What is a Brigade?
A brigade is a weeklong trip during which 25-30 Texas A&M students travel to a community in Panama to work with indigenous peoples to teach basic business skills and to advise micro-entrepreneurs within the community how to improve their business practices. No Spanish is required and native translators will accompany the group. We will stay in facilities separate from the community and will drive there each day to work with the people there.
How Much Does the Brigade Cost?
The cost of the brigade depends largely on the costs of flights. Total expenses include a $990 in country-fee to Global Brigades, which covers housing, food, and transportation. Due to COVID, there is an additional $120 insurance fee that will cover testing, accommodations, food, and medical attention in case of contraction. Generally, brigades cost around $1,800 to $2,000 including the flights, but with fundraisers and scholarships, these costs can be greatly diminished. If you are a Mays student and have a minimum GPA of a 3.0, the Center for International Business Studies will provide a stipend covering the full cost of the flight, therefore lowering the cost to simply the in-country fee. This is by far the cheapest study abroad option at Mays!
Panama has the highest economic disparity amongst its citizens in all of Central America. Much of the economic wealth is concentrated in Panama City and does not matriculate to the countryside, but equipped with basic business knowledge, we can help better the lives of those living in rural communities.