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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.  

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
8:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00am Business Program Introduction & Safety Debrief Transport to Athens Transport to Athens Transport to Athens Transport to Athens Departure:

Transport to Airport & Airline Check In

10:00am Guest Talks Introduction to EU/Greek Business Environment, Selected Refugee Community Group Workshop I: Idea Generation and Business Modeling Group Workshop II: Marketing, Advertising, and Promotion Group Workshop III: Financial Analysis (Return on Investment and Financial Statements)
11:00am
12:00am
1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
2:00pm Transport to Athens Client Meeting II: SWOT Analysis and Business Plan Client Meeting III: Business strategy and financial analysis of potential investments Client Meeting IV: Deliverable Feedback Client Meeting V: Deliverables Presentation to Client
3:00pm Business Client Meeting 1: Introduction
4:00pm
5:00pm Settling in & Free Time Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Walking Tour – Athens City Center
6:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility Dinner Dinner Dinner
7:00pm Dinner Dinner Reflection Reflection Reflection Return to Lodging Facility
8:00pm Welcome Meeting Reflections on client meeting and team assignments Preparation: Workshop I and Deliverables Preparation: Workshop II and Deliverables Preparation: Workshop III and Deliverables Reflection & Celebration
9:00pm
Day 1
7:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility
8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm SWOT Analysis & Technical Field Inspection
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm Dinner
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Settle In to Lodging
8:00pm
9:00pm
Day 2
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Business Program Introduction & Safety Debrief
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Transport to Community
2:00pm First Business Client Introduction
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm Networking
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm Review Business Profiles & Financial Literacy Workshop Preparation
9:00pm
Day 3
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Business Profile Analysis & Inventory Assessment
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm SWOT Analysis & Technical Field Inspection
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm Networking
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm Financial Literacy Preparation
9:00pm
Day 4
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Financial Literacy for Youth
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Business Loan Capacity (Financial Statements)
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm Networking
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm Prepare for Business Training & Financial Literacy Workshop
9:00pm
Day 5
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Community Bank Meeting & Financial Literacy Workshop
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Business Training (Inventory Management, Marketing, Pricing, Accounting)
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm Networking
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm Business Deliverables Preparation
9:00pm
Day 6
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Community
9:00am Final Business Deliverables & Business Presentation
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Community Bank Promotion & Cultural Exchange
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm Networking
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Final Reflection
8:00pm Packing-up & Networking
9:00pm
Day 7
7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Transport to Airport & Airline Check In
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm
9:00pm

Volunteer Donation Goal

In order to participate in a Greece Medical 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.

2021 Greece 7 day Business Brigade –

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 7 volunteers and maximum 20.

Scholarship opportunities are available for volunteers to meet their Donation Goal by starting or referring a new chapter. Options to brigade for 12 days with 2 different programs are also available. 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.

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