HEAT - Hostile Environment Awareness Training


Our HEAT course is a five-day training programme in which participants learn how to deal effectively with critical or emergency situations while deployed in hostile environment missions.


Since 2003, more than 500 students have benefited from our REACT programme (Rapid Expert Assistance and Cooperation Teams for Conflict Prevention, Crisis Management, and Post-Conflict Rehabilitation) throughout its 26 editions. The HEAT course is integrated within REACT as a practical complement to the theory taught for work in Peace Missions.

The need to train people who are already working or will be working in high-risk areas has led Helsinki España to launch the HEAT module as an independent programme.


The course is intended for business professionals, humanitarian officers, security personnel, and other candidates planning to be deployed in high-risk areas.


  • Provide participants with the necessary skills to deal with situations in which armed conflicts arise, their key actors, and their impact on civilians.
  • Improve participants’ capacity in conflict resolution and protection of civilians in armed conflicts.
  • Strengthen the competence and confidence of participants to deal effectively with risky or critical situations, as would be the case when working in peacekeeping missions.
  • Provide participants with useful and simple tools that allow them to react as effectively as possible to risk situations.


The course uses a variety of methodologies, including lectures and presentations, outdoor activities, and simulation exercises: 75% of the course is practical versus 25% theoretical.


  • Basic life support in the absence of medical personnel: first aid
  • Protection of sensitive and classified information
  • Orientation, map reading and GPS navigation
  • Procedures and means of communication (use of radios)
  • 4×4 vehicle driving techniques
  • Driving in convoy
  • Stress management
  • Personal health care
  • Protection and response to threats of sexual violence
  • Set of threats, associated risks, and personal security
  • Risk management
  • Mobile security: protection and security procedures when traveling in vehicles
  • Managing threats related to large concentrations of people, demonstrations, protests, and riots
  • Hostage-taking and kidnappings survival.
  • Weapons, mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and unexploded ordnance (UXOs)

Full programme description available here.

Fee information

Total course fee: €2000.
Fee includes the following services:
- Complete five-day HEAT training (classes, simulations, field trip, equipment, 4×4 vehicle driving)
- Meals and accommodation (shared room between two alumni - 2 individual beds)
- Local transportation (Madrid-Segovia-Madrid)
- Administrative, logistic, visa-related support
- All course materials
- Official diploma

How to register

If you are interested in applying for HEAT 2022, please send us a copy of the following documents:

  • HEAT Registration Form (available here)
  • Resume/CV
  • Short motivation letter
  • Proof of highest educational level achieved
  • Recent digital photo, passport size
  • Copy of your passport

All application documents should be sent to: