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

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Consulting small businesses in the context of rural Panama with SWOT framework. Gain an understanding of globalization and apply broad business skills in the context of microenterprises in rural Central America.

Students are guided by economic development professionals in Panama to learn the cultural context of one of the world’s most important trade routes, the Panama Canal. Students work alongside mentors from leading consulting firms to identify growth opportunities or areas of efficiency to help our clients, microenterprises in rural resource-limited communities. Through client interviews, concepts of microfinance, cultural sharing, and utilization of our deliverable templates, students create and present their deliverables to the clients for consideration.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your Business TeleBrigade by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:


Module 1: Introductions and Program Overview

Coordinator and student introductions along with a presentation on Global Brigades (GB) economic development programs in Panama. Self-paced activity: Group reviews the economic development program materials in the context of GB’s Holistic Model for community development.

Module 2: Country Overview and Role In Globalization

Talk with GB Economic Development Expert to learn about Panama’s unique role in globalization and both the economic and social effects. Self-paced activity: Analyze the effect of globalization in rural/indigenous communities and their integration in Global Supply Chains.

Module 3: Economic Development and Microfinance

Talk with GB Economic Development Expert to learn about businesses in the developing world, an introduction to microfinance, and the role of small businesses in reducing poverty. Self-paced activity: Group reflects on GB’s economic development model and the role of microfinance as a tool for poverty alleviation. Spanish competition: group encouraged to create Duolingo accounts and compete for “rewards” for who gets furthest throughout the class.

Module 4: Client Selection

Coordinator presents three potential client profiles and supports students in choosing. Self-paced activity: Group reviews client information and informs staff of client selection.

Module 5: SWOT Framework

Coordinator walks through the SWOT framework as a tool to examine and consult businesses. Self-paced activity: Group reviews business templates and sample deliverable materials.

Module 6: Initial Client Meeting Preparation

Coordinator presents client information, including a virtual business tour, and the context of the business beforehand. Self-paced Activity: Students review the Spanish business packet and Executive Summary template to prepare their initial questions for the clients.

Module 7: Initial Client Meeting

Introductory meeting between client and group to build relationship and have cultural exchange. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews notes from the client meeting and divides into teams and assigns tasks by business topic/deliverable.

Module 8: Mentor Session with Professional Consultant

Mentor and GB coordinator help prepare the group to ask the most strategic questions during the consultation day. Self-paced Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask business clients based on mentor guidance.

Module 9: Client Consultation Day

Live virtual session with business clients to do SWOT analysis and gather information for final business deliverables. Up to 2 hrs. Self-paced Activity: Group begins work on creating business deliverables utilizing templates.

Modules 10 and 11: Deliverable Creation

Two working sessions with coordinators to answer questions and help students create their business deliverables. Self-paced Activity: Continuing working in teams to finalize deliverables.

Module 12: Deliverable Submission and Final Mentor Feedback

Group submits final deliverables and presentations for final feedback from mentors. Self-paced Activity: Make any last edits to the presentation and final deliverables based on mentor feedback.

Module 13: Microfinance Activity with Kiva

Group works to support access to small business loans by providing loan updates to Kiva donors. GB is a partner of Kiva (a microloan crowdfunding platform). Self-paced Activity: Review Kiva platform, its place in globalization, and whether your client would be a good candidate for lenders to invest in.

Module 14: Presentation to Client

Group presents via a video conference to the client with the coordinator providing translation. Group receives feedback from the client. Up to 2 hrs. Self-paced Activity: Group decides to make a donation to capitalize any loans needed for the specific client or helps create a Kiva profile for them. Students complete the evaluation survey and prepare final reflections. Procure cooking materials and watch the instructional cooking video.

Module 15: Cultural Activity and Project Celebration

GB coordinator debriefs the group on client feedback of deliverables and reflects on personal and professional development. The team celebrates and shows off how their local dish turned out. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews monitoring and evaluation reports

Impact Reporting

Students will be included in Global Brigades’ regular newsletters and receive project updates and overall monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

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Implement broad business skills to support refugee & migrant-owned businesses in Athens. Gain an understanding of the effects of the refugee crisis in Europe and apply broad business skills to support refugee & migrant-owned businesses in Athens, Greece.

Students are guided by local staff and business professionals in Athens to learn about economic opportunities for migrants and refugees in the cultural context of Greece. Students work alongside mentors from leading consulting firms to identify growth opportunities or areas of efficiency to help our clients earn more income. Through client interviews, mentorship, cultural sharing, and utilization of our deliverable templates, students create and present their deliverables to the clients for consideration.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your Business TeleBrigade by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:


Module 1:  Introductions and Program Overview

Coordinator and student introductions along with a presentation on Global Brigades (GB) in Greece. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews GB Greece’s economic development program materials in the context of GB’s Holistic Model for community development.

Module 2: The Refugee Crisis

Local refugee expert facilitates discussion on the causes of the crisis and its impact in Greece from a social end economic lens. Self-paced Activity: Group watches a video on the refugee crisis for context. Research on the contribution of refugee and migrant-owned micro-enterprises to economic inclusion, social integration, and the economy of the host country.

Module 3: Economic Opportunities for Refugees and Migrants

GB’s economic development expert provides the context of small businesses in the EU/Greek and the role of refugee- and migrant-owned small businesses. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews program materials and background on SMEs’ operation in the EU/Greek business environment.

Module 4: Client Selection

The group receives three potential client profiles and all the preparation materials via email to choose which clients they will be working with. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews client information and informs staff of client selection.

Module 5: Deliverable Review

Coordinator walks through the sample business deliverables the group may be working on and the common business challenges clients come with.  Self-paced activity: Group reviews business templates and sample deliverable materials.

Module 6: Initial Client Meeting Preparation

Coordinator presents client information, including virtual business tour, loan details/application, and the context of the business beforehand. Self-paced Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask the business client. Volunteers practice introducing themselves in the business client’s mother tongue or Greek.

Module 7: Initial Client Meeting

Introductory meeting between client and group to build relationship and have cultural exchange. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews notes from the client meeting and divides into teams and assigns tasks by business topic/deliverable.

