4 Reasons to Include an Add-On in your Guatemala Brigade

Mar 28, 2023 3:09:21 PM | Medical 4 Reasons to Include an Add-On in your Guatemala Brigade

Global Medical Brigades is introducing new ways volunteers can further impact through their brigade experience, check out the Guatemala Brigades add on.


Exciting news! Global Medical Brigades is now offering add-on enrichment activities for volunteers to fully immerse themselves in the country they are brigading to. Have you heard about it yet? Let's explore together why you should include an enrichment activity to your future Brigade. 

Here are 4 reasons why you should include a Guatemala add on in your next Brigade Itinerary!

1.   Explore the Guatemala highlands

In the heart of the Guatemalan highlands you will find Lake Atitlan, the deepest lake in Central America and the Pacaya Volcano, one of the most complex volcanoes in Guatemala; both are located just outside the capital.  

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the ancient Mayan culture and gain a deeper understanding oLearn f the challenges faced by indigenous communities in Guatemala. Discover the unique traditions and folklore that are still preserved by communities surrounding Lake Atitlan and Pacaya Volcano.
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Located in the heart of the Guatemala Highlands, Lake Atitlan, is the deepest lake in Central America. 

2. Implement Public Health projects 

You can have some extra hands on work during your Brigade by creating extra impact with a public health components, you can collaborate with community members in the construction of eco-stoves.

While you get to help construct eco-stoves, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the health threats that traditional cooking practices have in community members. Eco-stoves produce less particulate emissions, which can significantly improve the respiratory health issues of community members.

While working on a public health project, you'll have the opportunity to listen to community members first hand, about the impact of certain projects and learn about the challenges they face on the daily basis. This will allow you to better comprehend the diagnosis and prevention of respiratory diseases in these communities.

3.  Learn about Antigua, Guatemala 

In Spanish when you think of "antigua" you think of ancient, but in Guatemala it means La Antigua, one of the best cities you can visit in the country!

Antigua, a colonial city with almost five hundred years of history, provides a visual insight into the challenges and advantages that Guatemala has faced over time. Its cobblestone streets, colonial houses, civil monuments, legends, and traditions are to be admired for their historical significance.

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Admire tradition and folklore of historical significance for Guatemala during your brigade and learn more about Guatemala's culture.

4.  Enhance your Brigade Itinerary

While your itinerary for a Brigade in Guatemala has been crafted by the medical team to ensure the greatest possible impact on the community, including preparation days and work days; it's never too late to enhance it. 

Preparation is key for making a positive impact in community during clinic days. The medical team in Guatemala has designed an itinerary that includes clinic days for you to: shadow doctors, interact with patients at the triage station, and learn about medication in the pharmacy. Additionally, a small cultural activity is included to provide a glimpse into Guatemala's rich culture. 

By adding any of the add-ons, components, your Brigade itinerary can help you create greater impact in Guatemala!

 Volunteers working together to run a successful dental station on the rural clinic.

As you can see, there are many reasons for you to go beyond your Brigade itinerary and immerse yourself in Guatemala. Don't miss the chance to learn more about these Guatemala Brigades add on! Interested in joining Global Medical Brigade?  Visit www.medicalbrigades.org to learn more!

Gaby Gimenez

Written By: Gaby Gimenez