Teacher: September - OPEN
In Poland you will discover a traditional country that is rapidly modernizing. Medieval architecture is found right alongside the glass and steel of new development. While cultural traditions and the importance of family is still at the centre of life in Poland the desire to become more global is driving the importance of learning English in Europe. You can provide Polish students a way to practice their English language skills, giving them better opportunities both at home and abroad.
Is it for me?
Looking for a rich cultural experience in the heart of mainland Europe? A placement in Poland will offer you the opportunity to help a wide range of people develop and improve their English language skills. Tap into your creative side to design imaginative lesson plans and lead your students in a diverse range of activities. You’ll find that committing to this challenge is a rewarding experience as you discover more about the Polish people and their customs.
Placements are located throughout Poland, click here to view a map.
Teaching placements enable volunteers to use their conversational English skills to assist both students and teachers. Some placements have the added challenge of being in special schools for blind or partially sighted students, or for students with special needs. Students may range in age from six to 25. Volunteers may also become involved with additional activities in the school, such as music or drama classes or sport.
Working hours vary between placements but generally coincide with full school days. A small amount of pocket money is paid. No previous knowledge of Polish is required.
Accomodation for volunteers can be either with a host family or in residential quarters attached to the host institution. Food is provided accordingly.
Before you go:
- We find out more about each volunteer through an interview which helps us select the right people and after a second interview, we match them to a placement that’s right for them.
- Once selected, each volunteer is allocated a Coordinator in the Melbourne office who assists them with all preparations. They provide briefing materials, support with logistics such as flights and visas and are there to answer any questions.
- Everyone attends a briefing camp to meet other volunteers and Lattitude staff, to hear from returned volunteers and prepare for their placement ahead.
- Volunteers complete their own Learning and Development Plan which helps to identify goals and personal skills they would like to develop, and these areas of development are followed up throughout their time away.
- All volunteers sign our Code of Conduct to ensure that our expectations of each volunteer are agreed and clear from the outset.
When you're overseas:
- We have paid staff based in each country. Our Country Managers oversee the program and work with a team of Local Representatives who provide support in the local areas and develop close relationships with placement hosts.
- Each volunteer attends a combined orientation and teaching skills course on arrival in Poland.
- Each volunteer is visited at their placement soon after arrival by an in-country staff member to check how things are and provide additional support if needed.
- We work with Embassies and High Commissions to ensure we can respond to any situation and provide 24/7 emergency support from Melbourne.
When you're back:
- We recognise that coming home can be difficult and provide one-to-one support, with onward referrals for further professional support if needed. Volunteers are invited to debriefing events and become part of our network of alumni.
- We undertake reviews against the learning needs identified before going overseas which may form part of a reference provided at the end. A letter can also be provided to use towards an application for Youth Allowance.
This is a guide of the costs involved for placements in Poland in 2018:
|Lattitude fees (exact costs)|
|Lattitude Application Fee||$150|
|Lattitude Placement Fee||$4300|
|Lattitude In-country Orientation||$500|
|Travel costs (approximate)|
|Travel Insurance (5 months)*||$410|
|Return Airfare (ex Melbourne/Sydney)||$1900|
|Total cost (approximate)||$7379|
* Travel insurance is quoted on an Allianz Standard Package with $250 excess
Other costs associated with your time away may include obtaining a passport, arranging travel vaccinations, purchasing any additional clothing and travel within the country.
You will find opportunities to travel during school holidays as well as when your placement finishes. As Poland is relatively inexpensive to get around, you’ll be able to really immerse yourself in its rich history and beautiful scenery. The epic and ornate Malbok Castle is just a short trip from Gdansk. Discover the little wooden churches that hid amidst the Carpathian hills. Hike through impressive natural landscapes at the Great Masurian Lakes and Bialowieza National Park. Walk the streets of grand old cities like Gdansk, Krakow, and Wroclaw or get a taste of local customs in many quirky small towns and villages. Learn about Poland’s tumultuous WWII history in places like Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Warsaw Uprising Museum.
Being in the heart of Europe also means that there are other countries and cultures are just a train or bus ride away! Germany, Slovenia, Lithuania, Hungary, and the Czech Republic are right at your doorstep.
(limited places available for 17 year olds)
|Duration:||4 - 5 months|
Population: 39 million
Time Zone: Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) minus 8 hours
Climate: Poland has four distinct seasons with varied conditions from year to year. Spring starts in March with temperatures ranging from -1°C to 20°C. Summer temperatures vary from 21°C to 32 °C and in winter it can plummet to an icy -20°C.
Currency: Polish Zloty
“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, and am learning how to tackle some of the more unpronounceable names!”
Sophie Ellis, Lattitude Teacher