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Free Stay in Beautiful Resorts in Poland/Hungary

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    N/A

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

The experience to cherish

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.

The program
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.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Angloville Adventure

We traveled to a wonderful little town close to Budapest to teach and learn English. It was a wonderful experience. Everyone learned so much! It was fun for us English teachers, because everyone wanted to learn! IF YOU HAVE EXTRA TIME IN THE SUMMER THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

angloville dec 2015

Such an amazing experience! This program greatly exceed my expectations. I absolutely loved everyone I worked with: the coordinators, the students, the other volunteers. Everyone was very kind and cared about each other. The environment was relaxed so that we could have a lot of fun but also got a lot done. The food and hotel was amazing, there was even a spa with a hot tub and thermal pool you could go in every night. If you are looking for something fun and relaxing to do while traveling I highly recommend this program. However, be ready to talk a LOT. Talking to the participants taught me so much about the beautiful country of Hungary and its people.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

my experience in Angloville

I have had an amazing experience with everyone in the group.
The hotel is perfect and the staff were lovely.
I have already done a program in Poland and would come back to do another program with Angloville.
It is a great way to meet and support new people, see new cities and eat new foods.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Memorable experience in Hungary

I recently participated in an Angloville Junior program, offered in Hungary. From beginning to end, the program was extremely well organized and oriented towards maximal english speaking with the hungarian/polish youth. Working with the other Native English speakers was an experience of a lifetime and has allowed us to form a unique bond amongst the group. The angloville junior program works on a 2 mentees to 1 mentor basis which allows the kids to experience a more personalized experience. The venue itself was very catering to all of our needs, the kitchen staff being extremely helpful with every participants dietary issues, and the cleaning staff for continuously assuring the venue remained in one piece, despite the presence of 40+ Participants. The coordinators were extremely helpful, especially the coordinator Sebastien, assigned specifically for the English Native speakers. Overall, the experience is uncomparable to any other camp you will ever experience. This being said, if youre on the fence about inquiring, I recommend to go for it!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Fantastic Volunteering Opportunity in Hungary

I completed a week with Angloville in Hungary. I would highly recommend it !! It was a fantastic opportunity to meet both hungarian and slovakian people and to learn about their culture in exchange for english language mentoring. I feel that this is a very worthwhile program. By the end of the week, you feel that you have really helped someone to improve their english. I personally find this to be really rewarding as you can watch the participant grow in confidence as the week progresses. Angloville are a very professional organisation and the week is extremely well organised. All you have to do is turn up, be keen to help and they take care of the rest.The venue has been specially selected and I had the opportunity to meet a lot of new people, go horseriding and to use the spa!!! A wonderful experience and a good way to meet lots of new people from all walks of life and make new friends.