Who are salesian volunteers?

We are here to support missions. We offer our time, knowledge and skills to serve those most in need in Africa, South America, Eastern Europe or Asia, through volunteering in Poland and abroad. The most important missionary volunteering work is sharing the testimony of Christian life of the lay-people. Living among those to whom we are sent, we perform specific work for others and we are the living witnesses of Jesus’ love. Because missionary volunteering is “The Gospel in Action”: forwarding the message of the Gospel to people through activities that meet the most urgent needs of others.

What can you do in Poland?

Departure for misions to Africa?

… so maybe mission volunteering in South America or Asia? Find out:


What can you do on missions?

Are you thinking of joining us?

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Volunteer's meetings

Introductory meetings

Everyone, who wants to be a volunteer and find out more about us, is invited to taking part in our introductory meetings which are held just before every all-Poland convention in Krakow.

Local meetings

Volunteers from Krakow, Poznan, Wroclaw, Swietochowice and Kielce are invited for every-week meetings, during which, among other things, we divide tasks for the nearest time and we prepare for our everyday’s work and mission departures.

All-Poland meetings

Once a month, open weekly conventions for volunteers from all over Poland are held. They enable us to prepare better for missions in Poland and abroad, get to know one’s mission way and, simply, get to know each other better.

Next all-Poland meeting

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Introductory meetings

16 October 2015 18h00 (KRAKÓW)
20 November 2015 18h00 (KRAKÓW)
12 February 2015 18h00 (KRAKÓW)
06 May 2016 18h00 (KRAKÓW)
03 June 2016 18h00 (KRAKÓW)

Local meetings

Kraków: MONDAY 17h30 – Adoration and Holy Mass 19h00 – Meeting (SWM)
Poznań: THUSDAY 19h00 (St. John Bosco’s Church in Winogrady)
Wrocław:WEDNESDAY 19h00 (Inspektorat Salezjański)
Świętochłowice: THUSDAY 14h30 (Zespół Szkół Salezjańskich)
Kielce: WEDNESDAY 19h00 (Oratorium Świętokrzyskie)

All-Poland meetings

October 19-21, 2018: Salesian charism (Cracow)
November 16-18, 2018: Volunteering (Cracow)
December 14-16, 2018: Missionary charism (Wroclaw)
January 18-20, 2019: Prayer (Cracow)
February 15-17, 2019: Holy Bible (Cracow)
March 15-17, 2019: Fast (Łódź?)
April 12-14, 2019: Confession (Poznań)
May 10-12, 2019: Eucharist and Mary (Cracow)
31th May – 2nd June 2019: Orawa for the children of Africa (Cracow and Jabłonka)

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Who are these Salesians? What does ' Salesian' mean?

Salesians, actually Saint Francis Salezy’s society, is a religious congregation established by an Italian priest, Saint John Bosko, who sacrificed his life for work for the poorest chidren and youth people. Today, Salesians all over the world work in schools, oratories, day-care rooms, young offender’s institutions, they work in parishes. A Salesian is a person devoted to work for the needy children and youth people, basing their actiivities on faith, love and wisdom.

Can I join if I don't want to embark on a mission?

Yes! We invite everyone who is bursting with bringing selfless help to the mission. In Poland we take many actions, from which you can surely choose something for you. A departure fo missions is only one of our possible ways to help missions, but oftenly, in order to have one volunteer working on a mission, we need as much as 30 here! We are waiting for you!

Can I join if I'm not eighteen?

Yes, in Poland you don’t have to be eighteen. Everyone can make a good use of their abilities and skills, working for missions in Poland. But to embark on a mission, you have to be of age.

I don't live in Poland. Can I be a SWM volunteer?

There are a lot of offers of, so-called, ” remote” involvement in our organization’s actions, being abroad or in distant towns. And there were people, who, living in, for instance, Manchester, regularly took part in our meetings, supported our actions and then embarked on missions.

Can I join if I am not religious?

Yes. We are a community open for everyone who wants to help missions. You should be ready to devote your time for specific tasks and feel good among us, knowing that the essential part of our way is a spiritual and christian formation. We invite you!

Is participation in meetings compulsory?

Yes. The more you engage in participating in meetings, the more you’ll benefit from it in your formation and preparation for a departure.

What can be done in Poland?

Almost everything. Look here.

What do you do on missions?

Embarking on a mission is mainly connected with bearing faith witness, performing everyday’s life duties. These depend on the character of a particular departure and leaver’s competences. Volunteers work as carers, teachers, organizers of cultural life in oratories, educational care cetres,boarding schools or regular schools. They function as coordinators or they supervise projects of builidng schools, nursery schools, clinics. As doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, they take part in medical mission departures.

Will you conclude a voluntary contract with me?

