"TEIP has allowed me to learn about the history and culture of Poland while getting to work with some absolutely amazing Polish students and staff. The kids are so eager to learn and the staff is incredibly helpful. Thanks to TEIP I've made lifelong friends both Poland and all over the US that I'm truly thankful for."
- Jeff M., Załęcze Volunteer
Since 1991, the Kosciuszko Foundation's Teaching English in Poland Program has helped to both enhance the English skills of hundreds of students each year and enrich the cultural knowledge of its teacher and teaching assistant volunteers.
The Teaching English in Poland Program offers a truly unique and mutually beneficial educational opportunity for its Polish and American participants. Its purpose is to provide Polish students (upper elementary through high school) with instruction and practice in conversational English within an American cultural context at summer camps throughout Poland. The program also enables numerous American teachers and students the opportunity to become acquainted with the people, history, language, culture, and educational system of Poland.
During camp, American teachers and teaching assistants collaborate and co-teach with Polish teachers and instructors to provide an American-English immersive experience conducted in English to add an active component to students' English learning.
Polish hosts also provide all American volunteers with the room, board, and living necessities during camp. Additionally, American volunteers receive a tour of Polish sites of national or cultural significance on the weekends and at the end of camp.
The goals of the Kosciuszko Foundation Teaching English in Poland Program are educational and cultural in nature. They support the philosophy and the rationale of the Polish National Commission for UNESCO in the formation of summer language immersion camps for Polish students. The Kosciuszko Foundation's TEACHING ENGLISH IN POLAND PROGRAM goals are:
The primary emphasis of the program will be to focus on the students' listening and conversational skills in the English language. Reading and writing skills will be addressed and encouraged only when applicable.
It is not the intention of the program to Americanize students nor to proselytize political or religious concepts and views. Respect for the culture, traditions, and educational standards of Poland must be maintained. Familiarizing the Polish students with American culture should enable them to converse comfortably and intelligently on a variety of American topics.
The Kosciuszko Foundation invites American teachers of all subject areas and levels, American college/university students, and American high school students who are at least eighteen years of age prior to the start of the camp, to apply for participation in a unique three weeks educational and cultural exchange program in Poland. We also encourage Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and pre-service educators to apply. Applicants need not speak Polish or have Polish ancestry to apply to participate in the Teaching English in Poland Program.
Children under the age of eighteen are welcome to join a parent, guardian or relative as a "peer tutor."
Please complete an application for each child. The Polish Director will determine the fee for the camp and tour for those children who attend the camp as a "peer tutor." Acceptance of underage applicants is at the discretion of the Polish Director and American staff leader.