Aid workers provide support, food, resources, and infrastructure to people in need.

What does an aid worker do?

Aid workers help people in developing countries or conflict zones by providing support, food, resources and infrastructure to people in need. You may provide direct support – by helping hand out food and medical parcels – or you may work in a development role, working in the health or education sectors. It’s a varied role which may see you working as a volunteer or employed by a charity or non-governmental organisation (NGO). You’ll be expected to travel a lot and may be working away from home for long periods of time. You’ll need good communication skills for this role as you’ll be working with a variety of people in often difficult circumstances. 

What do I need to do to become an aid worker?

The qualifications needed for this role vary. For some aid worker jobs – where you’re helping people in a direct fashion with immediate needs – you may not need any qualifications. For longer term development roles, you’ll often be expected to have career-specific qualifications, for example water engineers will need to have an engineering qualification. 

Related skills

  • Administration
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Patience
  • Teamwork

Related subjects

  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious studies

Desirable qualifications

  • Volunteer experience with a charity

Where could I be working?

Travel is an essential requirement for this job. You could be working in developing countries or conflict zones, for a small or medium company or charity.

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