My Polish Journey!

Impact: 10
Support: 10
Fun: 9
Value: 9
Safety: 10

I feel extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to volunteer as a native speaker in both Wrocław and Łeba, Poland. Starting off in Wrocław, this year’s European Capital of Culture, I fell in love with everything the city had to offer. Unlike other European cities, it isn’t inundated with Americans and other tourists which can take away from the authenticity of the place. It was beautiful, modern, and yet traditionally Polish. There was truly never a dull moment for me there! Once leaving the city, I spent the majority of my time in Łeba, a seaside town on the coast. Throughout the program, I worked with the children on their English skills, swam in the Baltic Sea, ate traditional Polish meals, visited National Parks and historical landmarks, and ventured through town. I learned more Polish than I thought was possible during my short stay, and discovered a true appreciation for Polish hospitality and of course Polish dishes. As an International Relations major, I took this journey with the intention of teaching myself the necessary skills to cross-culturally communicate as well as to experience a new place. A place that is a little off the beaten path rather than the go-to countries for most Americans like Italy and the United Kingdom. Don’t get me wrong those places are wonderful, but Poland was authentic, diverse in its landscapes, and rich in its history. Often overlooked by those who do know what treasures it holds. With that being said, I will not say I didn’t struggle. When I first arrived at the camp I found it difficult to communicate and felt isolated; but time progressed, and I found other ways besides language to connect with the kids and adults alike. I think most of all, I discovered that human connection was much greater than any language barrier and that is something I will take with me to every place I travel moving forward.

Would you recommend this program?
Yes, I would
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