Listening to stories and being put to good use in BVI

| Posted By: Caroline Plank
Listening to stories and being put to good use in BVI

I didn’t know what to expect when I agreed to join Team Rubicon on their third wave of volunteers to deploy to the Caribbean after hurricanes Irma and Maria. I’ve been with the disaster response charity Team Rubicon for just over a year now but never worked with them on one of their international deployments. I’ve worked in townships in South Africa and war zones... Read More »

Hurricane Irma two months on

| Posted By: Lizzy Stileman
Hurricane Irma two months on

I was fortunate enough to be selected to deploy directly after Irma (Hurricane Irma was on the 6th September, I was asked to leave that afternoon, but actually left London Gatwick the morning of 7th September). Arriving in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) was like arriving in a film set; nothing was where it should be. What is known as Nature’s Little Secrets had been... Read More »

From Operations Support Intern to Public Information Officer

| Posted By: Maddie Weir
From Operations Support Intern to Public Information Officer

I joined Team Rubicon UK after attending an induction weekend held in Edinburgh, in late 2016. In the middle of an already new and exciting course, the operation to Haiti had just been given the go ahead back at HQ- which piqued my interest in TR even more. During my time as an Operations Support intern, I was responsible for helping to plan and execute... Read More »

My first Team Rubicon UK deployment

| Posted By: Damian Lewis
My first Team Rubicon UK deployment

It was pretty surprising, just two months into my new role at Inmarsat, to be offered the chance to join a group of colleagues on a two day retreat to induct with a disaster relief NGO, but after reading about Team Rubicon, what it stood for and how it operated, I chased down this rare opportunity until I found myself speeding past Stonehenge towards a... Read More »

Inmarsat’s Ben Colton reflects on Operation Irma

| Posted By: Ben Colton
Inmarsat’s Ben Colton reflects on Operation Irma

Team Rubicon partners Inmarsat support our disaster response work with cutting-edge satcomms, as well as the time and effort of their team. Inmarsat employee Ben Colton recently deployed with TR to support our response to hurricanes in the Caribbean. Within 24 hours of registering my interest to join a Team Rubicon UK recce deployment to the Caribbean I was heading down to the Team Rubicon... Read More »

Living through Hurricane Maria

| Posted By: Lizzy Stileman
Living through Hurricane Maria

Support our emergency hurricane relief appeal with a donation now Arriving in the British Virgin Islands to help with the relief effort following Hurricane Irma, the last thought that crossed my mind was that I would be facing a Category 5 storm less than two weeks later; this time Hurricane Maria. Initially, we were told that Maria could be a Tropical Storm, but the category... Read More »

Recce to Uganda

| Posted By: Abigail Kemp
Recce to Uganda

Team Rubicon UK Operations Ninja Abigail Kemp has just returned from a recce to a refugee settlement in Uganda. Here she tells us about her experiences. As soon as a potential project in Uganda was mentioned, I knew I wanted to get involved. Everything about the project matched exactly what I want to be doing in life, focusing on making a significant and immediate difference... Read More »

Reflection – Neil Dodd

| Posted By: Neil Dodd
Reflection – Neil Dodd

“I have been lucky enough to deploy to Haiti to assist in the Team Rubicon UK response, Operation Trogon, to Hurricane Matthew which devastated the western region of Haiti. We have all been welcomed by everyone in the local community, who, in a time of so much loss, have offered the team so much kindness and goodwill. I know that our actions are making a... Read More »

Reflection – Rose Pescod

| Posted By: Rose Pescod
Reflection – Rose Pescod

On the 9th September I took an early morning flight from Manchester and joined Team Rubicon USA on Operation Hermes. For the next fortnight it would be my job, alongside my American colleagues, to deliver healthcare in a clinic for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Greece. I discovered Team Rubicon whilst I was studying for my MSc in International Disaster Management at the University of... Read More »

Reflection – Justine Gosling on recovery efforts in Baton Rouge

| Posted By: Justine Gosling
Reflection – Justine Gosling on recovery efforts in Baton Rouge

I took a break and rested the sledge hammer on the floor, heavily leaning on it as a support whilst I caught my breath. Sweat dripped from my forehead into my eyes, blurring my vision as I struggled to view the massive hole I’d made in someone’s bathroom wall. “You’re killing it!”, came an enthusiastic American voice from behind me, a mandatory fist pump ensued.... Read More »