My volunteering in Gmina Dąbrowa At the beginning of this year I spent 2 unforgettable weeks in the small village of Dąbrowa. I took part of an English language camp organized for the youth living in surroundings.
I remember the day I arrived to Dąbrowa by hitch-hike. One of the local farmers gave me a lift until the village center. He told me about the life on the countryside. I had many expectations and some doubts right then. But in Gmina Dąbrowa there are many opportunities waiting for the people (such as sport activities, international projects and presentations), much more than in a common Polish village. So first of all I experienced how many great things you can create even on the countryside!
Besides, working with children and youth taught me many new skills. I had some fears concerning the part I took as one of the camp organizers, since I was only 20 years old by that time, not much older than our participants. But I got on very well with them, and had a feeling of success. It was also a good experience for sharing my knowledge with the youngsters, showing them my culture, teaching new games, and even playing Hungarian music with them! In return they taught me a good deal of Polish, my language skills got way better! After the camp I had the chance to take part in several school and kindergarten activities. All the children and all the teachers I met were open-minded and easy to get on well. After finishing the daily plans, the evenings were all interesting as well, since I lived together with Seher and Sopo, who made me want to travel a little bit more to the East on my next adventures! But for now, I'm just waiting for the time to visit Dąbrowa again and see all the friends I made there!
Levente Lakatos, Hungary
First of all let me say that if you're looking for a great Workaway experience don't pass up this opportunity to volunteer here. Truly this has been the best volunteering experience of my life. I have been to many countries and had great experiences with previous hosts, but this one is on the top of my list.
During my trip to Poland I visited all the big cities because I'm a "city boy from New York" and I was thinking that I might be bored in a small village. I planned on volunteering for only one month but I ended up staying for three! I quickly learned that small village life has a lot to offer. The people I met were genuinely very friendly, kind and hospitable. They treated me like family. The food was great. ( I put on a few kilos in the first month) The accommodations were clean, modern and comfortable.
Every day was filled with activities and there was always something to do. The hosts, Beata, Ania and Marcin (the Mayor) were absolutely the best. They were very organized and ran the program smoothly. They made every effort to make sure I felt at home and helped me a lot with my tasks.
The work was challenging but not difficult. I taught English classes to the people in the community, worked at the school and the kindergarten, helped out around the office and assisted in local cultural events. It was a great experience for me and I learned much about the Polish people and culture...and learned to speak a little Polish too. Thank you Beata, Ania, Marcin and everyone in Dąbrowa for a wonderful time. I wish you all great success for the future.
Robert Rovira, USA