These are the most frequently asked questions received by the helpdesk at MAIC.

Announcements about mine action activities
Employment
EOD training
First landmine action center/program
Getting involved
MRE and VA training

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Announcements about mine action activities

Q: How can one receive announcements for conferences and continuing education activities related to mine action?

A: While we don't have a current system set up to send out conference announcements, we do have a section on our website devoted to past and upcoming events in the mine action world. Please visit http://maic.jmu.edu/events/events.htm for the current list. We suggest that you bookmark the site so that you can return to it every so often to see updates. If you wish, we can also add you to our email newsletter list to receive the latest information from the MAIC.

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Employment

Q: I am seeking a job in demining. How do I go about this? I have attached my resume to this email.

A: The Mine Action Information Center has an employment website you may wish to look at. We post job listings for organizations in mine action looking for employees and we also post resumes of people looking for jobs. You can view this site at http://maic.jmu.edu/employment/employment.asp.

Also, if you are looking for work in a particular country or region, you may wish to search our Global Mine Action Registry (http://maic.jmu.edu/gmar/search.asp). Here you will find contact information for hundreds of mine action organizations, so you can search for those doing clearance in a particular country and find out how to contact them, at which point you could approach them about any job openings they may have.

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Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) training

Q: Do you offer courses for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) techs?

A: Our organization does not offer EOD courses, but we are in the process of researching the various type of training available and will be compiling a list that we plan to post on our website at http://maic.jmu.edu/about/training/training.htm. Please check back here in the future for that list.

You may want to contact the Humanitarian Demining Training Center (http://maic.jmu.edu/gmar/details.asp?OID=391) to see if they can assist you further. Also, the Naval EOD Division (http://maic.jmu.edu/gmar/details.asp?OID=869) and an organization called UXB International, Inc. (http://maic.jmu.edu/gmar/details.asp?OID=447) are involved in the field and may be able to help. SWEDEC (http://www.swedec.mil.se/?lang=E) is also an organization you may find useful.

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First landmine action center/program

Q: Where was the first landmine program/mine action center launched?

A: The first humanitarian mine action program began in Afghanistan. It was established in 1989 under the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan (UNOCHA). Prior to this, demining was conducted as a military operation.

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Getting involved

Q: How can I get involved in the mine action community?

A: There are numerous organizations that you can get involved with if you are interested in mine action. Here at the Mine Action Information Center our website offers news, reports, the Journal of Mine Action and additional current information on landmines and mine action. On our website you can find information on our Public-Private Partnership Program (http://maic.jmu.edu/partnership/). This page lists many different mine action organizations that you may be interested in.

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Mine Risk Education (MRE) and Victim Assistance (VA) training

Q: I am looking for training on issues such as mine risk education and victim assistance.

A: This is not training that is offered by the MAIC. For MRE, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (contact Eric Filippino, e.filippino@gichd.ch) might know about some training, which they sometimes offer themselves. Landmine Survivors Network (lsn@landminesurvivors.org, website: http://www.landminesurvivors.org) and World Rehabilitation Fund (wrfnewyork@msn.com, website: http://www.worldrehabfund.org) would likely know about any training on psycho-social and socio-economic reintegration. Handicap International France (website: http://www.handicap-international.org), Handicap International Belgium (headoffice@handicap.be, website: http://www.handicapinternational.be), and the Center for International Rehabilitation (info@cirnetwork.org, website: http://www.cirnetwork.org/) are also sometimes promising sources. The ICBL (website: www.icbl.org) has working groups on both MRE and VA and likely will have information on training.

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