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Position Title: English Language Teacher Call ID: TED.PSTH.2019.01
Request Num: SR19576 Date Call was Listed: Nov 15, 2018
Status: Inactive Last Updated: Nov 15, 2018
Number of Positions: Requested Pending Filled Available
  2 0 2 0
Position Description
Country: Poland
Calling Organization: Polish Seminary of Theology and Humanities
Position Type(s): Teaching – ESL
Length of Service: 10 months
Who makes Final Decision:  
Beginning Date: Sep 1, 2019 
Ending Date: Jun 30, 2020
Urgent? No
Application Deadline:
Cancel call if not filled by: Jun 30, 2020
Duties:     Teach English as a foreign language teacher to children, teens, and adults in small groups (4-7 people) and individually (1-3 people). The volunteer should be capable of following the lesson plans and curriculum schedule (provided by the calling organization) based on the materials and programmes used by the students (also provided by the calling organization), filling in registers for each of their lessons (attendance, topics, and grading), filling out report letters of progress for parents (once/twice a year) and participation in English Sabbath School (teaching the lesson in English 1 to 2 times a month). Also participating in winter and/or summer Vacation Bible School for children from the community.
On-site Orientation Provided? Yes
Stipend during Orientation?  Yes
Orientation Date: Sep 1, 2019
Voice tape/phone interview required? Yes
Institution requires signed agreement?  Yes
Acceptable Dress: Nice work clothes when in the classroom.
Unacceptable Dress:  Women: Gaudy Jewelry and 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. Track suits, sweats, yoga pants, and other active wear is not the look we desire that would represent a teacher in the classroom.
Lodging   (Requests for a specific gender or age must be related to accommodation issues, maturity, safety or culture.)
Lodging:   There are two flats, one for each of the volunteers, on the first floor of the faculty block. Each was renovated and re-painting in August 2016. Each room has a small, but modern kitchen (with fridge, stove, oven, electric kettle, sink, and cabinets) and a bathroom (with toilet, sink, mirror, and shower.) The furniture in the flats slightly differs as one room is a few square metres larger. Each room has a square table with foldable chairs for eating and using as a desk (an additional desk can be provided). Each room has an Ikea futon (sofa by day, fold down double bed 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 room comes with a plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, utensils (cutlery and cooking utensils), pots, pans, ironing board, iron, and clothes rack for drying clothes. All bedding (pillows, covers, sheets, etc.), towels and bathroom mats are provided. Internet is provided at the cost of the calling organization as is telephone including free calling to 30 or so countries including the US, Canada, and England. Two washing machines are located in the basement of the building and the monthly cost for using them is covered by the calling organization. More information (in the form of a "Survival Guide") can be provided by written request to Check out this video here about the town of Podkowa Leśna:
Gender: Either
Age Preference: 21-30 years
Marital Status: Single
Child Accommodation Available: No
Housing Restrictions: This housing is for one single person.
Qualifications   (Legally, "experience required" must be related to specific duties of position.)
Experience Required:   Experience working with children and teens (e.g. summer camp, VBS, tutoring) and a working knowledge of the English Language (grammar: e.g. verb tenses, parts of speech, phonetics). Education and/or English major preferred (experience with classroom management and discipline will be helpful) but not obligatory.
Languages:  English(Fluent) Required
Minimum Education Preferred:  2 Years College/Univ
Concentration: English/Education preferred, but not required
Education Comments: When working with children (even in groups as small as 7) classroom management experience (or at least a crash course) will be helpful for the AV. This is a position for Native Speakers of English from countries where English is the first spoken language (the US, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa). The reason for this is that the position is not just that of a teacher but of a Native Speaker and the client prefers 1. A speaker of British English, 2. American English, 3. Australian English. Only in very rare cases to we accept AVs who do not come from the listed countries. Their English (accent) must be so excellent that it sounds like it is from one of the countries that is listed above.
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   1000 PLN (about 270 USD)  
Other   Calling Organization    
Additional terms/benefits or comments: 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: The 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.
Visa Required? Yes           Visa Type: National Long Stay Visa (Type D)
    Who Applies: Volunteer with a letter of invitation provided by the calling organization
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
Additional Information
PCTH cafeteria operates depending on the amount of students and staff that are interested in using its services. Some years it has served breakfast and lunch (two course: soup and main dish), other years just lunch. It is also open for some weekend meals depending on intensive studies offered. Regardless, the AV may partake of whatever meals the cafeteria offers free of charge.
Approved By:   Dorothy Porawski-Orzechowska, Director of the School of Foreign Languages for Polish Seminary of Theology and Humanities on Nov 12, 2018. Entered by: Porawski-Orzechowska, Dorothy Ann