Introduction

The world faces numerous humanitarian crises today. It is difficult to look online or watch the news without seeing a story about a natural disaster, a conflict, or people fleeing from war. Some are moved by this to write a check, and others to work more directly with those affected by these tragedies. If you think you might be part of the latter group of people and want to become a humanitarian aid worker, you probably have questions about how to get your foot in the door. It is important to begin with an understanding of the work itself and to consider what kind of international humanitarian work might be a good fit for you. As one survey participant succinctly said: “It’s not a job—it’s a life choice. It will determine EVERYTHING ...

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