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Angloville

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Angloville is one of the biggest providers of free educational volunteering / cultural exchanges in Europe. We offer ESL-related volunteering experience during which students can discover 7 European countries for free, having their board and lodging in beautiful countryside hotels covered, while helping young European students practise their English. The programme is free to join. We welcome 8000+ participants / year. Featured in: Lonely Planet, Forbes, Fashion Magazine, Travel Magazine, Glasgow Guardian.

Website
angloville.com
Founded
2011
Headquarters

St Mary's College
Emmet Place
Co Cork
Youghal
Ireland

Reviews

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Laisvydas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

So I hope this is a proper way and place to leave a feedback, so here it goes.. It's been absolutely amazing, this trip. I've signed up for 3 weeks and although the last one felt a bit of a difficulty since I've been experiencing so much the last one bit lacked of creativity from my part. However, wonderful people that will make you learn as well, wonderful mentors that you'll wibe for sure, breathtaking avenues, food and programs that will give you unforgetable experience! I'm telling to myself that 'Oh, I'd like to come back on the summer' but I wouldn't mind packing my luggages and go back there, heh.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
To go all-in into this program and experience everything that I could since it was so amazing
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Libby
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have completed three angloville programs over the period of a month.
I was a little skeptical before going as my recruiter had disappeared and stopped responding to me (I assume she has quit) however when I got on the program it was fantastic and unforgettable.
By the end of the first day, I felt as though I had known the other mentors forever. By the end of the week they felt like my family.
The relationships developed between the kids and mentors and mentors with other mentors was fantastic.
Although the days are long, I felt excited to do it all over again the next day.
Better yet was when on the following weeks you ran into people you met on previous weeks.
It was really a great experience.
Would do it again for sure.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Some of the hotels didn't have the best selection of food.
I would recommend getting a selection of snacks before the program or taking a trip to the shop during.
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Usman
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

So far I have done a total of 6 programs with Angloville and it has been one of the most memorable times of my life. I applied last year casually not expecting it to be that good. This program offers you a chance to make friends from all over the world, from local people and contributes a lot to your personal development. It's filled with fun activities and social games where you don't feel as if you are working. Accommodation and food are fully covered and you get to stay in the most exotic countryside resorts full of scenic beauty and nature. I hope to return back to it again very soon.

What would you improve about this program?
I would prefer it if Angloville offers some sort of monetary incentive to the volunteers
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Ann-Marie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering with Angloville was an amazing experience, there is a huge range of people you will get the chance to speak with and learn from as well as teach them some things yourself.

The participants are all so grateful for their time with a native speaker and are often so intelligent and have a lot to bring to a conversation. I managed to spend just £120 over a month spent in Poland as all meals and accommodation are covered for you.

Whilst on programmes, the support was amazing from fellow native speakers as well as the coordinators, if you ever had an issue there would be someone to help out! Can’t recommend Angloville enough.

What would you improve about this program?
The only small issue I had was 3 back to back programmes didn’t leave a full day of exploring in between so if this is a priority for you, try to leave a week free between programmes!
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Isabelle
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had such an incredible experience on my programme, and met amazing people who are now really close friends. I was a bit anxious before going, as it was my first solo travelling experience and I didn't know anyone who had done it. There was no need to be though, most people there were also travelling by themselves and that helped us to bond quicker too.
I wouldn't necessarily call it volunteering though, because the kids are paying for it, but you're still helping them a lot which is rewarding.
I was at the Dwor Pomorski location near Poznan, and both are really beautiful. The food was quite nice, and I've heard the vegetarian and vegan options there are much better than at most places.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Sahil Kumar

A student who has currently come off his Gap Year and has returned to education, starting his BA in English Literature and History.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program as it was something that felt quite close to me; I have parents who aren't fluent in English, I come from a very low socio-economic background where social mobility factors hinder the progression of parents and children to excel. By completing this program, I was able to give back to keen, attentive and eager individuals. I took the constraints which surround me in my own life and channeled that in helping kids as young as 11 excel in their spoken English ranging from confidence to improving their vocabulary.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My program organizers were quite helpful; they adhered to any issues I had with timing deadlines and any uncertainties. They were always happy to help and reassure me that all was going to be okay.

The programme was completely free in terms of accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner all provided. I had to pay solely for my flight, which wasn't an issue. Traveling from A to B by coach or train was all taken care of and at the expense of the providers.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Be ready to learn stuff about yourself alongside teach other kids. What you take for granted is another person's treasure. Allow yourself to have no limits or boundaries; the more free and open you are, the easier the rapports will get built and the trust and confidence will form.

Try your best to make it a two-way street and effort: communicate in ways through body language, facial expressions, written expression, not just verbal. Allow yourself to adapt and experiment with their mother tongue so you can fully experience what they are experiencing; learning from a native speaker to a foreign speaker.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The average day consists of waking up at 9 for breakfast until 10 am. You can go out for a walk, stay in your room, stay downstairs and interact as you please.

You'll have an hour of speaking to 1-2 participants for an hour, transitioning in a circle. You'll get to ask them anything and engage in conversation, allowing them to retaliate to your questions in English. Then you would have an hour with your specific mentor, helping them make a presentation and talk about something they would like to pitch.

