We invite you to join the Navigators UK team going to the Camp Arka English camps this summer in Poland. Team members will join a larger team of Native English Speakers teaching English to, and sharing life with, Polish youth. Each week has a different age group in focus. Initiative and flexibility are two key requirements for those interested in this programme.
Camp Arka have been running English camps in Poland for nearly 20 years. This programme will give you the opportunity to be part of an International team teaching English to Polish youth. Activities will vary from day to day but will include conversation groups and recreational activities.
Deadline: 31 March 2019
Dates for the 2019 Poland Camp Arka Weeks are as follows;
- Sat 22 June – Sat 29 June ~ Ages 6-11 (Wk 1)
- Sat 29 June – Sat 6 July ~ Ages 9-15 (Wk 2)
- Sat 6 July – Sat 13 July ~ Ages 12-17 (wk 3)
Participants must be available for the Friday before the camp begins to allow for mandatory camp prep, meeting the team and training. Optional Excursions to Auschwitz can also be arranged on the Thursday before camp begins (please ask for more details).
Participants are free to join any or all of the weeks. Typically we have sent a UK Navigator team for a two week trip which might look something like the following:
- Wed 26 June – Arrive in Wroclaw
- Thurs 27 June – Optional excursion to Auschwitz
- Fri 28 June – Training session, camp prep, meet the Polish team, night out
- Sat 29 June – Sat 6 July – Camp Arka Wk 2 (ages 6-11)
- Sat 6 – Sat 13 July – Camp Arka Wk 3 (ages 12-17)
- Sun 14 July – Return Home
See more at the website http://www.camparka.cepartners.org.uk/upcoming-camp/
Location: Before and after the camp in Wrocław, Poland and during the camp at Lubiatów (Ośrodek Haleszka http://www.haleszka.pl/)
Accommodation: During your stay at Camp Arka, you will stay in modest hostel accommodation. Rooms are single-sex and accommodate 2 to 5 people each. The room may include en suite facilities or may make use of a shared bathroom. All bedding and bed linen is provided. You need to provide your own towel and toiletries. Before and after the camps, you will be accommodated in the homes of Camp Arka staff in Poland.
Transport: You are required to arrange your own transport to Wrocław Airport, Poland (NB this is NOT Warsaw). Cheapest is Ryanair or Wizzair. Provided you have made your flight details clear to Camp Arka at least a week in advance of your arrival, you will be met at Wroclaw Airport by a member of the “Arka” team. Transport to and from the airport is by private car and to and from the campsite by bus. At the end of the time you will be taken by private car to the airport. In the event of your arrival at Wroclaw Airport being delayed, the person awaiting you will wait as long as is reasonable (up to 3 hours). You will be given the telephone number and address of Camp Arka staff just in case your flight has severe delays and you are not able to be met. We will then come as soon as possible to pick you up.
Team size: 6-10 people.
Team Suitability: This trip is open and suitable for all students, recent graduates and Connect Workers. Over 18’s only.
Cost per camp for English native speakers is $130/ GBP 100
2 Camps – $230/ GBP 180
3 Camps – $300/ GBP 240
Please note that this does not include flights, travel insurance or pre-departure travel to/from the airport
Before and After
Before the trip there will be an orientation ideally face to face but failing that online. Attendance at Orientation is compulsory.
At the end of the trip there will be a team debrief we on site where we will ensure that there is space for personal and group reflection to process all that God has been teaching you during the trip.
After the trip it is also expected that you will attend a post-trip debrief session. This will be 2 to 3 weeks after you return from the trip, and is an essential component of the overseas experience.
Native English Speakers helping at Camp Arka will:
· Take responsibility for the health, safety, well-being and happiness of campers during trips, at the lake, on evening programmes, during English classes and during sports activities.
· Show genuine interest in campers – learn their names, ages, how many times they have been to Camp Arka, their level of English, likes and dislikes, etc.
· Provide opportunities for the group so that each individual experiences success while at camp.
· Encourage respect for personal property, camp equipment and facilities.
· Diagnose child’s level of English (conversation before start of the camp – evaluation test) and assign camper to the appropriate group.
· Lead English classes twice a day (except the day of arrival and departure).
· Help lead craft classes and other workshops (previously prepared and individually discussed with Polish staff).
· Help lead sports activities, teach campers new games characteristic for the native speaker’s country (individually assigned).
· As part of the team of native speakers organise one evening programme at the camp – Culture Night.
· Participate in first evening programme at the camp – Integration Games.
· Optional – join in with groups of children at the lake, join Bible lesson, on other evening programmes.
· Set a good example for campers in all areas, including cleanliness, punctuality, clean-up chores, rules, and sportsmanship.
· Follow camp rules and regulations – in particular, smoking, and possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs are forbidden during camp.
· Report any illnesses, accidents, or behavioural problems to the Director.
· More responsibilities may be assigned as required.
· Pre-read all the English lessons outlines and discuss with your partner/group. Prepare all material for lessons.
Please note that you are applying to join the UK team attending camps organised by the Christian Educational Association “Arka” (http://arka.edu.pl/eng/). Address: Ul. Stalowowolska 24/26, 53-404 Wrocław, Poland. tel. (+48) 71 787 97 50). In the UK, the programme is advertised through the Navigators, Turner House, 54 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XQ.
DBS/PVG Checks: All team members will require an enhanced DBS check (PVG in Scotland) before being accepted on the programme. where necessary this check will be organised by the UK Navigators office. Without a valid DBS or PVG Check (either provided by the applicant or obtained on the applicants behalf by the Navigators) applicants will be unable to participate in the programme.
Travel Insurance: All participants are required to have suitable travel and medical insurance to cover their participation in the programme. This must include provision for medical repatriation, trip cancellation and trip disruption (e.g. due to civil unrest or volcanic ash affecting air travel). You are responsible also for supplying accurate information as required by the insurer, and communicating details of your insurance arrangements to your team leader. In the UK insurers who offer suitable insurance include Bluefin, Salt Insurance and Banner Insurance.
Passport and Visas: UK citizens with a valid UK passport with at least 6 months remaining on it can enter Poland freely provided that their stay is for less than 90 days.
Applications: The deadline for applying to the programme is 31st March 2019 and we will let you know if you have been accepted within two weeks (assuming all documentation and references all received). Application is no guarantee of acceptance. Contact us for more info or complete the application form below if you’ve already made up your mind.
My trip to Poland was full of challenges as I led a group for the first time but it was also an amazing time where we, as a team, had to rely on God to help us. The Camp was such a joyful place with kids running everywhere which was very entertaining but also very tiring. I had to make sure I had time to myself each day to recharge! The age range is different for each camp so each week is completely different – teaching and playing games with an 8 year old on week one is vastly different from entertaining 18 year olds! This keeps the camp very fresh and full of fun and new challenges. Language barriers were obvious from day one and so verbal sharing was difficult and left up to the Polish staff who had time with the kids in the bible each day. Our task was to show Jesus through the way we loved, taught and enjoyed the kids at the camp. Camp Arka was full of energy and has a great vision to share Jesus with local kids and It was an amazing experience to help facilitate this mission.
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