Location
  • Poland
Length
1 to 3 weeks

Program Details

Timeframe
Short Term Summer Year Round
Housing
Guesthouse
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
2549
Price Details
Global Volunteers tax-deductible fixed program contribution starts at $2,549 (including applicable discounts) and includes all meals, premier accommodations, airport transportation, transportation within the host community, project materials, the services of a trained team leader administrative expenses, and 24-hour support from Global Volunteers staff. Discounts are extended to students, family and multi-person groups, and returning volunteers. Free-time activities, airfare, or other travel are not included in the fees.

Note: During the COVID-19 outbreak, Global Volunteers is waiving the fee to transfer from affected service programs to a future date.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards
Aug 25, 2022
Oct 21, 2022
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About Program

You're needed to teach conversational English for one to three weeks as a volunteer in Poland. Serve in rural school classrooms in the Siedlce region, east of Warsaw, and at English language camps in the Tatra mountain village of Zakopane. No formal teaching experience required! This is an especially fulfilling student, family and group assignment. Special group discounts and exceptional accommodations offer a premier service-learning experience.

During the summer months, teach Polish youth in an informal “camp” atmosphere at Reymontówka Manor House. The summer camp schedule calls for English classes in the morning to the early afternoon and optional organized activities with students in the later afternoons. During the school year, work alongside Polish teachers in rural classrooms. Everyone's invited as a classroom resource - using our teaching manual.

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Program Highlights

  • Safe, very comfortable rural accommodations and authentic Polish cuisine
  • No special skills required to teach the basics of the English language.
  • Groups and families can easily be accommodated and are warmly welcomed
  • Global Volunteers' policy: Safety trumps everything. COVID-19 precautions are strictly enforced
  • Discover beautiful architecture and the hospitable culture of Poland.

Program Impact

Since 1990, Global Volunteers has been playing a vital role in helping Poland’s students learn English – the language of the world’s marketplace. Volunteer groups and families from all walks of life teach conversational English skills to youth in classrooms and informal group settings at summer camps in Siedlce, an historical city and in the picturesque alpine community of Zakopane. No teaching experience is necessary, as exposure to the language through native speakers is extremely helpful to the students. You can make a difference teaching English in Poland!

This program is consistently rated 9.8 out of 10 for cultural exposure, safety, hospitality, food, accommodation, project experience, team leader, supporting materials, group opportunities, family assignments and scenic beauty!

Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
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  • Impact 4.9
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.95
  • Value 4.9
  • Safety 5
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Mary Beth
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Global Volunteers trip to Siedlce Poland 2022

I had an amazing experience while volunteering in Siedlce, Poland! From start to finish, the trip was well organized, details were fully communicated and disclosed, staff was outstanding to work with, everyone was welcoming, supportive and informative. This was a trip outside of my comfort zone, but the Global Volunteers staff put me at ease on many different levels. While at Reymontowka manor, we were treated wonderfully. We were provided with truly healthy and delicious meals every day. From the transportation to the grounds and accommodations - everything was well kempt, clean, and pleasing to the eye. I cannot say enough about how efficiently the schedule was kept and communicated to us. Teaching conversational English to children in nearby schools was satisfying and heart warming. I really felt like I was in good hands the entire duration of my trip to Siedlce, thanks to Global Volunteers.

Pros
  • Providing a bridge between America and Poland
  • Having the opportunity to teach conversational English to children
  • Spacious and beautiful manor with everything we needed under one roof
Cons
  • No dessert with meals
8 people found this review helpful.
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SCOTT
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Improving the lives of Ukrainian Refugees and their Polish Hosts

On of my best memories was meeting a young Ukrainian boy who just wanted to kick a soccer ball back and forth and enjoy the sunshine and storks flying overhead.

Another highlight was gathering round to draw pictures of our pets. Some of the kids were really talented and they love telling stories about their animals.

I was also fortunate enough to be in Warsaw for a special anniversary of WW2.

There was also plenty of time for exploring the sites of Warsaw and Krakow, or just reflect on your experiences.

