When Disaster Strikes…Will You Answer the Call?

Being on a DART has given me a unique opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need. It has refined my faith and broadened my skill set.
Olivia Blinn DART Staff Member

Serve With Us!

I'm ready to share God’s love by working on a DART!

What is a Disaster Assistance Response Team?

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.

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.

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.

We are ambassadors for Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:20

Is a DART Right for You?

Do you thrive under pressure? 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.
Can you work and live in challenging and unstable conditions? 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.
Do you have experience in international relief work? Our DART responders work in complex, international disaster contexts in extreme environments so an appropriate amount of international humanitarian relief work experience is highly recommended. DART members should also be able to contribute professional experience in the key area(s) in which they deploy.
    Minimum 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 you readily available to deploy for two to four weeks? 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 you have a heart for sharing the love of Christ with those who are hurting? DART members follow the example of Jesus Christ by helping people in desperate situations and also sharing the eternal hope of the Gospel. When a DART works in crisis areas of the world, people often ask, Why did you come? The answer is always the same: We have come to help you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are looking for people with skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Programs Shelter; food security and nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Medical Physicians, nurses, technologists, pharmacists, etc.
  • Technical Construction, electrical, plumbing, etc.
  • Logistics
  • Inventory & Supply Chain Management
  • Administration
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information & Data Colection
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Security

Join the DART!

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

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.

The DART Member position is an employment opportunity requiring an application to be considered. To apply, use the job application link at the top or bottom of this page. Our HR department will review all applications and contact qualified applicants for a preliminary interview.

Upon successful completion of the hiring process, DART members will then be eligible to be added to the DART roster of qualified responders who may be called upon for deployment following a disaster. New members will also 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.

NOTE: The recruiting, selection, and training for DART positions takes place throughout the year. We will review your information and consider you for the next steps during our next applicant review cycle.
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