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News: NGO’s to Deploy Airborne Medical Teams in South America

     I talked with some dude from this group awhile back. They found my info somewhere and were asking about smokejumping operations and developing their own air operation. It looks like they will finally be doing the South America air drop thing, to fix a runway near a remote village and do some remote medicine. Great concept, and I hope it takes off as it get’s more attention.

     SOAR will be doing a partnership with RAM, and it should be cool to see how this pans out. Hopefully no one breaks a leg doing this shit. ha ha

     Air Drop Assist is the training side of the operation. For a small fee, they will train you for paracargo and parachuting operations. This group is working with both RAM and SOAR, and these are the guys I think I talked with. -Head Jundi

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This is a great little video about what they do.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly9gLb1enxg&feature=user

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http://www.airdropassist.org/en/index.html

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http://www.aidrelief.org/

http://www.ramusa.org/
SOAR to deploy airborne medical team in South America
On March 25th of 2008, SOAR will send its airborne trained medical personnel on an important mission in Guyana. SOAR, in partnership with RAM Airborne, will deploy medical and non-medical skydivers into remote areas of the Guyana. Read the rest of this entry »

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Volunteer Opportunity: Burma Secondary Disaster Relief Response

   Well, as you know, Myanmar(Burma) got hit pretty bad with a cyclone.  The reason I am posting this on FJ, is because I do think a security professional, can be a huge help in that disaster zone.   The government there, is totally freaked out now, and their troops are extremely unpredictable.  I can forsee a need, for guys who know how to navigate that landscape, and help a team deliver their aid and help.  

     So far, this is the only volunteer group, that is assembling a team.  There are no jobs right or short term contracts flying.  With that said, if you are interested in getting into the mix with this, this is just one way of helping.  The other thing you could do, is just fly to Thailand and hang out at Koh San road.

    At this time, USAID has sent a DART(disaster assistance response team) to Thailand, and they are on standby. I also believe there are several US ships off the coast.  I have checked with reliefweb.com and all the other volunteer sites out there, and really, no one has put out the open call yet.  Myanmar has yet to issue visas, and there is a lot of political stuff going on as well. 

     Also, volunteer work, can help build up your resume.  You will be gaining skills on how to work in a really chaotic environment.  I worked for FEMA, both as a field officer and as a security contractor through a PMC, and those experiences were excellent and intense.  If anyone else has info on volunteering or actual short term contracts for this disaster, I will post it.  Thanks.  -Head Jundi 

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Globalteer 

Burma Secondary Disaster Relief Response
  Myanmar

Durations of Program: 1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks and 3-6 months
Typical Duration of Program: 5-8 weeks
Description: On Saturday 3rd May a major cyclone tore into Burma devastating a country already suffering from massive economic problems. Thousands of survivors of Cyclone Nargis are lacking shelter, drinking water, power and communications. If the death toll is confirmed, Nargis ranks as one of the world’s deadliest storms. Read the rest of this entry »

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