Volunteer in Europe: Become a Language Mentor and Discover Europe for Free

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Help Europeans improve their English by being a conversation partner and enjoy free stays in beautiful hotels.

Join more than 8000 people from all over the world for an Angloville experience this year!

As an English speaker, you stay in one of our beautiful venues for 1 to 4 weeks and help our students improve their English through a series of conversations and activities. You are not a formal teacher: you are a partner for conversation while having a multicultural experience.

What you get in return:
• Free accommodation in beautiful venues across Europe
• Full board during your stay
• Free city tours in multiple cities
• An opportunity to connect with people from 20+ countries
• An opportunity to become TEFL-Certified (if attending 3 weeks)

No participation fee.

Further details can be found on our website.

Highlights
  • Free Board and Lodging.
  • Free City Tours of Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan, Wroclaw and more.
  • A chance to obtain a TEFL Scholarship.

Questions & Answers

The two companies I have used for this so far are Angloville and VaughanTown. The enquirer needs to visit their websites and discover what the conditions are. There is availability throughout the year and quite often spaces available on trips at short notice that may not yet have been filled. Angloville has a Facebook page also. volunteers.grupovaughan.com/what-we-do/vaughan-town angloville.com

Reviews

90%
based on 221 reviews
  • Impact 9
  • Support 8.9
  • Fun 9.2
  • Value 8.9
  • Safety 9.4
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deborah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

the best part of my gap year

At first I was hesitant, but getting to Slovakia I met the most amazing mentors and most importantly the most amazing young kids. Without realising, i started to develop bonds with each if the kids through asking them questions and soon we would always end up in full blown conversions about common interests. Not only do they practice their conversational English but you make friends with people you never though you'd encounter. Late evening get together and games that weren't even planned gave us the chance to get to know the kids and the mentors really well. there were tears shed on the last day as I believe the effects of the programme had really impacted not only the kids but all of us native speakers as well. I would definitely do this again

What was your funniest moment?
the fashion show they did. Making clothes out of toilet paper and having the mos extravagant group fashion shows (including a wedding) was unforgettable.
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Donna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A great way to meet aMAZING people!

My husband and I volunteered in the Czech Republic and in Hungary with Angloville. We had done some programs with another company so found ourselves comparing...and Angloville ranked high in fun and effectiveness of their program. Thank you for the opportunity to join you and we look forward to doing more.... Poland? Malta??
The communication was good, all the way through from signing up to the finish. You do need to ask for your refund, though.
The leaders were professional and added their own unique flavour to the experience.
The food was amazing and so were the accommodations, with friendly staff and ease of checking in, etc. We enjoyed running in the mornings and walking with the students conversing through the beautiful surroundings.
We recommend this program.

What would you improve about this program?
A little stricter, perhaps... on the students?
I can’t think of anything else.
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Wayne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Budapest

I found it to be a very interesting and enjoyable experience. The participants and native speakers were all very friendly and cooperative. The location where we stayed was exceptional, and the staff were very attentive.
Budapest is a beautiful city with lots of fantastic architecture and I am extremely happy that I had the opportunity to visit Hungary and be part of the Angloville experience. I think that the methods Angloville uses in teaching English is efficient and relevant to the needs of those who participate with the aims of improving their English.
And although I felt a little bit drained by the end of my weeks programme, I most definitely would like to participate in future events in other parts of Europe, and indeed other parts of the world.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
How well the participants could communicate in english
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Wuttipong
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Pretty good

Overall,
My Angloville experience was fun and exciting but it can be tiring. There is some flexibility but the schedule is tight. In terms of traveling: when you have 2 venues in a row you don't have time to travel, so I recommend to take a week off in between each venue. Preferably, 2 weeks in a venue and a week off.
The atmosphere is generally light hearted but you do have to put in a lot of effort to make everyone comfortable. The kids are amazing in general and makes the whole trip worthwhile.
But it honestly depends entirely on the venue.
Angloville is a great way to connect to the country's culture and it's an affordable way to travel. You get to see and learn a lot, making it an all round good activity to consider on your holiday.
Would go back again.

What would you improve about this program?
I would improve the food, but it depends entirely on the venue.
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Annam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Angloville was an amazing experience

At the beginning, I was a bit sceptical. I was unsure of how organised it would be and whether I was prepared enough. However, they guide you through the whole process. The venue was amazing and the children were fascinating - it is really a learning opportunity for yourself as well as you get to meet students from Europe and engage in conversation. It is very social and great to meet other volunteers. I can’t put into words how great this experience was.

I went a few days early to the pickup city and boarded the bus to the venue. The organisers were easy to contact. When we got to the venue, it was full on straight away - it is an intense programme as you are always talking but it is so enjoyable.

Do not book your flight back on the last day of the programme! Do it the day after; at least.

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Susie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A fantastic experience

I participated in a programme at Lipowy Most hotel in the North East of Poland. We had the option of a walking tour and a free lunch the day before leaving from Warsaw, which gave us the chance to meet some of the group before we started. I had no idea really what to expect from this week, but it was very rewarding to help such friendly and motivated participants with their English, and also to make new friends amongst both the participants and the native English speakers. The two groups integrated straight away, and from the first day when we had introduced ourselves and played a silly game to get to know each other, the atmosphere was fun, friendly and relaxed. I would definitely recommend this programme to anyone who has a bit of free time, likes meeting people and wants to do something different.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I did this programme again, I would do two or three weeks (with breaks in between) as opposed to the one week that I signed up for.
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James
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teach English

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

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

Great way to spend time in europe and to meet some great people

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 with the opportunity of meeting some great people

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!

