Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The fees for the Humanitarian Training program are not posted on the website yet, but I can let you know here...

The five-day training session (June 2-6) fee is $1,500. The fee is reduced to $1,100 for recent graduates and NGO workers. The extended session (June 2-14) fee is $2,750 with a discounted rate of $2,500 for early registration before March 15.

There you go!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

For those in Pittsburgh interested in finding out more about this program, we are having a Meetup  session on February 22. We will be discussing the humanitarian training program, maybe some people who have experience in the field will talk about it and give some advice, and there may be others interested in emergency education or technology for development. In Pittsburgh you never know who will show up at these kinds of things. The city has a remarkable range of people with incredible experience and interests!

You  will also be able to meet me, Astrid and other people in the region interested in these fields - some for work, some just exploring, but have no doubt, I am sure it will an interesting opportunity! Click here to sign up for the meetup and let us know you are coming.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year - New Beginnings

It's probably pointless for hope for fewer humanitarian disasters in the upcoming year, but one can wish. Training in this field offers people with experience in many different areas the opportunities  to get jobs in relief, education, water and safety, and many other areas. Websites like Devex, ReliefWeb and Socialdarity jobs can help you figure out where you might fit it. Our course, with RedR training can get you into the field.

If you are in Pittsburgh, or the surrounding areas, you might want to also join our Meetup group to meet others interested in these fields and attend our first meeting to get more details about opportunities!

Let us know if you have any questions about the upcoming programs.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Nicholas Kristof spoke at our school tonight as part of our 50th Anniversary Celebration. He can hold a crowd with stories of people he has met, in desperate and difficult situations, face, to face. His reporting and his column are both a great starting point and consistent place to keep aware of what is going on in development and aid around the world!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Afghan camp and education

Incredible photo essay on the NY Times website shows the impossible conditions of a camp in Afghanistan - with a small glimmer of hope - a classroom that includes girls. Education during emergencies is a now a standard in the humanitarian aid field.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

My experience with the RedR UK training course was so great, I am really excited at the prospect of so many more people having this opportunity with them teaching in the US. The curriculum is in depth, interesting and significant - from understanding the origin and role of the Geneva Conventions to more recent agreements and analysis of disasters and emergencies. Understanding how NGOs and the UN are organized and work together is an important part of the field as well. But what I really liked was the straight talk about finding and getting jobs in this field. Invaluable information and connections. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The humanitarian emergency in Syria is a very interesting, unusual and heartbreaking one, ultimately. Caused by violent conflict within the country, outsiders are having difficulty getting in and are providing  humanitarian outside of the country, for refugees from the crisis. Here is an organization taking the lead in Syrian humanitarian relief. They are asking for volunteer - I am not sure what you could or where they would send you as a volunteer, but it would be worth taking a look.

But of course, to do this kind of work professionally you would need to be skilled and trained - ready to manage yourself and maybe others in a stressful situation. I learned enough, when I took my Red R course, Essentials of Humanitarian Aid to know that I would like to to do this kind of work eventually, probably with emergency education. It is going to take some time and I may wait till my kids are in college, but I know I would be of value on the ground in some of these situations and I am almost ready for the challenge.