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Review for Global Brigades Inc, Fresno, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was an international student from Monterrey, Mexico at DePaul University who joined a Medical Brigade to Nicaragua and a Public Health Brigade to Honduras.

My GB experience got me more involved with Sustainable development in my own country. I have learned that without an effective tax system, Mexico will not even remotely meet the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

This means that Mexico needs to experience a very profound cultural change to help the 9.5 million people that still live in extreme poverty. On average, Mexican corporations avoid 15 billion dollars in taxes a year by sending the money to tax havens abroad. The government, if not corrupted could use this for sustainable development.

Stopping the tax condonations would put a break to the nations economic growth, and a risky alternative to fill this holes in the economy is foreign investment. Making strategic alliances with Mexican private sector entities and their foundations could boost the progress into both, the empowered 100 goal of GB and the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN, but most importantly we will start seeing the systematic change that Latin America needs.

I am in close contact with Public Health Directors in the state of Nuevo Leon which are willing to cooperate with Global Brigades to send brigades to communities in need. It is just a matter of being on the same page with Global Brigades executives.

Global Brigades volunteers could benefit from brigading in Mexico by learning about one of the most complex and unequal societies in the world from native Mexicans. This could stimulate the creation of future leaders and social entrepreneurs.

Additionally, immigrants from Nicaragua and Honduras are being sent back from the American boarder into Mexico everyday, and now is when our society could benefit the most from legal clinic to empower these immigrants and help their families and their future. Mexico became a third safe country for immigrants, which means many immigrants will be searching for a better life here in Mexico in the following decades.

To conclude, I will always be grateful for my GB experience and I will keep striving to bring the organization to communities in Mexico.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Educate the volunteers about all the factors that lead to inequality in developing nations, and not having undergraduate students take pictures with little kids and positing in social media. Unfortunately, these are the kids that often immigrate to America and grow up to be marginalized in American society.

Role:  Volunteer