5 Tips for Becoming a Humanitarian Aid Volunteer

The joy of giving back

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Now, how often do you see people wearing the coordinated outfit, handing out brochures and smiling from 9 am to 6 pm to those who pass by? Very often right!

Or you would also realize that nowadays, with the aid of social media, the act of giving back has become a lot easier. People can go to a certain page and simply click to donate. It would only take merely 1 minute.

There are many ways to give back to the community. We could be raising awareness of certain critical issues like genocide attempts, attacks on civilians and scarcity of essential resources in certain countries. Additionally, we could be among those who actually go the distance and give aid to those in need. This act is referred to as a form of humanitarian aid. You would see a group of people ( aid volunteers), handing out packed food and drinks to homeless people, giving out clothes and pillows and even going overseas to give aid to countries that are in crisis like wars and shortage of resources.

Check out this video to understand more about humanitarian aid!

Video from: Youtube

Humanitarian aid is provided to satisfy the urgent needs of victims of natural disasters, wars and poverty. For the record, today is the International Day of Tolerance.

“Tolerance is an act of humanity, which we must nurture and enact each in own lives every day, to rejoice in the diversity that makes us strong and the values that bring us together.” — UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay

One beautiful way to celebrate this day is to at least start thinking of how we can contribute to society and on a larger scale, the world. As we know, the world is full of diversity be it the race, religion, culture, economic status, peacefulness and etc.

Being a humanitarian aid volunteer is definitely not easy. Imagine leaving your comfort zones for more than several days or weeks and being exposed to various potential threats. It is indeed a scary thing to do, but extremely noble!


So, are you interested to know the tips in becoming a humanitarian aid volunteer? Here are the 5 tips!

Working for free

To get selected as a volunteer, one needs to have at least one experience of working as an unpaid intern at non-profit organizations. This is so because working in the NGOs sector requires the act of investing in ourselves prior to getting the rewards.

Pursuing a postgraduate study

It is always okay to have an extra education level. It makes us stand out and gives us a chance to become a volunteer if we don’t have the experience.

Putting skills into use

To have a particular skill like finance, nursing and food security can facilitate the process of our entry to the organization. We could also try to get training in various fields like environmental, medical, agricultural and many more.


Always think one step ahead

Try to have a bigger picture of the whole volunteering work. Have in mind of the areas in which we are interested to go to, the crisis they face and finding out specifically how we can contribute with our skills.


Researching, and keep researching

Start looking at NGOs website, according to what we aim for. We could also have sort of an informal interview with those we meet during volunteering work. Ask about their path and personal experience as to how they manage to become a humanitarian worker. Once we’re ready, we can start applying to trusted NGOs sites.


Here are some other interesting tips!

In anything that we do, we should always put the best amount of effort that we can. We should seek as much help and skills as we can. Then we can start giving back to those around us, the ones in need. We won’t know how much our help will impact their life!



Content from: Raptim, The Nest, UN

By Mirarhyme


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