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Medical Brigade –
7 Day Sample Schedule

To develop an understanding of community needs and healthcare access, volunteers will have the opportunity to first accompany Community Health Workers on patient home visits. For the majority of the Brigade, volunteers will then work with healthcare professionals during mobile medical clinics, providing assistance to hundreds of community members. At the end of the Brigade, volunteers will have a chance to address some of the causes for the medical issues seen during the clinics, by building in-home public health infrastructure for families, such as latrines, concrete floors and eco-stoves.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
7:00am Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Transport to Airport & Airline Check in
8:00am Medications Packing Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community
9:00am Medical / Dental Clinic Medical / Dental Clinic Medical / Dental Clinic Public Health Project Construction
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm Transport to Community Medical / Dental Clinic Medical / Dental Clinic Medical / Dental Clinic Public Health Project Construction
2:00pm Treat Chronic Conditions with Community Health Worker
3:00pm Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
7:00pm Staff Intros & More Med Packing Reflection Reflection Reflection Last Reflection
8:00pm Data Input & Med Packing Data Input & Med Packing Data Input & Med Packing
Day 1
7:00am
8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm
Day 2
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Medications Packing
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Transport to Community
2:00pm Treat Chronic Conditions with Community Health Worker
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Staff Intros & More Med Packing
8:00pm
Day 3
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Medical / Dental Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Medical / Dental Clinic
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm Data Input & Med Packing
Day 4
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Medical / Dental Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Medical / Dental Clinic
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm Data Input & Med Packing
Day 5
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Medical / Dental Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Medical / Dental Clinic
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm Data Input & Med Packing
Day 6
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Public Health Project Construction
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Public Health Project Construction
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Final Reflection
8:00pm
Day 7
7:00am Transport to Airport & Airline Check In
8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm

Individual Program Contribution

Volunteers work together with their chapter to fundraise for their individual contributions. Each individual program contribution includes everything needed for the medical brigade: medicine, equipment, local doctors, local dentists, pharmacists, translators, support staff, ground transportation, food, lodging, public health construction supplies, and emergency medical insurance. Airfare not included.

Nicaragua 7 day Medical Brigade –

*Brigades longer than 7 days are also available

Chapter Contribution

The GMB Chapter Contribution goes directly toward the Sustainable Health Fund which enables year-round health care in partner communities carried out by our local teams. Specifically, the Fund supports initiatives of the medical program that enable sustainable transitions such as the Community Health Workers, Patient Referrals, Community Pharmacy, and the on-going impact evaluation of the program.

Minimum Contribution Per Chapter –

Safety

Volunteer safety will always be our absolute top priority. Global Brigades recently engaged Askari International Security, an industry leader in international risk assessment, to complete a comprehensive risk/safety assessment of all brigade operations. A full explanation of safety precautions and procedures can be found on our “Safety & Insurance” page.

In Nicaragua

  • Global Brigades is an active member of OSAC (the Overseas Security Advisory Committee) and receives up-to-date security and safety briefings from the U.S. State Department;
  • Established relationship with U.S. Embassy in Managua;
  • Full-time local Global Brigades medical personnel on-call at all times;
  • Adherence to the IVPA standards of international volunteering.

Lodging Facilities

Global Brigades does an annual safety review of all lodging facility partners each year. Most lodging facilities provide pillows, bedsheets and towels. Facilities have showers, toilets and sinks with running water (no hot water) as well as filtered clean drinking water dispensers onsite. 24-hour security is provided at all facilities. Conditions are most similar to a comfortable summer camp, with dormitory-style sleeping and shared bathrooms.

Medical Brigades are assigned to lodging facilities based on proximity to the partner community they will be working with.

Estelimar

The Estelimar lodging facility is located 5 minutes outside the city of Estelí in Northern Nicaragua. Here, brigaders enjoy a spacious compound facility with various meeting spaces, dining areas, walking trails, and a pool. Global Brigades Nicaragua has used the Estelimar facility since 2012. It provides lodging for the majority of brigade groups in Nicaragua.

La Cartuja

The La Cartuja lodging facility is located in Matagalpa, about 150 kilometers from the capital of Managua. It is built on a high point above the city of Matagalpa and is surrounded by temperate forests. This location means that temperatures may be cooler at night in the higher altitude than down in the city.

La Cartuja was orginally built for catholic retreats but is now also available for workshops, training and other group activities. The center has several large patches of grass that can be used for group activities and also contains a large meeting room in which brigaders will be dining. The building has a classical design and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.

INSFOP

The Insfop lodging facility is located near the south entrance to Esteli in Northern Nicaragua. Here, brigaders enjoy a compound facility with various meeting spaces, dining areas, and walking trails. Global Brigades Nicaragua began using this facility in 2015.

Hostal El Rey

Hostal El Rey is located in the center of the city of Matagalpa, a 2 hour drive from Managua. The restaurant within the lodging facility serves brigaders breakfast and dinner. The rooms are simple but clean and include towels, linens, and a private or shared bathroom.The lodging facility has a rustic style, and its garden, terrace, and shared lounge make it a nice place for brigader’s gathering space and nightly reflections. Global Brigades has been using this facility since 2015.

Hotel Cualitlan

Hotel Cualitlan is located within the city of Esteli. Staying at Hotel Cualitlan brigaders can enjoy private cabins with bunk beds for about 10 people per room. The ground also has lush gardens and is home to a brightly colored parrot! Brigaders will eat breakfast and dinner in the lodging facilitiy’s decorated cafeteria. Global Brigades has been using this facility since 2015.

Hotel Casita San Payo

This small and friendly lodging facility is located near the center of the town of San Rafael del Norte in Jinotega. It is a great place to stay for brigaders, with a view of the whole city from the upstairs patio, as well as several garden perfect for reflections and gathering space. Hotel Casita San Payo has a cafe, where breakfast and dinner meals are served. The rooms are simple, but clean. Global Brigades has been using this facility 2015.

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