(October 3, 2013)

Centenary Global Brigades reaches out to alumni for expertise

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary Global Brigades members traveled to Honduras and Panama this summer to improve quality of life in under-resourced regions, but even the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization needs a little help from time to time. This year, Centenary Global Brigades is asking Centenary alumni to join them in their travels to offer professional skills and share expertise in relevant fields.

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Global Brigades is the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization.

Global Brigades works to empower communities in rural, under-resourced, and isolated areas in Honduras and Panama. Participation in the organization gives students the opportunity to gain career-related experience and the possibility of earning Trek credits. Each brigade lasts one week and offers communities basic human rights resources for medical and dental care, clean water, and business knowledge.

"While each brigade can benefit from the attendance of professionals who work in fields related to the work of the brigade it is especially important to recruit prescribing physicians and other medical and dental professionals for the medical brigade," said Emilie Harmeyer, Campus Chairperson of Centenary Global Brigades. "Without the help of medical professionals, these brigades could not exist."

Regardless of expertise, all alumni volunteers are welcome to join the student group. Alumni who assist with the brigades can look forward to building relationships with bright and driven Centenary students while experiencing the Latin American culture.

"Global brigades is not about service but empowerment—empowering communities to build toward the development they need and want and empowering brigaders to better understand the cultures they visit," said Harmeyer.

For more information about Centenary Global Brigades and getting involved, contact Emilie Harmeyer at eharmeyer@my.centenary.edu.