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Dental Brigade –
7 Day Sample Schedule

To develop an understanding of the urgency of the community’s dental needs and to better organize the dental clinic, volunteers and dentists will first perform a dental screening in the community. Upon return, the volunteers will then pack medications and prepare supplies. For the majority of the Brigade, volunteers will then shadow dentists during mobile dental clinics, providing assistance to hundreds of community members. During each dental clinic, volunteers will shadow in the surgical station and assist in the intake station, cleaning station, post-op instructions station and education station.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
6:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
7:00am Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Breakfast
8:00am
9:00am Dental Screening in Community Dental Clinic Dental Clinic Dental Clinic Dental Clinic Transport to Airport & Airline Check in
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm Dental Screening Dental Clinic Dental Clinic Dental Clinic Dental Clinic
2:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
3:00pm Settle In
4:00pm Introduction to Global Brigades Medications Packing Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
7:00pm Dental Screening Training Reflection & Data Informatics Training Reflection & Discussion Reflection & Discussion Reflection & Discussion Reflection & Discussion
8:00pm
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 Global Brigades
5:00pm
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Dental Screening Training
8:00pm
Day 2
6:00am Breakfast
7:00am Transport to Community
8:00am
9:00am Dental Screening in Community
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Dental Screening
2:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
3:00pm
4:00pm Medications Packing
5:00pm
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection & Data Informatics Training
8:00pm
Day 3
6:00am Breakfast
7:00am Transport to Community
8:00am
9:00am Dental Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Dental Clinic
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection & Discussion
8:00pm
Day 4
6:00am Breakfast
7:00am Transport to Community
8:00am
9:00am Dental Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Dental Clinic
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection & Discussion
8:00pm
Day 5
6:00am Breakfast
7:00am Transport to Community
8:00am
9:00am Dental Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Dental Clinic
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection & Discussion
8:00pm
Day 6
6:00am Breakfast
7:00am Transport to Community
8:00am
9:00am Dental Clinic
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Dental Clinic
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm
8:00pm Reflection & Discussion
Day 7
6:00am
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am
9:00am Transport to Airport & Airline Check In
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 Dental 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 Dental Brigade.

When a volunteer participates in a Dental 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 medications, equipment, local dentists, pharmacists, 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 Honduras 7 day Dental Brigade –

*The donation goals listed above are for volunteers joining an existing Global Dental Brigades (GDB) Chapter on a university campus. Scholarship opportunities are available for volunteers to meet their Donation Goal by starting or referring a new chapter. Options to brigade for 12 days with 2 different programs are also available. Once a volunteer meets their Donation Goal, they have up to 1 year to participate in a Dental Brigade.

Sustainable Health Fund

A portion of each Donation Goal supports our Sustainable Health Fund which enables year-round health care in partner communities carried out by our local teams. Specifically, the Fund supports initiatives of the medical program that enable sustainable transitions such as the Community Health Workers, Patient Referrals, Community Pharmacy, and the on-going impact evaluation of the program.

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.

A Quote from Askari International Security

“I was asked to review Global Brigades safety and security procedures for their operations in Central America. I always use a “litmus test” by assessing whether I’d be happy to send my own daughters (late teens early 20’s) on one of their events. The answer was a resounding yes. I hope I was able to help them improve their processes and procedures, but what was already in place was good, but better still was the culture of safety and security. All the staff were concerned with safety and security and keen to improve. Nothing can ever be 100% secure or safe, but with Global Brigades I can genuinely say they care and take things very seriously.”
– Bryan Hemmings, Managing Director, Askari International Security

Safety Highlights in Honduras

  • Global Brigades is an active member of OSAC (the Overseas Security Advisory Committee) and receives up-to-date security and safety briefings from the U.S. State Department;
  • Established relationships with local military and police to provide dedicated security personnel to accompany each group at all times;
  • 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.

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

El Censo

The El Censo lodging facility is located in a valley approximately 1 hour and 30 mintues east of Tegucigalpa. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green pastures, sugar cane fields and distant mountains. Global Brigades Honduras has used the El Censo facility for more than 2 years, and it has housed hundreds of brigaders.

Posada Azul

The Posada Azul facility is located in a valley approximately 1 hour and 30 mintues east of Tegucigalpa. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green pastures, sugar cane fields and distant mountains. Global Brigades Honduras has used the Posada Azul facility for more than 5 years, and it has housed hundreds of brigaders.

Villas de Valle

The Villas del Valle lodging facility is located in the mountains approximately 1 hour northwest of Tegucigalpa. Here, brigaders enjoy a cool climate high up in the mountains near the town of Valle de los Angeles. Global Brigades Honduras has used the Villas del Valle facility for more than 3 years, housing hundreds of brigaders.

Maranata

The Maranata lodging facility is located in the mountains approximately 1 hour northwest of Tegucigalpa. Here, brigaders enjoy a cool climate high up in the mountains near the town of Valle de los Angeles. Global Brigades Honduras has used the Maranata facility for more than 3 years, and it has housed hundreds of brigaders.

Hotel y Club Morazan

Hotel y Club Morazan sits along the Pan-American highway in the south of Honduras. It is located in the town of San Lorenzo – a fairly large town in Honduras – in the department of Valle. Although this facility does function as a hotel when students are not present, all compound rules that apply at our other compounds apply here as well, including that all students must stay on hotel premises at all times unless accompanied by staff members. Here, brigaders can enjoy the hotel pool and several indoor and outdoor lounge areas. Global Brigades has used this hotel for approximately 4 years, since the beginning of Medical and Dental brigades began working in the south of Honduras.

Casa del Sol

The Casa del Sol facility is located approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes south of Tegucigalpa. Here, brigaders enjoy use of the hotel’s spacious seating areas and views of distant mountains.

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