Emergency managers disaster relief workers public health workers social workers and others who would like to apply their skills in international relief work on a volunteer basis students interested in breaking into the international humanitarian aid sector and who want to try volunteering first. His first hand experiences with a variety of international disasters as well as from his extensive career in public health and emergency services offer a one of a kind insight into becoming an international disaster volunteer and making a difference. Abstract this chapter is an introduction to the positive attributes of disaster volunteering including personal fulfilment teamwork and service to others and the negatives such as psychological stress physical danger impacts on work and school and financial costs. Book description how to become an international disaster volunteer discusses the immense value an experienced water systems engineer trauma surgeon or communications specialist could bring to a disaster stricken community while also explaining how their professional educations do not prepare them for the logistical psychological and physical demands of traveling to and functioning in . International disaster response although many international disasters are managed and staffed by people living in the affected communities volunteers with exceptional technical skills red cross knowledge and disaster relief experience can apply to become part of our international disaster response roster
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