"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." ~ Annie Dillard
A Slavic Garden of Eden & A Winter Wonderland
Fresh, homemade cheeses sold from baskets on the street, colorful costumes and energetic, country dancing. Horse-drawn buggies, honey vodkas and mushroom picking in the forest. Long, scenic hikes with breathtaking views and mountaintop taverns with locally made brews. Friendly faces, Belgian waffles and fresh, fruit-filled crepes around every corner.
This is my picture to you of Zakopane, Poland - a lovely old-fashioned village tucked away in the Tatra mountains near the Slovakian border, about an hour's drive by bus from Krakow, Poland.
The highly unique architecture, created by local artisan Stanislaw Witkiewicz, Sr., can not be found anywhere else in the world. This alone is enough to draw many lovers of culture to this largely unknown resort town of southern Poland. There really is something for everyone here: art, culture, music, cuisine, and, of course, the great outdoors. For the nature lover, I can't think of a better place to live and work. Zakopane residents in the hospitality industry, who depend on international tourism, are eager to learn English. If you think that you'd like to teach ESL this beautiful area, I highly recommend a reconnaissance visit.
If you'd like to research the country of Poland itself as a possibility for ESL employment, then check out Poland's official website in the English language here:
To learn more about Zakopane, this blog entry's "dream" location for teaching ESL, please go the following site. Be sure to click on the British flag to get the text in the English language:
Happy Job Hunting!
ESL Instruct, Editor-in-Chief
Posted by lhobbs at November 11, 2005 10:22 PM
Hi I had the chance to go to Zakopane in 1998
while working as an EFL teacher for a voluntary
programme.It was a fantastic place, as was the
whole of Poland.
Posted by: Craig at November 17, 2005 08:50 PM
Note from Lee:
Hi Craig, who knows maybe we crossed paths that year and didn't even know it! I'd have been in Kraków at that time. I agree with you though, despite its challenges, Poland is a wonderful country. Thanks for your commments!
Posted by: Lee at November 17, 2005 11:25 PM
I am thrilled about your highlighting of Poland . . . I was an ELL teacher in Kazimierz Dolny, Poland (www.kazimierzdolny.pl) and remain in close contact with the school where I taught, the family I resided with and my students...
I am a middle school teacher in Hamtramck, Michigan, and have been since leaving Poland in 1995 - (my classes consist of students from over 26 countries, including Poland.) I visited Poland this past summer and CANNOT WAIT to return again. Before teaching in Poland I studied in Poznan. Throughout my entire trip this past summer I stayed with friends in flats and houses in Warsaw, Kazimierz Dolny, Krakow, Poznan and Gdansk...
bene facta - good deeds
Posted by: Jennifer Patricia Majchrzak at November 25, 2005 08:14 PM
Note from Lee:
It sounds like we've had some similar experiences then! I'm glad you liked the pieces on Poland. Thanks for your links and please feel free to check back here anytime with comments on future editions of ESL Instruct newsletters. Also, don't forget to check out the excellent forum at www.eslemployment.com that comments frequently on the topic of ESL teaching in Poland. See you there!
Posted by: Lee at November 28, 2005 03:44 PM
Thank you! For the past ten years I have been an ELL teacher at Kosciuszko Middle School in Hamtramck, MI. This year I began as an ELL elementary level teacher. I love this experience. My students at this school within our distrcit are primarily from Bangladesh and Yemen.
Posted by: Jennifer Majchrzak at September 12, 2006 03:07 PM
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