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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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Michael
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Native speakers who participate in the Angloville programmes are given lots of constant and valuable support throughout, and this means that all their efforts can be directed towards making the week-long experience really worthwhile for the local participants. Both the native speaker coordinator, and the local participants' coordinator, went above and beyond the call of duty on my recent course in Slovakia, and I salute them both! The course can be quite hard work for the natives, but there is sufficient down-time in the evenings to relax and blow off some steam. Angloville select awesome hotels for these experiences, too, and this is an added benefit for any native English speakers who might be considering joining a programme in the future.

Highly recommended.

What would you improve about this program?
There are, evidently, very mixed abilities among the local participants (in terms of their command of English), therefore it's very difficult to strike the right note with conversation/vocabulary material provided....I think Angloville are still trying to make this perfect!
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Luci
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Really enjoyed my 4 weeks of Angloville. The juniors were really nice and easy to work with and the fellow native speakers were a lot of fun, made some really great friends doing this programme and memories to last a live time. Also did a adult programme which was also really good. Highly recommend using angloville if you to dip your toes into teaching English. The weeks are quite long so plan breaks if your going to do more than one as you will have to talk all day. If you’ve got some time to give, definitely do it even if it’s only for the experience.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Going to the city tour and wondering who will show up.
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Nicholas
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed my programs I did with Angloville I made some incredible friends with other native speakers as well as with the participants and I gained a lot of value out of sharing my knowledge and experiences with others. It made a huge impact on my travelling as I had really no direction and Angloville hooked me up with great opportunities, free food, and a free bed. It also hooked me up with like minded people that I ended up travelling with for small stints. Would definitely recommend the program to travellers wanting to make an impact.

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Cara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an amazing time volunteering for 2 weeks in Poland with Angloville. Everything was organised from the tour of the city before the week starts to when you are on the course. The coordinators, native speakers and Polish participants were all friendly with some friendships made along the way! We had lots of fun, laughs and interesting conversations during the week staying in a nice hotel with food provided. I would recommend this program if you are wanting to spend a week helping students feel confident in speaking English as a second language and meet new people from around the world!

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Sebastian
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Angloville is good fun and you meet a lot of interesting people. The coordinators are great in my experience as usually they were volunteers before and know what it’s like.
The program is free to do except they take a cut of your deposit as “admin fees” so you only have to pay for your flights and Accomodation before and after.
I definetly reccomend Angloville to everyone but I also warn that the company is not run very effectively, they are awful at relaying information to the volunteers and to the coordinators that are meant to be running the program. My first program they switched where I was going without telling me and during my second program which was a ski edition we found out that they had not planned for the volunteers to ski despite them telling us we would. They did not even tell the coordinators this.
As long as you are patient with the company you can have a lot of fun with angloville.
(Also they make you jump through hoops to get your deposit back, you must write a review for them, do a 40 question quiz and you have to ask within 2 weeks. Which I find very annoying.)

What would you improve about this program?
The way the company is run, there is a systemic problem that stops information being passed down, maybe the staff are overworked or under motivated but that is the programs biggest issue.

Programs

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184 reviews
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Volunteer in Europe: Become a Language Mentor and Discover Europe for Free
Multiple Countries
9.11 •184 reviews

Help Europeans improve their English by being a conversation partner...

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Volunteer Teaching English in Poland. Free Stay at Beautiful Resorts!
Poland
8.63 •40 reviews

Do you want to stay in a beautiful countryside resort for free while...

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Volunteer with Culture Exchange Programs in Hungary
Hungary
9.2 •10 reviews

Spend a week or two in a beautiful countryside venue with all expenses...

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Volunteer in Prague as a Teacher
Czech Republic
8.9 •10 reviews

Spend a week in a beautiful countryside venue with all expenses paid...

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Volunteer as an English Teacher in Romania
Romania
8.75 •4 reviews

Spend a week in a 4 star hotel in the beautiful Romanian countryside...

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Volunteer and Immerse Yourself in Irish Culture
Ireland
8.5 •2 reviews

Angloville is the perfect place to be if you enjoy meeting new people...

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Volunteer Teach at Youth Camps in England
England

Angloville organizes youth camps for ambitious teenagers. As an...

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Volunteer in Italy and Stay for FREE at Beautiful Resorts
Italy

Stay at beautiful countryside resorts with all expenses paid while...

Alumni Interviews

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

Cara Matula

Cara loves travelling and the adventure that comes with it, from hiking beautiful mountains in Norway to experiencing the Polish way of life. She is currently travelling for a year and has a never-ending passion to explore the world, learn new things and share her own knowledge along the way.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose to do Angloville as I love to meet new people, travel and learn about new cultures. I really liked the idea of helping non-native English students practice and gain confidence in speaking over a one week stay in a hotel.

I did 2 weeks of volunteering on Adult programs in Poland and it was a fantastic way to meet Polish students, eat Polish food and see more of the country that I would never normally go to in my travels. It was also a great week to meet other native English speakers who were also mostly traveling Europe like myself.

I was already in Europe at the time and found Angloville through the internet. Everything seemed very organized on their website and it did turn out to be a very efficient company to volunteer with.

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

Angloville provides 1-week accommodation at a nice hotel (2 or 3 sharing a room) usually quite far away from the bigger cities in Poland and other nearby countries (plus transport to and from the hotel/city).

While on the program, they provide you with food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and water, tea and coffee. You just need to cover your flight costs to get to Poland, travel insurance, as well as your accommodation in the city before and after the program.

They also provide a city tour the day before the program starts, which was great to meet some of the other volunteers and learn about the Polish city!

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

Enjoy the week and get to know as many of the volunteers and students as you can. It is such a great opportunity to meet people from many different backgrounds and you will surely make some friends for a lifetime along the way!

Have fun and give your knowledge of English to someone that will appreciate learning from you :)

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

At Angloville, the 6 days are long, but they are filled with many speaking and activity sessions that make the day go by really fast. You get the chance to speak English on a 50-minute one-on-one session with almost all the students, and on the adult program, we could socialize during the evenings.

Depending on which hotel you are at, there can be a pool, gym, sauna, spa, etc that you can use in your free time.

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

I guess I had a little fear of not knowing anyone before you participate in the program. However, you quickly realize the first day when you meet at the meeting point that everyone is super friendly and wanting to learn more about each other. From that point on, you will not stop talking!

The adult age groups were varied and its great to see the bonds between the volunteers and students throughout the week.

It was such a great experience to do Angloville and it's one that I will always remember! If you volunteer for just one week, you will definitely want to do another!

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.