This is preparation training for OM's Disaster Response volunteer register. We run the training annually in different locations and this year you can join us in Belgium!

The Disaster Response Training aims to give you an overview of the Disaster Preparedness and Response sectors, to build some transferable skill-sets, and to equip you to be a boost to any relief situation that you are involved with in the future.

The training will cover topics such as:
We will cover subjects such as:
-Humanitarian Principles
-Working as a Team in Emergencies
-Humanitarian Logistics
-Emergency Needs Assessments
-Decision Making in Emergencies
-Security and Communications
-Personal Travel Medicine
-Working with the UN / NGOs / Host Governments / the Media in Disasters

 Dates Monday, 20 May - Saturday, 25 May 2024
 Cost £515
 Ages 21+
 Apply by 29 March 2024
 Suitable for single people welcomemarried couples welcomesorry, no familiessorry, no groups

Ministry Details

Made up of staff and volunteers with extensive experience and expertise, OM International Disaster Response (IDR) is ready to rapidly deploy to help local OM teams around the world respond to disasters.

The Disaster Response Training (DRT) is an intensive and challenging training simulation for professions such as construction, counselling, carpentry, finance, logistics, administration, health care, media / communications,  and many more. There is no requirement (or guarantee) to deploy following the training, and our training team will be able to discuss your suitability for relief work both during and after the training. You can read more here.

Participant Profile

You must be at least 21 years old and be able to communicate in English. You should have some months cross cultural experience abroad.


All accommodation is included. As part of this training you may need to be flexible during the disaster relief simulation.


All food will be included. As part of this training you may need to be flexible during the disaster relief simulation.


The venue where it takes place is 15 minutes away from the airport of Brussels, Belgium (BRU). Arrival/registration is Monday afternoon and we finish Saturday morning. We will send out detailed travel information to accepted participants before the training. 

Please do not book flights unless you have received an official acceptance email.


You should be in average good health and able to walk a reasonable distance without difficulty. You are responsible to obtain appropriate emergency health and medical insurance, covering you in Belgium. It is your responsibility to check and adhere to any public health regulations. 


British citizens can travel without a visa to the Schengen area (including Belgium) for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.


Price excludes flights and insurance and is subject to change according to the exchange rate. 

Applicants must be 21 or over.

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