Stories From the Field

The Red Cross has international aid workers and emergency response experts in locations around the world. The work and context differs greatly, however, the Canadian Red Cross is unified by our mission to improve the lives of vulnerable people and our commitment to the Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.

Often the Red Cross works in harsh environments without many of the comforts, support networks or basic infrastructure to which Canadians are accustomed. Security and safety restrictions may limit where aid workers can go, what they can do and when. The challenges that aid workers encounter are often new and complex. Being an aid worker requires dedication and sacrifice. However, aid workers are also able to have fun, build life-long friendships and witness the positive impact of their effort.

These stories told from the perspective of Canadian Red Cross aid workers are intended to help you understand what it’s like to work in the field.