Position Title: Early Childhood Education Teacher Call ID: TED.PSTH.2020.01
Request Num: SR20993 Date Call was Listed: Jan 30, 2020
Status: Inactive Last Updated: Jan 30, 2020
Number of Positions: Requested Pending Filled Available
  1 0 0 0
Position Description
Country: Poland
Calling Organization: Polish Seminary of Theology and Humanities
Position Type(s): Teaching – Kindergarten
Length of Service: 10-11 months
Who makes Final Decision:   Calling Org
Beginning Date: Sep 1, 2020 
Ending Date: Aug 31, 2021
Urgent? No
Application Deadline:
Cancel call if not filled by: Aug 31, 2021
Duties:     Full-time position (Monday-Friday for 8 hours between 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. depending on need) for a young, friendly, energetic, self-motivated and organized preschool and kindergarten teacher at the Bilingual Preschool "Sonlight". The leading organization is the SDA Polish College of Theology and Humanities and the preschool is the first one which officially belongs to the SDA church since 2018.

There are four categories of responsibilities which belong to the teacher:
1. Leading the school day according to the already established schedule and curriculum. The day includes a Bible story, second breakfast, free/structured indoor/outdoor play, preschool lesson (according to the Sonlight curriculum), and according to the day of the week, either art, music, or theatre activities. Later is lunch, nap/quiet time, and free/structured indoor/outdoor play.

2. Filling in attendance and lesson topics in the register as well as communicating with the parents (via the Polish teacher you team teach with) at the beginning of the week what material and topics the children will be learning.

3. Assisting the children in using the restroom (this can sometimes include help with wiping), washing their hands, cleaning up after their spills and accidents (of any kind), and keeping the classroom neat and clean.

4. Organizing/ helping organize field trips, holiday programs and outreach programs as well as decorating the classroom/ hallway boards, windows, and walls with seasonal/holiday related materials and the children’s work. Monthly progress reports (written with the help of the Polish teacher) should also be sent home or handed to the parents during parent-teacher meetings.
On-site Orientation Provided? Yes
Stipend during Orientation?  Yes
Orientation Date: Aug 24, 2020
Voice tape/phone interview required? Yes
Institution requires signed agreement?  Yes
Acceptable Dress: Comfortable, but clean, neat looking clothes when in the classroom.
Unacceptable Dress:  Women: Gaudy Jewelry and gaudy make-up, very short skirts and very low tops. Men and Women: Any clothing with offensive writing or pictures, visible tattoos and/or strange piercings.
Lodging   (Requests for a specific gender or age must be related to accommodation issues, maturity, safety or culture.)
Lodging:   AVs receive on-campus housing in the two-story faculty block "B" in a studio flat which is from 12-16 m2 in size. The flat is fully furnished and contains a living area, kitchen (with fridge, stove, oven, electric kettle, sink, and cabinets) and a bathroom (with toilet, sink, mirror, and shower.) The furniture in each of the flats slightly differs but what can be expected in each is a square table with foldable chairs for eating and using as a desk (an additional desk can be provided), An Ikea futon (sofa by day, fold down doublebed by night), decorative shelves and at least one wardrobe with closet and hangers. Housekeeping supplies (as in chemical cleaning products) are supplied by the AV according to preference whereas mop and bucket, broom and dust pan and vacuum are provided by the calling organization. There are also misc. decorative items like rugs, table covers, chair cushions, sofa covers and throw pillows. The flats comes with a plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, utensils (cutlery and cooking utensils), pots, and pans and ironing board, iron, and clothes rack for drying clothes. All bedding (pillows, covers, sheets, etc.) and towels are provided. Internet is provided at the cost of the calling organization. Two washing machines are located in the basement of the building and the costs of using these machines is covered by the calling organization. More information (in the form of a "Survival Guide") can be provided by written request to [email protected] Check out this video here about the town of Podkowa Leśna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rd7z2YDXGg
Gender: Either
Age Preference: 21-30 years
Marital Status: Single
Child Accommodation Available: No
Housing Restrictions:
Qualifications   (Legally, "experience required" must be related to specific duties of position.)
Experience Required:  
Languages:  English(Fluent) Required
Minimum Education Preferred:  Bachelors
Concentration: Early childhood/elementary education
Education Comments: Previous experience working with children such as VBS, teaching Sabbath school, assisting another teacher, classroom observation, and internship.
Currency: Zlotych, Poland
Finance Type: Regular (Shared Funding)
Expense Responsibility Terms/Comments
Visa   Volunteer/Sponsor    
Medical / Inoculations   Volunteer/Sponsor    
Travel to/from Location (Volunteer)   Volunteer/Sponsor    
Travel to/from Location (Spouse)   N/A    
Local Travel   Calling Organization   Travel for tourism is the responsibility of the AV  
Travel (Children)   N/A    
Excess Baggage   Volunteer/Sponsor    
Insurance   Calling Organization   For Long Term and Short Term positions: Accident, Sickness & Personal Effects & Baggage (PEB) Insurance Protection for Volunteers. For international volunteers serving in NAD: Short-Term Travel Insurance.  
Accommodations   Calling Organization    
Utilities   Calling Organization    
Food / Meals   Shared   Some meals (lunch) are available at the school cafeteria as part of accomodations offered the AV at the expense of the calling organization  
Monthly Living Allowance   Calling Organization   PLN 1000 PLN (about $270)  
Other   Calling Organization   Medical expenses for doctor's visits or emergencies are covered by the calling organization until ARM refunds for costs. Questions regarding general health, pre-existing conditions, allergies and tendency towards illness will be asked during the phone/video interview.  
Travel and Visa
Destination City: Warsaw
Airport: F. Chopin International Airport (WAW)
Travel from Airport to Destination: Calling organization will pick up!
Required Inoculations Check with your GP (but rather none)
Other Medical Recommendations Due to the nature of being away from home for so many months and the overcast, short days during the winter months, we recommend from experience that only those individuals with good physical and psychological health consider this position. From experience, it would be best if an individual who has previously or is currently being treated for depression, has taken or is taking anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication consider a different AV position and location. High doses of vitamin D during the winter months is a must!
Visa Required? Yes           Visa Type: National Long Stay Visa (Type D)
    Who Applies: Volunteer
Work Permit Required? No  Who Applies:
Police Clearance Required: No
HIV Clearance Required: No
Child Protection Clearance Required:   No
Send papers to:
Visa/Travel Details: Apply at closest Polish Consulate. If not coming from the EU, the volunteer MUST have a visa before travelling!
Requesting Organization
Organization Name: Polish Seminary of Theology and Humanities
Calling Division: Trans-European Division
Calling Union: Polish Union Conference
Calling Conference: East Polish Conference
Country: Poland
Supervisor: Porawski-Orzechowska, Dorothy Ann
Title: Director of the School of Foreign Languages
Approved By:   Dorothy Porawski-Orzechowska, Director for Polish Seminary of Theology and Humanities on Jan 28, 2020. Entered by: Porawski-Orzechowska, Dorothy Ann