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International Services Offers Classes and Volunteer Opportunities

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The American Red Cross works with the global Red Cross, Red Crescent to help world’s most vulnerable

by Carmela Burke, International Services Volunteer

For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has worked with the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network to meet the needs of the world’s most vulnerable communities. The Red Cross L.A. Region International Services is offering several opportunities for you to be part of the global Red Cross Movement on a local level.

The Origins of the Red Cross: Born on the Battlefield 

Are you interested in learning about the origins of the Red Cross and Geneva Conventions?  Are you aware how the Red Cross fits into the global network that is dedicated to preventing and alleviating human suffering in peacetime and during armed conflict?

After completion of the class, the following volunteer opportunities are available:

 1.)           Participate as an International Youth Campaign Committee Leader working with groups of teenagers guiding them in their IHL advocacy strategy development and implementation:

2.)           Act as an International Humanitarian Law Youth Activity Coordinator to work with high school students in the promotion of IHL (develop, implement and report on activities that they will implement with the different Red Cross Youth Clubs and High Schools:

3.)           Organize IHL outreach events.

4.)           Become a class instructor.

Restoring Family Links: Connecting Families Separated by Conflict

Are you interested in helping reconnect families separated by conflict or disaster? Are you willing to work with local agencies and Red Cross national societies to connect family members who have tried normal channels of communication before contacting the Red Cross?

The International Services Restoring Family Links (RFL) program alleviates the suffering of family members separated by armed conflict or disaster worldwide. This service is free of charge and gives families a way to restore contact with each other. The Restoring Family Links course will be offered once a month for the next seven months, beginning Dec. 12. (Classes posted in Volunteer Connection.)

After taking the Restoring Family Links (RFL) class, volunteers have the opportunity to train to become an RFL caseworker and/or become an RFL social advocate.

Measles and Rubella Initiative: Help Locally to Protect Children Globally

Launched in 2001, the Measles & Rubella Initiative is a global health partnership led by the American Red Cross, the United Nations Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. The Initiative provides technical and financial support to governments and communities for mass vaccination campaigns and disease surveillance around the world.

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