Module 8: Mentor Session with Professional Consultant

Mentor and GB coordinator help prepare the group to ask the most strategic questions during the consultation day. Self-paced Activity: Self-paced Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask business clients based on mentor guidance.

Module 9 and 10: Client Consultation Day

Live virtual session with business clients to answer questions and gather information for final business deliverables. Self-paced Activity: Group begins work in teams to create deliverables.

Module 11 and 12: Deliverable Creation

Two working sessions with coordinators to answer questions and help students create their business deliverables. Self-paced Activity: Group works to finalize deliverables and starts developing the final presentation.

Module 13: Final Mentor Feedback on Deliverables

Group submits presentation and sends final deliverables for Coordinator review. Group gets feedback on the draft of the presentation. Self-paced Activity: Group finalizes the presentation and sends the final deliverables to the coordinator.

Module 14: Presentation to Client

Group presents materials via a video conference to the client with translation by the coordinator and cultural mediator (if needed). Group receives feedback from the client.  Self-paced Activity: Group reflects on the presentation and feedback from the client and makes any edits to deliverables. Procure cooking materials for cultural activity.

Module 15: Cultural Activity and Project Celebration

GB coordinator debriefs with the group and the team celebrates with a traditional dish. Self-paced Activity: Group reflects on the TeleBrigade experience.

Impact Reporting

Students will be included in Global Brigades’ regular newsletters and receive project updates and overall monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

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Learn and apply concepts of entrepreneurship and business planning in the context of microenterprises in rural Central America. Learn about business models for microenterprises in rural Central America.

Students are guided by our local economic development professionals and mentors from leading consulting firms to build business plans (Canvas Model) for aspiring entrepreneurs in rural resource-limited communities in Panama. Through client interviews, concepts of microfinance, industry research, cultural sharing, and utilization of our deliverable templates, students create and present business plans with our selected clients.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your Business TeleBrigade by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:


Module 1: Introductions and Program Overview

Coordinator and student introductions along with a presentation on Global Brigades (GB) in Panama. Self-paced activity: Group reviews Panama economic development program materials in the context of GB’s Holistic Model for community development.

Module 2: Small Businesses in Indigenous and Rural Panama

Our small business expert in Panama talks about the culture and business environment for indigenous and rural Panamanian communities. Self-Paced Activity: Reading Material: Can we Know Better? Reflections for Development (Chambers, 2017)

Module 3: Financing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Talk with GB Economic Development Expert to learn about entrepreneurship in the developing world and an introduction to microfinance as a means to providing start-up capital for entrepreneurs. Self-paced activity: The group receives three potential entrepreneur profiles to choose who to work with.

Module 4: Entrepreneur Selection

Coordinator presents potential entrepreneurs and supports students to choose which they will work with. Self-paced activity: Group reviews entrepreneur information and informs staff of selection.

Module 5: Canvas Business Model

Coordinator walks through the Business Model Canvas framework that the group will develop with the entrepreneur. Self-paced activity: Group reviews Business Model Canvas framework further

Module 6: Initial Meeting Preparation

Coordinator presents entrepreneur information, including virtual community tour, loan details/application, and context of the business idea beforehand. Self-paced Activity: Students review the Spanish business packet and Executive Summary template to prepare their initial questions for the entrepreneurs.

Module 7: Initial Meeting with Entrepreneur

Introductory meeting between entrepreneur and group to build relationship and have cultural exchange. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews notes from meeting and divides into teams and assigns tasks by sections of the business model.

Module 8: Mentor Session with Professional Consultant

Mentor and GB coordinator help prepare the group to ask the most strategic questions during the consultation day. Self-paced Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask business clients based on mentor guidance.

Module 9: Second Meeting with Entrepreneur

Live virtual session with the entrepreneur to answer questions and gather information for business modeling. Self-paced Activity: Group begins work to create business modeling utilizing Canvas Model.

Modules 10 and 11: Business Model Creation

Two working sessions with coordinators to answer questions and help students create their business model. Self-paced Activity: Continuing working in teams to finalize the model.

Module 12: Business Model Submission and Final Mentor Feedback

Group submits final business model and presentations for final feedback from mentors. Self-paced Activity: Make any last edits to the presentation and final business model based on mentor feedback.

Module 13: Microfinance Activity with Kiva

Group works to support access to small business loans by providing loan updates to Kiva donors. GB is a partner of Kiva (a microloan crowdfunding platform). Self-paced Activity: Review the Kiva platform and whether your client would be a good candidate for lenders to invest in.

Module 14: Presentation to Entrepreneur

Group presents via a video conference to the client with the coordinator providing translation. Group receives feedback from the client. Up to 2 hrs. Self-paced Activity: Group decides to make a donation to capitalize any loans needed for the entrepreneur or helps create a Kiva profile for them. Students complete the evaluation survey and prepare final reflections. Procure cooking materials and watch the instructional cooking video.

Module 15: Cultural Activity and Project Celebration

GB coordinator debriefs the group on feedback from the entrepreneur and reflects on personal and professional development. The team celebrates and shows off how their local dish turned out. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews monitoring and evaluation reports

Impact Reporting

Students will be included in Global Brigades’ regular newsletters and receive project updates and overall monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

 

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Learn and apply concepts of entrepreneurship and business planning in the more advanced context of Europe, supporting migrants and refugees trying to earn a living in Greece.

Students are guided by our local staff, Greek business professionals and mentors from leading consulting firms to build business plans (Canvas Model) for aspiring entrepreneurs in Athen’s vast refugee and migrant community. Through client interviews, mentorship, industry research, cultural sharing, and utilization of our deliverable templates, students create and present business plans with our selected clients.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your Business TeleBrigade by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:


Module 1: Introductions and Program Overview

Coordinator and student introductions along with a presentation on Global Brigades (GB) in Greece. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews GB Greece’s business development program in the context of GB’s Holistic Model for community development.

