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.

City: Krakow

Service: Make a difference by helping children learn English.

Group Size: 4 volunteers

Life Abroad: Experience Poland by living with a local host family! Fall in love with pierogi and get your fill of traditional stews, meat, and potato meals. Learn about their history, see famous WWII sites, and practice the Polish you’ve learned.

Semesters: Fall semester is late August – December, Spring semester is early January – late April/early May. Summer semester is early May to mid August.

Walk through WWII's most famous historical sites.

Get to see firsthand the places you studied from the WWII era. ILP volunteers will live in Krakow, which is home to places like Schindler’s Factory, the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz district, and Auschwitz-Birkenau. Krakow is one of the few Polish cities that wasn’t destroyed during WWII, so you’ll get to explore its authentic Old Town with Wawel Castle and original cobblestone streets.

Love the great outdoors?

Half of Poland’s charm is outside the cities. It is jam packed full of national parks throughout the country. On top of that, to the south you have the Tatra mountain range where you can snowboard in the winter or hike in the summer. To the north you have beautiful blue lakes and of course, the Baltic Sea coast. There’s even a national park on an island in the northwest! Time to explore.

Perfectly situated close to your favorite vacation destinations.

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. Keep your passport ready because you’ll be going places this semester!


Not only do you get to travel to our favorite spots around Poland, but you can also vacation throughout the European Union.

  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.