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, women’s and seniors' meetings we are offering comfort, bringing joy and hope and living out Christ’s love to those who need it the most. To get a feeling what it is like, watch the short video: https://youtu.be/RiTmaHZMoG0
Participants will run kids & youth programs, as well as women’s and seniors' meetings at refugee centers: - psychosocial support - community building - Bible stories - English lessons - sports, crafts, music, art They can also be involved in aid distribution and warehouse logistics at resource centers. 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 or provide information to prevent human trafficking and other security threats. 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.
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 • Able to communicate in English or Polish; Ukrainian or Russian are a great asset; • Committed to serve children, youth, women and elderly people; • 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 Minors are welcome only with a group leader they are known to/parent and need to be mature and able to handle interactions with refugees.
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
Basic accommodation in a team house located in Warsaw. Please bring your own towel. Bedding is provided. Expect simple beds, shared rooms (2-4 people) and shared bathrooms.
Food at team house is provided and included (breakfast and a cooked lunch/dinner, snacks).
Participants need to arrange and cover their travel expense to and from the Team House in Warsaw. We recommend a flight to Chopin International Airport (WAW) or Warsaw Modlin Airport (WMI). You will receive further directions in the Info for participants, incl. precise address and phone numbers.
Applicants should check if they need to apply for a visa to Poland.