OM in Poland is providing aid and services to meet needs of refugees seeking safety in Poland, 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?

Current activities are focused around the Warsaw area which has received over 400,000 refugees. Participants will run kids & youth programmes and women’s meetings at refugee centres which will include community building, Bible stories, English lessons, sports, crafts, music and art. There may also be opportunity to help in aid distribution and warehouse logistics at the resource centres. Participants will provide information to the refugees to help prevent human trafficking and other security threats.

When time, skills and language permit, participants may spend time with refugees offering psychological first aid or 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, doing shopping and organising the warehouse. Time spent together in the team house is 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.
  Dates Apply by
  26 February - 04 March 2023 29 January 2023
  05 March - 11 March 2023 05 February 2023
  12 March - 18 March 2023 12 February 2023
  19 March - 25 March 2023 19 February 2023
  26 March - 01 April 2023 26 February 2023
  02 April - 08 April 2023 05 March 2023
Cost £240 (excluding flights, insurance, any possible vaccinations & DBS)
Ages 18+ (see Notes)
Suitable for single people welcomemarried couples welcomesorry, no familiesgroups welcome 

You can join the ministry for several weeks or even months and we recommend it, if you're able, as it helps to establish closer relationships and build on their foundation. 

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 (refugee centres often run by state)

• 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

• Able to communicate in English or Polish. Speaking Ukrainian or Russian would be a great asset

For the kids programmes, you will receive programme 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.

Accommodation

You will stay in basic accommodation in a team house (private house, apartment or hostel). Please bring your own towel and sleeping bag. Accommodation options vary from double rooms to large, shared bedrooms (sleeping on beds or mattresses). 

You need to arrive by noon on the Sunday and leave on Saturday.

Food

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

Travel

Participants need to arrange their own travel 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. 

There is a possibility to arrive 1 day earlier and/or stay 1 day longer if the flight requires, however it will depend on the availability of the accommodation in our team house. If the team house is full, the participant will need to find their own accommodation at their own expense for the extra day(s).

Please send us your travel itinerary as soon as you can but please don't book flights unless you have received an official acceptance email from the Short Term Outreaches team. 

Health

Participants should be in good health, able to work with kids and engage in moderate physical work.

We recommend individuals to be fully vaccinated before travelling.

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

Language

Participants must 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 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.

Visa

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

Notes

Driver’s license and 3+ years of experience driving is an asset. If you do and would be willing to be a driver (manual), please let us know asap. You would need to take your driving license with you.

Please check the current weather forecast for temperatures during the day and night here and pack relevant clothing, including potential shifts at night, in the rain or direct sunlight. 

Price is subject to change according to the exchange rate. 

Applicants must be 18 or over. This outreach is tailored towards those aged 18-65. 

Volunteers are responsible to organise their personal and travel insurance and ensure it covers all they need.

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

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