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!

Develop your students’ STEM skills with real-world impact.

Global STEM Squads

Provide access to clean water in rural underserved communities through applying STEM skills.

 

LEARN HOW TO GET INVOLVED

STEM for Clean Drinking Water

STEM Squads work alongside local engineers to assess, design, and construct infrastructure projects that improve access to clean water. Students will conduct surveys with local community members, learn the science behind water testing, and develop engineering skills to help design and build the water systems.

Building Cultural Competence

Volunteers learn directly from our local engineers and community leaders on the challenges of water access in the developing world while participating in enrichment activities that immerse them in local culture.

STEM Projects Include

Community Water Systems

Learn the engineering behind large scale gravity-based water systems, then help dig and lay the pipe.

Water for Schools

Help design and build rainwater harvesting systems to provide clean drinking water for schools.

In-Class STEM Instruction

Lead STEM workshops alongside local students to supplement local classroom curriculum.

Community Surveying

Shadow engineers surveying land for water sources and testing water quality

EACH GLOBAL STEM SQUAD PROVIDES

Real-World Applications of STEM Concepts
Water Projects that Improve Community Health
Guest Lectures From Local Experts
Cross-Cultural Sensitivity Training
Local Language Instruction
Enriching Cultural Activities

Where We Work

PANAMA

HONDURAS

GHANA

ABOUT STEM SQUADS

Global STEM Squads empower students to develop and apply their STEM skills to improve access to clean drinking water for 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 water project.

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

Impact Stats

Community Members Impacted

Miles of Piping Laid

Water Systems Built

volunteers

PAST STEM SQUADS PROJECTS

Costa Rica Clemente Avendano Elementary School

Project 1: Create reading corners with book shelves, carpets, comfortable seating, and educational murals.

Project 2: Design and implement learning walls with bulletin boards, book shelves, and educational murals.

Project 3: Provide computers, laptops, software, and infrastructure for computer labs.

Project 4: Construct and refurbish playground and sports facilities in a schoolyard.

Costa Rica Ujarras Elementary School

Project 1: Create reading corners with book shelves, carpets, comfortable seating, and educational murals.

Project 2: Design and implement learning walls with bulletin boards, book shelves, and educational murals.

Project 3: Provide computers, laptops, software, and infrastructure for computer labs.

Project 4: Construct and refurbish playground and sports facilities in a schoolyard.

Peru Fe Y Alegria School

Project 1: Create reading corners with book shelves, carpets, comfortable seating, and educational murals.

Project 2: Design and implement learning walls with bulletin boards, book shelves, and educational murals.

Project 3: Provide computers, laptops, software, and infrastructure for computer labs.

Project 4: Construct and refurbish playground and sports facilities in a schoolyard.

Peru Casa Hogar Sagrado Corazon Orphanage

Project 1: Create reading corners with book shelves, carpets, comfortable seating, and educational murals.

Project 2: Design and implement learning walls with bulletin boards, book shelves, and educational murals.

Project 3: Provide computers, laptops, software, and infrastructure for computer labs.

Project 4: Construct and refurbish playground and sports facilities in a schoolyard.

Ghana Ho Kpdozi Basic "A" School

Project 1: Create reading corners with book shelves, carpets, comfortable seating, and educational murals.

Project 2: Design and implement learning walls with bulletin boards, book shelves, and educational murals.

Project 3: Provide computers, laptops, software, and infrastructure for computer labs.

Project 4: Construct and refurbish playground and sports facilities in a schoolyard.

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.