Volunteer Around Poland: At a Glance

University: Seattle Central Community College
Fields of Study: Education, Ecology, History, Sociology, Psychology
Dates: June 02, 2016 to June 23, 2016 - Summer
July 07, 2015 to August 04, 2015 - Summer 2
August 04, 2016 to August 25, 2016 - Summer 3
Credit: 3 - Summer
3 - Summer 2
3 - Summer 3
Deadlines: April 02, 2016 - Summer
May 06, 2015 - Summer 2
June 03, 2016 - Summer 3
Price: $2,900 - Summer
$2,900 - Summer 2
$2,900 - Summer 3
Housing: Varies by site
Minimum Age: 18

Program Highlights:

Have you ever dreamed of volunteering in Poland? Well here is your chance to do it and earn college credit in the process! Study Abroad Poland is pleased to offer summer volunteer opportunities. Knowledge of Polish is not required. College credit is awarded through Seattle Central Community College.

Volunteer placements are organized by our partner institution FIYE Poland (Stowarzyszenie Promocji Wolontariatu). FIYE is a vibrant Polish non-governmental and non-profit organization. Ever since it was established in 1989, FIYE has been active in the field of voluntary service and particularly committed to international youth exchange programs. Throughout the years, FIYE has developed and successfully carried out a considerable number of volunteer projects with special regard to short-term summer projects. Each year about 200 foreign volunteers participate in FIYE’s summer programs. FIYE’s summer programs are usually organized in towns or villages, and hosted by small communities and their local authorities. The program themes vary, and can range from social projects for physically and mentally disabled people, to language teaching camps for children, or projects that require simple manual work. The work which the volunteers undertake is particularly useful and valuable to the local people, because it would not be otherwise possible. Moreover, the volunteers have the opportunity to interact with the genuine local people, which guarantees true insight into the community, its daily life and customs.

For a sample list of volunteer placements, visit our Placement Description page.

Don’t need college credit? Contact us and we’ll send you the price without the credit.

Have only 2 weeks to volunteer? Two-week programs are available without college credit. Contact us for more details.

The University:

Seattle Central Community College (SCCC) is an American college that is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institution accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. It is also a member of the League for Innovation, a prestigious group of community colleges nationwide who have been selected for membership based on education excellence. Since 1966, the college has served the higher education training needs of more than 500,000 students.

Your courses will be organized by the Office of Cooperative Education and Service-Learning. The mission of our office is to provide students with resources to obtain internship, volunteer, and service-learning experiences that will enhance their academic, professional, and personal growth as well as their leadership development and sense of civic responsibility.

The City:

There is a wide variety of volunteer programs in the cities all around Poland. Generally they are small towns or villages where the communities need volunteers the most. Some towns include Michalin, Borowno, Glaz, Sol, Swinoujscie, Wieliszew, Galewice, and Zagorze. This is a great way to experience life outside of the cities in Poland and immerse yourself in the Polish language and culture, all while volunteering for the common good.

Courses & Descriptions:

Most volunteer programs are 2-weeks in length, so our students will participate in 2 projects, back-to-back, for a total of 4 weeks. For a sample list of volunteer placements, visit our Placement Description page.

While completing the volunteer program students are also simultaneously enrolled in Seattle Central Community College’s on-line social science course ILT 197: International Cooperative Education. This course is an independent study that allows students to earn credit for work experience in an international setting. It is designed to help students reflect on their volunteer experience and to gain necessary skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. This course meets by e-mail, phone, or fax with a professor from Seattle Central Community College. There is no physical site or classroom. As part of the requirements, students submit a daily journal, research paper, and two critical thinking papers.

Sample Course Listing

SCCC: International Cooperative Education (Summer) - Credits: 3

Transfer Credit:

You’ll receive an official transcript from Seattle Central Community College. This allows you to transfer credit back to your home university.

The credits listed are estimated credits for the courses. You should speak with the study abroad advisor at your home university to determine the number of transfer credits and obtain pre-approval for your courses.

After completing the program, we’ll send your registrar or study abroad advisor an official transcript with the course titles, course hours, and grades. Your university will need this transcript to transfer credit. You can earn 3 semester credits.

