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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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Steve
2/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Angloville is very disorganized. One example is problems with getting refunds after you do your trips. They made me put up three refunds because I was doing 8 weeks. I got 2 partial refunds without any problem but have never received the last one. I have been fighting with them for weeks. Their story constantly changes. First, they told me it's been scheduled. After a month with nothing, I contacted them. They said it's already been paid. Then they had the wrong amount. Then they tried to pay it again but my Paypal said the transaction expired. Nearly two months after completing my last program, I have not received my last refund and have given up hope that I ever will.
Bottom line, you should be aware that you may struggle to get your refund back!

What would you improve about this program?
Get organized. There are many issues with disorganization at Angloville. Refunds is just one of them.
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James
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good way to see a new part of Europe and teach English at the same time.

It was my first time to the Czech Republic. Arrived at a nice hotel a one and half hour drive from Brno.

The other teachers were a range of different people both young and old from all walks of life. Some were retired English teachers, others were young travellers. All in all a good mix.

Met and helped business people, professionals from different fields with their English. They were nervous at first but later became more relaxed as the familiarity built up.

Relaxed atmosphere with a nice reataurant. Good place to unwind and let your hair down.

Used innovative methods recommended by program coordinators to teach over a 5 day period. Deep and immersive conversations with the participants.

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Claire
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Angloville is a way to improve your CV, meet new people and work with children. It is a great experience, but it is hard work.
Working with young people is a fun way to spend the summer. The co-ordinators are all lovely and friendly and the other mentors are motivating.
The programme is well structured and you always have help if you need. The kids are well behaved, listen, engage and respond to your lessons.
The day is broken up with lessons and games so the times passes quickly
I would recommend Angloville if you are interested in teaching or working with young people. The location was peaceful and the accomodation was nice. Food was ok and snacks were provided.
You do not need previous teaching experience to do the programme and everyone helps you along the way

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Matthew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

For me, Angloville was a great two weeks of getting to know great people from all over the world in a beautiful venue all completely free! The hotel had lots of great facilities like two swimming pools, a spa and sauna, and a tennis court.
As well as a really enjoyable time Angloville gave me the opportunity to take some time out and experience something completely different from my life back at home and even some insite into working in education or with young adults.
The programe is split into speaking sessions with the participants which are very relaxed times to chat and practice English, the free time where you can do whatever you want and group time where everyone takes part in a usually fun activity!
I would defiatly recommend this to solo travellers looking for a relaxed couple of weeks in Europe and to students on a budget.

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Pak Him (Albert)
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful experience and wonderful month spent in Poland. The people you meet, ranging from coordinators, mentors, to the local Polish students are absolutely excellent. Never got bored with the 3 programmes attended and made some good friends.

The programmes I have attended were all junior programmes - meaning the teenagers I faced will be between 11-18 years old. As a young adult, it was perfect for myself and for the Polish participants as we have a lot in common to chat about, and enjoy very similar things. The hardest part of the programme is not about speaking - but the ending of the programme when you leave the friends you have made!

I strongly recommend volunteering with Angloville for those who are interested in teaching and don't know how to start, or just individuals who wants some great fun whilst teaching!

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.

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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?

Hammock time during an Angloville Course

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.

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