A day in the life

No two days working for HALO are ever the same. With a variety of job roles and locations, life is never dull. It can be hard work, and challenging at times, but seeing the difference that HALO’s work makes to people’s lives ensures it is all worthwhile.

Find out more about life in HALO from some of our people.

ASQANAZ HAMBARDZUMYAN – FIELD OFFICER (TRAINEE), AFGHANISTAN

The first time I heard about HALO and its operations in Nagorno Karabakh, was in 2012. Hearing the work that they do, made me to reconsider my career path. A year later I applied and got a chance to work with the HALO Nagorno Karabakh programme as an interpreter. As I started to become more involved in operations, I realised that this was the direction I wanted to take.

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SAM FRICKER – OPERATIONS SUPPORT OFFICER, LAOS

I joined HALO in late 2014, working in Laos which has been a wonderful programme to work in. It is still new enough that I am able to help shape the direction of the programme, but established enough that every day isn’t frantic trying to get things done. We’re located right on the Vietnamese border, and the work is aimed at finding and removing all the UXO left over from the Vietnam War.

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SUSANNA SMALE – LOCATION MANAGER, CAMBODIA

As Location Manager of Anlong Veaeng, one of the three locations in the HALO Cambodia programme. I manage over 250 staff, including deminers, support staff, logistics, fleet, finance, medical and administration. Anlong Veaeng is a small town which was one of the last strongholds of the Khmer Rouge but current highlights include a couple of restaurants, a small bakery that does a surprisingly good donut and one air conditioned shop where I source Snickers!

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