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International Humanitarian Action Training


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Launch your humanitarian career. Make a difference.

The Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Action Training (IHAT) is an inspiring, practical, and informative three-day course that will give you a solid grounding in issues of humanitarian assistance and help you understand what it takes to be an effective and resilient aid worker.

Aid workers can make a world of difference. Partnering with agencies and local communities around the world, aid workers provide vital healthcare, water, shelter, protection, psychosocial care and other assistance to those affected by conflict and disasters.

Who is this course for?

We have trained people from a wide range of professions, from nurses and social workers to fire fighters and communications professionals. As a participant of this course you will:

  • Find out whether your skills are useful for a career in the aid sector
  • Learn about the different work and volunteering pathways to a career in aid
  • Prepare for aid work or an international volunteer role
  • Expand your understanding of the aid sector and the humanitarian context
  • Build on your existing humanitarian experience and skills to be able to confidently respond to international crises

What will you learn?

  • The key pillars of sound humanitarian practice and action
  • How to stay safe and maintain your health and wellbeing in challenging field environments
  • Humanitarian response in disasters and conflict
  • The legal basis of humanitarian action
  • Emergency needs assessment and planning
  • Cross-cultural awareness
  • The variety of jobs and pathways for careers in humanitarian assistance

Pre-requisites and assumed knowledge

There are no pre-requisites for this course. IHAT is a comprehensive introduction to humanitarian assistance. You do not need to have prior knowledge or experience of the aid sector to participate.

Our facilitators

The course is facilitated by experienced aid workers from Red Cross and other humanitarian organisations. You will hear directly from those 'in the know' - facilitators who go beyond theory to share their experiences in the field, explain the realities and complexities of the aid sector, and provide advice about career pathways.

Course dates and locations

IHAT is offered several times a year. Each course runs three full days and is non-residential. Participants make their own accommodation and transport arrangements. All course rates include training materials, lunch, and morning and afternoon tea.

Upcoming course dates

Sydney: 23-25 August 2017 (Red Cross Offices, 464 Kent St, Sydney, NSW)

Melbourne: 13-15 September 2017 (Red Cross Offices, 23-47 Villiers St, North Melbourne, VIC)

Canberra: 11-13 October 2017 (Red Cross House, 3 Dann Cl, Garran, ACT)

Darwin: 6 - 8 September 2017 (Red Cross Offices, 13 Scaturchio St, Casuarina, NT)

IHAT course fees

Participant group Cost per participant
Government, corporate and other organisations $930
Individual members of the public $820
Full-time students $690
Australian Red Cross staff members and volunteers $720

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IHAT Testimonials

"I loved it! I learnt so much about the humanitarian aid sector and it would have taken me months to find the information on my own!" Ida, IHAT participant, March 2015

"It was an amazing course and I ended up in Pakistan. I can't thank you and your team enough, I learned a great deal." Abraham, IHAT participant

"I was overwhelmed by the knowledge I gained. It was humbling to share a classroom with so many different people with such diverse stories of life, studies and work experiences. The calibre of speakers, and their experiences in field work, were… encouraging and fascinating." Lisa, IHAT participant

"...a comfortable and encouraging environment. I have ultimately come away achieving exactly what I had hoped to: obtaining some background knowledge and deciding whether I can see myself heading in such a direction." Sophie, IHAT participant