Module 2: The Refugee Crisis

Local refugee expert facilitates discussion on the causes of the crisis and its impact in Greece from a social end economic lens. Self-Paced Activity: Group watches video on the refugee crisis for context. Research on the contribution of refugee and migrant-owned businesses to economic inclusion, social integration, and the economy of the host country.

Module 3: Business Opportunities for Refugees and Migrants

GB’s program manager provides context of small businesses in Greece and opportunities for refugees and migrants. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews program materials and background on SMEs’ operation in the Greek business environment.

Module 4: Entrepreneur Selection

Coordinator presents potential entrepreneurs and supports students to choose which they will work with. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews entrepreneur information and informs staff of selection.

Module 5: Canvas Business Model

Coordinator walks through the Business Model Canvas framework that the group will develop with the entrepreneur. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews Business Model Canvas framework further.

Module 6: Initial Meeting Preparation

Coordinator presents entrepreneur information, including business community tour, and context of the business idea beforehand. Self-paced Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask entrepreneur. Students practice introducing themselves in the business client’s mother tongue or Greek.

Module 7: Initial Meeting with Entrepreneur

Introductory meeting between entrepreneur and group to build relationship and have cultural exchange. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews notes from meeting and divides into teams and assigns tasks by section of the business model.

Module 8: Mentor Session with Professional Consultant

Mentor and GB coordinator help prepare the group to ask most strategic questions during the consultation day. Self-paced Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask business clients based on mentor guidance.

Module 9: Second Meeting with Entrepreneur

Live virtual session with entrepreneur to answer questions and gather information for business modeling. Self-paced Activity: Group begins work to create business model utilizing Canvas framework.

Modules 10 and 11: Business Model Creation

Two working sessions with coordinators to answer questions and help students create their business models. Self-paced Activity: Continuing working in teams to finalize the model.

Module 12: Business Model Submission and Final Mentor Feedback

Group submits final business model and presentations for final feedback from mentors. Self-paced Activity: Make any last edits to the presentation and final business model based on mentor feedback.

Module 13: Presentation to Entrepreneur

Group presents materials via a video conference to the entrepreneur with translation by coordinator and cultural mediator (if needed). Group receives feedback from client. Self-paced Activity: Group reflects about the presentation and feedback from the client and makes any edits to deliverables. Procure cooking materials for cultural activity.

Module 14: Cultural Activity and Project Celebration

GB coordinator debriefs with group and the team celebrates with a traditional dish. Self-paced Activity: Group reflects on the TeleBrigade experience.

Impact Reporting

Students will be included in Global Brigades’ regular newsletters and receive project updates and overall monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

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Learn and apply business planning frameworks and concepts of entrepreneurship in the context of microenterprises in rural West Africa.

Students are guided by our local economic development professionals and mentors from leading consulting firms to build business plans (Canvas Model) for aspiring entrepreneurs in rural resource-limited communities in Ghana. Through client interviews, concepts of microfinance, industry research, cultural sharing, and utilization of our deliverable templates, students create and present business plans with our selected clients.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your Business TeleBrigade by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:


Module 1: Introductions and Program Overview

Coordinator and student introductions along with a presentation on Global Brigades (GB) and our economic development programs in Ghana. Self-paced activity: Group reviews GB Ghana’s economic development program materials in the context of its integrated community development model.

Module 2: Small Businesses in Rural Ghana

Our small business expert in Ghana talks about the culture and business environment of rural agriculture communities. Self-Paced Activity:

Module 3: Microfinance in West Africa

Talk with GB Economic Development Expert to learn about entrepreneurship in Ghana and a look at some of the microfinance organizations in the region that are supporting them. Self-paced activity: The group receives three potential entrepreneur profiles to choose who to work with.

Module 4: Entrepreneur Selection

Coordinator presents potential entrepreneurs and supports students to choose which they will work with. Self-paced activity: Group reviews entrepreneur information and informs staff of selection.

Module 5: Canvas Business Model

Coordinator walks through the Business Model Canvas framework that the group will develop with the entrepreneur. Self-paced activity: Group reviews Business Model Canvas framework further

Module 6: Initial Meeting Preparation

Coordinator presents entrepreneur information, including virtual community tour, loan details/application, and context of the business idea beforehand. Self-paced Activity: Students consulting template to prepare their initial questions for the entrepreneurs.

Module 7: Initial Meeting with Entrepreneur

Introductory meeting between entrepreneur and group to build relationship and have cultural exchange. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews notes from meeting and divides into teams and assigns tasks by sections of the business deliverable.

Module 8: Mentor Session with Professional Consultant

Mentor and coordinator help prepare the group to ask the most strategic questions during the consultation day. Self-paced Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask business clients based on mentor guidance.

Module 9: Second Meeting with Entrepreneur

Live virtual session with the entrepreneur to answer questions and gather information for business deliverables. Self-paced Activity: Group begins work to create business deliverables.

Modules 10 and 11: Business Model Creation

Three working sessions with coordinators to answer questions and help students create their business model. Self-paced Activity: Continuing working in teams to finalize the model.

Module 12: Business Model Submission and Final Mentor Feedback

Group submits final business model and presentations for final feedback from mentors. Self-paced Activity: Make any last edits to the presentation and final business model based on mentor feedback.

Module 13: Loan Application

Group works to support the development of the loan application for investments in the business for submission to local microfinance organizations. Self-paced Activity: Finalize loan application for entrepreneur review

Module 14: Presentation to Entrepreneur

Group presents via a video conference to the client with the coordinator providing translation. Group receives feedback from the client. Up to 2 hrs. Self-paced Activity: Group decides to make a donation to capitalize any loans needed for the entrepreneur. Students complete the evaluation survey and prepare final reflections. Procure cooking materials and watch the instructional cooking video.

Module 15: Cultural Activity and Project Celebration

Coordinator debriefs group on feedback from the entrepreneur and reflects on personal and professional development. The team celebrates and shows off how their local dish turned out. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews monitoring and evaluation reports

Impact Reporting

Students will be included in Global Brigades’ regular newsletters and receive project updates and overall monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

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Learn and apply concepts of accounting and finance in the context of microenterprises in rural Central America and improve accounting practices for small rural banks in Central America.

