What is a Telebrigade?
A telebrigade is a 5-day experience during which 25-30 Texas A&M students work with indigenous peoples in rural Panama 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 be joining the telebrigade. Brigade members are required to join two sessions each day, and are able to join remotely.
How Much Does the Brigade Cost?
Due to the online nature of the brigade, prices are significantly lower than previous years. Participation will cost $275 - $335 per member depending on the number of participants, 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 $300, therefore lowering the cost significantly. 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.