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Legal Empowerment Brigade –
7 Day Sample Schedule

Volunteers split into small groups to work with a Panamanian lawyer and an assigned family on an open legal case. Volunteers gather important information needed to resolve the case and later present their recommendations. The brigade works alongside the Panamanian Ministry of Social Development (MIDES) to present educational workshops on topics related to legal rights and concepts for presentation to the community. In addition to the family cases, volunteers support lawyers during a community legal clinic, where community members will have short sessions with the lawyer to present legal challenges and receive pro-bono consulting and resources. Near the end of the brigade, volunteers participate in “Mooting,” a fictitious legal debate simulating the argument of counsel on points of law, similar to mock trial. Volunteers argue two sides of a previous case that occurred in Panama (with names changed) using real case precedents and laws. Lastly, the volunteers assist in promoting the community bank to encourage savings and financial planning by explaining how the community bank’s governance and bylaws are structured to benefit the community.

Legal Empowerment brigades are only scheduled for summer months. Talk to your Program Associate for more details.

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 Early Departure from Lodging Facility
9:00am Intro to Global Brigades and Holistic Model Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community Transport to Community
10:00am Educational Workshop Legal Clinics Legal Clinics Community Bank Workshop on Bylaws Panama Canal Tour (for flights departing after 2pm)
11:00am Team Building Activity
12:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm Transport to Community Hypothetical Case Activity 2nd Meeting with Families 3rd Meeting with Families House Visits to Promote Community Bank
2:00pm Workshop: How to Work with Families Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Transport to Airport & Airline Check-In
3:00pm 1st Meeting with Families Visit the Meteti Corregiduria Mooting Prep & Debate
4:00pm Dinner at Lodging Facility Transport to Lodging Facility Prep for Mooting Intro to Indigenous Laws & Cultural Exchange
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility Visit the Justice Center in Meteti Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
7:00pm Cultural Sensitivity Discussion Reflection Reflection Reflection Reflection Final Reflection
8:00pm Workshop Preparation Family Case Preparation Family Case Preparation Intro to Microfinance & Community Bank Bylaws
9:00pm
Day 1
8:00am Airport Pick up and Transport to Lodging Facility
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Dinner at Lodging Facility
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm Cultural Sensitivity Discussion
8:00pm
9:00pm
Day 2
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Intro to Global Brigades and Holistic Model
10:00am
11:00am Team Building Activity
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Transport to Community
2:00pm Workshop: How to Work with Families
3:00pm 1st Meeting with Families
4:00pm
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm Workshop Preparation
9:00pm
Day 3
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Transport to Community
10:00am Educational Workshop
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Hypothetical Case Activity
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
5:00pm Visit the Justice Center in Meteti
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm Family Case Preparation
9:00pm
Day 4
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Transport to Community
10:00am Legal Clinics
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm 2nd Meeting with Families
2:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
3:00pm Visit the Meteti Corregiduria
4:00pm Prep for Mooting
5:00pm
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm Family Case Preparation
9:00pm
Day 5
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Transport to Community
10:00am Legal Clinics
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm 3rd Meeting with Families
2:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
3:00pm Mooting Prep & Debate
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Reflection
8:00pm Intro to Microfinance & Community Bank
9:00pm
Day 6
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Transport to Community
10:00am Community Bank Meeting Workshop on Bylaws
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm House Visits to Promote Community Bank
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm Intro to Indigenous Laws & Cultural Exchange
5:00pm Transport to Lodging Facility
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Final Reflection
8:00pm
9:00pm
Day 7
8:00am Early Departure from Lodging Facility
9:00am
10:00am Panama Canal Tour (for flights departing after 2pm)
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm Transport to Airport & Airline Check-In
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm
9:00pm

Volunteer Donation Goal

Volunteers do not pay to participate in a Legal Empowerment Brigade. Instead, volunteers fundraise to support Global Brigades’ Holistic Model. 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 Legal Empowerment Brigade.

When a volunteer participates in a Legal Empowerment 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 lawyers, 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.

2019 Panama 7 day Brigade –

*The donation goals listed above are for volunteers joining an existing Global Legal Empowerment Brigades Chapter on a university campus. 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 Legal Empowerment Brigade.

Donations to Legal Empowerment

Extra donations made to our Legal Empowerment program supports year-round legal case processing and follow-up, Legal Empowerment Program management and on-going project monitoring and impact evaluation.

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 Panama

  • 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;
  • Established relationship with Senafront to provide security escorts to those groups working in the Darien region;
  • 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 water (no hot water) as well as filtered clean drinking water dispensers onsite. 24-hour security is provided at all facilities. Conditions are most similar to a comfortable summer camp, with dormitory-style sleeping and shared bathrooms.

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

El Palmar

The El Palmar hostel sits along the Pan-American highway, approximately 30 minutes after passing Lago Bayano and approximately 10 minutes before reaching the town of Torti. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green mountains and farms’ pastures. Global Brigades Panama has used El Palmar for several years, and it has housed hundreds of brigaders. Emergency medical care is easily accessible in Torti.

Hotel Avicar

Hotel Avicar sits along the Pan-American highway, approximately 40 minutes after passing Lago Bayano and is in the center of the town of Torti. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green mountains and farms’ pastures. Also, brigaders staying at Hotel Avicar get see how life plays out in a rural town in East Panama. Emergency medical care is available in Torti.

Vía España

Hotel Vía España sits in the center of Panama City, about 40 minutes from Panama’s international airport. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of Panama City’s skyline. Global Brigades Panama began using this hotel in 2013 to accommodate any brigades that needed to stay in Panama City. Brigades do not typically stay in Panama City; Global Brigades Panama only uses this facility during emergencies and cases involving extenuating circumstances. Emergency medical care is available in several hospitals in the city.

Pro Niños

The Pro Niños facility sits along the Pan-American
highway, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes after passing into the Darién province. The facility is also located about 10 minutes from the town of Meteti. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green pastures and distant mountains. Global Brigades Panama has used the Pro Niños facility for several years, and it has housed hundreds of brigaders. Emergency medical care is available in Meteti and in the town of Santa Fe, about 30 minutes away.

San Carlos

The San Carlos facility sits about 10 minutes off of the Pan-American highway, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes after leaving Panama City in the direction of the Coclé province. Here, brigaders enjoy a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. Global Brigades Panama will be using the San Carlos facility for the first time in March 2015. Emergency medical care is available at the Health Center in the town of San Carlos, approximately 2 minutes from this facility.

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