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
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
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!
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.
Lattitude Application Fee – $175
The application fee covers the cost of processing applications and conducting interviews.
Whenever possible, we like to travel to your area to interview you in person, but if not possible, video conferencing using Skype is an alternative.
All applicants are guaranteed an interview. This fee is non-refundable.
Lattitude Placement Fee – $4000
The Lattitude placement fee covers your preparation & support prior to departure as well as in-country support whilst on placement. This is payable in two installments:
Upon acceptance to the Lattitude programme, a non-refundable $1000 deposit is payable within 7-10 days.
The balance of your Lattitude fee is payable 40 days prior to departure.
Orientation – $600
Volunteers receive an informative group orientation upon arrival in their placement country.
This includes safety & security briefings, an overview of the local culture & customs, language skills (where relevant), and other handy tips, as well as an in depth Teaching Skills course.
• 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 advice and guidance
• Links with returned volunteers
• Advice on obtaining police checks
• Advice on obtaining a Visa
• Pre-departure briefing seminar
• Airport pickup on arrival
• Accommodation for the duration of stay (either with a host family or on placement site)
• Food provided by host (may not include every meal, but you will know what to expect before your arrival)
• Day to day support from your placement host and a member of staff as your mentor
• 24/7 support from Lattitude, including in-country support from local reps and 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 Association
• Certificate of completion and references (on request)
What’s not included:
In addition to the Lattitude fees above, volunteers will be required to pay for their own international flights, travel insurance and any visa costs. Lattitude staff will assist you in making these arrangements.
• International Flights – ex Auckland approx. $2200
• Travel Insurance – 12 months – approx. 1045
• Visa – $105
(based on 2018 prices – subject to change). (Volunteers are required to attend an appointment at the Polish Embassy in Wellington.)
• GP medical clearance
• Travel doctor consultation (recommended)
• Vaccinations (if applicable)
• Onward travel to placement (if applicable)
• Pocket Money for weekends/ holidays/post-placement travel
• Accommodation and food during holiday periods
As a charity we always recommend our volunteers to 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
Placement Availability – 2019
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|English Tutor/School Assistant||5 Months||September 2019||Spaces Available|
Placement Availability – 2020
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|English Tutor/School Assistant||5-11 Months||February 2020||Spaces Available|
|English Tutor/School Assistant||5 Months||September 2020||Spaces 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