FAQ

What is Bauer Global Brigades? 

Bauer Global Brigades is a student organization at the University of Houston that provides a unique volunteer experience geared towards business. You get real world experience while also making a change in someone’s life.

Is it mandatory to be a UH Student in order to attend a brigade?

Anyone can go on a brigade! Our chapter is targeted toward UH students but we welcome anyone who wants to help our cause as long as they stay active in our organization.

Do I have to be a Business Major?

We welcome ALL majors! Brigades are a great learning experience and very eye-opening for anyone in ANY field.

Is there a membership fee?

The membership fee is $40 for a year and $25 for a semester. The membership fee helps to pay for any chapter expenses including food & drinks for meetings and a member T-Shirt.

Is the trip safe? 

Global Brigades goes to great lengths to ensure optimum safety in the countries we visit. A part of the cost of the trip goes to ensuring security and medical personnel, as well as securing a safe compound.

What is the cost? 

The program fee is $790, not including the additional cost of airfare. Estimating from previous years, members should budget for a program fee + airfare total cost of $1,500.

What does your $790 go to? 

The $790 is the program fee which goes towards the logistics of your trip, including the staff (security, drivers, translators, coordinators, medical personnel), food, housing, etc.

The chapter itself has to raise $1,500 and that will go to keeping up with the sustainability of the community, which includes funding for the Community Bank and follow-up meetings with the members of the community.

Is there any fundraising?

YES. We have two main fundraising avenues. One is our bake sales that happen throughout the year. Most of this will be going towards the $1,500 chapter fee Bauer Global Brigades must pay to go on the trip. Anything that is left over will go to students going on the trip.

The second fundraising opportunity is through Aramark. Each volunteer who goes to an Aramark event will receive $65 that will be used directly to fund the person’s trip. Each volunteer will sign a contract stating that the $65 belongs to BGB if the person does not go on the trip. IF you attend Aramark events and go on the trip, Bauer Global Brigades will NOT use your money.