Squads Abroad is a 501c3 non-profit organization under our parent company Global Brigades, a Platinum Level Guidestar member for Financial Transparency. Since 2004, our organization has collectively mobilized more than 70,000 international volunteers to help resolve global health and economic disparities around the world.

Teachers: Join our movement!

Foster your students’ business skills with real-world impact.

Global Business Squads

Inspire entrepreneurism and financial literacy abroad for youth in under-resourced communities.

 

LEARN HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Empower Entrepreneurs

Volunteers help create microenterprises for schools to diversify funding and teach real-world business skills.

Building Cultural Competency

Immerse students in enrichment activities that build the context and capacity for more effective volunteering.

Business Projects Include

Building Microenterprises

Selling products to the larger community as a way to raise money for the school.

Improving Community-owned Banks

Painting or building out an area of our community banks to be focused on children.

Financial Literacy Training

Our economic development curriculum fosters a culture of savings to help lift families out of poverty.

Start-Up Costs

The group donation goal includes the capital for the start-up costs of the school’s microenterprise.

EACH GLOBAL BUSINESS SQUAD PROVIDES:

Customizable Business Workshops for Volunteers to Deliver
Hands-on Projects to Improve Community Banks
Guest Lectures from Economic Development Experts
Cross-Cultural Sensitivity Training
Local Language Instruction
Enriching Cultural Activities

Where We Work

PANAMA

HONDURAS

GHANA

ABOUT BUSINESS SQUADS

Global Business Squads empower students to develop and apply business skills to foster long-term economic development in partner communities. Programs can range between 1-2 weeks and include enrichment activities that build cultural competence inspired by the local population.

Each volunteer has an individual donation goal depending on the country to help cover logistical expenses such as transport, local staff, meals, insurance, accommodations and also the year-round follow-up to their project by our local staff. Additionally, each group fundraises $1500 as a team to go toward the start-up costs of the microenterprises they will help develop.

Each Squad needs a minimum of 6 volunteers and one faculty leader. The faculty participate without a donation goal.

Impact Stats*

Community-Owned Banks

Microenterprises Supported

of Capitalization for Microenterprises

Business Volunteers Mobilized

*Impact numbers include our statistics from our parent organization Global Brigades.

Current Business Projects

Corn Processing Mill

Corn Processing Mill

– Ekumfi Adansemaim, Ghana

Business Overview
Motivated by spoiling crops and excessive travel to process their corn, the members of Adansemaim donated community land and invested in a corn processing mill.

Economic Challenge
The community of Ekumfi Adansemaim had a working corn mill over four years ago but it broke down and was not reparable. Upon the mill breaking down, community members were constantly inconvenienced by being forced to travel going long distances to get their corn processed effecting their profit margin on what they were able to sell. This travel was not possible to do often and the wait normally led to the crop going bad.

Business Solution
In January 2013, the community agreed to give up a portion of community land for a corn mill project and put in all the necessary labor, sand and water necessary to build the structure to house the mill. The structure of the business comprises an executive committee of committed community members that runs the mill. People in specific positions overlook operational, financial and marketing tasks. All additional costs were taken as a loan from the Community Development Fund, which include other structural materials with an addition of the motor and the mill. The corn mill processing is doing great making a lot of profit to help with community projects.

Bakery

Bakery

– Ekumfi Ebuakwa, Ghana

Business Overview
Seeing a market opportunity and to save their fellow community members time and money to obtain basic baked goods, the community of Ekumfi Ebuakwa established a bakery business in May 2014.

Economic Challenge
In general, baked goods are hard to come by in the Ekumfi district. Community members had to go either to Mankessim (45 mins away for 8 GHS) or to Kasoa (90 mins away from 12 GHS), which is far and expensive for a simple trip to get some bread. The community of Ekumfi Ebuakwa had some individuals that were already semi-skilled in baking and saw an opportunity to produce bread in the community.

Business Solution
The community members came together to establish the bakery in May 2014. The bakery has three basic departments – production, distribution and finances. The production team handles all aspects of the production process managed by trained bakers in the community. The community shopkeepers’ act as distributors and the bakery manager in addition to operations handles the finances. The community gave up a portion of community land for the project and put in all the necessary labor, sand and water needed to build the structure to house the bakery. The rest of the financing came as a long-term loan from the Community Development Fund.

Next Steps
1: Replenish working capital after bad flour purchase
2: Tricycle to aid in distribution

Chair & Canopy Rental

Chair & Canopy Rental

– Ekumfi Egyankwa, Ghana

Business Overview
To serve the market for cultural events in the region, the community of Ekumfi Egyankwa started a Chair and Canopy Rental business in May 2013.

Economic Challenge
In Ghana and specifically the Ekumfi district, festivals, wedding ceremonies, outdooring and funerals play a key role in the culture of the people. These cultural activities require a space and basic shade and seating like similar events around the world. Obtaining simple things like seats and canopies was difficult and expensive in the region.

Business Solution
In May 2013 with Global Brigades support the community of Ekumfi Egyankwa was able to establish a Chair & Canopy Rental business. The rental business has two basic departments – marketing and finance. The marketing team handles all advertisement and promotion of the business. They serve as the front-runners in the customer relationship management process. The finance manager is in charge of the finances of the business. The business is doing incredibly well since they have grown the business from only three (3) canopies and chairs to eleven (11) canopies.

Next Steps
1: Expand services based on customer demands
2: Explore chair and mattress rentals

Teachers, join our movement!

Squads Abroad is a 501c3 non-profit organization under our parent company Global Brigades, a Platinum Level Guidestar member for Financial Transparency. Since 2004, our organization has collectively mobilized more than 70,000 international volunteers to help resolve global health and economic disparities around the world.

Squads are passionate groups of volunteers who mobilize abroad to create positive change. Each Squad type has a skill-based focus area that support the education, health and economic development objectives of community partners. Faculty choose their dates, duration (typically 1-2 weeks), and their site location from one of our six program countries.