Poland is located in the heartland of Europe, nestled within a unique range of countries and cultures that are within easy travel distance. Fusing modern living with the grand theatrical and musical traditions of the past, it offers a rich combination of history and culture in a rapidly developing country. Lattitude volunteers play an important role in improving the English language skills of students and a select number of placements also allow you to assist in schools for visually impaired students.
Placements are located throughout Poland, click here to view a map.
Is it for me?
Poland offers volunteers the freedom to develop imaginative lesson plans that encourage students to practice their English while incorporating fun facts about Australia. The ability to adapt, think creatively and embrace a new culture will allow you to experience the wonderful traditions and customs that Poland has to offer.
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.
Accommodation & food
Volunteers either live 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, identify their learning needs and hear from returned volunteers.
- 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.
These costs are for Lattitude placements in Poland in 2014
Lattitude fees (exact costs):
|Lattitude Application Fee||$125|
|Lattitude Placement Fee||$3600|
|Lattitude In-country Orientation||$460|
You will also need to budget for the following (approx costs):
|Travel Insurance (5 months)||$514|
|Return Airfare (ex Melbourne/Sydney)||$2100|
|Total cost (approximate)
Other costs associated with your time away may include obtaining a passport, purchasing any additional clothing required and arranging travel vaccinations.
The main opportunity to travel within Poland and around Europe is during the school holidays and at the end of your placement. Poland is relatively inexpensive to get around, you should be able to absorb much of this history-rich country. From medieval castles to charming rural villages, from grand old cities to pristine forests, Poland is packed with must-see highlights. Make sure that your list includes: the beautiful cities of Gdansk, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan and Torun; the Great Masurian Lakes; the Bialowieza National Park; the mountain resort of Zakopane; the largest medieval castle in Europe at Malbork; the Wooden Churches in the southern Malopolska; and one of the world’s most emotionally-charged sights, Auschwitz-Birkenau.
(limited places available for 17 year olds)
|Departs in 2014:||February|
|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