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, Russian is also helpful, 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. You will need a friendly approach and an ability to connect with children and their parents. Drivers: Driver's license (manual) and 3+ years of experience driving is an asset. If you're happy to be a driver, please bring your DL. Dates: Due to limited accommodation, we cannot accept new volunteers on days other than Saturday, when previous intake leaves. If you need to arrive earlier, please arrange your own accommodation. Safety: Volunteers will not be crossing the border into Ukraine or working in war zone. They work in teams during shifts, with police, border security and other personnel present. Volunteers are responsible to organize for 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, including potential shifts at night, in the rain or direct sunlight.
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 (we’re working inside the border post);
- Able to communicate in English or Polish, Ukrainian or Russian are a great asset.
- Committed to serve women and children. Female volunteers preferred.
- Compassionate, able to listen well and willing to learn more about Psychological First Aid
- In good health, able to spend several hours outdoors, in changing weather conditions or at night (not alone)
- Willing to work with a cross-cultural team, determined to connect with people regardless of language barriers
- Have a valid COVID certificate (recovered from infection or vaccinated)
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be accomodation provided?
Basic accommodation in a team house (private house or community hall). Please bring your own towel and sleeping bag. Accommodation options vary from double rooms to large, shared bedroom (sleeping on a mattress), depending on the team. Access to shower facilities may require going to another building. Pack light, storage space is limited.
Will there be food provided?
Meals at team house are provided (breakfast and a cooked lunch/dinner, snacks). During shifts volunteers eat at other humanitarian stands.
Do I need to make my own travel arrangements?
Participants need to arrange and cover their travel expense to and from Chełm. We recommend a flight to Chopin International Airport (WAW) and a train to Chełm from Warszawa Centralna Railway Station. You will need about 1 hour to transfer from the airport to the train station. Buy a train ticket online at: https://www.intercity.pl/en/
What should my health condition be like?
Healthy and fit to cope with the intensive daily activities, including 8 hour shifts in varying weather conditions.We recommend individuals to be fully vaccinated before travelling. People who are not vaccinated need to do a regular PCR testing (and cover these additional expenses) according to the regulations of the Polish government. 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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