Spotting castles and walking winding cobblestoned streets will become an old habit after a semester in in this ILP country. Poland is quintessential Europe, filled with narrow alleyways, lined with history, topped with red-tiled rooftops.
Volunteers here are surrounded by a melting pot culture you can literally taste, found in perogies from Ukraine, sausages from Germany and pastries from the Baltic States. Experience Auschwitz yourself, tour the rebuilt city of Warsaw, lunch in Old Town and hop over to your favorite European vacation spots, all in the same semester.
EXPLORING EUROPE —
Not only do you get to travel to our favorite spots around Poland, but you can also vacation throughout the European Union. Krakow is a hub for trains, buses, and several budget airlines which means that you can get great deals on flights to so many of your bucket list cities like Paris, London, Milan, and Barcelona! It’s also centrally located to Europe, so you’re in a perfect jumping off point to travel virtually anywhere in the EU.
Here’s just a few of our favorite European spots to go exploring …
Warsaw, Poland — Don’t miss the diversity of this beautiful capital as it has been rebuilding and reinventing itself. Experience the modern architecture, art, museums, and a wide variety of restaurants.
Zakopane, Polane — Head to southern Poland for a weekend in a town at the base of the Tatra mountains. Take a cable car ride and hike around or ski during the winters. Raft the Dunajec River and stop by Niedzica Castle.
Gdansk, Poland — Ride your bike along the Baltic coast, admire the color architecture, and discover the lighthouses in this beautiful town.
Czech Republic — Arrive early, before other tourists, to walk along famous Charles Bridge, walk up the hill to Prague castle, and shop in this capital city.
Hungary — Spend the weekend in Budapest, relaxing in famous thermal spas, walk around castle hill, and take a short cruise for sites of both Buda and Pest.
Austria — Visit museums and photograph detailed architecture in tranquil Vienna and try local cuisine wiener schnitzel.
Slovakia — Take a boat ride to historic castle ruins, stroll through and have lunch on the streets of Old Town Bratislava, and climb the hillside to views of the city and a Soviet War Memorial.
Norway — Island-hop around scenic archipelagos, take a hike to one of the world’s most scenic hanging cliffs, and get your fill of the outdoors.
Sweden — Tour through winding alleyways of Stockholm’s Old Town, enjoy live music in downtown Stockholm, and try famous Swedish meatballs for lunch.
Germany — Explore fairytale castles, take a train through the scenic Black Forest, and check out the artsy side of Berlin.
Slovenia — Boat across the lake to medieval Bled castle, take the train through the underground network of caves, and hike through ravines and canyons.
Switzerland — Hike or take in views of the Swiss Alps by train, paddle board on Lake Geneva, and get your fill of chocolate.
Croatia — Ancient coastal towns like Dubrovnik, Roman amphitheaters, and some of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe.
Lithuania — Stroll the cobblestone streets of Old Town in Vilnius, sail around a Trakai castle, ride horses along the Baltic Sea in Palanga.
Estonia — Jump into midieval times in Tallinn, ride your bike along the Baltic Sea, and kayak around Saaremaa Island.
Latvia — Get a glimpse of Riga’s skyline from St. Peter’s church tower, have lunch in Riga’s Old Town, and visit the opera.
France — Fulfill your childhood dreams by having a picnic in front of the Eiffel tower, spend an afternoon in the Louvre, and soak up the sun on the coast.
PROGRAM DETAILS —
Experience Poland like a local by living with a host family! Fall in love with classic dishes like pierogi and get your fill of traditional stews, meat, and potato meals.
Discover the history of this beautiful country, see those famous WWII sites that you learned about in school, and even practice some of the Polish you’ve learned.
Check out a what a typical day looks like for an ILP volunteer and can’t miss experiences in Poland here.
Spring Semester: Depart early to mid January — return home the end of April.
Summer Semester: Depart the end of April or early May — return home the middle of August.
Fall Semester: Depart the end of August — return home the middle of December, just in time for Christmas.
You’ll be making a difference by helping children learn English through our Exchange Program up to 20 hours per week. No experience is needed, we provide training on our teaching method!
$2,520 — Includes your roundtrip airfare to Poland, visa, housing, meals, language and culture classes, and training and support throughout the entire experience.
ILP volunteers live in Krakow, one of our favorite cities in Poland. It’s home to a lively Old Town square and world famous sites like the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.