Od 2009 roku Sopockie Szkoły Autonomiczne współpracują z międzynarodową organizacją Lattitude Global Volunteering promującą wolontariat w różnych częściach świata.
W roku szkolnym 2011/2012 gościliśmy już czwartego wolontariusza. Wówczas przyjechała do nas Katie Drane z Australii. Czekały nas projekty oraz moc ciekawostek z drugiej półkuli, gdzie jeździ się po "złej" stronie drogi.
Zespół Anglistów SSA
W roku szkolnym 2015/2016 nasza szkoła ma przyjemność kontynuować udział w międzynarodowym projekcje pod nazwą Lattitude Global Volunteering. Dzięki niemu, nasi uczniowie mają możliwość poznawania języka poprzez interakcję z młodymi native. Jest to również okazja doświadczenia odmiennej mentalności i kultury, co stanowi nieocenioną wartość w kształtowaniu postawy tolerancji i otwarcia na świat.
Naszym wolontariuszem jest w tym roku Axl.
Ponieżej publikujemy opis wrażeń Axl'a z pobytu w Polsce.
I have now been in Poland for over three months. My initial decision to come to Poland was influenced by my grandmother, who was born in Lublin but, as a Jew, forced to leave Poland during the Second World War. Until February, I had never set foot east of Germany so coming to Poland has been a truly enlightening for me and the best experience of my entire life. I could not have asked for a better placement – not only am I in a wonderful school working with wonderful people but the Tricity is the best place I’ve been to in Poland, with both the benefits of a large metropolis to the quirks of a smaller town, the tourist hustle and bustle of Gdansk Old Town and the calmness of a stroll by one of the many beaches. In truth, I have no need to explore the rest of Poland – the Tricity is fascinating enough!
In my time here, I have had the opportunity to explore parts of both Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe – I’ve visited Warsaw, Krakow, Tallinn and Riga during my time here. Poland is quite different to how I expected and far from the stereotype that persists in the UK – that of a poor, grey, post-communist state. Instead what I’ve experienced is a vibrant, colourful, historical and cultural country full of warm, friendly people.
Simply visiting different cities is not the only cultural immersion I had in mind when I decided to come to Poland. To truly understand a place and people, you have to try to experience things through their eyes and see things from their perspective. It is for this reason then that I have begun learning Polish. I have been attending Polish classes, 3 hours a week, for just over a month and I feel that I am making good progress, although I am a long way from being fluent. Being able to understand some of what people are saying, and being able to read the signs of daily life around me, makes my experience of Poland all the more fulfilling.
As with anything, how much you enjoy an experience depends greatly on the people around you and in this case, I have been blessed. I have made countless friends while I’ve been here – some are Polish and live here in the Tricity, and some are fellow volunteers from around the world spread across the length and breadth of Poland. Being able to sightsee with them, talk to them, and share my life with them for the past three months has been a pleasure.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and it depresses me to learn that I have only one month and a half left in Poland. I know that this time will pass with the same speed that the last three have and I’ll be back in the UK before I know it. I guarantee you, however, that this will not be the last time I am here in Poland. I have genuinely fallen in love with this magnificent country and I intend to return as soon as possible once my placement is over.
Until we meet again Polska,
Informujemy, że w tym roku szkolnym nasza szkoła ma przyjemność kontynuować udział w międzynarodowym projekcje pod nazwą Lattitude Global Volunteering. Dzięki niemu, nasi uczniowie mają możliwość poznawania języka poprzez interakcję z młodymi native speakerami z Australii i Nowej Zelandii. Jest to również okazja doświadczenia odmiennej mentalności i kultury, co stanowi nieocenioną wartość w kształtowaniu postawy tolerancji i otwarcia na świat.
Naszą wolontariuszką jest w tym roku Anneke z Nowej Zelandii. Mamy nadzieję, że będzie jej się u nas podobało!
FIRST IMPRESSIONS by ANNEKE
My name is Anneke Voerman, and I'm a 19-year-old volunteer from Nelson, New Zealand. I am working at the Sopot Autonomous School for 5 months, where I will participate in various English lessons, and assist with teaching. Both the students and teachers have made me feel very welcome, and the School has a very friendly atmosphere. The School is a lot smaller than my High school, both in size of buildings and student numbers. But I have quickly realised that this is a benefit, as the teachers seem to have a more personal connection with the students, and the students learn faster due to smaller classes, and receiving more attention from the teacher.
Although I barely speak any Polish, both the students and teachers make the effort to talk to me, and say hello when we see each other in the hallways.
I am enjoying Poland a lot, and have been able to visit many different places in the short time I've been here. Just last weekend I met up with all of the other Lattitude volunteers in Wroclaw, and the weekend before that my host family very generously took me to Krakow with them. All of the cities I have visited so far have been beautiful, Sopot especially.
Overall, my first impressions of Sopot Autonomous School have been very good. I am enjoying the company of the friendly and hardworking students and teachers, and look forward to what the next 5 months bring.