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Business Brigade –
7 Day Sample Schedule

On the first day, you will arrive and get settled into your compound. Your coordinator will introduce you to your Brigade staff and then you will get to work preparing for your Brigade. The next day you learn more about the business program in Greece and get to know their clients for the first time, getting to know them personally and engage in a community-wide cultural exchange. The following days volunteers will administer financial literacy workshops in the morning and meet with their clients in the afternoon to gather additional information about their business using our consulting methodologies. Every evening volunteers are provided guidance from our local business professionals and/or our Professional Consulting mentors with the opportunity to reflect as a group to discuss what was learned and develop their business recommendations. Finally, as consultants, the volunteers will present their deliverables to clients and receive their feedback. You will also have a short cultural activity in Athens. Finally, on the last day, you will be taken back to the airport to catch your flight home.  

Business Internship –
14 Day Overview

Business Internships provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of local business practices, community needs, and economic challenges. To gain context on the work they’ll be doing, interns prepare for their time abroad with virtual programming led by in-country staff that focuses on the culture of where they will be working, local challenges to economic development, and how Global Brigades fits in. During their two weeks in-country, participants carry out business consulting projects specific to their local client, with help from on-the-ground professionals. Throughout the Business Internship, participants will experience the local culture and other aspects of economic development, such as access to healthcare, monitoring and evaluation, public health infrastructure, and clean water systems.

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
7:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility Breakfast
8:00am Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Departure from Lodging
9:00am Transport to Athens Transport to Athens Transport to Athens Transport to Athens Transport to Athens Airport
10:00am Athens Center Walking Tour Client Meeting & Store Visit Client Meeting & Store Visit Workshop Visit to Acropolis slopes and Acropolis Museum
11:00am
12:00am Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility
1:00pm Lunch Lunch at African Restaurant (GB Business Program Client) Lunch at restaurant run by local NGO for the promotion of refugees’ employability Lunch Lunch Traditional Greek Taverna
2:00pm Guest Talks by Experts on Greek/EU Economy Client Meeting & Store Visit Client Meeting & Store Visit – Presentation of Deliverables Guest talk by Experts on Refugee/Migrant Issues Plaka neighborhood walk and shopping
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Settling in & Neighborhood Walk Greek Language Lesson Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
7:00pm Dinner Reflection/Preparation for Client Meetings Reflection / Preparation of Deliverables Reflection/Preparation for Workshop Reflection Final Reflection & Celebration
8:00pm Welcome Meeting / Orientation Talk Rest
9:00pm Rest
10:00pm Lights Out/Quiet Hours Lights Out/Quiet Hours Lights Out/Quiet Hours Lights Out/Quiet Hours Lights Out/Quiet Hours Lights Out/Quiet Hours
Day 1
7:00am Airport Pick up & Transport to Lodging Facility
8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Settling in & Neighborhood Walk
6:00pm
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Welcome Meeting / Orientation Talk
9:00pm
10:00pm Lights Out/Quiet Hours
Day 2
7:00am
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Transport to Athens
10:00am Athens Center Walking Tour
11:00am
12:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Guest Talks by Experts on Greek/EU Economy
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Greek Language Lesson
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection/Preparation for Client Meetings
8:00pm
9:00pm
10:00pm Lights Out/Quiet Hours
Day 3
7:00am
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Transport to Athens
10:00am Client Meeting & Store Visit
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm Lunch at African Restaurant (GB Business Program Client)
2:00pm Client Meeting & Store Visit
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection / Preparation of Deliverables
8:00pm
9:00pm
10:00pm Lights Out/Quiet Hours
Day 4
7:00am
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Transport to Athens
10:00am Client Meeting & Store Visit
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm Lunch at restaurant run by local NGO for the promotion of refugees’ employability
2:00pm Client Meeting & Store Visit – Presentation of Deliverables
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection/Preparation for Workshop
8:00pm
9:00pm
10:00pm Lights Out/Quiet Hours
Day 5
7:00am
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Transport to Athens
10:00am Workshop
11:00am
12:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Guest talk by Experts on Refugee/Migrant Issues
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm Rest
9:00pm
10:00pm Lights Out/Quiet Hours
Day 6
7:00am
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Transport to Athens
10:00am Visit to Acropolis slopes and Acropolis Museum
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm Lunch Traditional Greek Taverna
2:00pm Plaka neighborhood walk and shopping
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Final Reflection & Celebration
8:00pm
9:00pm Rest
10:00pm Lights Out/Quiet Hours
Day 7
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Departure from Lodging
9:00am Airport
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm
9:00pm
10:00pm

Volunteer Donation Goal

In order to participate in a Greece Business Brigade, all volunteers must meet a Donation Goal, this is not considered a payment, but support toward Global Brigades’ expansion in Greece. Once a volunteer meets a set Donation Goal, they are eligible to join us on-the-ground to see their fundraising efforts put into action by participating in a Business Brigade.

When a volunteer participates in a Business Brigade, the volunteer’s ground transportation, food, lodging, and emergency insurance are all covered. The funding that the volunteer raised also supports all the necessary costs for program implementation, such as community bank capitalization, supplies, coordinators, translators, and support staff.

Airfare is not included in the standard Donation Goal. However, Global Brigades’ travel team can work with volunteers to book airfare and incorporate the airfare expense into the volunteer’s Donation Goal.

Greece 7 day day Business Brigade USD –

Greece 7 day Business Brigade CAD –

 Greece 7 day Business Brigade GBP –

*Chapters with 3-9 volunteers, must be paired with another chapter. 

Donation Goal Details

The donation goals listed are for volunteers joining an existing Global Business Brigades (GBB) Chapter on a university campus with a brigade group size of at least 3 volunteers.

Scholarship opportunities are available for volunteers to meet their Donation Goal by starting or referring a new chapter. Once a volunteer meets their Donation Goal, they have up to 1 year to participate in a Business Brigade.

Safety

Volunteer safety will always be our absolute top priority. Global Brigades recently engaged Askari International Security, an industry leader in international risk assessment, to complete a comprehensive risk/safety assessment of all brigade operations. A full explanation of safety precautions and procedures can be found on our “Safety & Insurance” page.

A Quote from Askari International Security

“I was asked to review Global Brigades safety and security procedures for their operations in Central America. I always use a “litmus test” by assessing whether I’d be happy to send my own daughters (late teens early 20’s) on one of their events. The answer was a resounding yes. I hope I was able to help them improve their processes and procedures, but what was already in place was good, but better still was the culture of safety and security. All the staff were concerned with safety and security and keen to improve. Nothing can ever be 100% secure or safe, but with Global Brigades I can genuinely say they care and take things very seriously.”
– Bryan Hemmings, Managing Director, Askari International Security

Safety Highlights in Greece

  • Global Brigades is an active member of OSAC (the Overseas Security Advisory Committee) and receives up-to-date security and safety briefings from the U.S. State Department;
  • Full-time local Global Brigades medical personnel on-call at all times;
  • Adherence to the IVPA standards of international volunteering.

Lodging Facilities

Global Brigades does an annual safety review of all lodging facility partners each year. Lodging facilities provide pillows, bedsheets and towels. Facilities have showers, toilets and sinks with running hot water as well as potable filtered clean water.

Business Brigades are assigned to lodging facilities based on proximity to the partner community they will be working with.

Novus City Hotel

Novus City Hotel is one of the current tentative lodging facilities for Brigades in Greece. Global Brigades has done a safety review of this hotel.  It is located right at the Center of Athens, only 5 minutes by foot  from the GB Athens Clinic and in a vibrant neighborhood. 

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