Students are guided by our local staff and mentors from leading accounting firms to support microenterprises and farmers in rural Panama with basic bookkeeping and financial literacy. Through client interviews, concepts of microfinance, and financial literacy workshops, students work with selected clients on setting up their accounting ledgers and doing a return on investment analysis for microloans that could grow their business. The engagement culminates in the students working with our technicians to post new and report on existing loans that are provided through Kiva.org.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your Business TeleBrigade by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:


Module 1: Introductions and Program Overview

Coordinator and student introductions along with a presentation on Global Brigades (GB) in Panama. Self-paced activity: Group reviews Panama economic development program materials in the context of GB’s Holistic Model for community development.

Module 2: Village Savings and Loans Groups (Caja Rurales)

Talk with GB Economic Development Expert to learn about our rural community banking model (referred to as a caja rural) and how these informal savings and loan groups play a critical role in poverty alleviation. Self-paced activity: Group reflects on Panama’s caja rural model and draws parallels to early-stage credit unions in the U.S.

Module 3: Client Selection

Coordinator presents the specific Caja Rural client that the group is going to support. Self-paced activity: Group reviews client information and researches what farming/production industries it lends to for community context.

Module 4: Bookkeeping for Village Savings and Loan Groups (Caja Rurales)

Coordinator walks through basic accounting terms and our bookkeeping framework for cajas rurales to generate a profit and loss statement. Self-paced activity: Group reviews basic financial terms like revenue, expenses, assets and liabilities, along with basic bookkeeping entries.

Module 5: Initial Client Meeting Preparation

Coordinator presents any existing accounting records of the client, including paper copies of transactions. Self-paced Activity: Students review the Spanish business packet and template to prepare their initial questions for the clients.

Module 6: Initial Client Meeting

Introductory meeting between leaders of the caja rural and group to build relationship and have cultural exchange. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews notes from the client meeting and divides them into teams to begin segmenting bookkeeping entries to begin creating the financial statements.

Module 7: Mentor Session with Professional Accountant

Mentor and GB coordinator help prepare the group to ask the most strategic questions during the consultation day. Self-paced Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask clients based on mentor guidance.

Module 8: Client Consultation Day

Live virtual session with business clients to answer questions and gather information to create the profit and loss statement. Up to 2 hrs. Self-paced Activity: Group begins work to create financial statement and bookkeeping workshops.

Modules 9 and 10: Working Sessions to Creating Profit and Loss Statement and Bookkeeping Workshops

Two working sessions with coordinators to answer questions and help students work on their project. Self-paced Activity: Continuing working in teams to finalize financial statements and workshops.

Module 11: Project Submission and Final Mentor Feedback

Group submits final P&L statement and workshops for final feedback from mentors. Self-paced Activity: Make any last edits to the presentation and final deliverables based on mentor feedback.

Module 12: Bookkeeping Workshop with Client(s)

Group delivers bookkeeping workshop to the client and potentially other small businesses in the community. Self-paced Activity: Group finalizes a ledger specific to the client.

Module 13: Presenting the Profit and Loss Statement to the Client

Group shares the P&L statement with the client and answers questions from the client. Self-paced Activity: Group decides to make a donation to capitalize additional loans or helps create Kiva profile for them. Students complete the evaluation survey and prepare final reflections. Procure cooking materials and watch the instructional cooking video.

Module 14: Cultural Activity and Project Celebration

GB coordinator debriefs the group on clients’ feedback and reflects on personal and professional development. The team celebrates and shows off how their local dish turned out. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews monitoring and evaluation reports

Impact Reporting

Students will be included in Global Brigades’ regular newsletters and receive project updates and overall monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

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Analyze loan applications to support small rural banks in Central America.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your Business TeleBrigade by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:


Module 1: Introductions and Program Overview

Coordinator and student introductions along with a presentation on Global Brigades (GB) in Panama. Self-paced activity: Group reviews Panama economic development program materials in the context of GB’s Holistic Model for community development.

Module 2: Microfinance

Talk with GB Economic Development Expert to learn about microfinance and its role of supporting small businesses in emerging economies. Self-paced activity: Group reflects on GB economic development model and the role of microfinance as a tool for poverty alleviation. Spanish competition: group encouraged to create Duolingo accounts and compete for “rewards” for who gets furthest throughout the class..

Module 3: Presenting the Rural Bank Client (Caja Rural)

Coordinator presents information about the Caja Rural that the group is going to support. Self-paced activity: Group reviews information about the caja’s operations and researches their geographical and cultural context.

Module 4: Return on Investment Analysis

Coordinator presents how to do a return on investment analysis as it relates to making small business loans. Self-paced activity: Group reviews return on investment framework and relevant financial terms.

Module 5: Introductory Meeting with Rural Bank Leaders

Introductory meeting between rural bank client and group to build relationship and have cultural exchange. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews notes from the client meeting and divides them into teams to begin looking at loan applications.

Module 6: Mentor Session with Professional Finance Consultant

Mentor and GB coordinator help prepare the group to ask the most strategic questions during the consultation day. Self-paced Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask clients based on mentor guidance.

Module 7: Client Consultation Day

Live virtual session with potential borrowers to gather data to create a return on investment projection. Self-paced Activity: Group begins work to create return on investment projections.

Modules 8 and 9: Creating the Accounting Ledger and Bookkeeping Workshops

Two working sessions with coordinators to answer questions and help students create return on investment projections Self-paced Activity: Continuing working in teams to finalize projections and financial literacy workshops.

Module 10: ROI Submission and Final Mentor Feedback

Group submits final ROI calculations and workshops for final feedback from mentors. Self-paced Activity: Group refines workshops and analysis based on mentor feedback.

Module 11: Financial Literacy Workshop with Client(s)

Group delivers workshop on financial literacy to other small businesses in the community. Self-paced Activity: Group finalizes ROI analysis specific to the client.

Module 12: Presenting ROI Analysis to Clients

Group shares ledger with the client and answers questions from the client. Self-paced Activity: Group prepares recommendations to caja leaders.

