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Angloville is one of the biggest providers of free educational volunteering / cultural exchanges in Europe. We offer ESL-related volunteering experience during which students can discover 7 European countries for free, having their board and lodging in beautiful countryside hotels covered, while helping young European students practise their English. The programme is free to join. We welcome 8000+ participants / year. Featured in: Lonely Planet, Forbes, Fashion Magazine, Travel Magazine, Glasgow Guardian.

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Founded
2011
Headquarters

St Mary's College
Emmet Place
Co Cork
Youghal
Ireland

Reviews

Ken
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have been to three Angloville programmes now, two in Poland and one in Romania and each one has been as good as I had hoped for or better. The venues have all been great.

But my favorite parts have been the people. I have found that the students have been bright and motivated and they have been very interesting. I have had many great conversations and made many friends

But a pleasant surprise was my fellow volunteers. Almost all of them have been friendly as I had hoped. But they have also been very interesting. They come from many different places and have different backgrounds. I love that each time there have been a variety of ages as well.

I will treasure my memories and friendships. If I can arrange it, I will go back again and again.

Kerry
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I spent 9 days in Roehampton University, London with Polish participants in August 2018. In September 2018 I went to Poland and spent a week travelling from Poznan then a week travelling from Krakow. I got to meet volunteers from all over the world, from different walks of life and all ages, I keep in touch with some of them.
I was initially apprehensive as I didn’t know what to expect but the coordinators quickly put me at ease and I enjoyed all 3 courses. As I volunteered for 3 programs I was eligible for my TEFL certificate through the Angloville scholarship which enables me to teach English abroad.

I was amazed how much the students progressed in such a short space of time. I’ve already arranged to volunteer in Romania later in the year which I’m really looking forward to.

What would you improve about this program?
I would advertise Angloville more as none of my friends had heard of it. Also make students/participants aware that some of the venues are really remote.
Antoni
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Angloville was a challenging but extremely rewarding experience. I met some really interesting people from across Poland, both coordinators and the incredibly talented students. Virtually all of the other volunteers were great and helped me out quite a bit when I was still fresh. Was incredible to see the students' English develop and cultural understanding so quickly in real time along with see their (and the native speakers') amazing talents and interests. Also gave me a great experience to visit my family's native country and learn more about my heritage. Definitely recommend this for all sorts of people, especially to anyone skeptical about underdeveloped, overpriced, or straight-up scam English teaching/TEFL programs. Even with some anxiety I quickly got comfortable and found a knack for teaching I never realized I had and would like to explore more. The main coordinators, Kathryn and Erik for my programs, were both extremely sympathetic and helpful

jelena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was an unforgettable experience! I met some wonderful people from all over the world, and had a chance to help young people improve their language skills! Also, I enjoyed finding out about the culture of Krakow and Poland. The hotel we stayed in was very nice and the food was good. The organisation of the activities was remarkable. It was preplanned in such a way that even though we had all day of activities it wasn't tiring at all! The Polish coordinators were very helpful and approachable, but also in a very laid back way which made everything run so well and without unnecessary stress or confusion. Best of all were the social time activities and games. The coordinator had so meny interesting games every evening for us. They really helped to make things more fun and relaxed. hope I'll have the chance to participate in another camp in he future.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing that I would find that may need some kind of improvement would be concerning the skills of the students who are paired for the two on one sessions! Organisers could pay more attention to the level of their language skills and theirage so that he conversation's could go more smoothly.
Eduardo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Meeting all those people and learning so many things were very worthy! I loved this experience, that's why I did 4 programs (and want so much more). The children are very willing to practice their English and the support we have is really comforting. I cannot complain about what I lived and hope Angloville grows more and more.
The food in the Hotel I stayed for a week was delicious, the environment was perfect and the works were very funny. I met native speakers from all around the world and made really good friends.
Unfortunately the week goes by pretty fast, but it is a pleasure to see the children's improvement and how we catch feelings for each other in a such short time together.
Finally, the overall organization was okay and the counselors too. My kind thank you to all the people who made it happen.

What would you improve about this program?
By publishing it more on social medias. Maybe an instagram account would be helpful, so everyone could upload stories.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Michelle Gean

Avid adventure seeker by day and writer by night. Traveling gives perspective. You can check out some of my adventures at www.subjectiveillusion.com

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Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because it gave me the ability to stay in Poland, meet the locals, and get TEFL certified through their scholarship program. It really doesn't get any better than that: All meals were provided, great accommodations, and great people to share your time with. I definitely recommend this program to anyone seeking a meaningful experience in another country.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The program provided everything from transportation to 3 delicious meals every day and great accommodations. The only thing I had to worry about was getting to the meeting location in the major city. From there, they handled the rest. You don't need fancy clothes either. Come as you are, and teach, talk, learn.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

