Reaching vulnerable people affected by the war in Ukraine, seeking safety in Poland.

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.

Provisional price due to exchange rate fluctuations.

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Singles welcome
Married couples welcome
Sorry, no families
Groups welcome
Dates
So 12 Feb 2023 bis Sa 18 Feb 2023
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Application closed
Cost
330.00 CHF
Ages
18 - 65
Ministry details

Participants will run kids & youth programs and women’s meetings at refugee centers:

  • psychological first aid
  • community building
  • Bible stories
  • English lessons
  • sports, crafts, music, art

They can also be involved in aid distribution and warehouse logistics at resource centers.
Participants will provide information to prevent human trafficking and other security threats.
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.

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

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 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
Accommodation

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.

Food

Meals at team house are provided (breakfast and a cooked lunch/dinner, snacks).

Travel

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.

Health

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

Visa

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

Notes

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/264278 and pack relevant clothing.

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