Module 13: Recommendations to the Caja Leaders

Group shares results to the caja leaders and makes loan recommendations with their feedback. Self-paced Activity: Group decides to make a donation to capitalize any loans needed for the specific client or helps create Kiva profile for them. Students complete the evaluation survey and prepare final reflections. Procure cooking materials and watch the instructional cooking video.

Module 14: Microfinance Activity with Kiva

Group works to support access to small business loans by providing loan updates to Kiva donors. GB is a partner of Kiva (a microloan crowdfunding platform) Self-paced Activity: Review Kiva platform, its place in globalization, and whether your client would be a good candidate for lenders to invest in.

Module 15: Cultural Activity and Project Celebration

GB coordinator debriefs the group on clients’ feedback and reflects on personal and professional development. The team celebrates and shows off how their local dish turned out. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews monitoring and evaluation reports

Impact Reporting

Students will be included in Global Brigades’ regular newsletters and receive project updates and overall monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

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Conduct scaled-down financial audits on small community-owned banks in rural Central America.

In partnership with Eskala, Inc, an innovative microfinance organization, students are guided by local technicians and mentors from leading accounting firms to audit rural community-owned banks in Panama. Through interviews with bank leaders and reviewing accounting ledgers, students will do an audit on the community bank and finalize their financial statements for external reporting. Students gain additional exposure to the inter-workings of a microfinance organization and basic banking. The curriculum culminates in a “letter to management” on how to improve their practices that is also shared with Eskala, Inc leadership.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your Business TeleBrigade by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:


Module 1: Introductions and Program Overview

Coordinator and student introductions along with a presentation on Global Brigades (GB) and Eskala (a sister microfinance / microequity institution) in Panama. Self-paced activity: Group reviews Panama economic development program materials in the context of GB’s Holistic Model for community development.

Module 2: Microequity

Talk with GB Economic Development Expert to learn about the innovation of microequity and how Eskala invests and owns shares of rural banks and cooperatives in emerging economies. Self-paced activity: Group reflects on the distinction of microequity vs. traditional microfinance concepts.

Module 3: Presenting the Rural Bank Client (Caja Rural)

Coordinator presents information about the Caja Rural that the group is going to audit. Self-paced activity: Group reviews information about the caja’s operations and researches their geographical and cultural context.

Module 4: Audits

Coordinator presents how the group is going to audit the bank financials and the importance of validating their financial statements. Self-paced activity: Group reviews audit guidelines and processes.

Module 5: Introductory Meeting with Rural Bank Leaders

Introductory meeting between rural bank client and group to build relationship and have a cultural exchange. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews notes from client meeting and divides into teams to begin the audit.

Module 6: Bank Governance

Coordinator presents how the important governance practices that rule the bank and how those functions are tested during the audit. Self-paced activity: Group reviews governance practices.

Module 7: Mentor Session with Professional Accountant from Deloitte or Accenture

Mentor and GB coordinator help prepare the group to ask questions for the audit. Self-paced Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask clients based on mentor guidance.

Module 8: Interviewing Client

Live virtual session with bank leaders to ask questions about their financials and governance processes. Self-paced Activity: Group begins work to create return on investment projections.

Modules 9, 10 and 11: Conducting the Audit and Drafting Management Letter

Two working sessions with coordinators to conduct audit with the support of the field staff and mentors. Self-paced Activity: Continuing working in teams to finalize audit and create management letter.

Module 12: Submitting Audited Financial Statements and Management Letter for Final Mentor Feedback

Group submits audited financial statements and management letter for final feedback from mentors. Self-paced Activity: Group refines financial statements and letter based on feedback.

Module 13: Presentation to the Caja Leaders

Group shares results of the audit and shares recommendations from the management letter. Self-paced Activity: Group creates audit letter for Eskala leadership.

Module 14: Presentation to Eskala Leadership

Group shares results of the audit to Eskala leadership team members to provide insights into the performance of the banks along with recommendations for technical follow-up. Self-paced Activity: Gather activities for cultural activity.

Module 15: Cultural Activity and Project Celebration

GB coordinator debriefs the group on clients’ feedback and reflects on personal and professional development. The team celebrates and shows off how their local dish turned out. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews monitoring and evaluation reports

Impact Reporting

Students will be included in Global Brigades’ regular newsletters and receive project updates and overall monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

 

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Learn and apply general marketing strategies in the context of microenterprises and help small rural businesses in Central America.

Students are guided by our local economic development professionals and mentors from leading consulting firms to develop and design marketing initiatives for small businesses in rural resource-limited communities in Panama. Through client interviews, industry research, and cultural sharing, students create, design, and present marketing collateral to drive business growth.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your Business TeleBrigade by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:


Module 1: Introductions and Program Overview

Coordinator and student introductions along with a presentation on Global Brigades (GB) in Panama. Self-paced activity: Group reviews Panama economic development program materials in the context of GB’s Holistic Model for community development.

Module 2: Small Businesses in Indigenous and Rural Panama

Our small business expert in Panama talks about the culture and business environment for indigenous and rural Panamanian communities. Self-Paced Activity: Reading Material: Can we Know Better? Reflections for Development (Chambers, 2017)

Module 3: Globalization and Market Opportunities

Talk with GB Economic Development Expert to learn about Panama’s unique role in globalization and both the economic and social effects as it relates to market opportunities for microenterprises. Self-paced activity: Group reflects on strategic market opportunities within the context of Panama’s fast-growing economy.

Module 4: Business Selection

Coordinator presents potential businesses and supports students to choose which they will work with. Self-paced activity: Group reviews business information and informs staff of selection.

Module 5: Marketing Plan Overview

Coordinator walks through the template Marketing Plan Framework that the group will develop with the business leaders. Self-paced activity: Group reviews Marketing Plan framework further

Module 6: Initial Meeting Preparation

Coordinator presents business information, including virtual community tour and current marketing initiatives that the business is implementing. Self-paced Activity: Students review the Spanish business packet and Executive Summary template to prepare their initial questions for the business.