The days are long. We wake up at 9am and teach/talk until 9pm. You get to connect with all the participants and have meaningful conversations. Come ready to talk. There aren´t any surprises. The program is well organized and brings together a great mix of people, native and foreign. After doing my first program, I wish I would have signed up for three. They have an option to sign up for more programs to get a bigger discount off of your TEFL certification. Definitely do it if you have the time.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Wake up at 9am and talk/teach until 9pm every day for a week. You get to eat three great meals everyday (generally, local cuisine) and connect with other native speakers and participants. You can take your lessons outside or stay inside. The last night the participants have a celebration. It is a nice way to end the program. It was an incredible experience all-around.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I think the first thing I thought about was the other people, participants and native speakers. Would it be fun? Would we get along? I can say, the people who also choose to participate in this program are like-minded people. The native speakers are generally travelers too. It makes for such a great mix of people from around the world. I learned a lot not only from the Polish people but also from the other fellow teachers.

Do you need prior teaching experience?

No.

Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Liam Nelson

Job Title
Program Coordinator
Liam started coordinating Angloville's English language immersion programs early in 2016. After 12 years in the fitness industry managing gyms, and 2 years TEFL teaching in Germany, he took up this new role as an exciting way to combine his management and teaching skills. While based in Warsaw, he travels all over Poland to some beautiful isolated locations where he helps native English speaker volunteers to help Polish learners to speak English.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Hammock time during an Angloville Course

So many great memories come to mind! Island hopping in Greece for an amazing combination of fun and beauty, touring around the interesting cities of hugely underrated Belgium, including staying on an eco-friendly barge in Ghent - but my favorite memories probably come from Spain.

Andalucia was the most facinating for me with its passion, its fresh calamari, its flamenco, its Moorish architecture, its stone squares that come alive after midnight, its barren but beautiful countryside interrupted by olive trees, castillos and big black bull silhouettes!

Traveling up into the mountains near Granada we stayed in a tiny village that was literally at the end of all roads and tracks. Although it was mostly a mountainous dessert, the natural springs mean you also had some lush green areas with delicious figs just falling off the trees to be eaten. The silence and the beauty was just breathtaking.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

It has been great for me to combine my management skills with my teaching skills in one position. I can help develop both the learners the teachers, and in doing so I have developed myself.

There is a big focus in the world today on soft skills, and these are certainly needed in my job. Developing people skills I think is about understanding people and understanding yourself, and that is a life-long journey. There is no better way to understanding people than spending a week with around 40 of them from all over Poland and all over the world, from age 18 to 86, and from every career background imaginable.

I can be with participants exercising at 7:30am and can be saying goodnight after socializing well after midnight. So there is plenty of opportunity for learning and sharing ideas. With every program I learn something new about business, about other countries, about life, about people or about myself.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Many students and volunteer teachers talk about the program being a life-changing experience and form lasting friendships.

Of course the students come to improve their English but often they end up valuing even more the inspiration they take from meeting so many interesting people from around the world.

The sort of people that are attracted to the program are usually open to and interested in new experiences and meeting new people. This in itself creates a fantastic atmosphere, where everyone learns from each other in so many different and unexpected ways. Our native speaker participants are often invited to come and stay at the homes of Polish participants and others even get jobs.

A recent returning Polish participant had taken time off work to secretly go on the course to improve her English and when she returned her boss immediately noticed a huge difference. So, it's good to hear that people are also achieving their original goals!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would go on a week long program leaving from Wroclaw. We give our native speaker participants a free city tour and meal the day before the program, and Wroclaw is the best city for this in my opinion.

We have a fantastic tour guide there and Wroclaw is such a charming place with all its little gnome statues, and with such a fascinating history as a former German city.

From Wroclaw we travel up into the mountains near the Czech boarder to Hotel Chojnik. The staff are so friendly and there's billiards, sauna, gym, table football, tennis courts, volleyball court and even cute bunny rabbits in the foyer. Weather permitting we also do a walking tour up to Chojnik Castle for even better views.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Firstly you need to have a really good product that people want. People can spend a lot of money traveling to language programs in the UK, or maybe they can spend less traveling to programs in Malta, but they can spend much less staying in their own country, which of course is more convenient too.

It is also win-win as our volunteers gain a huge amount too: a free stay in a beautiful location, teaching experience and development, and a unique cultural experience. As we have been in the market longer than most of our competitors we have had the opportunity to gain a huge amount of feedback and improve things over the last 5 years, and we are still refining that product today.

That being said, a product or concept can still be copied, so I think the most important thing is still the people. As they say, if you get the right people in a room together, the rest will usually take care of itself. I think at Angloville we have some fantastic people, and as coordinators we hopefully have the skills and attitude to lay the foundation for the even more fantastic people that come on our programs every week.

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