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Get Involved internationally with our
Disaster Assistance Response Team

Have you considered joining our
Disaster Assistance Response Team?

What is DART?

The Samaritan’s Purse International Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) programme is committed to meeting the critical needs of victims of war, poverty, famine, disease, and natural disaster. We stand ready to respond at a moment’s notice whenever and wherever disaster strikes. The DART specializes in providing water, food, shelter, and medical care while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Who is on a DART?

The DART is composed of a roster of on-call professionals trained to respond within a complex international environment to save lives and reduce suffering in the name of Jesus Christ. “We are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

Our DART members work in the midst of devastation and tragedy. We need flexible people who can overcome daunting logistical challenges to bring help to those who need it most.

Is DART right for you?

> Do you thrive under pressure?
> Can you work and live in challenging and unstable conditions?
> Do you have experience in international relief work?
> Are you readily available to deploy for two to four weeks?
> Do you have a heart for sharing the love of Christ with those who are hurting?

To apply to join DART, please email your resume together with a cover letter detailing your passion for Christian ministry employment to dart@samaritans-purse.org.uk

Working on a DART is an amazing, life-changing experience.

Kelly, Registered Nurse

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application process?

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The DART Member position is an employment opportunity requiring an application to be considered. To apply to join DART, please email your resume together with a cover letter detailing your passion for Christian ministry employment to dart@samaritans-purse.org.uk. Our HR department will review all applications and contact qualified applicants.

What will living conditions be like?

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Working in a disaster setting requires you to adapt to uncomfortable surroundings and living conditions. Your privacy and level of comfort will be limited. In some cases, accommodations in the field could range from a tent to a mud hut or shared room without fan or air conditioning. Toilet facilities are shared and often times basic. In other cases, DART members may have accommodations in a hotel, while the people affected by the disaster are struggling to survive. This disparity is often difficult for some responders.

Post-disaster conditions often result in electricity and internet access being limited, sometimes for extended periods of time. Choice of food is often limited. Weather conditions can be extreme (hot, dry, cold, rains, or desert conditions) and challenging for some individuals.

You should ask yourself if you are physically able and willing to sacrifice your physical comforts before applying to DART.

Will I be able to communicate with my family while on DART?

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Your communication will typically be limited. Due to the disaster conditions, rural environments, and the high-paced nature of a DART, there will be limited access to telecommunications. The emergency telecommunication systems utilised during deployment may only be used for operations critical data and communications unless staff members have a personal need. You and your family members should be aware of this before you deploy.

Is DART a volunteer opportunity?

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No. DARTs are not volunteer opportunities. Due to the extreme and sometimes hazardous environments typically found hours after a major disaster and the need for skilled, humanitarian professionals, Samaritan’s Purse DART responders are short-term, contracted employees of the organisation.

What does a typical deployment look like?

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Depending on the type of disaster, international location, and DART mandate, deployments will look different. A typical DART deployment lasts three to four weeks. A few common themes to expect are:

  • Long work hours
  • High stress and fast-paced environment
  • The need for flexibility and a willingness to serve in any manner regardless of job “titles”
  • A focused, goal-oriented, and strong team dynamic
  • Organisational support and rapid response to needs on the ground
  • A readiness to deploy teams to serve in the hardest-hit and many times hardest to reach areas

Do I need experience to apply for DART?

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Our DART responders work in complex, international disaster contexts in extreme environments so an appropriate amount of international humanitarian relief work experience is highly recommended. DART members should also be able to contribute professional experience in the key area(s) in which they deploy.

What are the minimum qualifications for DART?

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Minimum qualifications for a DART member include:

  • Committed to Christian values and precepts and be in sympathy with the Samaritan’s Purse Statement of Faith.
  • 1-2 year’s professional experience in international context or disaster response management is highly desirable.
  • Minimum 2 years post-qualification work experience and professional skills.
  • Available on short notice for an immediate three to four week deployment.
  • Willingness to work in unstable, insecure areas.
  • Able to provide training and supervision to others.
  • Flexible and able to manage stress.
  • Sufficient travel, volunteer, or work experience in developing countries.
  • Willingness to engage in daily prayer ministry with the DART team and with the beneficiaries we serve.
  • Maintains an evangelical heart and passion for others to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Valid passport
  • Basic vaccinations up to date.

Are training opportunities offered?

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Yes. Samaritan’s Purse offers domestic and international training opportunities for DART applicants to gain a better understanding of Samaritan’s Purse international disaster response structure and develop practical skills to utilize in the field to boost success and add value to the DART.

What are typical DART programme activities?

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Samaritan’s Purse has extensive experience in relief programming, specifically in the sectors of shelter; food; medical care; and water, sanitation, and hygiene. During the initial phase of disaster response, our DART focuses on conducting distributions of sector-specific non-food items such as tarp, cooking kits, hygiene kits, blankets, and mosquito nets, depending on the context and community needs.

Our medical response has the capacity to function anywhere using small, mobile medical teams traveling to multiple communities and setting up a fully staffed and equipped emergency field hospital.

Additional programming can also include shelter reconstruction, water point rehabilitation, and community hygiene education.

I am impressed at how God leaves his mark on people. A number of us had marks left on our lives because of the staff we had a chance to work with, and the patients we were able to care for.

I will always remember seeing a tall, tough man, sitting at the foot of a child’s bed, praying for her. What I was most thrilled with was the internal/spiritual changes. We heard about three people that wanted to follow Jesus. I continue to pray that there are others that will follow.

Dr. Gary, DART member

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WITH INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS IN THE FOLLOWING SECTORS:

Administration

Communications

Finance

Food Assistance

Human Resources

Information & Communication Technology

Logistics

Medical

Nutrition

Security

Shelter

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

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