Module 7: Initial Meeting with Entrepreneur

Introductory meeting between entrepreneur and group to build relationship and have cultural exchange. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews notes from meeting and divides into teams and assigns tasks by sections of the marketing plan and any unique marketing deliverables (i.e. brochures or a website).

Module 8: Mentor Session with Professional Consultant

Mentor and GB coordinator help prepare the group to ask the most strategic questions during the consultation day. Self-paced Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask business clients based on mentor guidance.

Module 9: Second Meeting with Entrepreneur

Live virtual session with the entrepreneur to answer questions and gather information for the marketing plan and deliverables Self-paced Activity: Group begins work to create a business plan utilizing Canvas Model.

Modules 10, 11 and 12: Marketing Plan and Deliverable Creation

Two working sessions with coordinators to answer questions and help students create their marketing plan and any additional deliverables. Self-paced Activity: Continuing working in teams to finalize.

Module 13: Marketing Plan Submission and Final Mentor Feedback

Group submits final marketing plan and deliverables for final feedback from mentors. Self-paced Activity: Make any last edits to presentation and deliverables based on mentor feedback.

Module 14: Presentation to Entrepreneur

Group presents via a video conference to the client with the coordinator providing translation. Group receives feedback from the client. Up to 2 hrs. Self-paced Activity: Group decides to make a donation to capitalize any loans needed to execute the marketing plan. Students complete the evaluation survey and prepare final reflections. Procure cooking materials and watch the instructional cooking video.

Module 15: Cultural Activity and Project Celebration

GB coordinator debriefs the group on feedback from the entrepreneur and reflects on personal and professional development. The team celebrates and shows off how their local dish turned out. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews monitoring and evaluation reports

Impact Reporting

Students will be included in Global Brigades’ regular newsletters and receive project updates and overall monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

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Learn and apply online marketing strategies to support small businesses owned by migrants and refugees in Athens, Greece.

Students are guided by our local staff and mentors from leading consulting firms to support small businesses in Athens owned by migrants and refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East and North Africa. Through client interviews, mentorship, industry research, cultural sharing, and utilization of our deliverable templates, students create online marketing strategies and the corresponding deliverables to help our clients grow their businesses.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your Business TeleBrigade by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:


Module 1: Introductions and Program Overview

Coordinator and student introductions along with a presentation on Global Brigades (GB) in Greece. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews GB Greece’s small business development program in the context of GB’s Holistic Model for community development.

Module 2: The Refugee Crisis

Local refugee expert facilitates discussion on the causes of the crisis and its impact in Greece from a social end economic lens. Self-paced Activity: Group watches a video on the refugee crisis for context. Research on the contribution of refugee and migrant-owned micro-enterprises to economic inclusion, social integration, and the economy of the host country.

Module 3: Business Opportunities for Refugees and Migrants

GB’s program manager provides the context of small businesses in Greece and opportunities for refugees and migrants. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews program materials and background on SMEs’ operation in the Greek business environment.

Module 4: Business Selection

Coordinator presents potential refugee or migrant-owned businesses and supports students to choose which they will work with. Self-paced activity: Group reviews entrepreneur information and informs staff of selection.

Module 5: Initial Meeting Preparation

Coordinator presents business information and current online marketing/media materials of the business (if any). Self-paced Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask the entrepreneur. Students practice introducing themselves in the business client’s mother tongue or Greek.

Module 6: Initial Meeting with Entrepreneur

Introductory meeting between entrepreneur and group to build relationship and have cultural exchange. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews notes from meeting and divides into teams and assigns tasks to create online marketing strategy and deliverables.

Module 7: Mentor Session with Professional Consultant

Mentor and GB coordinator help prepare the group to ask the most strategic questions during the consultation day. Self-paced Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask business clients based on mentor guidance.

Module 8: Second Meeting with Entrepreneur

Live virtual session with the entrepreneur to answer questions and gather information to create their marketing solutions. Self-paced Activity: Group begins work to create marketing solutions.

Module 9, 10 and 11: Working Sessions

Three working sessions with coordinators to answer questions and help students create their online marketing solutions. Self-paced Activity: Continuing working in teams to finalize solutions.

Module 12: Business Plan Submission and Final Mentor Feedback

Group submits final deliverables and presentations for final feedback from mentors. Self-paced Activity: Make any last edits to project deliverables on mentor feedback.

Module 13: Presentation to Entrepreneur

Group presents solutions via a video conference to the entrepreneur with translation by the coordinator and cultural mediator (if needed). Group receives feedback from the client. 2 hrs. Self-paced Activity: Group reflects on the presentation and feedback from the client and makes any edits to deliverables. Procure cooking materials for cultural activity.

Module 14: Cultural Activity and Project Celebration

GB coordinator debriefs with the group and the team celebrates with a traditional dish. Self-paced Activity: Group reflects on the TeleBrigade experience.

Impact Reporting

Students will be included in Global Brigades’ regular newsletters and receive project updates and overall monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

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Implementing a cloud-based solution to digitize savings and loan portfolios for small rural banks in Central America.

In partnership with Eskala, Inc, students are guided by local microfinance technicians to digitize financial records and processes for community-owned banks in Honduras, Panama, and Nicaragua. Through interviews with bank leaders and reviewing Eskala’s blockchain technology solution, students will work with bank leaders to input historical records, integrate them onto the platform, and conduct workshops to support tech adoption. Students gain exposure in blockchain technology, accounting ledgers, microfinance, data analysis, and the challenges of user adoption in the context of sustainable development. The curriculum culminates in a report to Eskala’s management comparing the loan portfolio performance between various community-owned banks in the different countries of operation.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your Business TeleBrigade by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:


Module 1: Introductions and Program Overview

Coordinator and student introductions along with a presentation on Global Brigades (GB) in Panama. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews Panama economic development program materials in the context of GB’s Holistic Model for community development.

Module 2: FinTech

Talk with GB Economic Development Expert to learn about rural banks and the technologies that are enabling microfinance in emerging economies. Self-paced Activity: Group reflects on the GB microfinance model and the role of technology as a tool to scale it. Spanish competition: group encouraged to create Duolingo accounts and compete for “rewards” for who gets furthest throughout the class.

