Can I go to the disaster zone and volunteer?

Unfortunately the DEC cannot facilitate arranging volunteers in the field as we are a fundraising only organisation. However, it may be useful to contact someone like VSO or Doctors of the World.

VSO is an international development charity that works using volunteers. Experienced professionals share their skills with local colleagues in some of the world's poorest communities, working together to find realistic solutions to the problems they face.  

Doctors of the World specialise in sending trained medical staff to disaster affected areas. They are compiling a database of qualified medical staff with essential experience for use in emergencies. To be considered for inclusion in this database please email with a current CV including full details of availability. Please include which emergency situation you would like to assist with in the subject line. Unfortunately they are not able to accept applications from individuals with no experience of the complexities of working in emergency situations. Email:

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