteer Preparation

Learn more about how you can best prepare for your upcoming brigade with educational resources and guides specific to your program.

Global Brigades has the incredible responsibility and opportunity to educate a 5,000+ volunteer base annually throughout the experiential learning that will occur in their volunteer efforts. This education empowers volunteers with the knowledge, skills, and context required to have an ethical impact for all involved. Through these educational volunteer resources, Global Brigades strives to redefine the way that volunteers engage in international development by promoting a mindset where volunteering is an act of solidarity, rather than charity, and the focus of development work is empowerment, rather than aid. We aim to ensure that all Global Brigades volunteers are equipped with the proper tools and context that allow them to contribute to community development with cultural sensitivity and humility.

We encourage you to reflect deeply as a volunteer by utilizing the Pre-Brigade, Program-Specific, and Post-Brigade resources below in your journey to discovering your role as a responsible Global Citizen. Allow Volunteer Preparation to help you complete a brigade with a more comprehensive understanding of international development and the responsibility to engage both locally and globally

Chapter Leaders: Use these tools and topics to help shape your Chapter meetings throughout the academic year.

Pre-Brigade Preparation

Use the pre-brigade resources below to:

  • Discover the origin of Global Brigades, initiatives like The Empowered 100, and the Monitoring and Evaluation process in GB Foundations.
  • Dive into Sustainable Development through country challenges and how GB is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Learn what Ethical Volunteering is in the context of international volunteer efforts and common critiques.
  • Build a better team through Leadership Development and conflict resolution activities.
  • Gain better context of partner countries through Cultural Preparation.





GB Foundations

Sustainable Development

Ethical Volunteering

Leadership Development

Cultural Preparation

Facilitator’s Guides within each pre-brigade resource explain how Chapter Leaders or other volunteers can guide these topics during team meetings and beyond.

Program-Specific Brigade Preparation

Each of our 7 programs are focused on key health and economic factors that boost the well-being of communities as seen in the Global Brigades Holistic Model. Discover how . . .

  • Sustainable Health Systems like Medical & Dental Brigades
  • Economic Development through Business & Legal Empowerment Brigades
  • Water & Sanitation Infrastructure programs like Water, Engineering, & Public Health Brigades

. . . come together through the work implemented by GB in-country staff year-round, community partnerships, and the funding through student volunteers to encompass community-led sustainability.





Legal Empowerment



Public Health

Post-Brigade Reflection

The Brigade experience is not complete without reflecting on your role as a volunteer and how you can now continue on your lifelong journey of becoming a responsible and ethical Global Citizen. Use these resources alone or within your Chapter to digest and emphasize the work completed alongside community partners, local GB staff, and holistic programming.

Read through the GB blog posts below to keep in mind how to best tell #MyGBStory using context and respect on social media or when speaking about your experience in-person:

These will help guide you to identify what’s important and how to continue growing through understanding how to be a better ethically-oriented volunteer both in your own community and internationally.

Additional post-brigade resources coming soon.


We value your feedback as a volunteer, stakeholder, or Chapter Leader. If you have any pieces of feedback or suggestions for additional resources that you have found useful on your campus, we want to hear from you!
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