Serving War Refugees in Poland
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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: You will receive program material and props, experience is not essential, but creativity is welcome. You will need a friendly approach and an ability to connect with children and their parents.
Driver's license and 3+ years of experience driving is an asset. If you're ready to be a driver (manual), please let us know asap and bring your DL.
Dates: You need to arrive on Sun by noon 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 non-refundable deposit of £50, flights, insurance & any possible vaccinations and is subject to change according to the exchange rate.
Applicants must be 18 or over.
If you live in the UK and would like to apply, please enquire with the dates and length you are hoping to go.
As part of our Safeguarding policy, you may require a valid enhanced DBS certificate, which may cost an additional £15.
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 and women;
- 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 accomodation provided?
Basic accommodation in a team house located in Ożarów Mazowiecki. Please bring your own towel and sleeping bag. Pillows and bedsheets are provided. Expect simple beds, shared rooms (2-3 people) and shared bathrooms.
Will there be food provided?
Meals at team house are provided (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 Warsaw.
We recommend a flight to Chopin International Airport (WAW) or Warsaw Modlin Airport (WMI).
You will receive further directions from the team leader who will contact you prior to your arrival.
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.
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