OM in Poland is providing aid and services to meet immediate needs of refugees crossing the border, offering psychosocial support and psychological first aid, supporting mums and children fleeing Ukraine. Through simple acts of service we’re offering comfort, bringing hope and living out Christ’s love to those who need it the most.

What is involved?

Participants will assist mothers with babies and children at border crossings through an OM trailer with baby facilities, help them feed and entertain children, run children’s programmes at reception centres, carry luggage, distribute aid, serve drinks and snacks, and provide information to prevent human trafficking and other security threats. When time permits, they may spend time with refugees waiting for buses, in the trailer or reception centres, offering listening ears and sharing God’s love through words of encouragement and prayer.

The ministry will also include everyday chores and meal preparation at the team house, organizing the warehouse, and being an encouragement and a good example to non-OM volunteers working on the ground. Meals are an opportunity for fellowship and sharing.

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.

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Dates Saturday 06 August - Saturday 13 August 2022 22 July 2022
Saturday 13 August - Saturday 20 August 2022 29 July 2022
Saturday 20 August - Saturday 27 August 2022 05 August 2022
Cost £150 (excluding flights, insurance, any possible vaccinations & DBS)
Ages 18+ (see Notes)
Suitable for single people welcomemarried couples welcome 

Participant Profile

We invite participants who are:

• Flexible, adaptable and focused on serving others;

• Responsible and able to work under the authority of the local OM team and government officials 

• 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

• Have a valid COVID certificate (recovered from infection or vaccinated), or be willing to pay for regular PCR tests

Accommodation

You will stay in a private house or community hall. Accommodation will be basic and you should come prepared to share a bedroom. Please bring your own towel and sleeping bag. Access to shower facilities may require going to another building. Pack light, storage space is limited.

Food

Meals at the team house are provided (breakfast and a cooked lunch/dinner, snacks). During shifts you are encouraged to eat at other humanitarian stands. 

Travel

Participants need to arrange travel to and from Chełm.


We recommend a flight to Chopin International Airport (WAW) and a train to Chełm from Warszawa Central Railway Station. You will need about 1 hour to transfer from the airport to the train station. 

Please do not book flights unless you have received an official acceptance email from the Short Term Outreaches team.

Health

Participants should be in good health and able to cope with 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 regular PCR tests (and cover these additional expenses) according to the regulations of the Polish government.


You can find more information regarding entry requirements on this website: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/poland/entry-requirements 

Visa

British citizens do not require a visa to enter Poland for less than 90 days.

Notes

Price is subject to change according to the exchange rate. 

Applicants must be 18 or over. This outreach is tailored towards those aged 18-60. 

You must be able to communicate in English or Polish. (Ukrainian and Russian would also be beneficial) 

Due to limited accommodation, participants must arrive and depart on a Saturday. If you need to arrive earlier you must arrange your own accommodation. 

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