Expatriate aid workers serve in critical roles around the world, providing important services to vulnerable populations. To carry out this important work, they make many personal sacrifices, including living far away from friends and family. They may experience primary and secondary trauma as well as culture shock, loneliness, burnout, and other challenges. In short: it's not easy to be an aid worker.


The UCSB Aid Worker Resilience Project seeks to better understand sources of resilience in expatriate aid workers as well as what clinical techniques best promote their mental health and well-being. We are interested in both the challenges aid workers face, as well as what support they most need to face these challenges.

We are currently seeking mental health care professionals, coaches, researchers, and aid workers to participate in 60-90 minute confidential interviews via Zoom, Skype, or phone.

The goal of this research is to document best practices to inform future mental health and staff care services for expatriate aid workers.

The interviews will ask about common barriers and challenges to receiving mental health support, resiliency practices that can help aid workers cope in difficult or stressful situations, and treatment or prevention-focused approaches or training you believe are effective or ineffective. You can share as much or as little information as you feel comfortable. Participation is completely confidential and no identifying information will be published or shared in any way.

Participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards.