Disaster Aid USA is accepting applications from Rotarians and non-Rotarians who are interested in becoming International Disaster Aid Response Team Members. The training will be held in Frederick, Maryland from September 28th, to October 2nd, 2017.
A problem solving and or project management skills are a huge asset in the field as disaster and water projects will present many operational, cultural, and political problems. The ability to look for local resources, compare those to resources available to be shipped in, and due a proper analysis of both is key to success. Being able to work with other cultures, participate in government, UN or Rotary meetings and present our Capacity is key also.
Becoming a DART requires a significant personal commitment. DART’s are not paid and must be prepared to give of their time not only on deployments, but also be actively involved in fundraising and give presentations about their experiences to various groups as required. The fundraising is one of the key components of being a DART as they will be able to share their stories first hand with DA USA donors and support groups.
DARTS will also be required to purchase some of their own gear because each DART usually personalizes their own to suit their requirements. Some gear will be provided by DA USA. Other expenses include vaccinations which will be required as determined by you physician. A list of recommended vaccinations will be provided after pre-selection. Door to door deployment expenses are paid by DA USA.
DART applicants will be required to submit a comprehensive medical statement from their doctor before their application can be proceed. DART’s need to have a reasonably elevated level of physical fitness to cope with often very difficult environmental conditions such as extremes of heat and cold and high altitudes and can live and work in remote areas and primitive conditions, often with poor sanitary, hygiene and medical facilities. There are risks of disease, accidents, injury, and even death.
DART applicants should therefore consider very carefully before they apply and discuss their intentions in becoming a DART with their family, spouse, or significant other. However, applicants can be assured that the training DA USA provides is focused very heavily on safety and they will not be required to operate in situations they feel are dangerous. DA USA intend to engage professionals who consult on security issues for NGOs on a world basis in the training. Nonetheless risks of accidents, injury and conflict danger exists.
Because DAUSA prides itself on a rapid response to disasters, DART applicants may also wish to discuss with their employer the ability to be released at short notice sometimes with only a few days’ notice. We recognize family and work obligations and DART’s are under no obligation to accept a deployment. However, considerable time and effort will be expended on their selection and training and we would expect every effort to be deployable at least once a year for a period of up to two weeks.
If the DART’s application and interview are successful, the training is 4 days long, at your own travel expense. DAUSA will cover training expense during the course. The trainings begin Thursday evening, September 28, Friday, Sat, Sunday, ending Monday October 2. This way the DART candidates can fly or drive in Thurs. and leave Monday. We are trying to keep the candidate’s days off work to a min. so they can use their days off from work on deployments. It will be very busy 4 days and candidate needs to be in shape. DART candidates will be sleeping in tents and outdoors. We of course will have classroom time and problem-solving exercises with project management skill emphasized. DARTs who have been in the field will give detailed examples of a deployment with the aid delivered and the process in deciding that Aid.
Deployment and may be anywhere up to 14 days in duration. If DART’s candidates are successful in completing the training, they will be invited to become a DART. DART’s are trained volunteer teams who make our deployments possible and bring the story back to our cities, truly making the work of this organization real. An important part of the role of a DART is to be available to make presentations on behalf of Disaster Aid USA.
Path to Becoming a DART; First, you must assess your ability and willingness to become a DART member, and you must be:
- Physically and emotionally capable of living in possible harsh conditions for a two-week period with minimal outside support at times.
- We are looking for candidates with a problem-solving mentality and hopefully project management background or skills.
- Available for at least one deployment per year.
If you believe you meet these conditions, submit an application package to be reviewed by the DART staff which includes:
- Copy of Application
- If your application is assessed to meet the desired qualifications, you will be invited to interview with staff by phone in person or via Skype. Candidates who successfully complete the interview process will be invited to attend a Four-day assessment exercise.
- The weekend assessment is a field exercise to familiarize candidates with the DART program and what being a member of the team entails. It also is designed to familiarize each candidate with the equipment and offer them an opportunity to use the equipment in an exercise environment.
- Candidates who successfully complete the 4-day assessment will then be available for worldwide a probationary deployment after completing the following:
- Documentation needed for insurance and deployment purposes
- Appropriate immunizations for worldwide deployment/travel.
Disaster Aid USA Executive Director & DART Manager
Zone 31 Coordinator
Disaster Aid International DART Team Leader