Short-Term and Summer Jobs in Central and Eastern Europe
The Key Employers
Opportunities, especially in English language teaching, are available throughout the region, particularly in the Baltic countries and Russia.
Adriatic Dolphin Project, Blue World Institute of Marine Research, Kastel 24, 51551 Veli Losinj, Croatia; 011-385-51-604666; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.blue-world.org. Students with a background in biology or geography may be accepted as interns. Paying volunteers join researchers in the ancient village of Veli Losinj over the summer.
Alpine Fund, P.O. Box 583192, Minneapolis, MN 55458. Offices also in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and Dushanbe, Tajikistan; email@example.com; www.alpinefund.org. Volunteers/interns needed to stay for at least two months to work on a program that helps at-risk youth through education programs and outdoor adventures. Volunteers needed for a variety of duties, including proposal writing, teaching English or computers, program design, and leading treks.
Association for Educational, Cultural and Work International Exchange Programs (AIEP), 28 Isahakyan St., 3rd Fl., Rm. 19, 375009 Yerevan, Armenia; 011-374-10-584733, fax.011-374-10 529232; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aiep.am. Sponsors camps to restore and maintain medieval buildings in Armenia; runs professional internship program for students and recent graduates. International agent:
Balkan Sunflowers (Volunteers for Social Reconstruction in the Balkans), Youth, Culture and Sports Hall #114, Luan Haradinaj St., Prishtina, Kosovo; 011-381-38-246-299; email@example.com, www.balkansunflowers.org. Projects, many involving children, take on volunteers in Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania. Minimum age 21, minimum stay 6 months, and minimum contribution $240. Offices also in Spain and the U.S.: P.O. Box 21641, Washington, DC 20009-1641.
Benedict School, 4 Admiraltejskaya Nabereznaya, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia. Tel./fax. 011-7-812-315-35-96 or 7-812-325-75-73; firstname.lastname@example.org. 50+ teachers to stay at least 3 months in St. Petersburg or other cities. TEFL qualification preferred though Benedict School offers its own training courses. Teachers are paid $500-$1,000 per month. Visa support given.
Bridges for Education, www.bridges4edu.org. Every year BFE recruits groups of teachers and unskilled teaching assistants from the U.S. and Canada for summer language and peace camps in Central and Eastern Europe, plus China.
British-American Language Centre, Novo-Sadovaya 106-526, 443068 Samara, Russia; tel./fax. 011-7-846-270-3700; email@example.com; www.the-world.ru. 50 teachers for centers in Samara and Togliatti.
Caledonian School, Vltavská 24, 150 00 Prague 5, Czech Republic; tel./fax. 011-42-2-57-31-36-50; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.caledonianschool.com. Employs teachers with TEFL background to teach English in a large Prague language institute and a number of branches around the Czech and Slovak Republics. Some teaching is of professionals, many working for American companies.
Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads, 2158 Palomar Ave., Ventura, CA 93001; Tel./fax. 805-653-2607; email@example.com; www.csen.org. Summer excavations in southern Russia and Mongolia use volunteers (20+).
City University Slovakia, Intensive English Program, Bezrucova 64, 911 01 Trencin, Slovakia; tel./fax. 011-421-32-65-29-337; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cityu.sk. Experienced English language teachers needed for City University’s campuses in Trencin, Bratislava and Poprad, mainly to teach Slovakian university students English for academic purposes (EAP). Applications by April to email@example.com or IEP Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ecologia Trust, email@example.com, www.ecologia.org.uk. Kitezh is a community of committed people who are foster parents, teachers, psychologist and supporting staff who fill every day with creativity, active work and scientific research. Each family is a part of a friendly teaching community who create the cultural environment which supports the education and development of children.
English speakers are needed who are ready to help the children to learn English and willing to join in with our creative and friendly society.
English Unlimited, ul. Podmlynska 10, 80-855, Gdansk, Poland; tel./fax. 011-48-58-301-3373; www.eu.com.pl. A large English language school with 11 centers near Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia, etc.
