First of all I would like to thank each and every one you for all the positive feedback from my first blog post. Your support means a huge amount to me!
I have been seeking the answers to a few questions including:
- What does being an aid working mean?
- Could I actually do it?
- How do I become an aid worker?
I have spent the last few days reading various blog posts, and stories from people who have done aid work in one way or another, gone from full time jobs, have families, yet still undertaken the path of aid work.
One thing I knew when I was thinking about pursuing this was that not all aid working is easy, fluffy and completely full of happy times. Being an aid worker I don’t believe for one second is going to be easy, you would have to be very naive to think it would be!
The truth is you have to deal with some very difficult situations, whether its disaster aid where you are in an area of the world recovering from a natural or man made disaster or development aid where you are working with communities helping them build sustainable living where living conditions are hard. Also it involves a lot of hard work which will often involves working 7 days a week with little recreational downtime and having to deal with sights and situations which will be hard emotionally to deal with.
This brings me to the topic of ‘Can I do it?’. This is a two fold question, I have spent a lot of time over many years thinking about the answer to this question, I am quite a sensitive person but I am good at hiding emotions and dealing with issues at hand. I am often called a bit of a workaholic, I don’t like idle time, so the amount of work which would be required is not an issue for me. Can I survive in places with little running clean water? and basic food supplies? Yes and Yes! I would have no problems and consider myself good at being able to adjust to any environment. The other side of this question is the areas out of my control, like would someone hire me? This leads on the the last question I want to approach in this blog ‘How do I become an aid worker?’
I left college with a BTEC Diploma and entered my job. I never went to university, I have always been a more ‘hands-on’ learner and I’m quick and picking things up, and learning new skills, but how would this trait help me in my Journey, would this pose to be a huge hill to get over? only time would tell. It’s going to be a lot of hard work, I have seen a lot of mentions about networking, key skills, degrees in required subjects. Seeing the mention of degrees worries me.
Networking is definitely something I can work on, and I will be looking at conferences I can attend, contacting people who are aid workers seeking advice and also some charities to find out what they would require from me.
As more questions get answered, more questions require answering and I become more committed to getting to the end of this Journey!