Be involved
Often deployed at short notice to remote corners of the globe, our ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) volunteers work tirelessly to deliver on-the-ground aid to people hit by natural and man-made disasters.

Our SRT volunteers come from all walks of life, with the first teams deployed following the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. Since then, our SRTs have delivered ShelterBoxes to disaster victims all over Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe and the Americas.

Applying to become an SRT is not a decision to be taken lightly. Deploying with our aid into remote and chaotic environments is not for the faint-hearted. Conditions in the field can be very basic and SRTs may be operating within days of a disaster that has killed huge numbers of people. Apart from the human tragedy, the infrastructure of the affected area may be in ruins and communications with home limited.

Meet the Canadian Response Team Members here. The applications to join the ShelterBox Response Team are now closed, but you can stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by signing up for our newsletter.

What do we look for in new SRT volunteers?

Our teams must be totally self-sufficient – capable of operating without adding to the burden of the people we are there to help. SRT volunteers therefore need to be: Acting as ShelterBox’s spokespeople and our eyes and ears on the ground, they are vital to ShelterBox and we are rightly proud of them.

Given the nature of the work and the level of responsibility expected of SRTs, we are committed to providing a high level of training and ongoing support for those who choose to volunteer for us. To this end, we prefer to recruit SRT members from the pool of volunteers who are already aware of our humanitarian work and have demonstrated some prior commitment to ShelterBox.

In Canada, this most often means that SRT applicants get involved as a ShelterBox Canada Ambassador.

Our Ambassadors play a vital role in raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox Canada through speaking engagements, fundraising events and other activities. Follow  this link or call us at 647-352-1930 (or toll free 1-855-875-4661) to learn more about our Ambassador volunteer program.

Delivering lifesaving humanitarian aid and providing shelter, warmth & dignity to the families that have lost everything in a disaster, is truly a privilege that no-one can ever forget.

ShelterBox empowers SRT response team members to do whatever is needed to help families devastated by a disaster. Becoming an SRT is for most of us, is truly a life changing experience.

Lasse Petersen - ShelterBox Response Team