Safeguarding Duty of Care

Hostile Environmental Awareness Training (HEAT)


The world of violence and conflict has greatly changed in the last decades, challenging not only governments, but also humanitarian organizations. Aid workers now find themselves in close proximity to the violence due to the shrinking of humanitarian space, consequently facing greater challenges and risks. These risks have grown exponentially with the loss of perception of the neutrality of humanitarian organizations that we currently see happening across the globe.

Therefore, the purpose of Hostile Environmental Awareness Training or HEAT is to create awareness of how to respond to scenarios you are likely to encounter while working in a hostile or hazardous environment. HEAT has a large 2-day “field component,” where participants have the opportunity to practice live what was taught during the theoretical part of the training. 

Each course is interactive and requires a participatory approach. We combine theory with group work, audio-visual methods, exercises, and simulations. This happens over a two half-day online theoretical training (or one day in-person) and two full-day practical training. In order to receive your HEAT certification, both components of the training must be completed within a six month period.*

Course Modules:
First Aid (Stop the Bleeding) – Contextual and Cultural Awareness – Conflict and Terrorism – Civil Unrest – Residence Safety: Burglary, Fire, Armed Attack – Driving & Transport Safety: Driving in Hazardous Environments, Checkpoints, Ambush, Road Travel Planning, Movement Procedures – Dealing with Armed State and Non-State Actors – Travel & Personal Planning – Abduction & Coping with Capture – Communication and Negotiation – Communication Skills – Mines & Explosives (UXO) – Sexual Assault – Stress Management

After HEAT, the participants will have:
Significantly improved safety and security awareness – Awareness of how to deal with being in captivity – Basic knowledge of using various sorts of communication and navigation tools – Increased awareness of driving safety and how to drive safely – Increased awareness of dealing with armed actors – Increased awareness of how to cope when under fire – How to avoid and how to manage if confronted with mines, UXOs, and improvised explosive devices – Basic knowledge of essential first aid.**

Additional Information:
* As we are currently still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, our standard 3 month period has been extended to 6 months with the possibility of further extension depending on how the pandemic continues to unfold.

**Please be aware that we do not offer full first aid certification as part of our training. Our medical session focuses on the essential life-saving skills relevant to situations you may experience in the field.

***For those who are unable to follow the online sessions, or prefer a classroom setting, we offer a classroom session the day prior to the practical training.

Course Information:

Cost: 1450 Euros 

Duration: 3 days

Upcoming Courses: 

May 2022 NL

Course Structure:
Hybrid Online-In Person Trainings,  or full In-Person with theoretical portion one day prior to the practicals***

Location: Currently in the Netherlands and Belgium. Upcoming in Greece.

Language: English

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Would you like to learn more about this course? Please contact William van Heerden or Sophie Buur at:

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