I would recommend reading a bit about these two countries before taking part in the Program.

Pros
  • The opportunity to meet, befriend, and talk with real people
  • Surrounded by a genuine group of caring people engaging in fellowship
  • Accommodations and board were very nice
Cons
  • Might be too low key for Adventure Travelers
  • You may hear some really sad stories
12 people found this review helpful.
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Janice
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering at Reymontowka...a Great Experience

Having communicated with Global Volunteers for many years, I finally decided to "do it!!" I hosted a couple from Krakow through couchsurfing in late 2018; as we exchanged travel stories, they said, "You must come to Poland!!" I decided to visit them and also volunteer for two weeks with Global Volunteers in the Warsaw area. I traveled by train from Krakow to Warsaw and stayed over in a hotel near the airport. Global Volunteers picked me (and other volunteers) up the next morning (Saturday) and took us to Reymontowka, a lovely country estate. Dorota checked us in; we were given a key to our private room with private bath.
The students arrived the following day; we were introduced to them and later we were introduced to those whom would be our students! I was assigned 9 students ages 12-14. Monday morning we began our routine of four 45 minute sessions with conversational English. Most of my students had attended the "camp" for several summers so I spent time finding/developing activities to challenge them with vocabulary and speaking ability. Because I had worked as a teacher, I focused on their reactions to the activities. Some students lingered between sessions to converse about the activity or just to have a personal conversation.
The students were very responsive and let me know what they really enjoyed. The more experienced students assisted others. All were quite serious about completing their part of the activity.
This setting had not had a volunteer from New Mexico so I was privileged to show all camp participants and staff a 45 minute powerpoint of photos from throughout the state...and videos of ski areas, Balloon Fiesta, the tram ride to the top of the Sandia Mountains, etc.
Dorota and the counseling staff were great to work with. The experience of working with six other talented volunteers was memorable. The volunteers were taken to area cities/towns for personal shopping and other activities. It was great to get to know the region.
The meals served were wonderful! We were served wonderful meals in a lovely dining room with special table settings...really quite elegant!
I do hope to return again...but cannot do it in 2020 due to other commitments. I encourage others to "do it!!" It will be an experience that you will NEVER FORGET!

What was your funniest moment?
The day after arrival and the Sunday between the two weeks, we were taken to a nearby church, if we chose to attend. The second Sunday we were taken to a larger church than the first Sunday....only to find that the pastor had changed the service time and had not changed it on the website!! So, we (students and volunteers) were taken back to the church we had attended the previous Sunday!
55 people found this review helpful.
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Duane
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering in Poland ,the country, the people, and the culture.....simply awesome!

Poland has to be one of the best kept secrets that I never knew about. While volunteering in Poland ,I was also able to participate in cultural activities like playing some soccer and mushroom hunting. I’m so grateful for the support of the teachers and in country representatives. Guidance and flexibility were always available on assignments. The relationships with the teachers and staff could be summed up in a phrase, “ family of partners”.It was a working and rewarding event. Our daily schedule consisted of planning the lessons, presenting them in class and reviewing in the evening. After a couple of days , you get a feel for what is effective and what is not. I learned from this and then focused on improving each class. After about a couple classes I developed a “connection” with them.
Teachers were very supportive and gave good feedback..ex. One of the teachers asked me to slow down and speak a little clearer. When I did this, the connection with the students improved.

What would you improve about this program?
I spent 3 weeks in my assignment. I could have easily spent a few months in the country .I thoroughly enjoyed meeting new folks and trying to learn customs and other cultural traditions. Global Volunteers did an excellent job of introducing me to the country and the expectations. Support staff did a very thorough job assisting volunteers. Other than offering longer assignments, the only thing to improve on would be a better understanding of specific learning needs of the different grades taught. I will work on learning this on my next assignment
51 people found this review helpful.
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Karen
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful Poland

