We’re overdue for a rendezvous with the Greyshirts.

By Devin Pangaro – April 3, 2023

As longtime supporters of their mission, we here at GovX are proud to observe and report on the dedicated assistance Team Rubicon volunteers provide to areas stricken by disaster. The veteran-led humanitarian organization of more than 145,000 veterans, first responders, and patriots continued to give back to our communities in 2022 and bravely respond where their presence was needed.

Here’s a debriefing on where they’ve been deployed. In their own words:

In the Mountains of California, International Training Tests a Humanitarian’s Grit

He wanted to become an international volunteer, but could he make the cut? A hopeful applicant lifts the curtain on an elite international training and selection course, and reveals whether or not he cracked under pressure.

By Bruce Conover

Originally published on January 10th, 2023

On a bright but chilly Sunday in October, 24 men and women arrived at Team Rubicon’s headquarters in Los Angeles from all points of the compass, ready to head into the mountains for what we knew would be five days of high-stress testing of our abilities.

The exact disaster recovery simulation we’d be participating in was a mystery to all of us, outside of snippets of information we’d gleaned from online workshops we‘d attended in the weeks prior. What we did know was that throughout Team Rubicon’s five-day International Training and Selection Course—or ITSC—we’d be graded continually and, at the end of it all, we’d either make the roster to be called up to volunteer on international disaster relief and humanitarian aid operations, or not. Of course, those of us who didn’t make the grade would still be able to volunteer domestically with Team Rubicon.

As Need for Aid Soars, Nonprofit Recruits International Humanitarian Volunteers

Team Rubicon opens its first 2023 application period for those seeking to volunteer abroad.

By Thomas Brown

Originally published on January 13th, 2023

After doubling in four years, the number of people expected to need humanitarian aid in 2023 is now projected to reach historic levels. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Global Humanitarian Overview, a record 339 million people will need assistance and protection this year, up from the 274 million people in need at the beginning of 2022.

The next opportunity to become an international humanitarian volunteer who serves those people comes on January 16 when disaster response and humanitarian aid organization Team Rubicon opens applications to join its cohort of global responders.

Want to Become an International Volunteer? This Is the Right Stuff.

Here are five of the top skills and traits you’ll need if you’re applying to serve overseas on disaster response and humanitarian operations with Team Rubicon.

By Julie H. Case

Originally published on January 18th, 2023

On January 16, Team Rubicon opened its first of two 2023 application periods for those who want to volunteer internationally. For anyone wondering if they have what it takes to become an international volunteer or if now is the time to apply, here are the top skills, qualifications, and traits needed to volunteer abroad.


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