The purpose of this mission is to serve the refugees passing through Serbia, to show the love of Jesus through relationship, activities and spending time
Located near the border of Croatia, OM is providing help for the refugees passing through in two local refugee camps. In Adaševci Camp we have our ‘Tea Tent’ space and run the camp laundry. We are providing drinks in the OM tea tent, keeping the tent area clean, working in the camp laundry, socialising with refugees, and sharing Christ’s love with them. In Šid Camp we are facilitating games, sports and activities for teenage boys.
You will work 5/6 days a week in the camps, facilitating simple, and casual language lessons with the young single men. You will plan and run simple, casual language activities. They want to learn English, and/or German. We are currently not running any structured language lessons (or have we ever in the past) but we have opportunity. The number of guys who will join, and the frequency they come will be inconsistent – but while they are in the camps there are refugees who would love to use their time in this way. You will also help our team out with our regular jobs in the tea tent, preparing tea and laundry. **Please note, we will assist you with resources and ideas, however we would love people who would like to pioneer this opportunity. You will need to be ok to be a little independent and self directed, while also working under our team and the camp rules. English can be your second language.
Should be flexible, have the ability to work in teams, easily adaptable to new circumstances, heart to serve and work among Muslims, and is able to work under the authority of the local OM team and government officials in the camp.
If you have allergies or some medical history (depression, food disorder etc.) please make sure to point that out to the sending field BEFORE arranging your trip. The conditions at the camp are poor and diseases can spread easily. Make sure you have the basic hygiene and medical supplies with you that you need.
You will stay in the OM house in Šid, Serbia with others volunteering at them same time. Do not expect to have a single room.
We do not provide meals, our OM house has a kitchen. Self-catering is around 6-8€ a day, which is extra to the monthly fee paid.
Travel to and from the camps is included in your monthly fee. Fly into Belgrade airport. We can arrange airport pick up and drop off for an additional 30€ each way. Or you can arrange bus/train to Šid or Sremska Mitrovica in Serbia, or Tovarnik in Croatia.
Anyone with a European passport, not needing a visa for EU countries, or in possession of a Schengen visa can enter Serbia. Otherwise we are not able to provide an invitation letter for visas. Please check with your home office for more information.