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

| Posted By: Justine Gosling
Reflection – Justine Gosling

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 »

Reflection – Charlie Peschardt

| Posted By: Charlie Peschardt
Reflection – Charlie Peschardt

Team Rubicon (TR) is my first ‘proper’ job in the disaster response world. I was attracted to TR by its dual purpose of disaster response and a focus on military veterans, as well as its simple rules of ‘Making bold decisions’, ‘Getting shit done’, and ‘Not being a dick’. Well, I can definitely achieve the first two, and usually manage the third. But hey, I’m... Read More »

Bristol RAF veteran reflects on trying to give a family closure on their pet dog Mollie after Canadian wildfires

Cliff Jones from Bristol was one of a team of 10 volunteers, predominantly military veterans, from disaster relief charity Team Rubicon UK deployed to Fort McMurray (Alberta Canada) following the devastating wildfires that caused the emergency evacuation of 88,000 people and destroyed 2,400 homes and buildings. Cliff, who served in the RAF before joining the prison service in Bristol, had only completed his Greyshirt training... Read More »

Reflection – Matt O’Rourke

| Posted By: Matt O'Rourke
Reflection – Matt O’Rourke

Matt O’Rourke from Tonbridge, Kent, was one of a team of 10 volunteers, predominantly military veterans, from disaster relief charity Team Rubicon UK deployed to Fort McMurray (Alberta Canada) following the devastating wildfires that caused the emergency evacuation of 88,000 people and destroyed 2,400 homes and buildings. The group joined partners from Team Rubicon USA, Canada and Australia assisting the Regional Emergency Operations Centre and... Read More »

Reflection: Emma Butterfield

| Posted By: Emma Butterfield
Reflection: Emma Butterfield

The devastation wrought by the earthquake is hard to comprehend: we have driven for hours, through towns, villages, hamlets, all full of collapsing buildings. The roads themselves are scarred with cracks where the earth has just opened up. The disaster has encompassed a huge area. The people of Ecuador have welcomed us into their homes, have insisted on feeding us everywhere we go, have treated... Read More »

Reflection: Georgia Yurwich-Spink

| Posted By: Georgia Yurwich-Spink
Reflection:  Georgia Yurwich-Spink

In that strange no man’s land of time between Christmas and New Year, when social events with friends are a blur and there’s a constant drone of Home Alone in the background, it can be hard to think of anything other than what else to do with those turkey leftovers and whether the shop will take back the bright pink bunny jumper your Grannie bought... Read More »

No Time to Think

| Posted By: Paddy Trewin
No Time to Think

Paddy Trewin joined the British Army in 1978 at the age of 15, but says he wasn’t allowed through the gates until he was 16. He served 23 and a half years with the Royal Green Jackets before retiring in November of 2001, and learned of Team Rubicon through his former regiment. He received an email on the 9th of December in 2015 from his... Read More »