Global Children’s Organization, P.O. Box 67583, Los Angeles, CA 90067; 310-581-2234; firstname.lastname@example.org, globalchild.org. Volunteer camp counselors work with Croatian children for two weeks in July on the Adriatic island of Badija.
INEX Czech Republic National Centre, Senovázné Námesti 24, 116 47 Prague 1; 011-420-234-621527; email@example.com, www.inexsda.cz. About 40 projects lasting 14-21 days in Czech Republic for international volunteers in social, cultural, and environmental fields.
INEX Slovakia, Prazská, 11, 814 13 Bratislava; 011-421-2-5729-7304, fax. 011-421-2-5729-7306; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.inex.sk. Partner organization in Slovakia for workcamps.
Institute of Archaeology of Almaty, Dept. of International Scientific Projects, Tole Bi 21, Room 22, 480100 Almaty, Kazakhstan; 011-7-3272-91-73-38; email@example.com. Volunteers for archaeological fieldwork lasting 15 or 30 days between May and October.
International House maintains a large contingent of language schools in Poland employing certificate-qualified EFL teachers. IH schools offer opportunities for support and development to both newly qualified and experienced teachers. The integrated group comprises IH Bielsko-Biala, IH Katowice, IH Opole, and IH Wroclaw, www.ih.com.pl.
Laboratory of Geoarchaeology, Institute of Geology, SRI-Nomads, Tole Bi 21, Rm. 31, 050010 Almaty, Kazakhstan; 011-7-3272-914386; fax. 011-7-3272-916111; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lgakz.org/VolunteerCamps/Volunteer.html. Volunteers for archaeological fieldwork lasting 15 or 30 days between May and October.
Language Link Russia, Novoslobodskaya ul. 5 bld. 2, 127030 Moscow; Tel./fax 011-7-495-258 0804; email@example.com, jobs.languagelink.ru/jobs/. Places native-English teachers in schools throughout Russia; also run summer camps and courses and work-study programs.
Prague Language Centre, Stepanska 24, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic; 011-420-2-2223 2932; www.plc.cz. 120 native English teachers employed with at least a TEFL Certificate.
Serendipity Russia, 1403 Kingsridge Dr., Normal, IL 61761-2860; 309-454-2364; fax. 309-452-6332; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.serendipity-russia.com. English teaching program in Vladimir, Russia (120 miles northeast of Moscow) from mid-August to end of April with probable 2-month extension. Participants live with a Russian family, study Russian, take an online TESOL course ($250) and receive visa support.
SOL (Sharing One Language), 2 Bridge Chambers, The Strand, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 1HB, U.K.; 011-44-1271-327319; email@example.com, www.sol.org.uk. Non-profit that recruits about 30 graduates to teach in state schools mainly in Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania but also in Albania and Croatia. Interviews preferred in U.K., though telephone/Internet interviews possible. All posts include local salary ($350-$550 per month, less in Romania) and housing.
Sunny Plus English School, 1-Aeroportovskaya St, Bldg. 1/3, School 152, P.O. Box 23, 125057 Moscow, Russia; tel./fax. 011-7-495-151-2500; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sunnyplus.ru. Hires university-educated Americans with some teaching experience.
WWOOF Czech Republic, AREA Viva, Dubecno 50, 28902 Knezice, Czech Republic; 011-420-776-22-60-14; email@example.com; www.wwoof.ecn.cz.
WWOOF Romania, www.wwoof.ro. Live and work in the countryside. Volunteer on organic farms in Romania.
WWOOF Slovenia, c/o Polona Gostan, Pajerjeva 10, 4208 Sencur, Slovenia; firstname.lastname@example.org. National branch of Willing Workers on Organic Farms. Contact to get list of farms.
Zavod-Voluntariat, Resljeva 20, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia; 011-386-1-239 1625, fax. 011-386-1-239-1626; email@example.com. Sponsors 15-20 international workcamps in Slovenia for volunteers, mostly building renovation, ecological, agricultural, or social projects. Applications welcomed through national partner SCI workcamp organizations.