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!
English Teaching placements in Poland allow 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 6 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.
Both accommodation and food are provided by the host. Volunteers are usually accommodated either with a host family or an adult host at teaching placements. Host families may expect the volunteer to integrate and to contribute to family every day life. Despite the fact that Poland is a big meat producing country, vegetarians have always managed without any problems.
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.
You will need initiative (some schools are better organised than others and guidance may be lacking), a committed and caring attitude, patience, sensitivity, adaptability, a willingness to learn from mistakes, a keen sense of humour and an above average self-sufficiency!
Placements are located in Warsaw, Walbrzych, Krakow, Gdansk, Jaroslaw, Zywiec, Sopot and Suzalki.
Volunteers have the opportunity to travel within Poland and throughout Europe during weekends, school holidays and at the end of their placement. Poland is a European time capsule where you can find marvelous 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.