Module 3: Presenting the Rural Bank Client (Caja Rural)

Coordinator presents information about the rural bank client that the group is going to support. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews information about the bank’s operations and researches their geographical and cultural context.

Module 4: Cloud-based Solution -LoanDisk

Coordinator presents on LoanDisk, our loan servicing software. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews LoanDisk data fields and relevant financial terms.

Module 5: Introductory Meeting with Rural Bank Leaders

Introductory meeting between rural bank client and group to build relationship and have cultural exchange. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews notes from the client meeting and divides into teams to begin looking at loan applications.

Module 6: Mentor Session with Professional Technology Consultant

Mentor and GB coordinator help prepare the group to ask the most strategic questions during the consultation day. Self-paced Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask clients based on mentor guidance.

Module 7: Client Consultation Day

Live virtual session with potential bank leaders to gather data on their current systems to start entering data in LoanDisk. Self-paced Activity: Group begins setting up the LoanDisk profile for the bank.

Modules 8 and 9: Data Input and Bookkeeping Workshops

Two working sessions with coordinators to answer questions and help students set up the bank into the software and build out the training workshops. Self-paced Activity: Continuing working in teams to finalize software setup and training workshops.

Module 10: Project Submission and Final Mentor Feedback

Group presents bank profile with their data and the training workshops for the coordinator and mentor to provide feedback. Self-paced Activity: Group refines workshops and data sets based on mentor feedback.

Module 11 and 12: Training Workshops to Bank Leaders

Group delivers two workshops on LoanDisk for the bank leaders to take ownership of the project. Self-paced Activity: Group finalizes ROI analysis specific to the client.

Module 13: Microfinance Activity with Kiva

Group works to support access to small business loans by providing loan updates to Kiva donors. GB is a partner of Kiva (a microloan crowdfunding platform) Self-paced Activity: Review Kiva platform, its place in globalization, and whether your client would be a good candidate for lenders to invest in.

Module 14: Cultural Activity and Project Celebration

GB coordinator debriefs the group on client feedback and reflects on personal and professional development. The team celebrates and shows off how their local dish turned out. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews monitoring and evaluation reports

Impact Reporting

Students will be included in Global Brigades’ regular newsletters and receive project updates and overall monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

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Identify and develop technology solutions to support small migrant and refugee-owned businesses in Athens, Greece.

Students are guided by our local staff and mentors from leading consulting firms to support small businesses in Athens owned by migrants and refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East and North Africa. Through client interviews, needs assessments, mentorship, process analysis, and cultural sharing students make technology recommendations and create the corresponding solutions to help our clients grow their small businesses.

Sample deliverables include websites, online stores, inventory systems, customer relationship management software, etc.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your Business TeleBrigade by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:


Module 1: Introductions and Program Overview

Coordinator and student introductions along with a presentation on Global Brigades (GB) in Greece. Self-Guided Activity: Group reviews GB Greece’s small business development program in the context of GB’s Holistic Model for community development.

Module 2: The Refugee Crisis

Local refugee expert facilitates discussion on the causes of the crisis and its impact in Greece from a social end economic lens. Self-Guided Activity: Group watches a video on the refugee crisis for context. Research on the contribution of refugee and migrant-owned micro-enterprises to economic inclusion, social integration, and the economy of the host country.

Module 3: Business Opportunities for Refugees and Migrants

GB’s program manager provides the context of small businesses in Greece and opportunities for refugees and migrants. Self-Guided Activity: Group reviews program materials and background on SMEs’ operation in the Greek business environment.

Module 4: Business Selection

Coordinator presents potential refugee or migrant-owned businesses and supports students to choose which they will work with along with their technology needs. Self-Guided Activity: Group reviews entrepreneur information and informs staff of selection.

Module 5: Initial Meeting Preparation

Coordinator presents business information and details on technology challenges/opportunities of the business. Self-Guided Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask the entrepreneur. Students practice introducing themselves in the business client’s mother tongue or Greek.

Module 6: Initial Meeting with Entrepreneur

Introductory meeting between entrepreneur and group to build relationship and have cultural exchange. Self-Guided Activity: Group reviews notes from meeting and divides into teams and assigns tasks to develop technology solution.

Module 7: Mentor Session with Professional Consultant

Mentor and GB coordinator help prepare the group to ask the most strategic questions during the consultation day. Self-Guided Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask business clients based on mentor guidance.

Module 8: Second Meeting with Entrepreneur

Live virtual session with entrepreneur to answer questions and gather information to create their technology solutions. Self-Guided Activity: Group begins work to create technology solutions.

Module 9, 10 and 11: Working Sessions

Three working sessions with coordinators to answer questions and help students create their technology solutions. Self-Guided Activity: Continuing working in teams to finalize solutions.

Module 12: Business Plan Submission and Final Mentor Feedback

Group submits final deliverables and presentations for final feedback from mentors. Self-Guided Activity: Make any last edits to solutions based on mentor feedback.

Module 13: Presentation to Entrepreneur

Group presents solutions via a video conference to the entrepreneur with translation by the coordinator and cultural mediator (if needed). Group receives feedback from the client.  2 hrs. Self-Guided Activity: Group reflects on the presentation and feedback from the client and makes any edits to deliverables. Procure cooking materials for cultural activity.

Module 14: Cultural Activity and Project Celebration

GB coordinator debriefs with the group and the team celebrates with a traditional dish. Self-Guided Activity: Group reflects on the TeleBrigade experience.

Impact Reporting

Students will be included in Global Brigades’ regular newsletters and receive project updates and overall monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

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Learn and apply supply chain strategies to support coffee or honey producers in Honduras.

