Volunteer

We are always looking for support in running OMPowerment operations.

If you prefer to support us remotely, we are always in need of dedicated supporters to help us fundraise and spread awareness of our work. In addition, we need people with the time and resources to help us with: translation, social media and marketing, financial modeling, and content editing. Get in touch with us if you wish to help in any of those capacities.

In addition, we need volunteers to assist on our trainings worldwide. More information on assisting can be found below.

how can i assist a training?

Opportunities to assist on a training are available whether you are a yoga teacher or not. If you're a teacher, you can assist with leading asana and meditation, offering verbal adjustments, and managing workshops. If you are not a teacher, we would love to have you join us and help out with everything from managing logistics to posting on our blog and social media channels. Either way, you will work directly with us and with the refugee the communities.

WHAT COSTS ARE INVOLVED? 

All of our projects are free of charge and we do not charge a participation fee of any kind. However, volunteers will be responsible for getting themselves to the project of their choice, and they must have travel insurance if the project is not in their home country.

Additionally, we will ask that all volunteers fundraise to offset their travel and participation costs and to invest in future OMPowerment programming.  The easiest way is to set up a personal fundraising page and the share the link with your friends and family. We are more than happy to help you with this process.

ARE THERE ANY REQUIREMENTS TO ASSIST IN A NON-TEACHING CAPACITY?

All we require is that you be passionate about our work, emotionally stable and resilient, proactive yet flexible, and, of course, a generally warm and compassionate individual that we would enjoy traveling with.

Before traveling, we will ask that you complete OMPowered Trauma Awareness for Volunteers online or in-person. The training will cover: an overview OMPowerment and our methodology; overview of the refugee situation in the relevant country; an overview of trauma/PTSD; benefits of yoga for trauma; modifications for trauma informed yoga; and sensitivities and precautions for using yoga to work with trauma/PTSD.

ANY ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR YOGA TEACHERS?

If you are a yoga teacher, we will ask that you complete both OMPowered Trauma Awareness for Volunteers and the OMPowered Facilitator Training prior to volunteering. Both of these trainings will be available online. Our Facilitator Training will be part of a certification process to become an OMPowered Facilitator should you wish to eventually take this work in to your own community.

The OMPowered Facilitator Training will cover our methodological approach to trauma informed yoga. We appreciate that teachers from numerous yoga lineages may be interested in volunteering and, while we value the beauty of each of these different style, we will require that you teach according to the methodology we have developed.

Additionally, we ask that you have valid insurance and current first aid certification. A devoted personal practice is essential; a regular teaching practice is useful but not necessary.

Before Travelling

Before joining us as a training assistant, you will need to complete at least the OMPowered Trauma Awareness for Volunteers training. If you wish to assist in teaching, you will also need to complete OMPowered Facilitator Training. Further, we ask that you have valid public liability and travel insurance.

Additionally, we will ask that all volunteers fundraise to offset their travel and participation costs and to invest in future OMPowerment programming.  The easiest way is to set up a personal fundraising page and the share the link with your friends and family. We are more than happy to help you with this process. See our fundraising page for more guidance.