holistic development

Holistic Model «



Global Brigades delivers

integrated health and economic programs

to meet a community's development goals.


The Holistic Process - Integrated Community Development


1. Research and Evaluation


After the development of success indicators, we use program monitoring tools to measure impact. On-going evaluation challenges us to test our assumptions and improve programming.

2. Community Partnership


Programs are done “with,” not “for” community members. Community buy-in and leadership is crucial to the sustainability and success of our programs.

3. Program Preparation


Before implementation, staff work with community leaders to establish committees, collaborate with local government, and prepare community volunteers for programs.


4. Program Implementation through Interdisciplinary Brigades


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Our university volunteers are the driving force behind the funding and execution of our Holistic Model. Through their funding and participation of 7-10 day brigades, a continual flow of volunteers build upon each other to implement programs.


5. Staff Follow-up


In-between brigades,
our staff works with communities to continue momentum, as it takes several brigades to complete programs.


6. Sustainable Transition From Communities



Once a community meets their country's success indicators, our relationship
evolves from continuous brigades into a partnership of follow-up and
guidance. Success includes a direct funding model within the community
to maintain and progress programs. Medical Brigades may still visit every
3-6 months in communities that still lack access to local clinics.


Sustainable Transition Plans