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Position Title: Early Childhood Education Teacher Call ID: TED.PSTH.2019.03
Request Num: SR19581 Date Call was Listed: Nov 21, 2018
Status: Inactive Last Updated: Nov 21, 2018
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 – Elementary
Length of Service: 10-11 months
Who makes Final Decision:   Calling Org
Beginning Date: Sep 1, 2019 
Ending Date: Jul 31, 2020
Urgent? No
Application Deadline:
Cancel call if not filled by: Jul 31, 2020
Duties:     Full-time position (Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) for a young, friendly, energetic, self-motivated and organized 1-3 grade teacher. (At the moment of writing this (November 2018) we offer “education services” through the Bilingual Preschool “Sonlight” to children who are officially registered as homeschoolers and currently we are doing the first year of first grade in this way. We are in the process of trying to legally and officially open an elementary school for the 2019/20 or 2020/21 school year). The leading organization is the SDA Polish College of Theology and Humanities.

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 morning devotions, second breakfast, lesson blocks including reading, language arts, Bible, and history (all according to the “Sonlight” curriculum), free/structured indoor/outdoor play, and according to the day of the week either art, music, p.e. religion, or theatre activities. Later is lunch, 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 their needs and keeping the classroom neat and clean.

4. Organizing/ helping organize occasional 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?  No
Orientation Date: Aug 26, 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. Sweat suits, joga pants and other active wear is not the look we are looking for in representing classroom education.
Lodging   (Requests for a specific gender or age must be related to accommodation issues, maturity, safety or culture.)
Lodging:   PCTH employees who receive on-campus housing receive a flat in the two-story faculty block "B". Depending on availability and the gender of the AVs chosen for the 2019/2020 school year, the volunteers will either receive their own studio flat which is from 12-16 m2 in size or will share a larger, multi-room flat of about 35 m2. Either way, each flat is fully furnished had contain 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 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) per person, decorative shelves and at least one wardrobe with closet and hangers per person. 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 and bedding are all 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 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 Check out this video here about the town of Podkowa Leśna:
Gender: Either
Age Preference: 21-30 years
Marital Status: Either
Child Accommodation Available: No
Housing Restrictions:
Qualifications   (Legally, "experience required" must be related to specific duties of position.)
Experience Required:   Previous experience working with children such as VBS, teaching Sabbath school, assisting another teacher, classroom observation, and internship.
Languages:  English(Fluent) Required
Minimum Education Preferred:  Bachelors
Concentration: Early childhood/elementary education
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)   Volunteer/Sponsor    
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   Calling Organization   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? No           Visa Type: National Long Stay Visa (Type D)
    Who Applies: AV
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 of the School of Foreign Languages for Polish Seminary of Theology and Humanities on Nov 17, 2018. Entered by: Porawski-Orzechowska, Dorothy Ann