Confessions of a Voluntourist

Global Brigades’ impact model — It’s worth checking out their website

In March, I went to Panama for a week as part of a medical Global Brigade and helped run free clinics for various communities. During that week, about 20 other students from my university and I stayed at a compound, prepared posters and presentations to give to patients and children, packed medication for our makeshift pharmacy, and practiced taking vitals. Each day, we’d spend seven-ish hours at the clinic, taking vitals, recording…