Nothing Makes the Trip More Enjoyable Than the Many People You Meet Along the Way | Let’s go

Last week I wrote about a flight to Poland, which almost brought me home. However, I stayed and had a wonderful time teaching English to Polish children with the Angloville program.

The couple who ran the Airbnb where I stayed were very nice, and not only did they let me have dinner with them, but the woman also walked me to the train station on my last day with them. They also checked on me later in the week to see how I was.

For Angloville, you would end up at the Palace of Culture and Science if your starting city was in Warsaw, which was mine. It is one of the most beautiful places in the city, because it is one of the few that was not done in the square and communist style. Unfortunately, this is because most of Warsaw was destroyed during WWII. However, it is amazing how well the city has recovered.

While at the Palace while waiting for the Angloville bus, I met some of the coolest people, some of whom would become good friends of mine. It helped me relax considerably as it meant I wasn’t going to cross Poland on my own anymore.

I will only name a few people because the list of people I met during my time there, or even in the first week, could take hours.

The first person I met was Tania. She was the Senior Mentor Coordinator in my first week, and she’s awesome. (Yes, I’ll say this about everyone, but I really mean it!) She lives in London but she’s Spanish and Italian. She was also robbed in the same way that I was in her first week, so I felt a lot less lonely. Later she also helped me rearrange my trip so that I didn’t have to leave Warsaw. She also bought me a donut. I owe him a lot.

Another coordinator, Jojo, was from South Africa where she told us about the history and all the cool places she had visited in Africa.

There was also a girl from Sri Lanka, Sammy, and an Irish girl named Orla, who I lived with for the first week. They taught me everything about their cultures and how they got to Angloville.

Finally, the first week I met Noor and Kessem, who left me a room with them between weeks after my debit card went missing, and later drove me back to the airport. Noor also makes me practice my French with her every weekend. Like, they’re amazing people. Did they make me drink trash beer? Absolutely, but it was still fun.

When we got to the hotel which was four hours from Warsaw, I met the kids in this week’s program who were pretty cool. I learned everything about their culture, which is not very different from ours, but certainly different. For example, it’s not common to ask to pet someone else’s dog there, and honestly, it made me very sad.

I am not allowed to say the names of the children I have specifically worked with, but I can explain what I did.

Out of 40 children, one or two would choose a mentor to help them with their weekend presentation. I helped one with a talk about her cat, and learned that she wanted to have a million pets like me as she got older (I’m only 18.)

I helped the other with his presentation on Sherlock Holmes. He was 17 and she was 12, and I learned that he is working to be a chemist and wants to make the world a better place.

There were several people I wish I hadn’t met. But, because of the large number of people who made me feel at home and made me want to keep going, I want to do it over and over again. To my many friends here and elsewhere, thank you.

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