Refugees' last stop on their journey is the RDU airport. Many of them have waited several years for this opportunity, and stepping off the plane is, in many ways, the culmination of this wait. The Welcome Team, or two to eight people, and an interpreter have the  honor of being the first to welcome partnered refugees with open arms to North Carolina. After greeting them, the Welcome Team assists with refugees' luggage, transport them to their new home, go over a brief housing/safety checklist, and leave them with a culturally appropriate meal you have purchased. Welcome Teams even create “Welcome to the U.S.” signs and provide a small welcome gift! They then say goodbye to their new friends, and hopefully will meet up with them again to continue a friendship.



1 time commitment to meet a refugee and take them to their new home.  


  • Sign up and attend a volunteer orientation session

  • After orientation, you will be asked to apply to become an active volunteer at World Relief Durham.

  • Once an active volunteer you will be allowed to sign up to join a Welcome Team when we get notice of a new arrival

  • You will be responsible for helping create signs for the airport arrival, as well as purchasing a culturally acceptable meal to provide to the refugee at their new home. 

  • We are looking for individuals who are warm, friendly, excited, and enthusiastic.

  • Check our the volunteer toolkit for helpful resources.

  • Record and report monthly volunteer hours served on the Welcome Team through the WRD website

Contact:WRDvolunteer@ wr.org | 919.724.4816