IAEM Scholarship

Today I received the wonderful news that I have been awarded the 2018 Graduate Student Scholarship by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Not only will this be a much appreciated help with this semester’s fees for the Master of Emergency Management degree that I am working towards, but I also consider it to Read More …

CERT training in Guatemala

I spent from the 11th to the 20th of August with Iris Relief in Guatemala where I held a three-day CERT Train-the-Trainer course for six CERT volunteers from Belize and Guatemala. I then supervised these instructors as they held a Basic CERT course in Spanish for 48 volunteers from the Casa de Dios church. Once Read More …

CERT training in Belize

From the 28th of  July to the 11th of August I visited Punta Gorda, Belize where I was able to teach a Basic CERT course and Tools for Leadership Success module, with the assistance of some of the graduates from the Iris Relief Leaders School. It was a great opportunity to train around 50 participants, Read More …

Iris Relief Leaders School in Puerto Rico

From the 9th of June through to the 28th of July I helped with the Iris Relief Leaders School in Dourado, Puerto Rico. During this time I taught the CERT Basic course, Leadership module and Train-the-Trainer course, along with some other teaching that I had prepared on subjects such as disaster spiritual care, international humanitarian Read More …

Visiting Friburgo

After a couple of quiet months back in New Zealand working full-time on my Masters in Emergency Management, on the 3rd of July I flew back to Brazil via Argentina and got to spend a couple of days in Friburgo catching up with folk before flying out to Puerto Rico via the United States on Read More …

Leaving Brazil

On the 26th of February I left Brazil, almost exact 24 years after I first arrived as a missionary in March of 1994. Although I had visited New Zealand a number times since then, I am now officially no longer living in Brazil. However, the work with young people in the suburb of Cordoeira is Read More …