Poland

   

Poland is located in the heartland of Europe, nestled within a unique range of countries and cultures that are within easy travel distance.  Fusing modern living with the grand theatrical and musical traditions of the past, it offers a rich combination of history and culture in a rapidly developing country. Lattitude Volunteers play an important role in improving the English language skills of students and a select number of placements also allow you to assist in schools for visually impaired students.

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Placement Locations

Placements in Poland are located in Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan, Lublin and other rural areas. Click here to view a map.

Is It For Me?

English Tutor roles in Poland offer volunteers the freedom to develop imaginative lesson plans that encourage students to practice their English in a fun and supportive setting. 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. 



 

Placements Explained

English Tutor

Lattitude volunteers in Poland will be based at a variety of schools from pre-school to high school level. They will officially adopt the position of teaching assistants, but will often be in the position of planning and taking charge of lessons. You will work alongside permanent teachers and help with a range of activities, from English teaching to accompanying children on school trips. This 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, or 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 or drama classes or sport. As a fluent English speaker, you will primarily be responsible for teaching English up to 18-20 hours per week however this may vary between placements but generally coincide with full school days. You will also get involved in all sorts of other activities involving music, art, poetry, DIY, theatre, outdoor activities, sports and homework guidance. Overall you are likely to work 3-5 hours per day, 4-5 days per week. A small amount of pocket money is paid.

 

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Accommodation And Food

Volunteers either live with a host family or in residential quarters attached to the host institution. In our Kindergarten placement, for example, you will be lodged within the school and will have your own separate room with a bathroom and access to a shared kitchen. Food is provided accordingly in most placements.

Need To Know

  • Pre-departure Briefing - all volunteers are invited to a group briefing prior to departure
  • On Arrival - volunteers attend a combined teaching skills course and orientation together in Warsaw
  • Language - no previous knowledge of Polish is required

Support Provided

Before Leaving:
  • We find out about each volunteers strengths, skills and interests through an in-depth interview which helps us select the right people as well as identifying what they are hoping to achieve while away and helps us select the right people to be Lattitude volunteers
  • A second interview with our In Country Programme Manager (often via Skype) helps match them to a placement perfect for them.
  • Once you have been accepted by the in Country Programme Manager you will be looked after by a specialised Volunteer Coordinator in our NZ office who assists with all preparations, support with logistics such as flights and visas, and are there to answer any questions.
  • Everyone attends a predeparture briefing to meet other volunteers, Lattitude staff, other professionals such as our travel agent, travel doctors and insurance company representatives as well as hearing from returned volunteers, learning in person about the expectations and exciting prospects that lie ahead.
  • Volunteers are seen off at the airport, where they travel together to their destination countries
  • All volunteers sign our Term and Conditions to ensure that Lattitude's expectations of each volunteer are agreed and clear from the outset.
While Overseas:
  • Volunteers attend a group orientation upon arrival in-country and, where needed, undertake training such as a local language or teaching skills course.
  • We have paid staff based in each country. Our Country Managers oversee the program and work with a team of Local Representatives who provide support in the local areas and develop close relationships with placement hosts.
  • Each volunteer is visited at their placement soon after arrival by an in-country staff member to check how things are and provide additional support if needed.
  • We work with Embassies and High Commissions to ensure we can respond to any situation and provide 24/7 emergency support from the Lattitude office in New Zealand.
Upon Return:
  • We recognise that coming home can be difficult and provide one-to-one support, with onward referrals for further professional support if needed. Volunteers are invited to debriefing events and become part of our network of alumni.
  • Our debriefing session will include discussions from industry professionals regarding the identification and articulation of the new skills the volunteer has invariably acquired during his/her placement, and how to use these new skills to get ahead.
  • We are always happy to supply written and verbal references to our successful volunteers upon return home, to aid in applications to higher education or the workforce.

Costs

These costs are for Lattitude placements in Poland in 2017 and a full explanation of costs can be found here:

Lattitude fees (exact costs):  
Lattitude Application Fee $150
Lattitude Contribution Fee $3,900
Lattitude In-country Orientation $375
Lattitude Teaching Skills Course $275
   
You will also need to budget for the following (approx costs):   
Return Airfares (approx cost of group flight) $2,500 - $3,200
Travel Insurance (6 months)     $700
Visa $110
Medical examination $50 - $200
Travel Doctor Consultation & Immunisations $0
   
Total cost (approximate)
$8,060 - $8,910

 

Travel

The main opportunity to travel within Poland and around Europe is during the school holidays and at the end of your placement. Poland is relatively inexpensive to get around, you should be able to absorb much of this history-rich country. From medieval castles to charming rural villages, from grand old cities to pristine forests, Poland is packed with must-see highlights. Make sure that your list includes:  the beautiful cities of Gdansk, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan and Torun;  the Great Masurian Lakes;  the Bialowieza National Park;  the mountain resort of Zakopane;  the largest medieval castle in Europe at Malbork;  the Wooden Churches in the southern Malopolska; and one of the world’s most emotionally-charged sights, Auschwitz-Birkenau.



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