 

Financial Aid:

It is possible to transfer your financial aid to pay for some or all of the program costs. The first step is to check with your home institution’s financial aid advisor before applying. Since every home institution has different rules, only your advisor can tell you what kind of aid can transfer. Study Abroad Poland is happy to provide you with a certificate of enrollment or any other documents that your university might require.

Scholarships are available on our scholarships page.

 

Application Deadline(s):

April 02, 2016 - Summer

May 06, 2015 - Summer 2

June 03, 2016 - Summer 3

Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applying for our programs is simple! Fill out the on-line application form and wait for more information from us.

Why Study Here

Meet New People

Your fellow volunteers will be students and  young people from around the world, so you will have a truely international experience.

Help Others

Through this program you will be helping the Polish communities that need you the most. This will be a life-changing opportunity for you!

Live, Eat, Breathe History

A little bit of history can be uncovered at your volunteer sites. Many of the towns have historic treasures such as castles, small military sights from the times of the Napoleonic wars, nature reserves, etc. There will be plenty to see on your trip!

Get a Bang for Your Buck

Poland is an affordable destination – your dollar still goes a long way!

Be in the Center of It All

Located in the heart of Europe, Poland is the perfect home base for your travels to other European cities such as Paris, Rome, Budapest, Berlin, etc.

Prices

  • $2,900 - Summer
  • $2,900 - Summer 2
  • $2,900 - Summer 3

What's Included

Volunteer Placement & Tuition

The program includes the volunteer placement fee and full tuition and fees at Seattle Central Community College.

Official Transcript

Two months after completing the program, we’ll send your home university an official transcript from Seattle Central. This allows you to transfer credit back to your university (with prior approval from your advisor). The transcript contains the course title, grade, and credit hours for each course.

Housing & Meals

During the volunteer program you’ll be accommodated at the host site, and you will also be provided with meals. Please see the volunteer placement descriptions for more details on room and board.

On-site Program Director

Throughout the program, you’ll receive on-site support from the Program Director and your volunteer site staff. The director will meet you at the airport, lead the orientation session, and take you to your volunteer placement. At your volunteer site, the site staff will take care of you, but your Program Director will always be available by phone/email in case you need any help. Also, your Program Director will pick you up after the program ends and take you to the airport for your departure.

Airport Transfers

In order to make your arrival go smoothly, your Program Director will meet you at International Airport closest to your volunteer site. He/she will will have a 2-day orientation session with you in that city and then travel with you to your volunteer site. Your Program Director will pick you up after the program ends and take you to the airport for your departure.

In-country Orientation

You’ll take part in a 2-day orientation session at the beginning of the program. The Program Director will provide you with helpful advice and tips for living in Poland, review program information, distribute cell phones, and teach a survival Polish class. There will also be a Welcome Dinner on the day you arrive.

Use of a Pre-Paid Cell Phone

During the orientation session you’ll be provided with a cell phone and a number of initial minutes. You’ll be responsible for recharging your phone with minutes. A cell phone is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family back home. Also, text messaging is a popular and economical way to communicate with your friends in Poland.

Transportation Pass

To help you travel smoothly around your host town, we’ll provide you with a transportation pass that can be used on all buses and trams.

Activities & Excursions

Activities will be organized during the orientation session, such as tours, dinners, and museums. There will also be one weekend trip to Krakow (including the Wieliczka Salt Mines and Auschwitz). There will be plenty of activities at your volunteer site during the program to keep you busy!

Health Insurance

You’ll be provided with a short-term accident and sickness medical plan that is especially designed for students studying abroad.

International Student Identity Card

All students are issued a complimentary International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which gives you great student discounts on airfare, rail passes, accommodation, sightseeing, food, shopping and more. Over 40,000 discounts are available around the world!

What You'll Need

Spending Money

Poland is an affordable country city to live in. You will need to bring spending money for personal items, additional travel, and entertainment.

Round-trip Airfare to Poland

Student travel agencies provide great deals on airfare to Poland. The average round-trip ticket costs around $800.

Pre-paid Phone Cards for Your Cell

At the beginning of the program you will be provided with a Polish cell phone and an initial amount of minutes (ca. $30). During the program you will need to purchase your own phone cards to refill your minutes. Your Program Director will show you where to buy these.