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What is DART?
The Samaritan’s Purse International Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) program 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.
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?
Want more information? See our FAQ section below.
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. Every DART needs resourceful and competent professionals experienced in providing international assistance, program management, administration, logistics, communications, and medical care.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the application process?
Applications can be submitted through the link below. Our International Disaster Response Unit will review all applications and contact qualified applicants for a preliminary interview.
DART applicants will go through the same application process as new Samaritan’s Purse employees and are expected to adhere to all professional standards and policies of the organization.
Top candidates will then be invited to attend a DART training. DART trainings are held both domestically and internationally multiple times a year and enrollment is as space allows. Upon successful completion of DART training, candidates will then be eligible to be added to the DART roster of qualified responders who may be called upon for deployment following a disaster.
- What will living conditions be like?
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. Bathroom facilities are shared and often times basic. In other cases, DART members may have accommodations in a comfortable 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 poor. 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?
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 utilized 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?
In general, 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 organization.
For volunteer opportunities with Samaritan’s Purse please visit: http://spvolunteernetwork.samaritanspurse.org/.
- What does a typical deployment look like?
Depending on the type of disaster, international location, and DART mandate, depolyments will look different. A typical DART deployment lasts two 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
- Organizational 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?
Our DART responders work in complex, international disaster contexts so an appropriate degree of international work experience is highly recommended. DART members should also be able to contribute professional experience in the key area in which they deploy.
- What are the minimal qualifications for DART?
Minimal qualifications for a DART member include:
- Professional experience in international context or disaster response management.
- Available on short notice for an immediate two 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.
- Are training opportunities offered?
Yes. Samaritan’s Purse offers domestic and international training opportunities for selected 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 program activities?
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 between small, mobile medical teams traveling to multiple communities and setting up a fully staffed and equipped emergency field hospital with up to 80 beds.
Additional programming can also include shelter reconstruction, water point rehabilitation, and community hygiene education.
The DART needs resourceful, professional workers experienced in:
Shelter; food security and nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene
Physicians, nurses, technologists, pharmacists, etc.
Construction, electrical, plumbing, etc.
- Inventory & Supply Chain Management
- Human Resources
- Information and Data Collection
- Information and Communications Technology