~Peg McKee, MN
View a volunteer's video on the Poland Program.
"The trip to Poland was great! I'll never be a tourist again! What I think of the most, is the children. Each one of them had their own unforgettable traits. I went into the tent on the last day, just before we left for the airport. Even though it was empty, it was so full of energy! I could see them dancing and laughing. I could feel their energy still there. As always, Global Volunteers provided a wonderful, unforgettable experience."
~Jane Smakowitz, NJ
"I found that students from Poland and Belarus have more similarities than differences when compared to young people in the United States. All of them like to have fun, dance, laugh and genuinely care about each other. At times during the evening leisure hours, I had difficulty differentiating whether I was in Poland or the United States when I observed students having fun. This experience demonstrated that I, and people like me, can make a positive difference in young people's lives."
~ Jim Podraza, FL
"I became quite close to the teenage campers in my language classes and had lively discussions about Polish politics, life in Poland, religion and their plans, hopes and dreams for the future. In the process, I learned a great deal about Polish culture and traditions. I was impressed with the students' knowledge of their country's history and their pride in their historical leaders. We hiked to a meadow high in the Tatra Mountains where a large flock of sheep were grazing. The tinkling of their collar bells, the beauty of the peaks and the magic of the moment left me speechless."
~ Carolyn Cade, MN
"Even though I did not speak one word of Polish when I arrived, I formed a very close bond with my students. We stumbled trying to understand each other, but the messages got through. They taught me that teenagers all over the world are the same. We laughed a lot! This experience renewed my enthusiasm for teaching. I remembered that I love working with teenagers - their spirit, energy and creativity were amazing."
~ Paula Sadler, MN