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Dental Brigade –
7 Day Sample Schedule

On the first day after arriving in Panama, volunteers and dentists will begin work in the community by performing dental screenings to help them better understand the urgent dental needs of the community and prepare for their dental clinics. Later, they will pack medications and prepare supplies for the following clinic days. For the next three days, volunteers will shadow dentists throughout the clinics, where they will provide assistance to hundreds of community members. The dental clinics consist of five stations; the surgical station, the intake station, the cleaning station, the post-op instructions station, and the education station. The volunteers will shadow a dental professional in the surgical station, and be assisting in the remaining four. Volunteers will provide clinics for two days in a larger community and one day in a smaller community, so that they develop a broader understanding of oral health care needs and access in Panama. On the final day of Brigade, volunteers will host an educational workshop for community members to discuss disease prevention and best practice for dental hygiene. Lastly, they will participate in a cultural exchange activity to end their Brigade in Panama.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
7:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Transport to Airport & Airline Check in
8:00am Intro to Global Brigades Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community
9:00am Transport to Community Dental Clinic
Community #1
Dental Clinic
Community #1
Dental Clinic
Community #2
Dental Education
10:00am Scholar Dental Program (Community #3)
11:00am Transport to Lodging Facility
12:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm Dental Clinic Presentations Dental Clinic
Community #1
Dental Clinic
Community #1
Dental Clinic
Community #2
Clear Clinic
2:00pm Mock Clinic Transport to Community
3:00pm Pack Medications Community Development and Cultural Exchange
4:00pm Dinner Pharmacy Packing
5:00pm Review Wellness Fair Layout Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
7:00pm Cultural Sensitivity & Lodging Rules Discussion Education Workshop Prep Reflection Reflection Complete Data Informatics Report & Analyze Data Final Reflection & Packing
8:00pm Measure Medical Brigade Impact & Prepare for Wellness Fair Measure Medical Brigade Impact & Prepare for Wellness Fair
Day 1
7:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility
8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Dinner
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm Cultural Sensitivity & Lodging Rules Discussion
8:00pm
Day 2
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am IntrIntro to Global Brigades
9:00am Transport to Community
10:00am Scholar Dental Program (Community #3)
11:00am Transport to Lodging Facility
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Dental Clinic Presentations
2:00pm Mock Clinic
3:00pm Pack Medications
4:00pm
5:00pm Review Wellness Fair Layout
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Education Workshop Prep
8:00pm
Day 3
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Dental Clinic
Community #1
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Dental Clinic
Community #1
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm Measure Medical Brigade Impact & Prepare for Wellness Fair
Day 4
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Dental Clinic
Community #1
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Dental Clinic
Community #1
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm Measure Medical Brigade Impact & Prepare for Wellness Fair
Day 5
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Dental Clinic
Community #2
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Dental Clinic
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2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Pharmacy Packing
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Complete Data Informatics & Analyze Data
8:00pm
Day 6
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Health and Wellness Fair
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Clear Clinic
2:00pm Transport to Community
3:00pm Community Development and Cultural Exchange
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Final Reflection & Packing
8:00pm
Day 7
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 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 Panama 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.

In Panama

  • 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 relationship with Senafront to provide security escorts to those groups working in the Darien region;
  • 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 Palmar

The El Palmar hostel sits along the Pan-American highway, approximately 30 minutes after passing Lago Bayano and approximately 10 minutes before reaching the town of Torti. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green mountains and farms’ pastures. Global Brigades Panama has used El Palmar for several years, and it has housed hundreds of brigaders. Emergency medical care is easily accessible in Torti.

Hotel Avicar

Hotel Avicar sits along the Pan-American highway, approximately 40 minutes after passing Lago Bayano and is in the center of the town of Torti. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green mountains and farms’ pastures. Also, brigaders staying at Hotel Avicar get see how life plays out in a rural town in East Panama. Emergency medical care is available in Torti.

Hotel Ojos del Rio

Hotel Ojos del Rio sits in the center of Panama City, about 40 minutes from Panama’s international airport. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of Panama City’s skyline. Global Brigades Panama began using this hotel in 2018 to accommodate any brigades that needed to stay in Panama City. Brigades do not typically stay in Panama City; Global Brigades Panama only uses this facility during emergencies and cases involving extenuating circumstances. Emergency medical care is available in several hospitals in the city.

Pro Niños

The Pro Niños facility sits along the Pan-American
highway, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes after passing into the Darién province. The facility is also located about 10 minutes from the town of Meteti. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green pastures and distant mountains. Global Brigades Panama has used the Pro Niños facility for several years, and it has housed hundreds of brigaders. Emergency medical care is available in Meteti and in the town of Santa Fe, about 30 minutes away.

San Carlos

The San Carlos facility sits about 10 minutes off of the Pan-American highway, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes after leaving Panama City in the direction of the Coclé province. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. Global Brigades Panama will be using the San Carlos facility for the first time in March 2015. Emergency medical care is available at the Health Center in the town of San Carlos, approximately 2 minutes from this facility.

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