IRR winter camp

VIDEO: Expedition Alaska 2021 [updated March 3]

Each spring, senior international rescue and relief students embark on a semester-long experience designed to immerse them in learning about global health, survival and rescue. These trips typically take them to Central America or Africa and the groups team up with local clinics to provide health care in remote areas.

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VIDEO: IRR students help Iowans clean up after derecho (full story)

School had just started for International Rescue and Relief students when they heard about the derecho that flattened parts of Eastern Iowa. Without hesitation, they joined a group of graduates in the Gideon Rescue Company to make a difference for people trying to recover from the disaster.

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Students prepare to begin work.

IRR students help Iowa town clean up after devastating wind storm—updated August 20

A team of Union College international rescue and relief students and faculty left early this morning to spend a week helping the residents of Belle Plaine after an unusual windstorm caused extensive damage in the small eastern Iowa town.

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Union grads fight Covid-19 around the country

Many of us never spent much time thinking about disasters and pandemics until we found ourselves in the middle of one. But many Union graduates work in the field of disaster preparedness and response. As you might expect, 2020 has been a busy year for them!

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VIDEO: International Rescue and Relief—Rescue

Jacquelin explains how the International Rescue and Relief program taught her how to save lives in a swift water situation.

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IRR team in Malawi

Expedition Malawi 2020 (final update)

Fourteen international rescue and relief seniors departed for Malawi, Africa, this week to begin a semester of courses in community development and global health.

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VIDEO: International Rescue and Relief—Serve

Lydia tells how Union College’s International Rescue and Relief program teaches you how to serve even when you’re at the end of your rope. This was videotaped during our summer program in Colorado.

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VIDEO: Experience hands-on medical training overseas

Every spring, senior international rescue and relief majors spend a semester learning about global health and providing medical care in a developing nation. In January the students will be heading to Malawi for the second year in a row and IRR expedition coordinator Kalie Saunders explains why this semester is so vital to the IRR learning experience.

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VIDEO: Taking a hands-on path to med school

Shannice Baker Mabandla wanted to be a physician, so she chose Union’s international rescue and relief program because of the unique hands-on approach and global focus. Now that she has finished medical school at Loma Linda University, the 2015 Union graduate reflects on how her experiences in IRR helped her get into medical school and prepared her to thrive.

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Red Cross Club

IRR recognized with ServeNebraska Step Forward Award

Rick Young, director of Union’s international rescue and relief program, along with several Nebraska voluntary organizations active in disaster (VOAD), were honored this week by ServeNebraska with a Step Forward Award for their work providing relief to victims of the flooding in Nebraska this spring.

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VIDEO: 9/11 remembered in stair climb at Union

Union College staff and students found a profound way to remember the first responders who entered the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. The event was sponsored by the International Rescue and Relief Outdoor Club.

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VIDEO: Stephanie goes to Malawi

International Rescue and Relief major Stephanie Pflugrad tells how a semester of training in Malawi prepared her in a very practical way for a life of service.

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