The Search for Community Health Workers

So I’ve finally discovered why administrators are always complaining about having to interview applicants for job positions, it’s exhausting.  Daisy, Hiral, Jon and myself have spent the last week identifying communities that might be appropriate for our pilot run of Community Health Workers (CHWs from now on to save on typing).  We decided that we […]

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GEB is Up and Running (using alternative energy, of course!)

It’s been just over three weeks since I touched ground in the green, tropical paradise of Panama. I arrived to a full house of energetic, passionate, hard working, intelligent, dedicated and fun people all working for Global Brigades. Yes, that was a bit of an adjective overload, but these individuals deserve every one of those […]

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Isla Niadup: A GBB diamond in the rough

The term “business” is usually synonymous with terms like “profit seeking”.  At the end of the day, why do Wall Street firms, large multinational organizations, and big banks exist?… To make someone rich, right? Large businesses have once again gained some notoriety over the last year—as the U.S. global economy fell into perilous recession; Americans […]

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When looking back on our business brigade to Niadup, one of the things that impacted me the most was the tranquility of the community and of the island.  Walking barefoot in the warm Caribbean sand, I’ve never felt so at peace with nature; without the outside influence of technology, I’ve never had so little but […]

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Paraíso

For me, the best part of Brigades is the opportunity to experience the raw truth of another culture, to spend 7 days living and breathing Panamanian life. I will never forget the smell of the air as we drive out of Panama City, through Las Margaritas, and climb the hills of the Madrono Valley. What […]

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Why Brigade?: From The Classroom to The Jungle

In Novermber of 2007, the Washington Post published a front page article entitled “Fulfillment Elusive for Young Altruists In the Crowded Field of Public Interest” which sent a shockwave throughout the circuit of Washington DC Universities and forced many university administrators and faculty to start an open dialogue about realistic career prospects for students concentrating […]

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Into the Panamanian Jungle

Just last week, immediately after finishing 15 months working with water projects in the Honduran mountains, I found myself several hours into the Panamanian rain forest on a bumpy dirt road. The humid heat and stunning natural beauty kept me awake and attentive in the car. As we made our way deeper into the jungle, […]

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Making the Law, in the Middle of the Panamanian Rainforests

The Law Brigades program sounded at first impractical, complicated and even nonviable. How are you going to teach such theoretical and technical concepts to indigenous people for the first time? Who is to say that they are going to listen to our suggestions instead of continuing doing things like they’ve being doing for long before […]

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