We always conclude a voluntary contract with every volunteer who embarks on a mission. It isn’t compulsory for volunteers in Poland,but if, in the future, you would like to get a voluntary certficate or show your commitment to the future employer- we warmly recommend it.

How to begin?

Firstly- contact volunteers’ coordinator ( wolontariat@swm.pl). Then take part in weekly and/or monthly meetings. Engage in organization’s activities and write in an application form that you are willing to embark on a mission. Your application will be then examined by the right people from the organization. We invite you for weekly and monthly volunteer’s meetings, during which you can find out more about organization’s activities and take on suggested tasks.

What do I have to do to embark on a mission?

Firstly- contact volunteers’ coordinator (wolontariat@swm.pl). Then, take part in weekly and monthly volunteers’ meetings. You should absolutely engage in organization’s activities, and, after going through the period of formation, write in a special appication that you are willing to embark on a mission. Your application will be then examined by the right people from the organization.

How long do I have to prepare for a departure?

The minimun formation and preparation-for-a-departure period, which includes taking part in weekly and monthly meetings and volunteer’s commitment, lasts at least one year.

How long can I be on a mission?

Most of departures lasts about one year. In case of a special request or organization’s need, it can be a period from two months, but we prioritise long-term departures.

How much a departure costs and who pays for that?

Embarking on a mission for a period longer than six months, a volunteer covers half of flight’s costs, insuarance, visa’s and vaccination’s costs. Volunteers embarking on shorter projects cover all ,not half of listed costs. Our organization provides food, accomodation and pocket money. Volunteers also try to raise funds to help carry out institutions’ missions, trying to raise them from European Committe’s programmes means or Ministey of Foreign Affairs( with our organization’s support) or looking for individual sponsors. We want to be true mission’s donors!

Can I choose where I'll embark on a mission?

The place of departure depends mainly on current needs ,which are declared by mission institutions, on language skills and volunteer’s competences. The list is open. So far, our volunteers worked in African countries (including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe), South America countries (Bolivia, Peru) and Asian (Israel, Mongolia), also in East European ones (Ukraine, Russia).

What languages do I have to know to embark on a mission?

A volunteer embarking on missions has to know the language which is spoken in a particular country. In the case of most African countries this is English, in South America- Spanish. We don’t require the knowledge of local languages. You have to learn the language on your own.

Do you need to have a certificate?

A Certificate of language is not needed, but just before going on a mission, everyone has to pass an interior exam, adjusted to the work and level which is necessary.

I have worked in other organization. Is it enough to go for a mission?

No. This is a wonderful beginning, but it is obligatory to be active in Salesian Voluntary Centre before going for a mission. All the recommendations and practice are most welcome, but they are not sufficient.

Who shall I contact with?

Katarzyna Mierzejewska is responsible for the general contact with the volunteers. You may contact her by phone (+48 12 269 23 33), by e-mail (wolontariat@swm.pl) or just visit our organization on Tyniecka 39 Street (don’t forget to make previously an appointment by mail or phone)
If you live nearby of our branch, feel free to write directly there:
Wrocław: wroclaw@swm.pl
Poznań: poznan@swm.pl
Świętochłowice: swietochlowice@swm.pl
Kielce: kielce@swm.pl

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Hear the story of the volunteers

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To be a volunteer- what advantages does it have?



When you work in a voluntary organization, you gain the possibility to learn, try yourself in different fields, explore your capacity in various undertakings and situations.

New People

Voluntary Service is an amazing opportunity to meet new, extraordinary people, who will definitely share our passions. This is also a chance to build up friendship, new relationship. This is a community based on common help. We are passionate about spending time in a creative, active way.


When you work in a voluntary organization, you gain the possibility to learn, try yourself in different fields, explore your capacity in various undertakings and situations.


Good to know that what we do, even a little thing has a meaning. Every day we meet people who are grateful for the work or for being a witness of God’s love. Through the time of our observation of the volunteers on the mission, we know how much you can gain and possess the unbelievable treasure. Definitely, it is not a waste of time!


The feeling that someone may have the chance to go to school, can be treated in dispensary or hospital, has the possibility to drink pure water or just eat and finally not feel hungry is priceless. It becomes your personal success which cannot be measured as well as unending satisfaction.

True Joy

The smile of a person whom you have helped defies description. It’s for free, moreover priceless element of our voluntary work!

Do you want to join us or have more questions? Don't hesitate!


If you like to write an e-mail, feel free! Use the Contact formula.
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If you fancy chatting by phone, call us: +48 12 269 23 33.
Father Krzysztof Cepil is a coordinator of the volunteers in Cracov .
HERE you’ll find the other contacts in different cities.

Pay us a visit

If you feel like talking face to face, fix the meeting in our office or just pop up and join us in one of our meetings- weekly or introductory. Up above, see the schedule of the meetings, and HEREcheck how to find us.