About the Trips
When are the brigade trips?
Brigades occur during winter and spring break, in accordance with USC's academic calendar.
How long is a brigade?
Brigades last between 7 and 10 days.
How much does it cost?
Membership dues are $85 to cover administrative costs, shirts, supplies, internal events, etc.
The exact cost of this year's brigades (including airfare, transportation, housing, food, and programming) cannot yet be determined. However, we estimate that they will be $1,500 for Panama and Honduras. We aim to reduce out-of-pocket costs as much as possible through corporate sponsorship, fundraising, and funding from USG and MBSG.
Please do not let cost keep you from applying or joining a brigade. Instead, express these concerns to us as soon as possible and we will work with you to find ways to fund your brigade.
What travel documents do I need?
You are required to have a passport with 6 months of remaining validity from the time you arrive in-country. US citizens will need a visa for Ghana. Non-US citizens should check with the appropriate embassy. We will ensure that you are properly documented prior to your brigade.
Will I be safe on a brigade?
Yes, safety is a top priority. All brigades are accompanied by security guards and in-country coordinators for the entirety of the trip, and GB@M has never had an issue relating to the safety of our brigaders. For more information on our safety precautions, click here.
What are the health concerns?
Brigades are accompanied by a medical professional for the entirety of the trip. All members attend a mandatory health consultation at the USC Travel Clinic where health concerns are addressed, and we ensure that members are properly vaccinated (i.e. Typhoid and Hep A) and in possession of appropriate medication (i.e. anti-malarial prophylaxis and traveler's diarrhea treatment) prior to their brigade. Safe drinking water is provided throughout the brigade and food prepared in the GB compound is safe to eat.
Do I need to attend every event?
No, recruitment events are not mandatory. They are opportunities for you to meet our executive board, get your questions answered, hear from past participants, and learn more about our mission and the trips themselves. They will help you stand out as an applicant.
What do you look for in a candidate?
We are not looking for any one "type" of person. We are looking for applicants who are are genuinely passionate about our cause, comfortable working in teams, and adaptable to different environments and circumstances.
Do I need to be in Marshall to apply?
No! We strongly encourage students from all disciplines to apply. We value diversity, and intentionally form groups of individuals who can combine their different backgrounds and perspectives to make a positive impact on the communities we work with.
How can I prepare for the interviews?
First round interviews allow us to learn about you and gauge your interest in GB@M. Be prepared to talk about why you want to join GB@M, your perspective on social impact, and the unique contributions you can make to our organization and the communities we work with. Be prepared to display your teamwork and leadership capabilities, as well as your creative and critical thinking skills. Just be yourself, and have fun!
Still have questions?
About Recruitment: Please contact Jonathan Stewart and Allex Weil, VP of Membership
About Trips: Please contact Anissa Andalon, VP of Operations