Volunteering in PoIand was extraordinary. I wanted to have a meaningful life after retirement. To me, life without giving is meaningless. Volunteering in Poland provided an opportunity to truly learn about the culture of the Polish people. Each and every day I was able to enjoy typical, fabulous Polish cuisine prepared by the wonderful staff at the manor house. I was able to meet the locals of the community and learn about their lives. As a tourist, the experience would have been very different, more like a check list, seeing all the attractions, rather than truly experiencing. My responsibility was to teach conversational English to preschool and elementary school children. I learned that I did not have to be a professional English teacher to be successful. I arrived each day with a positive attitude, showing interest in the children's lives and just being engaged. They learned from me, but I learned from them. I received true appreciation and respect from the students, teachers, all the staff from the schools, and everyone from Global Volunteers. When it comes to other cultures, although we may eat different foods, we may respond to things a little differently, we learn from service that we all share basic needs. People want to live with dignity, in safety, and with love.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go with an open mind and an open heart. The children will sincerely appreciate your kindness and respect.
55 people found this review helpful.
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Ken
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My summer camps have been life changing.

In 2016 I completed my first GV trip to Poland. I do not have any children, nor do I have a teaching background. Walking out to teach my first day was very frightening, but very quickly my fear subsided and my heart was instantly won over by my students. I will return to Poland for the 5th time this year. I have come to love the Polish people, the country, and most of all, the students. The GV Country Manager (Dorota) is excellent. We are well cared for (and well fed) by the staff. Everyone makes us feel valued and appreciated. I have made life long friends with other volunteers, camp staff and the students. Thanks to social media, it is easy to stay in touch with everyone. I can without hesitation recommended GV and specifically the Poland program.

What would you improve about this program?
I cannot think of anything. It is a wonderful program.
59 people found this review helpful.
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Diane
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Poland

I am going to be doing my 4th stint in Poland this July. I first went with my daughter, then I took my niece, then I went with a friend I met the year before in Poland and this time I will be going by myself but know two volunteers who will be there. The children are amazing. They are so eager to learn and use the English language. Lessons are taught through song, games, books and general conversation. The staff is so friendly and accommodating. I seriously need more space to explain the impact this program has had on me, my daughter and my niece. I have done other programs with global that I have loved, but something special keeps me coming back to Poland.

What would you improve about this program?
I can honestly say that there is nothing I could say to improve this program. More than enough resources for teaching, wonderful food, free time , access to learn about the country and history of program and people always willing to help out.
48 people found this review helpful.
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James
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A unique and rewarding way to immerse yourself in Polish culture

I have been to Poland three times with Global Volunteers. Each time I spent two weeks at the Reymontówka summer camp. I had a great experience each time and would like to return next summer.

The camp is unique. You get to know Polish middle school and high school students by teaching them and interacting with them. They are eager to learn English and you can get really creative in the camp. The emphasis is on oral English so you by no means have to have an English or ESL teaching background.

Anyone can succeed in this program. The team leader, Dorota, is wonderful and you can talk to her about any concerns. The staff is also great and will help you with feedback and teaching ideas. The library in the teachers' room is huge and has so many activities and resources you can use.

You have a change to go into town several times during the two week stay. You will visit places that other travelers in Poland don't even know about. You have the chance to enrich your stay in Poland by spending the weekend in Warsaw or Kraków, both of which are very much first-rate, modern European cities.

The setting is also unique. The camp is located in a beautiful forest. You will have a room in the beautiful manor house and eat delicious homemade meals in the dining room. It is fun to talk to other volunteers and get ideas from them.

This is your chance to meet Polish people and have Polish experiences that you wouldn't have as just a traveler in this beautiful and welcoming country. You won't regret coming here!

What would you improve about this program?
Really, the program is great just the way it is. I won't change anything!
52 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Here's the website that spells out the Poland program in detail: https://globalvolunteers.org/poland/

You don't need much spending money. All of your meals at the camp are paid for. You will need to spend your own money if you go into town and buy various items, like soft drinks, ice cream, souvenirs and things like that. You should purchase a health insurance plan for overseas travelers. Many American insurance companies (and Medicare) do not cover travel to overseas. You can get a cheap policy...