Northwestern Global Brigades offers a 7 day Business Brigade to Panama over summer break. On Business Brigades, volunteers provide consulting and microfinance services to community banks and small businesses on topics ranging from marketing to accounting. The Business Brigade team works to meet the community’s health and economic goals through a collaborative effort.

Volunteers participate in workshops with community bank leaders to increase overall efficiency in terms of operations and membership. They also engage in teaching members of the community financial literacy and the culture of saving and borrowing. Members of the brigade consult with small businesses to identify opportunities to increase profit and resolve financial issues.



Northwestern Global Brigades offers 7 to 9 day Public Health and Water Brigades in Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua. On Public Health Brigades, volunteers develop sustainable health solutions and establish a standard of health quality by emphasizing prevention and education. 

The Public Health Program achieves this goal by implementing in-home infrastructure projects, providing health education, and engaging community members. Each Public Health Brigade works with individual families, local schools, and community leaders with a focus on developing holistic and preventative health measures on both an individual and community-wide scale.




Northwestern Global Brigades offers 7-9 day Medical Brigades throughout the year in Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, and Ghana. Medical brigades develop sustainable health initiatives and provide relief where there is limited access to healthcare. Each community receives a brigade every 3 to 4 months where hundreds of patients are treated.

During a Medical Brigade, volunteers have the opportunity to take vitals and patient history in triage, shadow licensed doctors in medical consultations, and assist in distributing medicine under the direction of licensed pharmacists. Volunteers will also deliver charlas, public health workshops, to educate local citizens on issues pertaining to hygiene and illnesses.

Contact: gabriellatran2022@u.northwestern.edu