Poland

  • Minimum age

    17

  • Departs

    February & September

  • Duration

    5 – 11 months

  • Roles Available

    School Assistant

Placements in Poland are located in a variety of rural and urban settings across the country, including Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan, and Lublin. You could be placed in Nadarzyn, a quiet, picturesque suburb of Warsaw surrounded by forests, in the popular historic city of Krakow in the south or in the bustling capital of Warsaw. With multiple school placements available, Poland presents a great opportunity to teach English abroad.

Poland Placement Roles

Teaching

Lattitude volunteers in Poland will be based at a variety of schools from pre-school to high school level. They will officially adopt the position of teaching assistants, but will often be in the position of planning and taking charge of lessons. You will work alongside permanent teachers and help with a range of activities, from English teaching to accompanying children on school trips. There are many activities to get involved with and volunteer support is much needed and appreciated. It is a great opportunity to work with young people on a gap year!

Poland Placement Details

Teaching

Our host placements in Poland are varied. You could be working in a kindergarten in Platerki; teaching at a convent school run by nuns in Walbrzych and Jaroslaw; or working with blind children in Krakow.

As a fluent English speaker, you will primarily be responsible for teaching English up to 18-20 hours per week. You will also get involved in all sorts of other activities involving music, art, poetry, DIY, theatre, outdoor activities, sports and homework guidance. Overall you are likely to work 3-5 hours per day, 4-5 days per week. There will also be the opportunity to work with disadvantaged children, particularly at convent schools.

Similarly, if you decide that you would like to work with children with mental or physical disabilities, you would help members of staff by bringing your enthusiasm to both academic and recreational activities. As well as using your native English skills to improve the conversational abilities of students, hosts are very keen for you to bring your interests and experience to extra-curricular activities. Whatever your hobby, be it basketball or knitting, setting up an after-school club or lunchtime activity group is a great way of engaging with students and helping their learning experience!

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Accommodation, food and allowance

Bed and board for the duration of your placement are provided by hosts, usually with a host family. In some placements you will be lodged within the school and will have your own separate room with a bathroom and access to a shared kitchen.  All placements provide a monthly allowance (currently around 300 PLN) for additional food and living expenses.

Free Time & Travel

Free time and travel

Voluntary work in Poland offers the chance to explore the untapped gems within its borders and is well positioned to explore destinations across Western and Eastern Europe, bordering six countries. Whether you love the outdoors, are a culture vulture or foodie, you will definitely find your niche in Poland. Music lovers may prefer to be placed near Warsaw where the lively night life and live music culture will keep your diary full for weeks. With regards to history, while a lot of the capital’s historical heritage did not survive the great wars of the twentieth century, venture down south to the likes of Krakow and prepare to be amazed by this living time capsule of a city.

Dates & Costs

Costs

Lattitude Global Volunteering fee for UK nationals:
£1,900 (contact us for fees for other nationalities)

As part of the placement the following is provided:

What’s included?

  • In depth matching process to align your skills and interests with a placement that really suits you
  • Assigned Volunteer Coordinator to help with all your pre-departure information, advice and guidance
  • Links with returned volunteers
  • Relevant DBS/police check fees
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Airport pickup on arrival and In-country orientation
  • Part of country programme network of international Lattitude volunteers
  • Day to day support from your placement host and a member of staff as your mentor
  • Accommodation and food (provided by your host family)
  • Weekly allowance (provided by your placement)
  • 24/7 support from Lattitude, including in-country support from the Lattitude Country Manager
  • Focus on your personal volunteer learning and development
  • Returned Volunteer follow up and Debrief Event
  • Opportunity to join the Lattitude Alumni

Other costs

  • £25 application fee
  • International Flights
  • Onward travel to placement (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Pocket Money for weekends/ holidays/post-placement travel
  • Accommodation and food during holiday periods

Fundraising

As a charity we always recommend our volunteers fundraise to help meet the costs involved in volunteering overseas. In many ways it is part of the whole experience. For more information and fundraising ideas please click here

Planning your trip

We always recommend applying as early as possible in order to secure your place.

Please note that the application deadline is the last possible time allowed to get an application form in that allows us enough time to match volunteers and begin sorting out visas.

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PlacementLengthDepartureApplication DeadlineStatus
School Assistant5-10 MonthsSeptember 2018May 2018Spaces Available

“Polish life is ‘bardzo cudowny’ (just wonderful!). Krakow is a beautiful city, it’s lovely just to explore the old streets and try to fathom some of its history. Yesterday I set off (on my bike!) to Slovakia, it’s just so incredible. The people, the villages, the roads and the hills. I’m loving teaching”

Sophie, English Teacher