Personal Safety and Security Training for Aid Workers / HEAT




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Deploying to a foreign country can expose humanitarian staff to several safety and security threats. In this Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT), participants are introduced to a variety of measures to help reduce the likelihood of security-related incidents taking place and given the tools to respond appropriately in dangerous situations.

This course is specifically targeted at humanitarian aid workers who are or will be deployed internationally to medium- or high-risk environments. Due to the humanitarian principles and the different operational context, safety and security challenges faced by aid workers can differ from those of other actors in the field. This course has been designed specifically from an NGO perspective to provide the most relevant and appropriate training for humanitarian staff. It is also suitable for journalists and other expats who wish to obtain the know-how and skills to deal with real-time threats while abroad.




Our five-day personal safety and security training for aid workers consists of a well-balanced mixture of theory and practical training, including role plays and simulations. We place a lot of emphasis on using a variety of teaching methods to enhance our participant's learning experience and teach you to stay confident in stressful situations. Essential theory learned in the classroom will be put into practice during a stressful, highly realistic field exercise. Here, participants will be confronted with key issues such as roadblocks, mines and other hostile situations.

The lecturers and trainers of this course have a wide range of security training and international mission experience. We maintain a casual and relaxed course atmosphere, where participants feel they can approach our staff with any questions or concerns. Participants are encouraged to share prior experiences and details of upcoming assignments with the lecturers. This way we can discreetly adapt the course to each participant's specific needs and interests.



  • Security awareness and risk management
  • Conflict management and de-escalation
  • Travel and convoy security
  • Cultural awareness
  • Hostage situations
  • Gender and security
  • Self defense
  • First aid in the field 
  • Weapon, landmine, UXO awareness
  • Hibernation, evacuation and relocation
  • Stress management and psychological first aid 
  • Radio and field communications
  • Personal preparedness
  • Extensive field exercise


Course DateHEAT - will be announced soon   

Duration: 5 days (Monday noon until Friday noon) 

Language: English

Location: Stein, 20 minutes from Nuremberg Airport

Course Fee: € 1900,- incl. all course materials, accommodation and meals. Travel costs are not included. 



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