Courses vary in length between two and five-days. Designed to equip the individual with knowledge/risk mitigation tools to deal with challenges/threats they face in conflict areas.

Content varies depending on client, level of knowledge/range of risks they may face in their destination environment. Journalists and media networks require information for working with local fixers and how to work in authoritarian countries such as Turkey, China. Egypt.  NGOs, Overseas Charities and Humanitarian Aid Workers need to understand/manage threats/risks of working within local community.  

HEST Courses for the EBU Academy

We've been delivering 5-day Hostile Environment Safety Awareness Training Courses (HEST/HET) for European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for over 18 years. We are proud to have trained over 1,000 media workers at our training location in Bavaria, Germany. This Masterclass is organised in conjunction with EBU Academy. Download EBU HEST Course Leaflet

We also deliver a shortened two-day version of the course in Sweden, Lithuania, Israel, Germany, Finland, Geneva and Latvia. For Charities, Humanitarian Aid Workers and NGO's, we deliver courses both within the UK, USA and across Europe. We have trained many journalists deployed to Ukraine to cover the conflict.

Course prices depend on duration, location and number of instructors.

The range of topics covered will be dictated by the length and needs of the course. They typically include:

  • Security risk assessments and security procedures
  • Situation awareness
  • Planning and preparation, copmmunications and hiring local staff
  • Personal safety & accommodation security
  • Medical - preserving life and trauma through to tropical medicine
  • Medical – managing road traffic accidents (RTA's)
  • Negotiating checkpoints
  • Weapons and ballistics
  • Gender considerations
  • Cyber security and protection of data and sources
  • Terrorism and media coverage of terrorist attacks
  • Guidance on emotional trauma including PTSD
  • Working in environmental disaster zones
  • Mines and IED awareness
  • Navigation; GPS and compass
  • Kidnap avoidance and conduct if taken

COURSE PRICES and options

Objective Travel Safety HEST Training - Call for prices. For HEST Training with EBU Academy, book a place on EBU Academy website. Click on dates below for availability and to book.

5-9 June 2023 (Fully booked)

11-15 September 2023 (Fully booked)

2-6 October 2023 (Spaces available)


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Business Travel Safety Awareness Courses from Objective Travel Safety provide the knowledge and skills needed to stay safe when abroad and delivers duty of care obligations for companies.

Courses are modular to ensure they suit specific company requirements and the countries employees will be visiting. For those travelling to higher-risk countries and locations, we offer a two/three day Hostile Environment Safety Course (HEST/HEAT/HET/HEFAT). Also advise companies on Travel Safety Procedures.


What Our Customers Say

"The 5 Day HEST course offers good preparation for working in crisis areas or in critical situations.
- the week is packed with content.
- very good mixture of practice/theory and discussion rounds,
- Repetition of the practical parts in reasonable doses,
- Team of speakers is top-class with a lot of experience,
- Communication and questions possible at any time, pleasant course atmosphere,
- the group with 12 (international) participants also enables a good exchange,
- Surroundings and accommodation at the Chateau is a good setting.

HEST 5 Day Course Attendee, April 2022 Journalist

'The training session, led by Charlie was well presented and clearly delivered, full of practical tips, and didn’t pull the punches on the ‘worst case’ scenarios, while remaining very grounded. I would highly recommend this as a refresher for seasoned travellers or as an introduction to travel safety for novices.'

Alison Tweed, Chief Executive, Book Aid International

'Really enjoyed it, very informative but never felt overloaded and most of all fun!

'Excellent, brilliant hospitality and food'

'Good pace to the lessons and the discussions over dinner were a good idea for emotional trauma chat

'Great explanations excellent reenactments, delicous food'.'.

Attendees from 2-Day HEST

Thank you for having me at the EBU seminar "Hostile Environment Safety" last week!

The week was extraordinary! What lay not only at the scene - no question Schloss Hexenagger is a show in itself - but above all to the trainer: Inside! So honestly true, so pleasant, focused and professionally competent trainers: Inside I have seldom experienced. Hats off!

It was also a lively exchange among the students. They were colleagues: Inside from Finland, Norway, USA, Netherlands and Germany. Each was able to bring in his experiences and country-specific procedures and we were able to discuss them. I think there is added value for everyone.

So thank you again that I was able to participate in this seminar through the BR - it was very worthwhile and I can recommend it 100%. I now feel much more secure when it comes to my assignments for the BR, whether at home or abroad.

HEST Course Attendee - Bayerischer Rundfunk

I wanted to feed back that Tatty LOVED the course. She went along in a slightly eyes-rolled, “do I have to do this” sort of mentality… and came back raving and saying how INCREDIBLY useful it was and how everyone should do it. She said how interesting your insights were and what an interesting set of experiences you had had! Given her particular speciality is setting off to climb a mountain in a T shirt and refusing to take advice on warm clothing (or waterproof clothing) EVER I am particularly grateful how struck she was by the advice on hypothermia!!

She is also v proud of her water bottle!

Thank you so much again!

Mother Of Gap Course Attendee

Hi Charlie, Hope you're well. I wrote you, because I wanna to THANK YOU for everything you learnt me and of the EBU HEST course yours colleagues also. I was filming in Cairo from 28 of january to 4 of february and Im still alive because i follow almost everything I learnt in HEST. It was maybe the most heaviest filming that I came thru, we were in the middle of shooting, we were kidnapped, detained and many other "happy" things. THANK YOU Charlie for your training.
Thank you Objective!

Petr Svidenský, Czech television


Petr Svidenský,

We arranged an online personal safety training course for all our employees to participate in and it completely exceeded our expectations. 

Objective were able to tailor the training to destinations, that as an organisation, we are more likely to travel to and this was so done so in great depth and the information was relevant and inspiring. 

At every stage of the training, Charlie engaged each employee with thought provoking scenarios or questions. The session itself was very interesting.

Beforehand, we spoke regularly with Objective and through the expertise of Charlie we have been able to make more use of the extras which come with our insurance policy, as well as make adaptations to internal policies, processes and documents. Charlie really knows his stuff and it showed.  

Becky Mulligan

"The training course delivered by Charlie was tailored around our needs, very informative and interesting. Our team travel all over the world and have a wealth of experience for over 20 years, but each one of them picked up lots of useful information that they are able to take with them in the future to keep them safe and aware. We were impressed how well the course was laid out we have recommended Objective to a local company that we work with. Our appreciation is given in putting the course on for us."

Paul, Vikoma International

Paul Williams - Vikoma International

'A well organised, thought out training course structure, clear on practical tips and a good mix of theory and practical exercises throughout the two days.'

'I really enjoyed the 2 day HEST course and learnt a lot from it, thank you very much.'

'Loved every second of it, one of the most rewarding things I’ve done, great fun and great hospitality too.'

'Loved the enthusiasm of the instructors, Brilliant training course!'

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