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. Note that at the moment, we are prioritizing volunteers who wish to certify as future facilitators, to help us spread this work to more communities around the world.
For detailed info on getting involved, listen to this audio clip from a recent zoom call:
We accept volunteer facilitators via two, different engagement streams:
1. Join a planned training. Add your name to a waitlist and we will contact you when we have a need for an assistant to see if you are available
2. Contact us with an idea for a specific program / connections to a community that you have identified as potentially wanting and/or needing this work
While we were established to support refugee communities, we believe that this work is powerful for all. If there is a community you want to work with that does not classify as a refugee community, that’s ok! In the past, we have supported local (non-refugee) populations affected by gender-based violence include female genital mutilation. At the moment, we are speaking to people who want to offer this training to marginalized young mothers, genocide survivors, the incarcerated, survivors of sex trafficking, and more! There is no need to limit yourself.
Furthermore, we have found a two-week training model that focuses for one week on refuge populations and for one week on local nation marginalized populations to be very effective in some countries as it can aid in improving host community buy-in. We have run the two-week model in Kenya. For the first week, we worked with refugees and for the second week, we worked with marginalized Kenyan female survivors of gender-based violence. We are exploring this option in Colombia as well.
We currently have volunteers for all planned, upcoming trainings. Contact us if you would like to be added to a list of volunteers for consideration on future projects or if you would like to offer a collaborative program.
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 travel, training, and fundraising to contribute to the overall training costs (typically between £2500-£500, depending on length of training and location). Also, everyone must have travel insurance if the project is not in their home country. 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, and to discuss other fundraising ideas. See our fundraising page for more guidance.
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 Facilitation for Trauma and Transformation online or in-person. The training will cover: an overview OMPowerment and our methodology; benefits of yoga for trauma; modifications for trauma informed yoga; and sensitivities and precautions for using yoga to work with trauma/PTSD. Register here.
ANY ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR YOGA TEACHERS?
If you are a yoga teacher, we will ask that you complete OMPowered Facilitation for Trauma and Transformation online or in person prior to volunteering. 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.