Brigade Cost Breakdown

The costs associated with participating in a brigade consist of four items: the program contribution (also called the in-country contribution), airfare, HTH worldwide insurance, vaccinations, and visas.


+/-  Program Contribution

The program contribution covers travel insurance, all ground transportation while abroad, food, lodging, legal fees, program materials (ex: Architecture Brigades requires wood or other construction supplies), etc. Program contribution amounts vary by country and chapter as follows:
  • Honduras Brigades - $750
  • Panama Brigades (non-Medical) - $790
  • Panama Brigades (Medical) - $820
  • Ghana Brigades - $880
  • Nicaragua Brigades - $930

+/-  Airfare

Exact flight costs will vary by season or group size. Airfare for brigades typically fall within the following ranges:
  • Honduras, Panama, and Nicaragua Brigades - $650-850
  • Ghana Brigades - $1,400-1,800

+/-  HTH Worldwide Insurance

HTH insurance is an additional type of travel insurance that is required by the Penn State Risk Management department. Student group rates are $1.09/day for each day of the brigade.

+/-  Visas

The necessity and cost of visas will vary by individual depending on nationality and destination country. There are a number of ways you can determine visa requirements such as embassy websites or through various visa services. Below are Visa HQ webpages for each of our destination countries:

Be sure to input your proper citizenship and residency when using Visa HQ. Please confirm with your trip leader before applying for any visas.

It is each individual's responsibility to obtain any necessary visas prior to travel. Penn State Global Brigades will not provide refunds for students who do not acquire visas in time for their brigade.


+/-  Vaccinations

The necessity and cost of vaccinations will vary by individual depending on vaccination history and destination country. To determine vaccination requirements/recommendations, please refer to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) webpage appropriate for your destination country:

For scheduling vaccination appointments or receiving more information on vaccinations for travel, you may contact the University Health Services (UHS) Travel Clinic.

It is each individual's responsibility to obtain any necessary vaccinations prior to travel. Penn State Global Brigades will not provide refunds for students who do not receive necessary vaccinations in time for their brigade.




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