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Teacher, Preschool

  VF71LA Adventist Volunteer Service
  Polish Seminary of Theology and Humanities


Responsibilities

There are four categories of responsibilities which belong to the teacher:
1. Leading the school day according to the already established schedule and curriculum. The day includes a Bible story, second breakfast, free/structured indoor/outdoor play, preschool lesson (according to the Sonlight curriculum), and according to the day of the week either art, music, or theatre activities. Later is lunch, nap/quiet time, and free/structured indoor/outdoor play.

2. Filling in attendance and lesson topics in the register as well as communicating with the parents (via the Polish teacher you team teach with) at the beginning of the week what material and topics the children will be learning.

3. Assisting the children in using the restroom, washing their hands, cleaning up after their spills and accidents (of any kind), and keeping the classroom neat and clean.

4. Organizing/ helping organize occasional field trips, holiday programs and outreach programs as well as decorating the classroom/ hallway boards, windows, and walls with seasonal/holiday related materials and the children’s work. Monthly progress reports (written with the help of the Polish teacher) should also be sent home or handed to the parents during parent-teacher meetings.

Qualifications

  • Friendly
  • Energetic
  • Self-motivated
  • Organized 

Attire

Nice work clothes when in the classroom.

Unacceptable Dress: Women: Gaudy Jewelry and make-up, very short skirts and very low tops. Men and Women: Any clothing with offensive writing or pictures, visible tattoos and/or strange piercings. Sweat suits, joga pants and other active wear is not the look we are looking for in representing classroom education.

Accomodations

PCTH employees who receive on-campus housing receive a flat in the two-story faculty block "B". Depending on availability and the gender of the AVs chosen for the 2019/2020 school year, the volunteers will either receive their own studio flat which is from 12-16 m2 in size or will share a larger, multi-room flat of about 35 m2. Either way, each flat is fully furnished had contain a living area, kitchen (with fridge, stove, oven, electric kettle, sink, and cabinets) and a bathroom (with toilet, sink, mirror, and shower.) The furniture in the flats slightly differs but what can be expected in each is a square table with foldable chairs for eating and using as a desk (an additional desk can be provided), An Ikea futon (sofa by day, fold down doublebed by night) per person, decorative shelves and at least one wardrobe with closet and hangers per person. Housekeeping supplies (as in chemical cleaning products) are supplied by the AV according to preference whereas mop and bucket, broom and dust pan and vacuum are provided by the calling organization. There are also misc. decorative items like rugs, table covers, chair cushions, sofa covers and throw pillows. The flats comes with a plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, utensils (cutlery and cooking utensils), pots, and pans and ironing board, iron, and clothes rack for drying clothes. All bedding (pillows, covers, sheets, etc.) and towels and bedding are all provided. Internet is provided at the cost of the calling organization as is telephone including free calling to 30 or so countries including the US, Canada, and England. Two washing machines are located in the basement of the building and the costs of using these machines is covered by the calling organization. More information (in the form of a "Survival Guide") can be provided by written request to daporawski@gmail.com. Check out this video here about the town of Podkowa Leśna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rd7z2YDXGgHousing Restrictions:

Included

  • Local Travel
  • Accommodations
  • Utilities
  • Food/Meals (some meals (lunch) are available at the school cafeteria as part of accomodations offered the AV at the expense of the calling organization)
  • Monthly Living Allowance of PLN 1000 PLN (about 270 USD) , 

Not Included

Volunteer Pays for:

Visa

Medical/Inoculations

Travel to/from Location, 

 

Restrictions

Due to the nature of being away from home for so many months and the overcast, short days during the winter months, we recommend from experience that only those individuals with good physical and psychological health consider this position. From experience, it would be best if an individual who has previously or is currently being treated for depression, has taken or is taking anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication consider a different AV position and location.

Additional Information

Apply for a visa at closest Polish Consulate. If not coming from the EU, the volunteer MUST have a visa before travelling!  National Long Stay Visa (Type D)

Summary


Teach and assist as needed in this bilingual preschool in the beautiful town of Podkowa Lesna


Warsaw, Poland

10-11 Months

September 2019-July 2020

Age 21-30


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