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Beam Me Up Scotty!

Tales from Poland

Beam me up, Scotty!

It’s a phrase that we all know, conjuring up images of instant teleportation to any place your heart desires. While modern technology has yet to conceive the science behind this miracle, what if I told you there was a more primitive version available right now. Yes, you heard me right. A way for you to travel to those exotic places you only see in magazines without the nausea brought on by trans-dimensional displacement. It’s called a TEFL degree, and what better place to get it than INTESOL Nicaragua!


Freedom. It’s an odd phrase to us. We’ve been conditioned to accept and operate within the confines of a certain normal. I began to search for this ever elusive creature and my endeavors were soon rewarded. My search took me to It was there I found INTESOL Nicaragua. All the reviews were positive and before I knew it, I found myself phoning the school. After speaking to Paul Mallick, the director, and having all my fears abated, I set off on my quest for freedom. After four intensive weeks of studying, I found myself armed with a TEFL degree that was internationally recognized. Shortly thereafter, I was volunteering for a week to teach English in Poland. Yes, you heard me correctly, Poland! Best thing about it, all my food and accommodation was paid for by the program, Angloville.


I know what you’re thinking, that it’s too good to be true. Well, after speaking to Ryan Gentle, Angloville’s program director of Poland and the Czech Republic, I was accepted as a volunteer in the program. Upon arrival, Ryan met the volunteers in Krakow, Poland, for a free, guided city tour. The next day we were bussed to a modern hotel just north of the Tatra Mountains in the small village of Czerwienne. The views were spectacular. Did I mention it was free?


Over the next week, I was privileged to be able to immerse myself in the lives of the Polish participants through one-on-one conversations and group activities. We were often paired with a different Polish student every hour. It was an unforgettable experience. While you don’t have to hold a TEFL degree to participate in the program, it is definably beneficial and can only help you in your English teaching. It was good experience for me to put my newfound teaching to the test, and it paid off. I was asked to stay on for another week in Warsaw and then Prague.


I stayed four extra days and bounced between Krakow and Wroclaw using the inexpensive train system. The Polish people are strong and proud, just like their Slivovica. I was ashamed at how little I knew about the country, and I was surprised at how quickly the Polish people opened their past and present up to me. Decades of strife and occupation unfolded before my eyes. Equally and more resounding, however, I saw the resolve of the Polish people in their eyes. It was something I will never forget. Poland, is somewhere I will never forget.


So, what more needs to be said? INTESOL Nicaragua and Poland are waiting. And, so is the world!

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