Poland beckons for culture trip
By BOB ANTHONY
FOR Cudgen's Jamie King, the prospect of teaching English to primary school students in Poland as part of a working holiday sounded pretty cool.
He just didn't realise how cool.
At the end of this month, Jamie leaves the summer conditions of the Tweed for a winter in Warsaw where the average temperature has been around about -15C.
Still that hasn't deterred the Lindisfarne College graduate from accepting the challenge of heading to the central European country on what he sees as a unique cultural experience.
"I saw the opportunity advertised through Lindisfarne and decided it would a great way not only to learn about another culture but also see a bit of Europe," Jamie said.
"The job will see me spend five months teaching English to 10- to 14-yearold children who have been studying the language at the Nowa Iwiczna Elementary and Grammar School in Warsaw and then spend about a month travelling around.
"I will be a teacher's assistant though I will be conducting classes on my own as well and getting paid for it at the same time. Poland appealed to me because of its location in relation to other countries in Europe and because of its rich cultural heritage which interests me - particularly performance art."
Jamie will be one of 15 Aussies who will be a based in Poland, and during his time there he will live with four different host families.
"It will also be an opportunity for me to experience first-hand, life in Poland and also learn a little about their language," he said.
"They might even pick a little about our Australian culture off me as well.
"I have been looking in the camping shops around here for warm clothes, though I have been ad- vised to wait until I get there because winter clothes are relatively cheap over there.
"After teaching, I intend to travel around over there and would like to visit Prague, go to the Netherlands where my grandmother grew up and hopefully get across to England to see a show in the West End."
Jamie will be back in Australia in August and by then will be looking forward to pursuing a career in law.