Once this is done, you'll have an hour for lunch and then an hour and a half of "Free time" to do all leisure activities, games, naps, anything. You would then repeat two more sessions of the 1-1 or 1-2 paired speaking sessions before having dinner, ending the night on games for an hour. This includes card games, playing tag, assassins, werewolves, the cow game.

Then bedtime at 10 PM, ready to repeat again the next day!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was travelling alone for a week specifically to teach kids so young. I do not hold any teaching qualifications, so to have kids waiting on you to be professional and personal, to help them embark on a journey to learn and improve their language, was a big commitment.

My fear was that I wouldn't successfully help them. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. I had very positive feedback, I saw the mentees pass with flying colours...

Seeing their smiles, engagement, their resilience and their entire reception made the entire programme and worth it.

What is the best way of building rapports?

Start with common ground - it's always hard to start a conversation with a complete stranger, someone who speaks little to no English, or someone who is very reserved. Smile, brace yourself and allow yourself to show an interest in whatever they disclose.

Whether you're a dog lover and they a cat lover - love the felines! Ask them their age, their favourite thing or characteristic - whether they'd like more! Once you've established that common ground, they are a lot more willing to talk to you confidently and they lower their guard.

I would 100% recommend Angloville to any volunteers or Gap Year students out there.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Liam Nelson

Job Title
Program Coordinator
Liam started coordinating Angloville's English language immersion programs early in 2016. After 12 years in the fitness industry managing gyms, and 2 years TEFL teaching in Germany, he took up this new role as an exciting way to combine his management and teaching skills. While based in Warsaw, he travels all over Poland to some beautiful isolated locations where he helps native English speaker volunteers to help Polish learners to speak English.

What is your favorite travel memory?

So many great memories come to mind! Island hopping in Greece for an amazing combination of fun and beauty, touring around the interesting cities of hugely underrated Belgium, including staying on an eco-friendly barge in Ghent - but my favorite memories probably come from Spain.

Andalucia was the most facinating for me with its passion, its fresh calamari, its flamenco, its Moorish architecture, its stone squares that come alive after midnight, its barren but beautiful countryside interrupted by olive trees, castillos and big black bull silhouettes!

Traveling up into the mountains near Granada we stayed in a tiny village that was literally at the end of all roads and tracks. Although it was mostly a mountainous dessert, the natural springs mean you also had some lush green areas with delicious figs just falling off the trees to be eaten. The silence and the beauty was just breathtaking.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

It has been great for me to combine my management skills with my teaching skills in one position. I can help develop both the learners the teachers, and in doing so I have developed myself.

There is a big focus in the world today on soft skills, and these are certainly needed in my job. Developing people skills I think is about understanding people and understanding yourself, and that is a life-long journey. There is no better way to understanding people than spending a week with around 40 of them from all over Poland and all over the world, from age 18 to 86, and from every career background imaginable.

I can be with participants exercising at 7:30am and can be saying goodnight after socializing well after midnight. So there is plenty of opportunity for learning and sharing ideas. With every program I learn something new about business, about other countries, about life, about people or about myself.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Many students and volunteer teachers talk about the program being a life-changing experience and form lasting friendships.

Of course the students come to improve their English but often they end up valuing even more the inspiration they take from meeting so many interesting people from around the world.

The sort of people that are attracted to the program are usually open to and interested in new experiences and meeting new people. This in itself creates a fantastic atmosphere, where everyone learns from each other in so many different and unexpected ways. Our native speaker participants are often invited to come and stay at the homes of Polish participants and others even get jobs.

A recent returning Polish participant had taken time off work to secretly go on the course to improve her English and when she returned her boss immediately noticed a huge difference. So, it's good to hear that people are also achieving their original goals!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would go on a week long program leaving from Wroclaw. We give our native speaker participants a free city tour and meal the day before the program, and Wroclaw is the best city for this in my opinion.

We have a fantastic tour guide there and Wroclaw is such a charming place with all its little gnome statues, and with such a fascinating history as a former German city.

From Wroclaw we travel up into the mountains near the Czech boarder to Hotel Chojnik. The staff are so friendly and there's billiards, sauna, gym, table football, tennis courts, volleyball court and even cute bunny rabbits in the foyer. Weather permitting we also do a walking tour up to Chojnik Castle for even better views.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Firstly you need to have a really good product that people want. People can spend a lot of money traveling to language programs in the UK, or maybe they can spend less traveling to programs in Malta, but they can spend much less staying in their own country, which of course is more convenient too.

It is also win-win as our volunteers gain a huge amount too: a free stay in a beautiful location, teaching experience and development, and a unique cultural experience. As we have been in the market longer than most of our competitors we have had the opportunity to gain a huge amount of feedback and improve things over the last 5 years, and we are still refining that product today.

That being said, a product or concept can still be copied, so I think the most important thing is still the people. As they say, if you get the right people in a room together, the rest will usually take care of itself. I think at Angloville we have some fantastic people, and as coordinators we hopefully have the skills and attitude to lay the foundation for the even more fantastic people that come on our programs every week.