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Becoming an International Humanitarian Aid Worker by Tania Bernath, Chen Reis

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Chapter 3

The Reality of Working in Humanitarian Aid

Abstract

This chapter is aimed at helping the reader determine whether working in humanitarian aid is the right career path for them. It focuses on work at the national or regional level in countries that are experiencing an emergency because of a conflict or natural disaster. It highlights the lifestyle, various types of living arrangements, security issues, health issues, and challenges that field workers face such as living in isolation, sexual harassment, and difficult working environments. It also highlights some of the long-term implications of choosing this path such as how it might impact on relationships at home and on considerations for those wanting to have children. The chapter concludes ...

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