PremierTEFL Stories: Teaching and Travelling in Poland with Joseph Walker
Joseph hails from Darlington, England, and recently participated in our AngloTEFL Scholarship programme with our partners Angloville in Poland. Here’s what he had to say about his experience.
What’s one thing that everyone should know about you?
I am an insane dancer, I’ve mastered the worm, even whilst standing up.
What career did you have before you decided to get into TEFL and why did you decide to make the change to teaching English abroad?
I was a travelling student for the past two years, doing various paid and volunteering position along the way (anything from bar work, waiting, glass installation to hostel work and so on). By teaching English abroad I am able to work and travel whilst getting an in depth feeling for the people and cultures.
“By teaching English abroad I am able to work and travel whilst getting an in depth feeling for the people and cultures.”
What tips can you give people who want to teach English in Poland?
If you don’t like vodka then start to. Also speak clearly at a casual pace but not so slow that you make people feel like you are speaking to an alien.
What was the biggest challenge?
Once you start getting into a fluid conversation with the participants trying to regulate the speed of my speech so they can pick up new words for their vocabulary.
Would you recommend this program to others?
Yes definitely, it gives you a greater understanding of your own language whilst bringing you closer to new people and helping them at the same time.
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Apply for the Anglo-TEFL Scholarship and if you meet the application criteria you’ll get 120 hours of accredited TEFL training (with us, PremierTEFL) plus over 130 hours of observed teaching practice with our partners Angloville. Afterwards you’ll be fully qualified to teach English all over the world and have a wealth of practical experience that will give you an edge over other TEFL-certified teachers. Click here for more information about the program.