Squads Abroad empowers teacher-led groups around the world to improve health and educational outcomes in under resourced communities with the support of experienced on-the-ground teams. Each Squad has a defined focus with achievable deliverables that benefit community partners while providing a transformative learning experience for the student volunteers.
In addition to meaningful service projects, our professional local staff, facilitates enriching cultural activities that provide a deeper cultural context and understanding. Our exclusive home-bases provide volunteers safe and private accommodations to enjoy healthy authentic meals, relax after a meaningful day of service, and reflect with their group on the transformative experience. Cultural explorations to World Heritage sites or other unique attractions that put the experience in a greater context are provided upon request.
Squads Abroad is a 501c3 non-profit organization under our parent company Global Brigades, a Platinum Level Guidestar member for Financial Transparency. Since 2004, our organization has collectively mobilized more than 70,000 international volunteers to help resolve global health and economic disparities around the world.
Our team has more than two decades of experience developing some of the most impactful international volunteer experiences in the world. We built Squads Abroad and its curriculum create a transformative experience for high school students that is financially accessible to all demographics.
Squads must be accompanied by an adult-chaperone although it is not required that they be formal educators. Teachers, counselors, faculty, coaches, parents, or any adult in a position of youth leadership may lead a group. Squads insures a chaperone to student ratio of 1:5 between volunteers and our local staff.
The required chaperone: student ratio is 1:5
Chaperones must be 25 years old or over
Squads Abroad is an amazing experience for groups of all sizes, but we find the sweet spot to be somewhere between 6-30 group members. Of course, if you have a larger group, we’d be happy to talk about the goals and options for your possible Squad Abroad.