DART Training - April 2017

(Note: We are no longer accepting applications.)


More and more disasters are occurring worldwide. Every day we are confronted with devastating news on television which often lead to a feeling of helplessness.

In order to enhance the efforts of GAiN to meet the needs of people affected by those types of emergencies, the concept of a Disaster Assistance and Response Team (DART) has been developed. It is supposed to complement the regular work of GAiN by providing quick and flexible professional help in disaster areas with trained volunteers. 

In such situations it is very important to have individuals who are trained to handle the specific problems present and to know exactly how to react in case of a disaster. Depending on the scale of the catastrophe, GAiN will put together case by case an international team of staff and volunteers with various skills. All kind of people are needed – YOU are needed!

Response types
The main intervention of the DART consists in the provision of food, water, medical support, emergency shelter and trauma healing, always conducted with a long-term development perspective. The need for its involvement is based on the results of natural or man-made disasters, according to a case-by-case decision. The focus of the DART tasks can vary in each mission or shift over time, depending on the (especially human) resources available, and may also be achieved through cooperation with other organizations.

How we work
GAiN is an independent non-profit organization. We help every person in need, regardless of race, religion, or nationality.

All GAiN offices and projects are financed through private donations or grants. DART members work voluntarily without payment. However, GAiN will cover all their expenses on a DART mission, including flight, accommodation, insurance etc. (Exception: The costs resulting from the disaster training have to be covered by each applicant individually.)

Physical involvement
This means to be ready to go on mission. All suitable applicants will be invited first for an interview and eventually a disaster training. In case of a disaster, a message will be sent out to the whole database in order to find enough members ready to join the respective DART mission within one week. One mission may last up to four months.

People who want to apply are expected to meet at least the following qualifications:

  • English language ability (further language ability wanted)
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good physical health
  • Psychological stability
  • Flexibility and short-term availability
  • Capacity for teamwork (including personal subordination to the decisions of the team leader)
  • Intercultural competence
  • Willingness to fulfill the duty without complaining or discussing
  • Readiness to leave to a disaster area for a period of at least 2 weeks (better will be 4 weeks to 3 months)
  • Stable/supportive personal environment

We are looking for people who can help us to fill the following functions of a DART:

  • Team Leader
  • Communication/PR
  • Finances/Accounting
  • Aid Distribution
  • Medical Care
  • IT
  • Staff Coordination
  • Spiritual Guidance
  • Logistics Coordination
  • Construction/Engineering and Coordination
  • Water Supply Coordination

Dates: April 26 - May 7, 2017
Cost: TBD (includes cost of training, lodging, meals, travel insurance and travel from nearest major international airport to/from Latvia)

The application deadline is October 15, 2016.

Click here for more information and/or to apply.