UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA HUMANITARIAN FIELD TRAINING

United States, 2018

GEG DESIGNED AND FACILITATED A HUMANITARIAN FIELD TRAINING FOR STUDENTS OF THE THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA FRANK BATTEN SCHOOL STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP IN DISASTER AND CONFLICT CLASS

Background: University of Virginia’s (UVA) Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy identified the need for the delivery of a humanitarian field training (HFT) as part of its Strategic Leadership in Disaster and Conflict capstone class.

Requirement: Give a select group of UVA fourth-year students the opportunity to apply skills that they have learned throughout the semester in a simulated humanitarian field operation. Primary learning objectives of the course include, but are not limited to: negotiation, team work, humanitarian assessments and leadership.

GEG Contribution: GEG designed and delivered the three-day UVA HFT, complete with:

  • Classroom Instruction – training modules, specifically tailored to a university student audience, covering topics including: leadership; situational awareness; basic equipment and communications (including hands-on demonstrations of radio and GPS technologies); contemplative practice and stress management in the field; gender and culture; negotiations and access; and field assessments.
  • Simulation and Role Play – interactive simulations, including role-play scenarios with professional actors. Simulations included: border access/entry; field assessment; working with the media; negotiation; and working as a team to mitigate security threats.
  • Equipment Demonstrations – demonstrations of humanitarian field kit, including radios/GPS, austere camping supplies, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

GEG delivered the training at Long Branch Farm in Boyce, Virginia. The training included two nights of camping, with equipment and supplies provided out of GEG’s storage of professional humanitarian operational kit.

If you are interested in conducting an HFT for your institution, please reach out the GEG Director of Client Engagement Aliisa Paivalainen at aliisa.paivalainen@globalemergencygroup.com.

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