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My new addiction
Submitted by Loretta Tappan - Jonesboro United States | September 29, 2016
I am as addicted to Angloville as I am to traveling. In fact, I will check the Angloville website before making future travel plans. It was an incredible and unforgettable experience. Thank you so much!!
Memories to cherish
Submitted by Amie Van Horn Gabel - Michigan United States | September 19, 2016
As a seasoned educator I have very high standards of educational programs. As an active international traveler, I also have a keen sense of what makes a quality cultural immersion experience. Now, as an Angloville alum, I have nothing but outstanding, incredible, memorable reviews to share about my experience volunteering as a native English speaker in August of 2016.
I was impressed with Angloville from the start with the clear directions provided during the application process and all subsequent communications. Once in Poland, the Angloville team continued to impress me. From our included guided tour of Warsaw, the journey to the resort, the social and educational activities planned, and more, the Angloville staff seemed to flawlessly organize all aspects of the program. They were professional and personable, the perfect combination for a serious yet social program.
I stayed at the Lipowy Most, which was the ideal venue. Quite honestly, the accommodations exceeded my expectations. The setting of the resort was truly picturesque, with many areas for us to explore with our Polish conversation partners. There was even an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, and game room. In addition, our meals were great, and we always had plenty of water, tea, and coffee available throughout the day. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful as well.
While we had very scheduled days, we also had enough breaks built-in to each day. I liked that the conversation activities were varied, so it wasn't repetitive, and that the Polish participants had a culminating experience at the end of the program that they were working on throughout the week (a presentation).
Not only was I there to help the Polish participants practice their English, but I learned so much about Poland through the many lively conversations I had with my new Polish friends. The cultural immersion is truly a two-way street. By the end of the week the English and Polish speaking participants developed such great friendships, that we didn't want the week to end. Thankfully we have social media to stay connected!
I highly recommend Angloville, and truly cannot wait to participate in another Angloville program.
The experience to cherish
Submitted by Eugene Dmitriev - New York United States | July 18, 2016
In September 2015, I joined Angloville in Hungary at Hotel Nyerges. This was my first experience in such a program. I applied to this program to have a unique experience in my humdrum life. Plus, I couldn’t say no to see Budapest and stay free of charge at a resort with a pool, thermal bath, and Jacuzzi, including free board and 3 meals a day for one week. Of course, I had to work, but somehow after a vigorous week, I felt rested and re-energized.
When I applied, I was concerned that the program was a scam -- too good to be true. However, I did a proper research on the program and didn’t find any negative comments or even a warning to stay away. So, I decided to apply thinking that if it was a scam, they would ask me for money at any point during the application process and even after. However, they never did. In fact, administrators of the program were friendly, positive, and professional.
Last, but not least, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be accepted. Though I earned TEFL Certificate, and my English language knowledge, I believe, is on par with most of English-born speakers, I was apprehensive due to my accent. My accent is not thick, but it stands out. Nevertheless, I was accepted into the program. As Gideon (my Skype interviewee – talk about a new experience) told me that having a different accent in the program will be beneficial to local participants since people of the world speak in English with different kinds of accents and exposing themselves to one would be a great experience. With such positive feedback, I was ready to head out to the land of people who grow wonderful wine (though a bit too sweet) and speak one of the craziest languages of this beautiful planet.
Before coming to the program, I received all of the itineraries that included step-by-step explanations about the tour of Budapest and of the program itself. Of course, one requirement was to provide a confirmation number of my in-bound flight to show my commitment to the program.
My first experience with Angloville (not counting my Skype interview) was during the Budapest tour where I met the Anglos for the first time. The tour guide, Eva Kleyer, was a good guide and provided interesting information about the history of Budapest. Yes, there was a lot of walking, but we also traveled on the local bus and metro. The tour consisted of Buda Castle, Hero Square with the local castle (where a traditional festival was taking place), and random visits such as to Jewish controversial monument, a playful fountain, and monument to Soviet regime and a statue to Ronald Regan on the same square. The tour ended with a lunch.
First and foremost, I want to send positive energy and evaluation to two organizers and administrators of the program Fanni and Sebastian. They were extremely dedicated to the program, thoroughly organized, and just awesome people. Both of them went beyond and above to make sure the program ran smoothly and was interesting, exciting, and fulfilling for all participants. Due to their dedication, no one had to worry about administrative aspects and activities of the program.
The teaching/tutoring consisted of already pre-planned questions and idioms that we had to discuss with English-learners. Of course, we didn’t have to stick to the provided questions. Many talked about topics that either were connected to the theme of the lesson or about something else entirely. Furthermore, there were group activities, two-on-two activities, and, finally, a presentation on any topic that an English-learner would like to select. Anglos, for the final project, worked only as mentors.
Overall, the organizers did a phenomenal job with preparations and running of the program. Pre-planned lessons were difficult to talk about but were not a hindrance. After all, when intelligent people come together, conversations become quite interesting.
Last, but not last, group activities were fun and exciting; really took people out of their comfort zone. Two-on-two conversations were rare but more useful. One such activity was a telephone conversation. I wish we had more of such activities.
My recommendation about the activities would be to create more useful activities that are challenging but not too philosophical because some one-on-one discussions had such great conversations that 45 minutes for an activity wasn’t enough. A lesson is as good as the activity that ends on time.
As for Hotel Nyerges, I would say that the place was great. It was homey. The air was fresh (considering I came from NYC) with lots of animals. Plus, there was a Jacuzzi, a thermal bath, a pool, and great menu (did I mention this before?). However, the place lacks an air-conditioner in the rooms or even a good fan.
In the conclusion, I would highly recommend for any English-speaking individual (who has a good knowledge of it and either was born in an English-speaking country or has a mild accent, like I do), and even for those who want to improve their English, to jump into this program head first. It would be a new experience and meeting new people of different backgrounds and experiences is always a great idea. You will work hard, but you will relax and won’t feel too stressed out (imagine having an activity in a Jacuzzi). This was definitely a different kind of vacation that I would do again.
Exceptional in Many Waya
Submitted by sherrill madden - Gig Harbor United States | July 13, 2016
Would you like to broaden your knowledge base? Know more about Polish food, politics, lifestyle, art, history, business - or other areas of interest? Angloville participants will give you more than you give them, if you are fully engaged with the program.
Yes, our task was to be the sounding board, the exceptional listener, and the mentor for the participants, but you also can end up as friend, new window on the world, and the motivator who creates an environment of success.
This experience was well organized, easy, with congenial staff. Everything you need is provided, venue was a riding academy on the outskirts of a small walkable village.
The experience and knowledge you gain in 6 days is sometimes astounding, but at the least, interesting.
I learned about science, mechanics, travel, art, medicine, and entrepreneurship from the participants, and volunteers. In turn, I had the opportunity to share what I knew and like a pebble into a pond, the circles expanded.
Angloville is also the only program I know about that gives the volunteers an opportunity to earn a TEFL certification.
Try it, you may like it - I loved it and have signed on for more!
Angloville : More Than a Language Immersion Program
Submitted by Rachael Nathanielsz | February 16, 2016
I had the BEST volunteering experience with Angloville. It was more than a language immersion program. It was a special kind of cultural exchange. Because of Angloville, I was able to build significant connections with interesting people from different parts of Poland - from 11 to 20 years old.
Angloville pushed me to do better, think out of the box, and more importantly, helped me believe how I could positively impact other people.
I must say that my Angloville experience made me more patient, open, and understanding. It's a once in a lifetime experience that is nothing short of amazing.