School Volunteer

1,500 or 1,650 USD

January or September for 6-10 months

Volunteering at a school in Poland is an excellent opportunity for those interested in working with children and making a difference in their lives.

As a School Assistant, you will be responsible for running activities in the classroom, including presentations about your home country and culture, as well as fun and interactive language and pronunciation games. No experience is necessary, but volunteers must have people skills and be open to working with young adults, usually around 18 years old. Volunteering at a school in Poland will allow you to develop valuable communication, leadership, and organisation skills while immersing yourself in the local culture and meeting new people. Working alongside experienced teachers and other volunteers passionate about education and positively impacting the community will provide a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

If you are passionate about education and want to positively impact young people, volunteering at a school in Poland is the perfect opportunity for you. Apply today to become a part of our team and help shape the future of our students by providing them with diverse cultural and educational experiences.


Schools are based in urban locations in Kraków, Warsaw, Gdańsk and Żywiec.

Work Schedule

Volunteers work 20 hours per week, allowing plenty of free time to explore Poland and even travel around the rest of Europe during the holidays.

Age Requirements

Visa requires volunteers to be at least 17 years old at the point of application.


Volunteers receive an allowance of approximately $20 USD per week.


Volunteering at a school means working closely with a diverse team of all ages. You’ll always have at least one fellow volunteer by your side while collaborating with the entire local staff team.

Food & Accommodation

Traditional Polish food is served by the host family and schools. Volunteers have a private room with a host family where they can experience authentic Polish life.

Case Study | School Volunteer

Rebecca’s role as a School Language Volunteer involved conducting language classes for English and German, utilising interactive methods like games and role-plays to engage students and improve their communication skills. Rebecca finds fulfilment in working with children and enhancing her teaching abilities.

“I love working with kids and have developed excellent teaching skills. It is an unforgettable experience that you won’t regret!”

Programme Manager

Supporting volunteer journeys

The Poland Programme Manager, Beata, prepares volunteers for their placements and provides ongoing support.

Beata has worked in international volunteering for 17 years and made over 800 worldwide friends. Her biggest perk is meeting people who are willing to help others. Apart from professional achievements, Beata has a black belt in Aikido and has completed a 48-kilometre trek in two days in the Tatra mountains, Poland. Her Whippet, Uke, helps Beata stay fit by accompanying her on walks and runs, covering at least 10 km daily. Lastly, Beata is a lover of cinema and enthusiastic about film festivals.  

Fee Details

Why there’s a fee
New Ventures Worldwide is a UK-registered nonprofit charity. The fee contributes to our operating costs and allows us to continue our mission of arranging volunteering placements for our global network of nonprofit organisations. A financial report is published annually to the UK Charity Commission.


Included in the fee
The fee includes a sponsored visa, a thoroughly vetted placement, an appropriate volunteer role based on age, experience and interests, a placement mentor, preparation guidance, ongoing support and a placement that provides any necessary training, accommodation, food and a spending allowance.


Additional costs 
In addition to the placement fee, volunteers pay for flights, a visa, and travel insurance, usually costing around $2,500 USD (depending on the departure destination). Volunteers are reimbursed weekly towards their costs during placement, and the reimbursement amount varies. If you wish to continue your placement after the agreed finish date, NVW can extend your visa by six months for €250 Euros. 


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What is the enrolment process?

After completing the application form, our team will check if you are eligible for your chosen program before inviting you to a Welcome Video Call. The interview is where you get to know the New Ventures Worldwide team, ask questions and get matched to your perfect program. Various background checks are then conducted before you are officially enrolled in the program.

What are the benefits?

  • See the world while experiencing a new culture
  • Experience personal growth, becoming more confident and independent
  • Make an impact working with international non-profit organisations
  • It looks great on your CV
  • Learn new skills for life
  • Gain perspective and understand what life is all about

Do I need flights and travel insurance?

Yes, you will need to arrange your own flights and travel insurance. You’ll need to send us your travel insurance policy details before starting a program.

Can a friend and I enrol on the same placement?

Being on a volunteering placement means you’ll always have a network of people around you, including locals and other volunteers. Providing a readymade community with local knowledge to explore, share, and create incredible memories. However, if you want to travel with a friend from home, let us know, and we can usually arrange for you to be on the same placement.

What happens if there is a problem during the placement?

New Ventures Worldwide has a Ladder of Support so you can see who to contact if you need help. Your placement will assist you in almost all situations. However, we also offer background support, mainly if a more serious issue arises.

Application Form

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Our placements are for those aged 17-30 years old
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Schools may consider volunteers who have a high level of English, if this is their second language.

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