Who we are and what is our mission:
Cordis Hospice is a charity organization based in Katowice, Poland. It has been serving people with a terminal stage of cancer and other life-limiting illnesses for more than 26 years. This is a home full of love and geniality, here people live and die with dignity. An ill person is the core of our care. Our goal is to deliver wide-ranging, free, high quality care to people with life-limiting or terminal conditions and their families. Cordis Hospice offers care which is provided by a versatile team of different professional staff: doctors, nurses, medical carers, psychologists, physiotherapists also priests and volunteers. As well as taking care of people's physical needs, they also look after their emotional, spiritual and social needs.
People all over the world know what joy and suffer is. Being a hospice volunteer is not so easy, it requires such qualities as diligence, particular sensitivity, perseverance, patience, willingness to self-education, openness and creativity.
In July 2012 we started an international volunteering project. We have already hosted volunteers from Ukraine, Brazil, China, Italy, Nigeria, Belarus, India, Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Chile, Albania, Turkey, Serbia, Hong Kong, Greece. This project is a great opportunity for our staff and foreign volunteers to exchange their experience and ideas about hospice palliative care. We are always glad to get to know culture and traditions of other nations as well as to show the beauty of Polish culture.
Our project is available all year round. We invite students and people of both medical and non-medical professions. Project lasts from 4 to 6 weeks. Age limits: from 19 to 40 years old. The communication language is mainly English, but can also be Russian, Ukrainian or Polish.
What do our volunteers do:
-help medical staff in washing patients and changing dressings;
-help in feeding patients, making them tea/coffee, gathering used dishes and litter;
-help in cleaning hospice and hostel premises;
-help in a hospice garden;
-assist medical staff during home visits; run errands on patient’s request;
-spend time with patients, go for walks in the garden;
-help out at fundraising events.
A volunteer is guaranteed to get:
accommodation in the hospice hostel (situated on the hospice territory) in a single/twin room with separate bathroom;
full board: breakfast/lunch/dinner;
tutor’s help and assistance;
transfer from/to airport or train/bus station.
A volunteer works 7 hours a day usually from 7:50 to 14:50. Schedule can be changed on volunteer's or staff's request. A volunteer works 5 days a week from Monday till Friday with a weekend break. A volunteer can be asked to help during weekend if needed.