Global Brigades is an international non-profit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams.

Background about our work in Greece

In April 2018, Global Brigades was asked by NGOs operating in Greece to explore the potential for our organization collaborate and provide support to refugee communities. Shortly after, our team traveled to Greece to explore the opportunity and validated that the camps could benefit tremendously from our tenants of development work: holistic model, empowerment of community members, and increased collaboration with local government and NGOs. We believe there is a tremendous opportunity to apply and adapt our model, learn from current actors and bring much needed support into tremendously under resourced camps that are losing partners by the day.

Just like in our other partner countries, we are starting with Medical Brigades to build trust and understand local need better while providing valuable health services. In doing so, we have secured an invitation from KEELPNO (the Greek health ministry) to collaborate directly to support their PHILOS 2, the program responsible for coordinating and providing healthcare services in all camps.

Now we need your participation to pilot this program and engage peers on your campus!

Unlike our traditional brigades that operate in rural underdeveloped communities, brigades in Greece will operate directly in refugee camps. There are over 50 refugee camps in Greece accommodating more than 50,000 residents.

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CC Greece Expansion Pilot –
6 Day Tentative Schedule

This will not be a traditional brigade. While we anticipate you as volunteers participating in the mobile clinic much as you would in any of our other Medical Brigades, the structure and activities we engage in will also reflect that of a leadership institute or expansion pilot. We will participate in program exploration brainstorms, reflections, and open discussions each night. We want your feedback and assistance in further refining our programming in Greece.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
7:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Athens Transport to Camp Transport to Camp Transport to Camp Breakfast
9:00am IOM & KEELPNO Orientation Medical & Vision Clinic (Dental Screenings Begin) & WASH Activity Medical, Vision, and Dental Clinic & WASH Activity Medical, Vision, and Dental Clinic & WASH Activity Transport to Airport & Airline Check in
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm Athens Tour Medical & Vision Clinic (Dental Screenings Continue) & WASH Activity Medical, Vision, and Dental Clinic & WASH Activity Medical, Vision, and Dental Clinic & WASH Activity
2:00pm
3:00pm Settle In
4:00pm Introduction to Global Brigades Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm Opening Reflections & Discussions Program Review & Feedback Volunteer Preparation Brainstorming Holistic Model Discussion
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
8:00pm Medical Introduction Medical Meeting Medical Meeting Medical Meeting Medical Meeting
Day 1
7:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility
8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm Settle In
4:00pm Introduction to Global Brigades
5:00pm
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Medical Introduction
Day 2
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Athens
9:00am IOM & KEELPNO Orientation
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Athens Tour
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm Opening Reflections & Discussions
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Medical Meeting
Day 3
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Camp
9:00am Medical & Vision Clinic (Dental Screenings Begin) & WASH Activity
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Medical & Vision Clinic (Dental Screenings Continue) & WASH Activity
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm Program Review & Feedback
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Medical Meeting
Day 4
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Medical, Vision, and Dental Clinic & WASH Activity
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Medical, Vision, and Dental Clinic & WASH Activity
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm Reflection & Discussion
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Medical Meeting
Day 5
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Camp
9:00am Medical, Vision, and Dental Clinic & WASH Activity
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Medical, Vision, and Dental Clinic & WASH Activity
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm Volunteer Preparation Brainstorming
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Medical Meeting/td>
Day 6
7:00am
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Transport to Airport & Airline Check in
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm

Volunteer Donation Goal

Volunteers do not pay to participate in a pilot. Instead, volunteers fundraise to support Global Brigades’ expansion in Greece. Once a Campus Chairperson meets the set Donation Goal, they are eligible to join us on-the-ground to see their fundraising efforts put into action by participating in this Greece pilot brigade.

During this Greece pilot, the volunteer’s ground transportation, food, lodging, and emergency insurance are all covered. The funding that the volunteer raised also supports all the necessary costs for program implementation, such as medications, equipment, local doctors, pharmacists, translators, and support staff.

Airfare is not included in the standard Donation Goal. However, Global Brigades’ travel team can work with volunteers to book airfare and incorporate the airfare expense into the volunteer’s Donation Goal.

2019 Greece 6 day CC Pilot Brigade –

Summer 2019 Greece Pilot

The summer 2019 pilot to Greece is currently only open to Campus Chairpersons (CCs). Based on the initial interest we received from CCs, we have narrowed down potential pilot dates to the dates listed below. If you are interested in applying for the Pilot, please fill out the application form and indicate which dates you would be available for. Based on all applications submitted, we will narrow down the pilot dates and confirm pilots with applicants.

Tentative Pilot Dates (to be confirmed based on sign-ups)
– May 19-24
– June 9-14
– June 23-28
– June 30- July 5
– August 4-9
– August 18-23

Pilot Application Deadline is March 31, 2019.

Apply for Greece Pilot

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 Quote from Askari International Security

“I was asked to review Global Brigades safety and security procedures for their operations in Central America. I always use a “litmus test” by assessing whether I’d be happy to send my own daughters (late teens early 20’s) on one of their events. The answer was a resounding yes. I hope I was able to help them improve their processes and procedures, but what was already in place was good, but better still was the culture of safety and security. All the staff were concerned with safety and security and keen to improve. Nothing can ever be 100% secure or safe, but with Global Brigades I can genuinely say they care and take things very seriously.”
– Bryan Hemmings, Managing Director, Askari International Security

Lodging Facilities

Global Brigades has narrowed down Villa Chryssoula Apartments as the current tentative lodging facility for the CC Greece Pilots. Global Brigades has done a safety review of this lodging facility.

The Villa Chryssoula Apartments provides pillows, bedsheets and towels. Apartments have toilets, showers & sinks with running hot water, and potable filtered clean water. Apartments also have air conditioners in each unit and mosquito screens on windows.

Villa Chryssoula Apartments

A beautiful villa located just 300 Meters from the beach. Volunteers will be staying in apartments with 3 or 5 of their peers. The apartments are all recently renovated and have their own bathrooms, showers, and kitchenette.

Help Lead our Expansion in Greece

Apply for Greece Pilot

This DONATION is non-refundable

This DONATION is non-refundable Global Brigades, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your donation will be used to further Global Brigades' mission and will be allocated toward the program you selected. This donation will not be utilized to fulfill a chapter or a volunteer's fundraising goal. Read Global Brigades, Inc's full Donation Refund Policy here.

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