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.

Safety and Security

Squads Abroad Coronavirus Resource Guide

SAFETY: OUR #1 PRIORITY

 

Volunteer safety has always been our absolute priority. Our history and attention to detail sets us apart from other international volunteer organization. We exceed the requirements set by the International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA) and have an impeccable safety record over 22 years of operations that has hosted more than 100,000 volunteers.

Squads stay in our home-base lodging facilities not open to outside guests. All meals are provided by our trained cooks which provide wholesome and authentic local cuisine. We accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies and provide unlimited safe drinking water. Our home-bases are staffed by a night watch guard and volunteers are provided with lockers to safeguard valuables.

Volunteers are covered under our comprehensive Core Travel Medical and Evacuation Insurance. Additionally, schools can request to be added to our General Liability Policy for up to $5 million in coverage.

The Essentials

Food, Water, Your Home-Base

  • Fresh food prepared by Squads Abroad Cooks who are trained in food safety and prepared to meet dietary restrictions and preferences
  • Unlimited, safe drinking water
  • Gender-separated rooms
  • Lockers provided to safeguard belongings
  • Security guard on duty
  • Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and at least 2 fully stocked first aid kits in every Home-Base

A Strong Foundation

Expertly Trained Local Staff

  • In-country Directors with an average of 10 years of experience
  • 1 Squads Abroad staff person for every 10 volunteers in addition to the teacher-chaperones
  • Experienced full-time staff from the local community with background checks
  • CPR-certified and first aid-qualified staff members
  • Continuous training and professional development
  • Ex-pat North American staff members on each local team
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Don't Forget

Important Provisions & Protocol

  • Travel medical and evacuation insurance provided
  • Full in-country orientation, including safety training
  • Secure and confidential data systems to protect volunteer information
  • Emergency protocol and safety standards that are consistently reviewed

Getting Around

Secure, Easy Transportation

  • All in-country transportation provided with vetted experienced drivers
  • All vehicles equipped with seat belts and first aid kits
  • Vehicles inspected and replaced regularly
Through virtual or in-country programs, Squads are passionate groups of volunteers who mobilize abroad to create positive change. Each Squad type has a skill-based focus area that support the education, health and economic development objectives of community partners.
Squads are passionate groups of volunteers who mobilize abroad to create positive change. Each Squad type has a skill-based focus area that support the education, health and economic development objectives of community partners. Faculty choose their dates, duration (typically 1-2 weeks), and their site location from one of our six program countries.
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.