Poland

 

Unique Moments I Will Never Forget

Posted by Nolan Sutker in News & Highlights, Poland

By WorldTeach Poland volunteer Caitlin Wilkinson, 2015 Hello! My name is Caitlin and I spent the summer of 2015 teaching English in Poland! I have always wanted to be a teacher and teaching for a summer in Poland was such a unique opportunity. It was a culture and a language unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I lived in a small town outside of Krakow of about 5,000 people. I walked a mile to school and back almost every day. The community was welcoming and my host families made an effort to get to know me while we had fun trying to teach each other our languages. While my entire experience was unforgettable, there are a few unique moments I will…

Top 5 Countries to Teach in During the Summer!

Posted by WTTech in Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Poland, South Africa

Top 5 Countries to Teach in During the Summer! “Of all the books in the world, the best stories and lessons are found between the pages of a passport.” We still have teacher openings in each of the countries below. They’re going quick so make sure to get your application in by May 1st, 2016 via http://bit.ly/1Mi3qG1! 1. WorldTeach Namibia WorldTeach summer volunteers in Namibia gain valuable work experience abroad while forming meaningful relationships with both local Namibians and fellow volunteers. In partnership with the Ministry of Education, WorldTeach Namibia assists in implementing the country’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) national strategy. In addition to teaching basic computer skills, volunteers teach classes within a range of subjects, all taught in English. Click…

Racing Cows in Poland

Posted by WTTech in Poland

Tonight, I raced cows. A particular cow, to be exact. I was finishing up a whimsical and winding bike ride with host sister, host sister’s boyfriend, and host father, filled with wheat fields and windmills (how many “w” words can I use in one sentence?) when we (there’s two more) came upon a string of cows being herded home from pasture. “Silly cows,” I thought fondly, as many are apt to think whilst watching cows walk in a straight line upon a dirt path. One of those cows must have been telepathic, and she must have been insulted by my private ruminations, because when I glided past her on my bike, she broke into a run. We raced down the…

A Blog about Prague

Posted by WTTech in Poland

WorldTeach Poland Summer alum Kate recounts a trip to a city she’d been longing to visit for years.  The longing began years ago in a now-ex-then-current-boyfriend’s living room. We sat cross-legged on the carpet, pouring over old photo albums and exclaiming over toddler smiles. Suddenly, the pages of one volume turned lush, ornate, mysteriously decked with stone and rich paints next to twilight water. “Where were these taken?” I asked my beau. “Prague. My parents took a vacation there about ten years ago.” Entranced by those glossy, candied prints, a capricious decision was made: I would make it to the The City of a Hundred Spires. Six years later, curled in a sticky overnight train compartment, I did. — Last Wednesday, Annie and I arrived back…

Living a Literary Dream: Becoming a Small Town School Teacher

Posted by WTTech in Poland

I write from Makow on a beautiful midsummer evening, perched on a chair in front of my host sister’s desk while she watches Polish crime shows. This is no little house on the prairie (rather, it is a good sized modish one filled with a charming combination of Catholic relics and Egyptian hieroglyphics) and yet, I feel more like my childhood hero, Laura Ingalls Wilder, than ever before. Let me explain. Last week ended with a series of lessons about how to teach English as a second language, a group pierogi making session, and a farewell dinner with free-flowing wine and bountiful meat. The pierogi making session was perhaps the most memorable of these events…mostly because it involved a red-cheeked Polish cook watching me…

Home Is Where You Make It

Posted by Heather Tang in Poland

When living and teaching abroad, completely immersed in a foreign community, homesickness happens. Learn how WorldTeach Poland volunteer Stacey Lee Gonzalez healthily recognizes what she misses about the United States, and how she has discovered a sense of “home” in Poland.     I arrived in Poland with an open mind. Opinions, thoughts, experiences, and contrasting ideas were all fair game. I enjoyed every moment of this cultural saturation. As the fourth week of my service in Poland came to a close, though, I found myself blind-sided by a gripping sense of missing everything I had back home. My friends, my family, the daily routine perks I indulged in – I wanted it; I missed it.   Coming to the…

An Ending, A Beginning

Posted by Heather Tang in Poland

My last day in my village was spent playing with my host family’s dog, eating lots of Polish food, watching the Olympics with my host family, packing, and shopping. But as I took my favorite walk at dusk with my host brother and the dog, I thought of something my mom always tells me: “Life is tough, be tougher.” This challenging experience has made me tougher, but at the same time I have more clearly recognized the significance of hospitality, giving, sacrifice, and trust. I am so thankful for my school with its interactive whiteboard, organization and of course, an English teacher who has become one of my good friends, and one of my favorite Polish people.   I imagined…

Polish Little Things

Posted by Heather Tang in Poland

Lexi Pollard is spending her summer volunteering with WorldTeach in Poland. Check out this great post by Lexi detailing the little things she has come to appreciate in such a great country. Thanks for sharing, Lexi!   In a place where everything is foreign to me, including my ability to adapt to living in Poland, I have found it is helpful to appreciate little occurances and surprises in order to thrive or just mentally survive. I have composed a list of a few things I have come to love about Poland and my experience, mental and physical:     1. Fresh, homegrown food. This is a rarity at home for me, so I have taken full advantage of any home…

Adjusting to Life in Brzeznica, Poland

Posted by Heather Tang in Poland

WorldTeach Poland is perhaps one of our organization’s most unique programs. Currently, Poland is the only European nation that WorldTeach has an educational partnership in. Volunteer Lexi Pollard has seized this incredible opportunity and is spending her summer teaching English in the Polish village known as Brzeznica. Take a look at what Lexi has had to say about her first few days adjusting to Polish culture!     Friday 6/29: Today was tough for me adjusting to the country still, and to a new family. However, my host family is so welcoming and kind, it’s hard not to enjoy myself here. I am in Brzeznica, which is quaint with country style homes and little markets. As much as I loved…