##FULL## Serving War Refugees in Poland 111

18 Aug 2024 -
24 Aug 2024
GBP 310.00

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11 Jul



Journey Overview

OM in Poland is providing psychosocial support and psychological first aid after trauma experience, supporting mums and children fleeing Ukraine. Running kids clubs, youth ministry and women's meetings we are offering comfort, bringing joy and hope and living out Christ's love to those who need it the most.

To get a feeling what it is like, watch the short video:
https://youtu.be/RiTmaHZMoG0 Reaching vulnerable people affected by the war in Ukraine, seeking safety in Poland.

Language: It is a must that you understand and speak English or Polish. If you doubt your capability to communicate in English or Polish, please ask your home office for more information. Refugees speak Ukrainian and/or Russian, English is not very common. Without any knowledge of Slavic languages, you will be able to serve refugees mainly in practical ways.

Kids programs: It is prepared together by the team, experience is not essential, but creativity is welcome. Materials are provided. You will need a friendly approach and an ability to connect with children and their parents.

If you have driver's license and 3+ years of experience and you're ready to be a driver (manual), please let us know asap and bring your DL, it will be an asset.

Dates: You need to arrive on Sun by 3pm and leave on Sat. Due to limited accommodation, volunteers arrive on Sundays and depart on Saturdays. If you need to arrive on Saturday or leave on Sunday, let us know, accomodation in the team house will be possible if there is space. Please, send us your travel itinerary asap.

There is a possibility to join the ministry for several weeks or even months and we strongly recommend it, because it helps to establish closer relationships and build on their foundation.

Volunteers are responsible to organize their personal insurance.

Weather: Please check current temperatures for day and night: https://www.accuweather.com/en/pl/che%C5%82m/264278/weather-forecast/26… and pack relevant clothing. Price excludes flights, insurance & any possible vaccinations and is subject to change according to the exchange rate.

As part of our Safeguarding policy, you may require a valid enhanced DBS certificate, which may cost an additional £15.

If you live in the UK, and are 18+, you can use this link to apply now https://fs7.formsite.com/OperationMobilisation/STM_APL/index.html

What To Expect

Participants will run kids & youth programs, as well as women’s and seniors' meetings at refugee centers:

  • psychosocial support
  • community building
  • Bible stories
  • English lessons
  • sports, crafts, music, art

They can also be involved in aid distribution and warehouse logistics at resource centers.

When time and language skills permit, they may spend time with refugees offering listening ears and sharing God’s love through words of encouragement and prayer or provide information to prevent human trafficking and other security threats.

The ministry will include everyday chores and meal preparation at the team house, doing shopping and organizing the warehouse. Time spent together in the team house is an opportunity for fellowship and sharing.

Current activities are focused around Warsaw area which received over 400 000 refugees.
Due to the fact that we’re working in a humanitarian disaster situation, the scope and location of ministry may need to be adjusted without prior notification.

Participant Profile

Age Range: 18-65

Participants Profile:
We invite participants who are:

  • Flexible, adaptable and focused on serving others;
  • Responsible and able to able to work under the authority of the local OM team and government officials (refugee centers are often run by the State);
  • Able to communicate in English or Polish; Ukrainian or Russian are a great asset;
  • Committed to serve children, youth, women and elderly people;
  • Compassionate, able to listen well and willing to learn more about Psychological First Aid;
  • In good health, able to work with kids;
  • Willing to work with a cross-cultural team, determined to connect with people regardless of language barriers

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be accommodation provided?

Basic accommodation in a team house located in Warsaw. Please bring your own towel. Bedding is provided. Expect simple beds, shared rooms (2-4 people) and shared bathrooms.

Will there be food provided?

Food at team house is provided and included (breakfast and a cooked lunch/dinner, snacks).

Do I need to make my own travel arrangements?

Participants need to arrange and cover their travel expense to and from the Team House in Warsaw.
We recommend a flight to Chopin International Airport (WAW) or Warsaw Modlin Airport (WMI).
You will receive further directions in the Info for participants, incl. precise address and phone numbers.
Transportation to ministry locations is provided and included.

What should my health condition be like?

Participants should be healthy and fit, able to work with kids and engage in moderate physical work.
Polish Entry regulation information available on this website: https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/travel

Do I need a visa?

Applicants should check if they need to apply for a visa to Poland.