Students are guided by our local economic development professionals and mentors from leading consulting firms to learn about the coffee or honey supply chains and make recommendations to our coffee-producing or honey-producing clients to generate more income. Students will gain exposure to coffee or honey farmers, cooperatives, local buyers, and exporters/importers. Through interviews, industry research, return on investment calculations, and cultural sharing, students make recommendations to the clients to help them decide what additional value-add activities they should adopt and what investments to make to increase profitability. The curriculum culminates in students helping to post a loan to Kiva.org to grant access to financing any of the recommendations that the clients would like to take.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your Business TeleBrigade by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:


Module 1: Introductions and Program Overview

Coordinator and student introductions along with a presentation on Global Brigades (GB) in Honduras. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews Honduras’ economic development program materials in the context of GB’s Holistic Model for community development.

Module 2: Presenting the Coffee or Honey Cooperative

Coordinator presents information about the coffee or honey cooperative that the group is going to support (depending on the season). Self-paced Activity: Group reviews information about the cooperative’s operations and researches their geographical and cultural context.

Module 3: Meeting with Supply Chain Expert

Supply chain expert in either coffee or honey presents to the group. Self-paced Activity: Group reflects on supply chain presentation and which activities the cooperative fills currently.

Module 4: Return on Investment Analysis for Microfinance Loans

Coordinator presents how to do a return on investment analysis as it relates to making small business loans. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews return on investment framework and relevant financial terms.

Module 5: Introductory Meeting with Cooperative Leaders

Introductory meeting between leaders of the cooperative and group to build relationship and have cultural exchange. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews notes from client meeting and divides into teams to begin looking at investments to push client up them up the supply chain.

Module 6: Mentor Session with Professional Consultant

Mentor and GB coordinator help prepare the group to ask the most strategic questions during the consultation day. Self-paced Activity: Group prepares and assigns questions to ask clients based on mentor guidance.

Module 7: Client Consultation Day

Live virtual session with cooperative leaders to understand opportunities they see and collecting data on return on investment analysis. Self-paced Activity: Group begins work to supply chain consultation and create return on investment projections.

Modules 8, 9 and 10: Creating Supply Chain Recommendation

Three working sessions with coordinators to answer questions and help students create return on investment projections and recommendations. Self-paced Activity: Continuing working in teams to finalize recommendations.

Module 11: Project Submission and Final Mentor Feedback

Group submits final recommendation and return on investment calculations for final feedback from mentors. Self-paced Activity: Group refines recommendations and analysis based on mentor feedback.

Module 12: Presentation to Clients

Group presents recommendations to the client and receives their feedback. Self-paced Activity: Group prepares applications for microfinance loans.

Module 13: Recommendations to Microfinance Manager

Group shares their analysis and recommendation to Global Brigades Honduras’ microfinance program manager to help facilitate a possible loan for the cooperative to implement the solution. Self-paced Activity: Group decides to make a donation to capitalize any loans needed for a specific client, or helps create a Kiva profile for them. Students complete evaluation survey and prepare final reflections. Procure cooking materials and watch the instructional cooking video.

Module 14: Cultural Activity and Project Celebration

GB coordinator debriefs the group on clients’ feedback and reflects on personal and professional development. The team celebrates and shows off how their local dish turned out. Self-paced Activity: Group reviews monitoring and evaluation reports

Impact Reporting

Students will be included in Global Brigades’ regular newsletters and receive project updates and overall monitoring and evaluation of our programs.

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Learn and apply supply chain strategies to support honey producers in Honduras.

Students are guided by our local economic development professionals and mentors from leading consulting firms to learn about the honey supply chain and make recommendations to our honey-producing cooperatives to generate more income. Students will gain exposure to honey farmers, cooperatives, local buyers, and exporters/importers. Through interviews, industry research, return on investment calculations, and cultural sharing, students make recommendations to the clients to help them decide what investments to make to increase profitability. The curriculum culminates in students helping to post a loan to Kiva.org to grant access to financing any of the recommendations that the clients would like to take.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.

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Nursing and Public Health Programs

Impacting Community Wellness in a Developing Country (Honduras)

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Expanding Nursing Clinical Skills in a Developing Country (Honduras)

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Applied Nursing Studies in West Africa (Ghana)

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Applied Nursing Studies in Migrant and Refugee Populations (Greece)

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Impacting Community Public Health in a Developing Country (Honduras)

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Public Health Research: Using a Mixed Method Approach (Honduras)

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Business and Social Enterprise Programs

International Business I - Globalization and Rural Microenterprises (Panama)

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International Business II - Migrant and Refugee-Owned Businesses (Greece)

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Entrepreneurship I - Entrepreneurs in Emerging Economies (Panama)

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Entrepreneurship II - Business Planning for Migrant and Refugee-Owned Enterprises (Greece)

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Entrepreneurship III - Business Planning for Microenterprises in West Africa (Ghana)

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Accounting & Finance I - Financial Statements of Rural Community Banks (Panama)

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Accounting & Finance II - Microlending & Sustainable Development (Panama)

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Accounting & Finance III - Auditing Rural Banks to Advance Microfinance Initiatives (Panama)

Ask us how you and your class can customize this offering to be done in person in one of our program countries. Conduct scaled-down financial audits on small community-owned banks…

Marketing I - Marketing Plans for Rural Microenterprises (Panama)

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Marketing II - Digital Marketing for Migrant and Refugee-owned Businesses (Greece)

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Technology I - Information Systems in Sustainable Development - Digitizing Savings and Loan Portfolios for Small Rural Banks in Central America (Panama)

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Technology II - Web Solutions for Migrant and Refugee-Owned Businesses (Greece):

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Agricultural Supply Chains - Applied Study on the Global Supply Chain of Coffee or Honey Producers in Honduras

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Global Supply Chains II - Honey Production in Central America (Available June 2021)

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Engineering Programs

Civil Engineering - Designing Community Water Systems (Honduras)

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Structural Engineering - Home Repairs and Household Public Health Infrastructure

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Structural Engineering - Infrastructure for Sustainable Development

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Medical and Dental Programs

Expanding Medical Skills in Urban and Rural Clinics in a Developing Country (Medical - Honduras)

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Expanding Dental Clinical Skills in a Developing Country (Honduras)

Ask us how you and your class can customize this offering to be done in person in one of our program countries. This program is designed for dental students to…
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