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Joanne
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A great opportunity to meet & network with locals -- and other travelers!

This was the fifth time I joined an Angloville session. I find that each time my experience gets better & better. I found Angloville to be really prepared, providing ample topics for discussion w/ appropriate idioms & vocabulary. Myself, I especially enjoy the informal conversations that happen during breaks & mealtime. I've done early morning walks with local participants ... I've enjoyed late-night debates ... and then there's the spontaneous discussions that always occur during meal time. Each Angloville week I've met locals with whom I've ended up keeping in touch with afterwards. Then, there are the other English-speaking volunteers -- wow, that's been great, too, the networking, sharing of travel stories. The food's fine, the accommodation is great -- and, if there's any hiccups, the Angloville coordinators are right there to help us sort things out... I highly recommend it!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Wow, I got involved in as many "extra" activities as I could, to network & make new friends -- but then suddenly the week was over & I realized there was this person or that with whom I had not yet connected! Generally speaking, you typically get "extra free time" during the day as a break -- if I did it again, I'd try to push myself to Get Involved even "more" than I did ... because I really* did meet some nice people & the potential for good conversation, is certainly there!
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Sahil
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Angloville Prague

One of the most pleasant, heartwarming and endearing volunteer opportunities there are. Nothing was more insightful than seeing kids immerse themselves and improve their spoken communication. Building so many rapports has taught me a lot about myself and skill set whilst simultaneously, improving the kids/junior confidence. An excellent opportunity I would recommend to anyone and everyone. The children and faculty staff were incredibly hilarious, eager to learn and very spontaneous. The programme is exceptional and excellent in its aptitude and capability to educate children in a very different way, through alternative curriculum, as opposed to an ordinary class room environment. Seeing them thrive and comprehend and learn had to be the highlight of the programme itself.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Dumplings - a lot of foods were called dumplings! It wasn't just the typical oriental food. Got to love a few dumplings haha!
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Lucy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Angloville in Poland

Angloville was an incredibly rewarding experience! I not only had to chance to spend 3 weeks in Poland for free and to practice my English teaching skills, but also meet the most amazing people from all over the world (both native English speakers and Polish participants) and live some amazing experiences in a truly beautiful country. The venues I visited were all completely different, but equally wonderful, such as a palace, a hotel in the mountains, and a resort on the edge of a lake (which we could also swim in!). Food was also very accommodating to vegan diets, whilst this varied e.g. living of potatoes and veg for lunch and dinner for one week, at other venues I was made vegan pierogi!
The kids and juniors that I had the pleasure of meeting made the trip even more worthwhile and I would highly recommend Angloville and consider volunteering again in the future.

What would you improve about this program?
The return to the city on the Saturday / travelling to other venues was rather unsafe in regards to arriving in a brand new city close to midnight.
A small contribution to the cost of Saturday night hostels would also be incredibly appreciated as this adds up and we are working for free, despite the participants paying a lot of money to attend the camp.
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Harriet
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Completely New Experience

I volunteered with AngloVille for three weeks this summer on junior programmes in Poland and I had the most amazing time.

The entire experience, from city tours to meeting so many new people (mentors, co-ordinators and participants alike) was so jam packed and full of fun that for an extravert like me who loves to have a laugh and a chat this was such a wonderful time. It involved a week full of speaking sessions, cultural sessions, games and social time, as well as meal times and free time where we were encouraged to speak with participants as much as possible. The time spent with people makes it hard to say goodbye on the final day, but the fun you have during the week and the memories made are worth it.

Out of the experience you get free food and accommodation at the venues, as well as access to some of the facilities. You also get a city tour with lunch provided before the beginning of each programme, which is a grate way to meet the people you will be spending a week with. In return you offer your English skills - all sessions are friendly and not 'lessons' but conversations which relieves pressure. With the junior programme the co-ordinators try and add in as much fun as possible, and break the day up with games and activities, but you find that often the participants simply enjoy conversations with you.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
You get what you give. Put in the effort and you will be rewarded. My suggestion would be to get stuck in with conversations and activities: make a fool of yourself in a game, ask funny questions in speaking sessions, learn about the local culture and teach them about yours, help put yourself and others at ease throughout the programme and you will see how much it benefits you and others!
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Conor
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Angloville review

I did three separate programs on Angloville between December and July. Each one was fairly different in terms of venue, group sizes and atmosphere but each was a rewarding experience. Angloville is a program I would recommend for someone looking to volunteer abroad, especially those who love meeting people from other countries and cultures. With that said, it is a challenge - participants are expected to mentor English learners, some with lower levels than others, and by the end of the week help them improve their confidence in speaking English. The days can be long and sometimes the learning materials provided can stump you. This, combined with the fact you are staying at a small hotel in a remote area of a foreign country, can be a bit jarring in the beginning. However, there is a jovial atmosphere on the programs, and every evening a chance to unwind with the other English speakers as well as the natives. By the end of the week, you should feel that it was worth it, and hopefully have made a few friends. I hope to be back in the near future.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be prepared to take things seriously, because a week of structured conversation modules can be fairly intense, but the participants are paying for and expecting to meet English speakers who can genuinely help them improve.