Student Service Organizations Abroad
There are several student organizations that offer experiences abroad in a variety of geographical locations with diverse goals and values.
Student Organization Abroad Programs, per the Dean of Students Office are not “sponsored or sanctioned” by the University unless the program is formally co-sponsored with an administrative or academic unit of the University. Receiving IEFS funding does not make this program co-sponsored by Learning Abroad or University of Houston.
All student service organizations must submit the Student Service Learning Program Registration before any members can receive IEFS funding. Organizations can access the registration form here.
All student organizations traveling to U.S. Department of State Travel Warning Level 3 countries must submit an application for approval using the UH Student Travel Authorization Request Form – Students Organizations Abroad document.
If you have questions or are interested in joining an organization and attending one of their programs, please contact the organization directly.
Students attending a Service Learning program abroad must register with Learning Abroad, per the registration process (please review Student Service Learning Organizations for required documents).
Bauer Global Brigades (BGB)
Travel Destination: Panama
Mission/Purpose: To close the poverty loop and create sustainability in rural communities through financial education, empowering micro-businesses to operate more efficiently and independently. How We Do It: We take members on a week-long trip to Panama to provide financial literacy education along with business development and counseling to micro-entrepreneurs. We want them to have a better understanding of their business and how they can improve it.
Friends of Haiti (FoH)
Travel Destinations: Port-au-Prince, Haiti and surrounding villages including Lilavois, Ganthier, Cité Soleil.
Mission/Purpose: Friends of Haiti (FOH) at the University of Houston is an organization that works with volunteer medical professionals to help provide free basic clinics to Haitian patients and foster an attitude of community service and medical professionalism in students. FOH members have a very active role in helping run and organize the clinic, but will always interact diagnostically with patients under the supervision of a medical professional. Through the trip, we aim to raise awareness about healthcare in Haiti and explore the culture of Haiti.
Global Dental Brigades (GDB)
Travel Destinations: Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, Ghana
Mission/Purpose: The Global Dental Brigades chapter at The University of Houston is an international student-operated volunteer organization whose purpose is to recruit student volunteers and professionals, gather supplies, and then travel overseas to help provide immediate, restorative, and preventative dental services in rural communities without access to oral care.
Global Medical Brigades (GMB)
Travel Destinations: Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Ghana
Mission/Purpose: To improve equality of life by igniting the largest student-led social responsibility movement on the planet. To empower volunteers and under-resourced communities to resolve global health and economic disparities and inspire all involved to collaboratively work towards an equal world.
Contact Name: All GMB Officers
Contact Email: Officers@gmbuofh.org
Social Media: Instagram, Snapchat: UHGMB
Travel Destination: TBD
Travel Destination: Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica
Mission/Purpose: AIESEC’s mission is to develop leaders and activate leadership. This organization encourages youth to make a change in society by providing them with opportunities such as cross-cultural exchange. It’s the international platform for young people to discover and develop their potential.