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Vaccinations

It is each volunteer's responsibility to obtain the necessary vaccinations and based on the latest recommendations and requirements. Bring a copy of vaccination records with you on your brigade. Global Brigades is not medically liable for volunteers who choose not to vaccinate. Select your country of citizenship below to view the most recent vaccination information from your home country's designated agency.

 

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Select your destination country below to view summarized vaccine recommendations and requirements from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Vaccinations
You should always check with your personal physician for advice on vaccinations and health precautions before leaving your home country. If you have a medical condition you should also share your travel plans with any doctors. Please consider attaching a vaccination card to your passport.

 

Volunteers traveling to Honduras should have the following vaccinations:

 

        •  All routine vaccinations (as recommended by the CDC)
        •  Hepatitis A
        •  Hepatitis B
        •  Typhoid
 
Due to changes in Honduran vaccination policies, any individual who has ever visited a country in which yellow fever is present (i.e. Panama) for more than 12 hours must bring and present their Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate to immigration when entering Honduras. If you do not have the yellow certificate card, you may not be granted access into the country.
 
Some volunteers also choose to procure malaria prophylaxis. Ask your doctor if this is a good option for you.
 
Some vaccinations must be administered a few months or weeks before you travel. Vaccinations can usually be obtained at a health care provider or through a travel clinic.
You should always check with your personal physician for advice on vaccinations and health precautions before leaving your home country. If you have a medical condition you should also share your travel plans with any doctors. Please consider attaching a vaccination card to your passport, especially proof of your yellow fever vaccine.

 

Volunteers traveling to Panama should have the following vaccinations:

 

        •  All routine vaccinations (as recommended by the CDC)
        •  Hepatitis A
        •  Hepatitis B
        •  Typhoid
        •  Yellow Fever
 
Some volunteers also choose to procure malaria prophylaxis. Ask your doctor if this is a good option for you.
 
Some vaccinations must be administered a few months or weeks before you travel. Vaccinations can usually be obtained at a health care provider or through a travel clinic.
You should always check with your personal physician for advice on vaccinations and health precautions before leaving your home country. If you have a medical condition you should also share your travel plans with any doctors. Please consider attaching a vaccination card to your passport.

 

Volunteers traveling to Ghana should have the following vaccinations:

 
        •  All routine vaccinations (as recommended by the CDC)
        •  Hepatitis A
        •  Hepatitis B
        •  Typhoid
        •  Yellow Fever*
 

*The Yellow Fever vaccination is required to enter Ghana. If you do not bring proof of your Yellow Fever vaccination, you may not be allowed to board the plane to Ghana or you may be turned away at immigration.

 

Malaria is extremely prevalent throughout Ghana. Therefore, we also recommend all volunteers to take malaria prophylaxis. Discuss which prophylaxis is best for you and your trip with your physician well before your brigade.

 

Some vaccinations must be administered a few months or weeks before you travel. Vaccinations can usually be obtained at a health care provider or through a travel clinic. 
You should always check with your personal physician for advice on vaccinations and health precautions before leaving your home country. If you have a medical condition you should also share your travel plans with any doctors. Please consider attaching a vaccination card to your passport.

 

Volunteers traveling to Nicaragua should have the following vaccinations:

 
        •  All routine vaccinations (as recommended by the CDC)
        •  Hepatitis A
        •  Hepatitis B
        •  Typhoid
 
Some volunteers also choose to procure malaria prophylaxis. Ask your doctor if this is a good option for you.
 
Some vaccinations must be administered a few months or weeks before you travel. Vaccinations can usually be obtained at a health care provider or through a travel clinic.

Insurance

All volunteers registered to participate in a Global Brigades in-country program are automatically enrolled in travel insurance, which provides volunteers with emergency medical coverage and other travel protection during their program dates. View Details >>

 

Safety Precautions

The safety of the student volunteers is Global Brigades' number one priority and is the single most important consideration when entering a community or choosing a project. Each country that Global Brigades serves has implemented safety protocols and policies to decrease any risk of danger and to ensure that any emergency can be properly handled in a prompt and professional manner. View Details >>

 

Emergency Procedures

Global Brigades places the utmost emphasis and importance on maintaining and adhering to strict emergency policies and procedures, while acknowledging that no single plan can address all contingencies. Global Brigades has established emergency procedures around our travel insurance policy (above). View Details >>

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