Voluntary commitment

Disaster Relief Volunteer Training Program


In the months following The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, 11 March 2011 it became clear that one of the issues preventing a swift recovery from the disaster was a lack of individuals trained in disaster relief, and a lack of volunteer leaders with the capacity to organize efficient and safe deployment of volunteer groups.

There is no country, no matter how technologically advanced, that is immune to major disasters. In the aftermath of any disaster, trained volunteers working in cohesive teams can be a truly invaluable resource and PBV believes strongly in training and developing disaster relief volunteers in non-disaster times to prepare for future disasters.

PBV commits to building a national network of trained disaster relief volunteers which, in the event of a major disaster, will not only be able to respond to disasters in their own areas, but will also have the capacity to assist other areas when called upon.

The Disaster Relief Volunteer Training Program consists of 4 training courses:
Disaster Relief Volunteer Training course (Seminar, 3.5 hours)
Disaster Relief Volunteer Certification (Online, 45 minutes)
Disaster Relief Volunteer Leader Training course (Seminar/Workshop, 2 days)
"Skill-up" Workshops in partnership with specialist organizations

The training of volunteers and volunteer leaders would significantly strengthen the country's capacity to prepare for relief and recovery efforts for future natural disasters. The role of trained volunteers in disaster time is vital because they fill in gaps that cannot be filled by government support during a time when resources are often overstretched.

By carrying out this training program, we are EDUCATING, ENGAGING and EMPOWERING individuals and communities to maximize their response to future disasters and to increase knowledge and awareness of Disaster Risk Reduction.


We aim to train 1,500 individuals over the course of the one year grant period, including members of the general public, Civil Society Organizations (including NGOs/NPOs), corporations, schools and universities. On the successful formation of partnerships the programme can be extended and scaled-up into other countries and regions

Beneficiaries include:
-Organizations, communities, and regions to which the participants belong
-Organizations, communities, and regions where the participants serve as volunteers
-Ultimately, the beneficiaries will be disaster-affected individuals and communities in future disasters. Through this training program, we are increasing community response capacities. Through training and capacity building of disaster relief volunteers, PBV enables MORE beneficiaries to be provided with HIGHER quality assistance in the wake of future disasters.

Project Goals and Outcomes
-Goals to achieve during the period
-To provide capacity building and training for high numbers of disaster relief volunteers and volunteer leaders to mitigate the damage of future natural disasters.
-To have the capacity to deploy trained volunteers to aid survivors of both domestic and international disasters.
-To invite companies to send employees on team building and capacity building training courses to encourage corporate participation in the disaster management cycle and provide practical and hands-on corporate training for employees.
-To encourage community regeneration by involving local people in the Disaster Relief Volunteer Center.
-To ensure that the lessons learned in this disaster are used to strengthen and improve the existing disaster management framework for coping with disasters.
-Build and strengthen disaster relief volunteer networks that can respond to diverse disasters across the country.


Measurable outcomes for the project
-1500 participants will be trained through the Disaster Relief Volunteer Training Program. This will lead to an increase in the number of volunteers equipped with knowledge of disaster relief and broaden the base for disaster volunteers for future disasters.
-PBV will deliver customized trainings to 20 corporations/organizations (including community, civil society & educational organizations) over the course of the year. This will build capacity of a diverse range of organizations and encourage cross-sector partnerships and engagement in disaster-related activities.
-More trained volunteers (i.e. graduates of the program) will actively ENGAGE and PARTICIPATE in disaster-related activities (not only disaster relief, but also mitigation, preparedness, prevention, etc.). This can be measured by counting the number of graduates who go on to engage in disaster-related activities (from disaster relief projects to community-level exercises).

Means of verification

-The ultimate aim is to ensure that disaster-affected individuals and communities are provided with high quality and effective assistance in the wake of a disaster by trained volunteers. We will know that this has been achieved after disasters have taken place and trained volunteers respond to assist those affected (as has happened in the past).

-Another broader objective is to engage more people in disaster-related activities, within all phases of Disaster Risk Reduction (response, prevention, recovery, preparedness and mitigation). As more people who ENGAGE with these kinds of activities and who UNDERSTAND these core concepts, we will know that the program has been successful (Take part in community disaster exercises, etc.)

-PBV believes that training individuals and communities should not only be for the benefit of our own organization’s response capacity. Training disaster relief volunteers should also integrate and synergize with the existing civil disaster response framework in Japan (please see the ‘Other Information’ Section below).

Monthly Monitoring and Evaluation
-Questionnaire data from training participants collated/analyzed (Monthly Basis, 31st of every month)
-New locations/venues considered
-Trainers assessed through mutual feedback systems and developed by senior staff

6 month Milestones and Monitoring
-750 people will be trained through the program (half of the overall target 1500 individuals).
-Trainings will be delivered to 10 corporations/organizations (half of the overall target 20 corporations/groups)
-Biannual review of curricula and adjustments made as required

2 month End Program Report and Evaluation
-Implementations of Disaster Relief Volunteer Training Program finishes
-Final Program Assessment/Evaluation
-Final Report


March 2015 to Feb 2016 with expected extensions

Contact Person

President, Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center


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