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Review for Global Brigades Inc, Fresno, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a campus chairperson, so I lead my university's chapter of Global Brigades. In other words, I have devoted most, if not all, of my college career to this organization and its success on my campus. I could not have chosen a better organization to work with. I have been on one brigade, an environmental brigade in Panama, and it was a life-changing experience. Working with rural communities, gaining teaching experience, learning about life in lesser developed countries, gaining experience in sustainable development, practicing my Spanish skills, and working to make the world a better place are just a few of the wonderful benefits of GB, and those are just for the volunteers! The point of GB is to empower communities to lead their own development. In this way, the objective is not to come into communities and do everything for them. It is honestly a group effort. Some of my favorite experiences with GB in Panama were working with the Embera people to plant rosewood trees. These trees not only assist in reforestation, but they also help keep their traditions alive. Seeing the people so incredibly happy that you are there and being so incredibly happy to be there, seeing the hard work from both sides, and learning about each other: these are the essentials of Global Brigades. It's all about learning from and helping each other. I am so excited to say that I am going on another brigade this May. I cannot wait!

Role:  Volunteer