ShelterBox runs courses to train volunteers to assess the need for our aid in humanitarian disasters and deliver it on our behalf.
When people are displaced by natural disasters or conflict, we use a network of volunteers who have passed our training courses, known as ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs). They work as an important link between ShelterBox in the UK, our affiliate organisations, local officials and our beneficiaries in disaster zones.
We offer the opportunity to become an SRT volunteer through the following courses:
Four-Day Assessment: Upon success of application and interview, candidates will be assessed on their ability to operate effectively within a team environment, solving problems and making decisions whilst working in challenging conditions. During this introduction, course entrants are judged on their suitability to take part in further ShelterBox training.
Pre-deployment Nine-Day Course: This stage of training seeks to replicate likely tasks whilst on deployment, developing knowledge and skills in areas such as humanitarian logistics and personal security. On completion of the course, Response Team members will have acquired and developed the level of knowledge, skills and understanding to be able to represent ShelterBox in an operational capacity.
Candidates on SRT volunteer courses are introduced to a variety of scenarios to demonstrate typical tasks expected of them. Following successful graduation of the courses, we stay in touch with them to maintain their skills and practices as our requirements change. Further training is offered for refreshing skills or updates on latest working practice when representing ShelterBox.
You can read articles about some of the experiences from our Response Team volunteers in our news section.