When you think you have enough experience to meet the criteria for SRT then your first step is to complete an application form. Please be aware that we only consider applications from those who have demonstrated a commitment to ShelterBox.
For British residents interviews will be held at ShelterBox HQ in Helston, Cornwall. Alternative arrangements will be made depending upon personal circumstances. Applications from outside the UK are welcome but your application needs to be directed to your in-country affiliate. Please contact us for details.
If successful you will be invited to a selection weekend.
The selection weekend will test your basic fitness, personal attributes and inter-personal skills. Applicants are constantly monitored and assessed by the SRT Training Team and experienced SRT members for suitability. If successful you will be invited to attend a nine day training course.
This is an intensive nine (9) day residential course in Cornwall. The course is designed to be challenging, replicating what SRTs are likely to face in the field on deployment. The course is both an opportunity for you to develop your knowledge and skills in areas such as humanitarian logistics, personal security and ‘getting the job done’, whilst also enabling the training team to further assess your suitability for the role.
Whilst the course is physically demanding, it is certainly not all about brute strength. We are looking for a certain type of person who can think on their feet and remain calm under pressure. If you successfully pass the SRT Training you will be asked to join a unique group of dedicated SRT volunteers as a trainee (or ‘newbie’).
Given the unique and unpredictable nature of our humanitarian work we cannot guarantee a deployment for everyone on a regular basis. However, we endeavour to deploy new team members when feasible as operational requirements dictate. As a new SRT you will normally be in a team of four, under the guidance of an experienced team leader and your progress will be closely monitored.
Whilst we are committed to supporting and developing our volunteers, we expect team members to remain pro-active about their involvement with ShelterBox, which includes your continuing development. There are numerous ways to keep up to date with new equipment and procedures and there is a mutual responsibility to work with the training and operations team to ensure you are ready for future deployments.
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