Working in partnership with UN-Habitat, the Arcadis Shelter program is addressing one of the world’s most urgent sustainability challenges: urbanization. By 2050, up to 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, many of which are already struggling to maintain a decent standard of living for all residents. As the world’s leading design consultancy for built and natural assets, Arcadis is uniquely positioned to help. Since 2010, more than 1000 Arcadians have participated in one of the more than 100 Shelter missions, aimed at improving living conditions for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
The Shelter program also gives our people a hands-on opportunity to volunteer their knowledge, skills and expertise to improve quality of life. Shelter missions bring together colleagues from across our global company, giving them the chance to travel abroad and interact directly with people from different cultures. In that way the program not only helps people in need, it also enriches the lives of participants. Learn more about what it’s like to go on a Shelter mission by reading the stories below.
Rebuilding after the storm
Bas Agerbeek is a Water Management Specialist with our company in the Netherlands. He studied environmental science at university and then went on to earn a master’s degree in Earth and Environment, specializing in hydrology and integrated water resources management. Read his story.
Going home to make a difference
Cosmo Laing is a Cost Manager working for our company in London. The Shelter mission he joined was to his ancestral home of Jamaica: an experience which cast his own life in a whole new light. Read his story.
Work that changes who you are
WenMei Dubbelaar took part in a Shelter mission to Nepal, a year and a half after a massive earthquake struck near Kathmandu. It changed her attitude towards life. Read her story
Using her career to help others
Julia Saito Di Tullio traveled to São Tomé and Príncipe to assist UN-Habitat with an effort to relocate an entire population, after a corporation purchased the land on which they lived. Read her story.
On the frontlines of climate change
Bram Masseur is a Senior Contract Management Advisor with our company in the Netherlands. Bram was part of a team of Arcadians helping UN Habitat manage projects to enhance the climate and disaster resilience of 189 remote villages, in Laos. Read his story.
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