ABOUT INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PROGRAMS
Global Business Squads volunteer in our partner communities to support small businesses and financial literacy education in primary schools. Our program inspires entrepreneurism by helping create microenterprises that bring in revenue to the school while teaching real-world business skills. Alongside our experienced local staff, students provide the consulting and start-up capital for the school’s small business
Volunteer Abroad programs can range between 7-10 days and include enrichment activities that build cultural competence inspired by the local population. Each volunteer has an individual donation goal depending on the country and dates of travel to cover logistical expenses such as flights and in-country transport, local staff, meals, insurance, accommodations and also the year-round follow-up to their project by our local staff. Additionally, each group fundraises $1500 as a team to go toward the business project. Each Squad requires a minimum of 8 volunteers and 2 complimentary faculty leaders.
EACH GLOBAL BUSINESS SQUAD INCLUDES
Each Squad selects their client(s) such as artisans, farmers, and community banks from our waitlist.
IMPROVING ACCESS TO CAPITAL
Students advocate for clients and strengthen their borrower profile to access loans from community banks.
FINANCIAL LITERACY TRAINING
Students learn and deliver financial literacy workshops to help foster a culture of savings and responsible lending within the community.
Program expenses include support with start-up costs or investments for the clients.
Where We Work
GLOBAL BUSINESS PROGRAMS ALSO INCLUDE
In each partner country, students and faculty will be immersed in the local culture and will be introduced to some of the region’s most beautiful traditions. For example, in Belize, students will learn from locals how to cook cassava pudding or practice “Cayetano” inspired artwork. In Honduras, students can practice their Spanish skills during a traditional candy-making workshop or local coffee tour. Or in Ghana, groups are welcomed by local communities with traditional drumming, dancing and songs. In every country, you and your students will dive deep into the culture and leave with a greater understanding of the local customs.
All of our program countries offer optional add-on enrichment activities. In Panama, the options include an overnight trip to Soberania National Park Excursion, a day trip to Monkey Island or a Boat Tour of the Panama Canal. In Guatemala, you can spend one or two nights exploring the town of San Juan La Laguna on the majestic shores of Lake Atitlan. Or you can explore the historic city of Antigua Guatemala, or a climbing experience to the Pacaya volcano. Greece is famous for its striking islands, filled with blue and white architecture, against the backdrop of the Mediterranean. Spend a weekend lounging on the Greek islands, or hopping between a few to experience delicious food, a warm and welcoming culture, and the peaceful island life. Ask us about specific options in each country.
In addition to the optional enrichment activities, all groups will spend at least an afternoon or two enjoying local tourist sites as part of their trip. This might include a guided visit to Mayan ruins, a trip to a local beach or a walk through the jungle. We want students to understand the beauty and history of the region, and include visits to local historical monuments, like touring the famous city of Athens to view its great history with sites such as the Parthenon. In Panama, every group will have the chance to explore the streets of Casco Viejo, the oldest neighborhood of the city and one of Central America’s great cultural hubs. Come see the world on a Squad Abroad!
Explore each of our specific country pages to learn more about the unique individual offerings.
BUSINESS SQUADS PROVIDE STUDENTS:
A local coordinator and translators to support the entire program.
Customizable consulting deliverable templates for client presentations.
A professional mentor and lectures from local economic development experts.
Cross-cultural competency training to improve client interaction.
Local language instruction with business terminology.
Enriching and interactive cultural activities to foster relationships.
OF CAPITALIZATION FOR MICROENTERPRISES
BUSINESS VOLUNTEERS MOBILIZED
*Impact numbers include our statistics from our parent organization Global Brigades.