Relief Organizations

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1. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Does anyone on the forums have experience working with famine/disaster relief organizations?

If so which ones did you deal with? What did you do? I am really curious to find out more about this area of work/volunteering.

I have looked into the Peace Corp in the past, but there is a waiting list to volunteer with them of like 2 years or so.

Anyways, if you have any insight for me on this issue it will be much appreciated.

Ian Monaghan.

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Ian,

Have you ever looked into Oxfam? They are a global organization that operates in this area. There's another one too that I know of but can't remember the name of at the moment.... it'll come back I'm sure.

I have never personally worked for one, but know that for example Oxfam did (does) a lot in areas hit by cyclones and such, for example Tikopia (island in the Solomon Islands) back in January 2003.



3. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hey Ian,

I have the same interest as you. I would love to work for a relief organisation. I want to be a nurse. Some organisations I have heard of are: The Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and Doctors Without Borders.

There are also some Christian organisations like Youth For Christ, Youth With A Mission, Samaritan's Purse, and so on. For most serious missions I think you would need to have extensive training (like be a doctor/paramedic/RN, have construction/plumbing/electrical experience and training, etc.) By the way, YFC and YWAM don't require you to be a "youth" and prior experience or knowlege isn't necessary. They are Christian organsiations, though, so you would need to be a born again Christian and be willing to witness to the locals.

For example, some people I know did a mission a few years ago to El Salvador and built a new church for a congregation who lost their church in an earthquake. I think they might have built a house there also, but I can't remember.

I hope that helps. I am looking forward to hearing other people's firsthand experiences, also.