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

Business Brigade –
8 Day Sample Schedule

Business Brigade volunteers have the opportunity to work with selected businesses in rural communities to identify opportunities for growth as well as opportunities for new enterprise creation. These businesses are then linked with our partners for additional support.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8
6:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
7:00am Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Cultural Tour Transport to Airport & Airline Check in
8:00am
9:00am Tour of Projects Household Surveys Work with Businesses Work with Businesses Work with Businesses Cultural Tour
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm Tour of Projects Household Surveys Work with Businesses Work with Businesses Preparation of Reports to Partners Present Reports to Local Partners
2:00pm
3:00pm Settle In
4:00pm Introduction to Brigade Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
7:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
8:00pm Business Introduction Reflection Reflection & Business Analysis Reflection & Business Analysis Reflection & Business Analysis Reflection & Report Preparation Final Reflection
Day 1
6:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility
7:00am
8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm Settle In
4:00pm Introduction to Brigade
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Business Introduction
Day 2
6:00am Breakfast
7:00am Transport to Community
8:00am
9:00am Tour of Projects
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Tour of Projects
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Reflection
Day 3
6:00am Breakfast
7:00am Transport to Community
8:00am
9:00am Work with Businesses
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Work with Businesses
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Reflection & Business Analysis
Day 4
6:00am Breakfast
7:00am Transport to Community
8:00am
9:00am Work with Businesses
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Work with Businesses
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Reflection & Business Analysis
Day 5
6:00am Breakfast
7:00am Transport to Community
8:00am
9:00am Work with Businesses
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Work with Businesses
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Reflection & Business Analysis
Day 6
6:00am Breakfast
7:00am Transport to Community
8:00am
9:00am Work with Businesses
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Preparation of Reports to Partners
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Reflection & Business Analysis
Day 7
6:00am Breakfast
7:00am Transport to Cultural Tour
8:00am
9:00am Cultural Tour
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Present Reports to Local Partners
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Free Time
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Final Reflection
Day 8
6:00am Breakfast
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

Volunteer Donation Goal

Volunteers do not pay to participate in a Business Brigade. Instead, volunteers fundraise to support Global Brigades’ Holistic Model. Once a volunteer meets a set Donation Goal, they are eligible to join us on-the-ground to see their fundraising efforts put into action by participating in a Business Brigade.

When a volunteer participates in a Business Brigade, 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 community bank capitalization, supplies, coordinators, 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 Ghana 8 day Business Brigade –

*The donation goals listed above are for volunteers joining an existing Global Business Brigades (GBB) Chapter on a university campus. Scholarship opportunities are available for volunteers to meet their Donation Goal by starting or referring a new chapter. Once a volunteer meets their Donation Goal, they have up to 1 year to participate in a Business Brigade.**USD Donation Goal includes hotel overnight stay in Accra for late arrival flights.

Community Investment Fund

A portion of each Donation Goal supports our Community Investment Fund which enables year-round funding for small business loans and capacity building within community banks. Specifically, the fund supports (1) community bank capitalization for small business loans (2) on-going project monitoring and impact evaluation (3) community bank committee training and follow-up (4) caja Rural Board of Directors Training Summit and (5) program management, planning and follow up.

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 Ghana

  • Global Brigades is an active member of OSAC (the Overseas Security Advisory Committee) and the Africa Regional Council (ARC) and receives up-to-date security and safety briefings from the U.S. State Department;
  • Established relationship with local police in the Central Region to provide monitoring of volunteer activity on brigades;
  • 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. 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.

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

Weda Ocean View Resort

Weda Ocean View Resort is located 30 minutes from the historical Ghanaian town of Cape Coast along the sandy beach of the Atlantic Ocean on the Accra-Cape Coast highway. The brick hotel situated on top of hill overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the Anomabo Township and has a rooftop terrace where guests can relax and enjoy the salty sea breeze.

The rooms are fitted with air conditioners, refrigerators, writing desks, armchairs, and wardrobes. Each room has a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries.

Weda Ocean View Resort’s restaurant is operated by trained staff of Global Brigades and serves the best of local and continental cuisines. Laundry service is provided at no cost to volunteers once a week.

Weda Ocean View Resort is also 1.5 hours from the Ekumfi District where all Global Brigades Ghana communities are located.

Bobmah Hotel

Bobmah Hotel is located at Abura Dunkwa, about 30 minutes North-West of Cape
Coast in the Abura Asebu Kwamankese (AAK) District of Ghana. one of the two
Districts that GB Ghana works with. The facility is located in Abura Dunkwa which is
about 5 minutes drive from the Abura Asebu Kwamankese District Assembly Office and
also 30-40 minutes away from most of the communities that GB Ghana works with.
The facility has a total of 18 en suite rooms with air-conditioning. It is also well fenced and gated with 24 hour security present and CCTV cameras fitted at all corners to
ensure the safety and security of volunteers at all times.

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