So You Think You want to be a Relief Worker?

Date: 25 Mar 2017
Length: 1 days
Location: London, UK
Residential: No

About the course:

This one-day workshop is an essential introduction for anyone interested in a career in the humanitarian sector. You will hear first hand experiences from individuals who have been involved in humanitarianism, learn about the nature of humanitarian relief, and look at the skills you have to bring to the sector.

You will also have the chance to go through the application process for the humanitarian sector, learning about where to apply, and what kind of skills are in demand. HR professionals from the humanitarian sector will help you adapt your CV and existing skills to match humanitarian language. The course will also advise you on further routes of study to inform your career as an aid worker.

So You Think runs every two months.

Meet the Trainer - Elaine Burroughs

What does the course cover?

  • The disaster cycle
  • Codes and standards in humanitarianism
  • Humanitarianism in practice
  • The humanitarian sector
  • CV-writing for the humanitarian sector
  • Employment, volunteering, internship, and training resources and opportunities
  • Personal stories and experiences

By the end of the course you will:

  • Understand how the humanitarian sector operates
  • Have questioned and learnt from experienced humanitarian workers
  • Be able to explain how the humanitarian sector works
  • Have further insight into your own motivations for entering the sector
  • Know how to make contact with key agencies
  • Have identified what to do next and how to go about it

Who should attend?

This course is designed for those with a general understanding of the humanitarian sector and an interest in a humanitarian career. Those with no previous experience or knowledge in the sector are also welcome to attend, but are expected to complete some pre-reading. 

Course structure:

Registration is from 9.00am, with the course starting at 9.15am and concluding by 5.00pm. The day is broken up into four sessions, separated by a lunch break and coffee/ tea breaks in the morning and afternoon.

Participants will be actively encouraged to participate in classroom discussions and group work. The trainer will draw on both theoretical and practical knowledge in order to make the experience and learning applicable to the realities of the humanitarian sector.


Phil Candy

Justine Tordoff

Lizzy Openshaw

Marine Menier

Elena Oyon


The fees are inclusive of all training resources, lunch and refreshments. For further information on pricing bands please use the link on the right.


Early Bird Fee

Standard Fee

Band A

  • Those working for southern national & local NGOs
  • Full-time students



Band B 

  • Individuals funding themselves
  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1million/$1.5million



Band C 

  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income greater than £1million/$1.5million



Band D 

  • Those working for commercial, governmental and intergovernmental organisations



Early bird fee: Book and pay up to a month in advance to receive a 10% discount through our early bird scheme. 

For more information please contact our training team. Please click here to read our full terms and conditions.


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