Dear GB Trojan Family:
If you are a chapter leader, please share this blog post with all of your members! The application for Global Brigades Campus Chairperson(s) at USC is LIVE! The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 13th, at 12:00 PM.
APPLY HERE: http://goo.gl/forms/poHbNq3vvM
What is the Campus Chairperson (CC)?
In short, the CC is responsible for unifying GB chapters on campus, and acting as liaisons between chapter leaders and Global Brigades. This is not a position on the leadership team of any one brigade chapter, rather this is a position on each and every leadership team!
What does the CC do?
- communicate and coordinate with all GB chapters on campus
- support chapter leaders in event planning, fundraising, recruitment, and more
- offer strategic guidance to chapter leaders to grow their chapters
- help facilitate the creation of new chapters on-campus
- foster relationships with university administration
What are the eligibility requirements?
- Must be at USC for both semesters of the 2016-2017 school year
- Must have been on a USC brigade by Fall 2016
- Must not be a Chapter President and CC simultaneously
This is a quickly changing role, with tons of flexibility and opportunity to make a massive impact on both GB and it's chapters at USC. Alongside chapter presidents, the CC is the most important person for GB on campus. If you would like to learn more, please visit GB's website here: https://www.globalbrigades.org/volunteer-tools-chapter-leadership-chairpersons
Thank you for your time!
On Jan. 28th, 2016, GBM put on an event with LACI and BSEL as part of USC Career Fest. Our panel speakers are:
Alicia Katz - Corporate Citizenship & Social Responsibility Manager, Disney ABC Television Group
Daniel Tellalian - Director, Emerging Markets, Inc.
Denice Gonzalez-Kim - Development and Partnerships Associate, School On Wheels
Erikk Aldrige - Director, Staples Center Foundation/AEG Community Affairs
Jessie Spellman - Senior Associate Consultant, Bain & Company
Trevor Kale - Vice President, Chrysalis Enterprises
Robert Egger - Founder and President, LA Kitchen
Please see the following links to know more about our event!
Here are some pictures from our brigaders who just got home recently!
Panama Business Brigade:
Honduras Microfinance Brigade:
Christina Nguyen & Alec Vicari-Epstein
Thank you for your interest in Global Brigades @ Marshall (GBM). After going on our first brigade in 2014, we were impassioned by the impact it had on both the communities we worked with and our own personal development. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For our brigaders and the communities we work with, this experience opens the door to a world we would otherwise be unexposed to; and the exchange of knowledge that occurs when we work side-by-side is unrivaled by any classroom experience. After a brigade, we encourage our members to continue contributing to GBM’s efforts by pursuing leadership and giving other USC students the opportunity to experience all that we have to offer.
While on a brigade, you will step far outside of your comfort zone. You will learn to live in an unfamiliar and less-than-ideal environment, communicate across social and language barriers, and conduct yourself respectfully within a different culture. With an open mind, the support of your peers, and the knowledge you’ve acquired at USC, you will ultimately provide these communities with the most valuable drivers of self-development - hope and confidence. The hope that they can raise their families from poverty, send their children to school, and build their own businesses; and confidence in their ability to turn this hope into reality. In only one week in-country, the knowledge, experiences, and memories you will share will be monumental and everlasting. Join us and “Leave your Global Footprint” on a brigade this year.
Today marks the last day of our week long journey and is a time filled with many mixed emotions. Words cannot describe the many special and beautiful moments we have experienced. Who knew that after just one week, all of us have fallen in love with the people of Honduras.
The hardest part of today was saying goodbye to people I have grown so close to during this past week. The staff in Honduras deserves so much respect and admiration. They have dedicated their lives to improving the cultural & livelihood within rural communities such as Fray Lazaro. I am honored to call these Global Brigades staff members my friends and cannot wait to have the opportunity to see them again in the future. As we return home today, we leave with a new perspective on life. To me it is not fair that all people around the world do not get the same opportunities. As this week went on I began to remember how important social impact and pro bono work is. We strive to make global improvements through education and passion, and hopefully as we unite more & more people together in order to make social betterment a priority.
In conclusion this trip has been full of adventure, self-reflection, collaboration, and ever lasting friendships. As we all go our separate ways back into our busy lives, let's not forget about all the good we’ve done this week, and how much more there is still to accomplish together.
Today I realized that every person in this world, regardless of differences in lifestyle and culture, are the same. We all want the same things and have the same goals: happiness, health and safety of our loved ones and ourselves. Our cultural, monetary, and traditional backgrounds may be drastically different, but they are merely different methods to achieve the universal goals.
My group and I visited three local families in Fray Lazaro. All these families had different stories to tell. Even with all those differences, they still wanted the same things: a better home, better education for their children, and a better life. Aren’t those what we also want? Thus, as people who are more fortunate, we should help those who are less fortunate to achieve what we all want. If we have already achieved our goals, we should help others achieve the same and share the happiness. After all, we are all one people.
My experience this week with Global Brigades has been absolutely amazing, not only because of the community, but also for the opportunity to learn about family stories and their experiences.
Today, we conducted our second day of family visits. The day started early with my alarm sounding off at 6:45 am. I am not a morning person, but I wake up with excitement and eagerness to collect the remaining information from our family visits. As we arrived to the Fray Lazaro community, I was ready to start my day. One family stood out the most to me because of the mother’s entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic. Through any conversation with her, I learned about her daily life and her ambitions for her own business. She is a mother of three kids and wakes up at 5am every day. Not only does she maintain the casa(house), she also sells tamales two times a week for additional income. Her goals are to build a community well and send her children to university. Helping expand her with the logistics of her tamales business while aligning her business with her goals was a rewarding and strategic process. We accomplished that by debriefing with my team members to better understand her finances and make strategic recommendations to scale her business.
I have been blown away by my experience in Honduras so far. I am truly empowering the community by giving families business opportunities through microfinance and the Caja Rural (Community Bank). In addition, they are empowering me with experience and an appreciation for financial sustainability.
GBM at Panama was a great unexpected experience. Although having been on other service trips, I did not expect to get as close to my fellow brigaders as I did. Not only did I learn about the lives of the community members we were teaching, but also the lives of my fellow classmates. It was truly an experience that I do not regret.
Live under the same sky,
Breathe in the same air,
Sleep beneath the same stars.
Bathe in the same sun,
Walk on the same earth,
Dream under the same moon.
Believe in different gods,
Abide by different beliefs,
Come from different cultures,
Strive for different dreams.
Live under the same sky,
Breathe in the same air,
Sleep beneath the same stars.