Poland

Poland is a country steeped in history, blessed with stunning landscapes and offers volunteers a varied and exciting experience. Energetic, modern cities such as Warsaw offer something very different from beautiful medieval centres such as Kraków and Gdańsk. Poland is also famous for its filling and heart-warming food and drink which is served in friendly and welcoming restaurants and bars. Perfect for fuelling up for the numerous and exciting outdoor adventures available for volunteers to pursue over the weekends!

Placement Locations

Placements are located in Warsaw, Walbrzych, Krakow, Gdansk, Jaroslaw, Zywiec, Sopot and Suzalki.

Is it for me?

Poland offers volunteers the freedom to develop imaginative lesson plans that encourage students to practice their English.  The ability to adapt, think creatively and embrace a new culture will allow you to experience the wonderful traditions and customs that Poland has to offer.

Roles Explained

Placements in Poland enable volunteers to use their conversational English skills to assist both students and teachers.  Some placements have the added challenge of being in special schools for blind or partially sighted students, and for students with special needs.  Students may range in age from six to 25.  Volunteers may also become involved with additional activities in the school, such as music and drama classes or sport.

Working hours vary between placements, but generally coincide with full school days.

Accommodation and Food

Volunteers either live with a host family or in residential quarters attached to the host institution.  Food is provided accordingly.

What’s Included

Pre-departure briefing
Airport Pickup
Accommodation & food
In-country orientation
In-country support
24/7 support from Canada’s office

Need to know

Pre-departure briefing – all volunteers are invited to a group briefing prior to departure
Language – no previous knowledge of Polish is required
On arrival – volunteers attend a teaching skills course/combined orientation before placements commence

Costs

Our current fees are as follows:

Interview fee $100
Contribution fee $3850
Tax $19.50

 

You will also need to budget for:
Travel insurance
Airfare
Visa (approximately $90)
5-day Teaching skills course ($200)

Travel

Volunteers have the opportunity to travel within Poland and Europe during the school holidays and at the end of their placement.  Poland is a European time capsule where you can find marvellous examples of the best of European architecture in UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Krakow, Warsaw, and Zamosc.  Poland’s countryside is idyllic with dark forests, limpid lakes and towering Teutonic fortresses looming over picture perfect villages.  Poland’s more recent past is visible in the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw and at Gierloz – the ruins of Hitler’s sinister headquarters.

 

 

Program overview

Minimum age:
17
Departs:
February or September
Duration:
4 months (Sept) or 6 months (Feb)

Roles available:

Local support in Poland

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Quick facts

Language:
Polish
Population:
38 million
Timezone:
GMT +1
Climate:
Summers are generally warm, with average temperatures between 17 °C (63 °F) and 20 °C (68.0 °F). Winters are cold, with average temperatures around 3 °C
Currency:
Currency Złoty (PLN)

Testimonial

“Polish life is ‘bardzo cudowny’ (just wonderful!). Krakow is a beautiful city, it’s lovely just to explore the old streets and try to fathom some of its history. Yesterday I set off (on my bike!) to Slovakia, it’s just so incredible. The people, the villages, the roads and the hills. I’m loving teaching, and am learning how to tackle some of the more unpronounceable names!” Sophie Ellis, English Teacher

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