Poland

  • Minimum age

    17

  • Departs

    February & September

  • Duration

    5 or 11 months

  • Roles Available

Roles available:

Language Coach

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 Language Coach, 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 (or Spanish) 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!

Placement details

As a fluent English or Spanish speaker, you will primarily be responsible for coaching English or Spanish learners 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 language 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!

Teaching in Poland

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

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.

Discover Poland by Volunteering in your Gap Year

Costs

(Please note – we have made several changes recently to ensure our viability during Covid-19 and beyond. One change you may notice is we now list our pricing in US dollars. To convert to your own currency, you can use xe.com)

Lattitude Application Fee – $50 (USD)

The application fee covers the cost of processing applications and conducting interviews.
All applicants are guaranteed an interview. This fee is non-refundable.

Lattitude Placement Fee: $2800 (USD)

This fee is broken into three payments:

Deposit

Once you have been interviewed and accepted into the programme, you will be required to pay a $500USD deposit to secure your position. The deposit covers our costs for identifying, assessing and matching you to a suitable placement.

Under normal circumstances, this is a non-refundable deposit. However, due to the uncertain timeframe of COVID-19 travel restrictions etc, we have adopted a more flexible approach to ensure there is no financial risk to our volunteers proceeding with their Lattitude travel plans.

Your deposit will be refundable if: You have paid your deposit after 11 March 2020 (the date WHO declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic) and if nearing your scheduled departure, as a result of COVID 19, you are still unable to travel, or if, following government advice, your destination is deemed unsafe to do so.

If you are still unable to travel to your first-choice destination, we can work with you to look at alternative destinations at short notice. In the unprecedented scenario of no appropriate departures being available, we will look to reschedule, offer you the opportunity of deferring, or refunds will be made available.

Deposit Update – October 2020

From 8th October 2020, Lattitude will refund deposit payments in the event that Lattitude needs to cancel a specific programme departure due to COVID 19 or if international/government COVID 19 advice is to avoid travel to that destination. Lattitude will always encourage volunteers to consider an alternative destination or to defer travel.

Interim

You will be required to pay an interim payment of $1,000USD no more than 6 months before departure. This payment covers Lattitude costs involved in the pre-departure stage of your placement.

Final

The remainder of the Lattitude fee of $1300USD will be due 60 days prior to your scheduled departure.

 

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

  • 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

“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