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Wednesday
Jun272012

Humanitarian Aid Training

Right now I’m in New York City, a couple blocks from the Southwest corner of Central Park.  I arrived here earlier in June to complete a month-long course on humanitarian aid with the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation

 

In the past I’ve posted a lot about training resources for people who want to work in humanitarian emergencies, international development and/or war zones, because there is not a whole lot of opportunities out there.  This is one of the few I’ve found that is available without having to go for a graduate degree or learn on the job.  It’s an intense, 200-hour course, that gives you eight graduate credits and a certification known as an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance.  While I have a lot of experience and training in conflict stabilization and the way the U.S. government conducts foreign assistance, I don’t have any in responding to humanitarian emergencies, so this will be a useful addition to my tool kit. 


Here’s a copy of the syllabus.


I’ll write a review when I’m done and let readers know more about the content.  I may also do some posts on the issues surrounding humanitarian aid.


For me, the fact that it involves credits I can transfer makes taking the course of great value in strict financial terms, since it means I can graduate a semester early.  Tuition also covers a room in a three person apartment at an awesome location in Manhattan, and all weekday meals, so that’s an added bonus.  The training I’ve had so far has been excellent, though most of the group work has been a waste of time.  Based on my experience so far (graduation is Friday), I would take this course again and recommend it to anyone who wants to work in humanitarian aid, international development, or conflict stabilization.


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