Squads Abroad is a 501c3 non-profit organization under our parent company Global Brigades, a Platinum Level Guidestar member for Financial Transparency. Since 2004, our organization has collectively mobilized more than 70,000 international volunteers to help resolve global health and economic disparities around the world.
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Lead your students to be part of real-world global medical programs

In-country Global Medical Squads propel high school health students into the field of international medicine. While volunteering in clinics around the world, students will get hands-on experience in patient intake, triage, patient consultation (shadowing doctors), and pharmacy operations. These custom group volunteer travel programs range between 7-10 days and include enrichment activities that build cultural competence inspired by the local population.

Each Medical Squad needs a minimum of 12 volunteers and one faculty leader. We provide 2 full scholarships for adult faculty leaders for each group. Our professional team will meet you and your students at the airport and organize all food, lodging, transportation, and logistics during your stay.

RURAL HEALTH CLINIC

Support Medical Professionals In Clinic Stations

  • Intake
  • Triage
  • Primary Health Screening
  • Dental Station
  • Pharmacy
  • Education Station

Where We Work

HONDURAS

GUATEMALA

belize

PANAMA

GHANA

GREECE

GLOBAL MEDICAL PROGRAMS ALSO INCLUDE

Cultural Learning

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.

Enrichment Activities

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.

Local Tourism

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.

EACH GLOBAL MEDICAL SQUAD PROVIDES:

Child Health Screenings or Medical Clinics

Sanitation Infrastructure Project

Guest Lectures From Local Experts

Cross-Cultural Sensitivity Training

Local Language Instruction

Enriching Cultural Activities

NEWS + MEDIA

A Faculty Site Visit to Guatemala

A Faculty Site Visit to Guatemala

Throughout the year, Squads Abroad offers faculty and administrators the opportunity to join a Site Visit to experience our programs first-hand to see if they are a good fit for their students.

Hannah from Middleton High School Testimonial

Hannah from Middleton High School Testimonial

Hannah Hood, a Global Health volunteer with Squads, loved the opportunity to empower the community of Narkwa village in Ghana. Hannah shared about her volunteer experience with Squads Abroad, which is inspirational for high school teachers to get involved with our programs that empower both students and communities. If you are a teacher who is interested in connecting your students with Squads Abroad, please contact us and we would be happy to provide you more information.

Taci Morris’s Experience with Squads Abroad in Ghana

Taci Morris’s Experience with Squads Abroad in Ghana

Taci Morris, a teacher from Middleton High School, had the opportunity to take her students to Ghana with Squads Abroad. The squad was an amazing experience that Morris and her students will never forget. During their time in Ghana, they worked in the Narkwa village,...

Start planning your squad!

Squads are passionate groups of volunteers who mobilize abroad to create positive change. Each Squad type has a skill-based focus area that support the education, health and economic development objectives of community partners. Faculty choose their dates, duration (typically 1-2 weeks), and their site location from one of our six program countries.
Squads Abroad is a 501c3 non-profit organization under our parent company Global Brigades, a Platinum Level Guidestar member for Financial Transparency. Since 2004, our organization has collectively mobilized more than 70,000 international volunteers to help resolve global health and economic disparities around the world.
Through virtual or in-country programs, Squads are passionate groups of volunteers who mobilize abroad to create positive change. Each Squad type has a skill-based focus area that support the education, health and economic development objectives of community partners.