The months of June and July blossoms with the beginning of the summer English language camps in Poland. Teams of volunteers who arrive in Siedlce and Zakopane eager to work with elementary school and high school students play a very crucial role in educating the future leaders of Poland.
The conversational English exercises take the form of games, songs, skits, field trips and a range of other activities to encourage and engage the students and tap the volunteers’ creativity. Polish children of all ages benefit from the lessons at the summer English language camps, bridging the two school years, and helping prevent regression in students’ language retention. Ultimately, English is crucial to their future professional lives in Poland’s very competitive job market. For many, studying the English language, as well as the American history, geography and culture is a real passion. The volunteers of all ages and backgrounds function as valuable resources on interesting facts about the U.S. – the country and language of students’ interest.
At the informal Zakopane summer English language camp, the participating students and volunteers live, eat and work together each day. It’s ideal for inter-generational teams – families, grandparents and grandchildren, and other family combinations to serve together. In the afternoons and evenings, small groups participate in educational and cultural activities, including concerts, plays, sports, swimming, hiking in the mountains, visiting museums, shopping and exploring the town of Zakopane. The Zakopane region is widely known for its unspoiled nature and majestic landscapes. Not only are the Tatras the highest Polish mountains, but they also share many characteristics with the Alps. Zakopane is Poland’s best-known ski resort with some 50 mountain lifts. The town is also known for its turn-of-the-20th-century wooden chalets, symbols of Zakopane-style architecture.
During the free weekend you can visit Krakow, Auschwitz- Birkenau Concentration Camp and the Wieliczka Salt mine (started in the early Middle Ages and listed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites).