In the spring or fall, you can work with elementary and middle school students in a conventional classroom setting. The emphasis is on improving real-life speaking skills and not on formal rules of grammar. If you join a summer team, you'll teach conversational English in informal language camps designed for either elementary and middle school students and high school students. The camps are centered on small-group classes (three to ten students) and optional organized activities and excursions. The environment is relaxed and decidedly less formal than that of the spring and fall programs.
View a volunteer's video on Poland teaching projects.
"Our school has partnered with Global Volunteers for 14 years. Although studying English with the volunteers is an extracurricular activity for our students, 65 percent of them regularly attend these classes. A lot of our students come from large and low-income families, and the Global Volunteers classes are free of charge. This makes this unique opportunity available for everyone.
Because these classes are conducted so professionally,our students not only have few difficulties in their English classes in middle or high school, but they are also successful in a variety of the English language competitions. Although the English language has become a compulsory subject in our school system and our students have a few hours of English per week with the Polish teacher of English, this is still not sufficient in order to communicate fluently and it is really recommended that the students practice English in this ideal from of the classes with the volunteers.
The contact with native speakers helps the children become more open and confident. They are studying the 'real life' language and mastering the communication skills. They make friends with the volunteers. The students often stay in touch with their teachers for years, and they exchange letters in which they express their opinions, send holiday wishes, etc.
We hope you will continue our language workshops as this is an invaluable help for our school. We cannot imagine not having the volunteers and the classes with them. "
- Maryla Cudna, Cisie Elementary School Principle