There is no good way to even start to explain my experiences so far, everything is so overwhelming and spectacular. I already feel like a changed person thanks to this experience and I am only half way through.
I have been placed in a primary school in the city of Warsaw and I absolutely adore it! Every single child at my school has completely overwhelming energy; I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it. There is never a dull moment here. Firstly there are the little ones, and all they want to do is hug you, hug you and hug you some more. A few times a week I help out with the younger ones in a group called świetlica (afterschool care) and it is without a doubt one of the funniest things I do. Being beaten by ten year olds in checkers, learning what every piece of clothing I am wearing is called in Polish and a lot of confused faces pretty much explains an afternoon in świetlica.
I have also been helping out with our school’s musical, we sing all the songs in Polish and English which is always amusing. The kids get really involved in it and always get a good laugh when I try and sing in Polish.
How to even begin explaining Poland…well I guess the first thing that comes to mind is the language barrier. Sure the other volunteers and I have picked up a bit of Polish here and there, but it always makes for new experiences. Whether you’re attempting to translate a menu, or buy a ticket you’re never entirely sure what you’re going to get. Some of the things that have shown up on my plate I do seriously wonder about, but give everything a try right? Oh but do be assured Polish food is completely marvellous.
Also because Poland is such a captivating place, the other volunteers and I have explored a little further. About three weeks into our placement all seven of us from Warsaw took a trip to visit the other two girls in Krakow. This was a weekend full of catching up on all of our placements, realising how entirely different they were and exploring the incredible city of Krakow.
It’s been such an amazing experience so far, I have no idea how it could possibly get any better! Teaching English as a foreign language, meeting so many magnificent people, and exploring unbelievable Europe all in one, really what could be better?
- Kirby, Volunteer English Tutor