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

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Angloville
Angloville
Angloville
Angloville

About

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

91%
based on 172 reviews
  • Impact 9
  • Support 8.9
  • Fun 9.2
  • Value 9
  • Safety 9.5
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Lani
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer well-spent! (Junior programmes)

Loved my time with Angloville in Poland - it could be intense at first but you get used to the timetable! Met a lot of amazing mentors and great kids, both of which you can learn a lot from! It's great to see everyone change over the week, and often kids don't want to leave. Communication with Angloville could be slow at times but co-ordinators are helpful and you get a lot of support from themselves and other mentors. The hotels vary and are often in very remote locations, but this gives a community feeling and free time can be spent exploring the area. The food again depended on the hotel but they were accommodating to vegan and vegetarians, and staff were often helpful. Overall I would recommend angloville for anyone who wants a very social, fun and flexible teaching experience in a different cultural setting

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Going into the first speaking session was a bit nerve-racking, but it's important to remember some kids are nervous too. Many of them were actually really enthusiastic and speaking sessions could be really rewarding
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Sophie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A wholesome experience you won't find anywhere else!

I completed the Junior Programme in the Czech Republic for one week during the Summer and had an incredible experience! The days are long but the free/social time means that it's spent in the company of likeminded people, so it barely feels like work at all! We also went on a few trips with the participants as well as sunrise hikes- just native speakers, that were a lot of fun and helped to break the ice, especially with the kids as it gives them something different to talk about than the set tasks!

Be prepared to try lots of local foods, but have a laugh with both the kids and volunteers alike. This programme is great for helping people to get out of their comfort zone, especially if you're a naturally introverted person.

It's a rewarding experience both for the participants and as a volunteer and I can't wait to sign up again!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would stay for longer! I had the option to stay for an extra week but I had already booked accommodation and onward travel that I would lose if I cancelled. If you have the option to stay on longer, do!
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Katherine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best time of my life!

I had an amazing time! I did both a Junior programme and an Adult programme. Great co-ordinators and it was so lovely to speak with Polish people and learn about their lives, their culture, their food, their history. The best way to travel! I stayed in good hotels where the food ranged from ok to fantastic. It was nice to meet other native speakers from around the world and learn from them as well. Loved the structure of the programme and as they predict: speaking sessions were definitely my favourite part of the day. The programme also allows you a good amount of free time which is great for naps, or other personal things you made need to do such as planning your next angloville week! Definitely recommend the Adult programme as you meet some amazing people who may even inspire you!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I thought needed improving was that the materials they provide for you to use need to be thoroughly proof-read before printing. We found many (embarrassing) mistakes.
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Harriet
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Rewarding and Enjoyable Experience

I did 3 weeks volunteering with Angloville in the Czech Republic and Poland and cannot wait to sign up for my next programme and work with the organisation again! I was supported by my fellow mentors and coordinators, made many friends and truly enjoyed my experience. The best part was being immersed in Czech and Polish culture, something I never would've considered if I hadn't signed up for Angloville. The kids and juniors I worked with made the whole trip worth while, it is certainly something I'd recommend to people who may want to have a teaching/tutoring career. I'd even recommend it for someone who may not know exactly want career path they want as it is very rewarding and heart warming, and no experience in teaching is required meaning there's no high standards to meet!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I'd sign up for more programmes and visit a new country!
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Georgia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Angloville Programme.

Volunteering as a participant on Angloville offers a fun and cheap way to see parts of Central Europe usually not seen by tourists. It also offers a valuable opportunity to meet people from a range of cultures and backgrounds. The accommodation is generally of a high standard and the coordinators were fun and communicative. The food varied widely dependent on the venue, I think that those who are vegan/vegetarian or have additional dietary needs may struggle to find options at some of the venues. The days on the programme are quite long and intense but variety of games and activities are offered, the day is split between speaking activities, games, creative tasks, and free time. Overall, the programme is very enjoyable and I would recommend it to others.

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George
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun and Enriching Experience.

I enjoyed the entire week of the program very much. It was a fun, educational, and culturally enriching experience for both me and the students. The staff was great, the location was beautiful, and the accommodations were mostly adequate. The program itself is quite active and requires a fair amount of engagement. By the end, I definitely did feel tired but also very satisfied with the progress that I saw in the students. I also noticed that by engaging students with conversation everyday my own English improved significantly. I would highly recommend Angloville to anyone who doesn't mind a fair amount of social interaction with young people. There were some issues with accommodation at the specific venue I was at but overall the experience was very positive. I would recommend!

What would you improve about this program?
I would work on improving the food offered at the venue.
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Carys
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Resort Niegocin

I spent a week with angloville on their junior programme in resort niegocin, Poland this summer. I decided to join the programme with two university friends and the experience was so much more than I’d hoped for and I regretted only choosing to go for one programme. (I’m planning to return next year to complete additional programmes and receive the TEFL) The mentors all bonded to form some great friendships which really helped boost the atmosphere for the participants also. It was so rewarding to see the participants enjoy learning a language and watching their confidence grow throughout the week. The week was enjoyable for both the mentors and participants and was a really lovely experience overall. I would highly recommend this to anyone contemplating signing up for angloville!

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Melanie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Angloville

I took part in an angloville junior programme in Warsaw. Honestly was such a great experience, not only did I get to see more of Poland but you also get to experience another culture with your chats and as well as things like the food. The whole process was very easy from applying online to getting the refunded deposit- would definitely take part in another programme. The days are full on, but in the best kind of way. You get the chance to talk to so many different people both participants and other mentors as well as take part in fun games and activities. The days are long, but you get sufficient free time as well as meal times etc. I like the the destinations aren't in the cities themselves but out and about as it gives you the opportunity to see parts of Poland you wouldn't normally see.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Throughout the week we ate lots of unusual but traditional foods, fruit pasta and cucumber soup.
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Svitlana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thanks for the experience

I participated in the program in August, Bobrova Dolina, Poland. That was an awesome week full of emotions and fun. The coordinators are supportive and helpful. It was great to work in team with people from New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Audtralia, Britain. The hotel was ok, cozy and very green. It is just in the woods. We managed to see a fox! The hotel is about 25 minutes drive from a town. Abd about 2 hours of drive from Warsaw. All the volunteers are great! We were having one-hour sessions with kids and many really interesting activities, including intellectual and sport ones. The food was ok. Very traditional Polish food. What was strange for us: sweet strawberry pasta. And what was very efficient and important: during a week we were working on a big project presentation of a student, mentee. Each volunteer had a couple of mentees. Thst was amazing!
Thank you!

What would you improve about this program?
I would add more excursions for volunteer
s. All the rest was more or less nice. We had an opportunity to buy some extra snacks or food. But thst was not necessary. But the excursions would be just perfect! We had one, but thst was not very interesting.
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Lowri
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing experience

I had a lot of fun doing the Angloville Junior in Malta (which is apparently the one with the most field trips which is really fun). It was full of long and intensive days, but I loved every one of them and I was genuinely sad when it was over!
The kids were all so lovely to talk to which made the speaking sessions easy and fun. I also met some really great native speakers who I enjoyed working alongside and hope to stay friends with. The experience was particularly rewarding for me as I tend to withdraw from social situations, and Angloville is literally all about talking! I was really nervous to apply but I hoped that pushing myself to volunteer would help me to open up and grow in confidence and it definitely has, I can honestly say I've never had an easier time making friends and I'm so glad I did it!

What would you improve about this program?
The accommodation in Malta was very average, the rooms were decent but quite cramped, since most of us were four to a room that was meant for two. The food was okay most days but sometimes pretty inedible, I had to settle for noodles from the vending machine for dinner twice. They were also charging €20 for wifi which I thought was ridiculous.
However, all the not so good parts about the trip were to do with the accommodation not Angloville, so to improve I would say to definitely move the programme to a more suitable location.
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Beth
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

Angloville is definitely a worthwhile experience for native speaking mentors and participants alike.

You get to explore other cultures and meet like minded people. You build great relationships with the other mentors but also the participants.

The programme I participated in had a range of a field trips, which ensured we got to explore the area and popular cities and landmarks near by.

The days can be long, with not a lot of free time, but it's worth it to see the difference you are making in the participants English skills. The facilities at our venue were not fantastic but there was a pool that we all enjoyed during free time or evening pool parties.

I have only completed one programme with Angloville but will definitely look into doing the adult programmes in the future.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't expect to be 'teaching' as such, it's much more relaxed and conversational.
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Josh
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Angloville

I had a very rewarding experience while volunteering with Angloville in Poland. I enjoyed getting to know the Polish speakers and had a lot of fun socializing and learning about the Polish culture and history. I recommend this experience!

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Emily
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Immersed in Polish and Czech Culture

Had a great 3 weeks with Angloville with a mixture of kids and junior programmes in Poland and Czech Republic. It was a great to be with so many nationalities and get immersed in Polish and Czech culture.

The kids and junior programmes were very different. The kids programme was very structured and fast pace. There was a range of different activities with scavenger hunts and arts and crafts. We were also given flash cards to help with the speaking sessions.

On the other hand, the junior programmes were a lot more relaxed. We were given question cards which suggested questions to create a conversation which some of the children liked and some disliked them. There were group sessions and games throughout the day to break it up. Very full on weeks but very fun.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Strawberry pasta and gherkin soup were two things that were very different to English cuisine!
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Rakhi
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing trip!

I recently completed my first Angloville programme and it exceeded expectations! The resort we stayed at was very beautiful, I formed great relationships with the children and really saw them grow in confidence throughout the week and overall had a great time. The week included games, one on one speaking sessions and just social time with the kids. It was also great as a mentor to meet peers that have travelled and I made some really good friends on the trip. There was little communication between the programme coordinators and mentors in the weeks leading up to the programme which could be improved but other than that I really enjoyed my trip. Everything was pretty well organised and I would recommend this programme to others who are looking to build their resume.

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Karen
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Angloville is worth it

Lots of documents and flights to book and takes forever and is quite difficult to get your refund back with lots of emails but the programme is worthwhile as it is very rewarding and educational both on the participants and volunteers side! You can spend time travelling in the cities and save money since lodging is paid for which is fantastic. However there definitely needs to be more information as the website doesn’t cover a lot however it is definitely a real and amazing programme where you can learn so much about the countries you visit and probably would have never visited otherwise and have the opportunity to meet so many people from different backgrounds and industries and even new friends who happen to live near you! I’ve already recommended to my sister who loves it.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Jelly with chicken and vegetables in Warsaw, poland