TEAM 269
To help students become
more comfortable speaking
To experience Poland
To form Polish and
American/Canadian friendships
through communication
To laugh at ourselves
and have fun
Looking out
for each other
Sense of Humor
to new ideas
~ Winston Churchill
time. When we got to Zakopane camp, a delicious chicken dinner
was waiting. Afterward, we unpacked and relaxed. Some of the
volunteers had little sleep previously, so they slept well. Sunday
morning we awoke to many birds singing and a local cow mooing.
The view of the Tatra was magnificent and the day perfect. We set
our goals for the camp and defined characteristics of a good team.
aturday was arrival day in Zakopane. We left the Balice
Kraków airport early and expected to have some relaxing,
After dinner Karen, Matt, Zbig, and Annie went hiking to the
Gubałowka mountain. Meanwhile Dorota, Avery, Lucas, and Lynn
went to the village to check out the store and enjoy the lody
selection. Following the evening meal, we met our group of
students, then it was time to plan for our Monday morning classes.
began. Fifty-one students, young men and women, were divided
into seven groups. We scattered around the splendid hotel “Cztery
Pory Roku” (The Four Seasons) and gathered beneath the trees, at
tables under umbrellas, on the grass, and elsewhere. One group
engaged in calisthenics (exercise); another played a rousing board
game; my group astounded me with a story of 16 students being
trapped in an elevator (lift) while the door opened and shut rapidly
while not giving pause ling enough to escape. Clever Matthew
launched his group into a role play concerning hoodlums caught
defacing a tall apartment building with graffiti and role payed the
subsequent court trial.
fter our scrumptious crepe breakfast, Lynn read a
summary of the previous day’s events. At 9 AM the fun
During the 4th hour of summer school, all 51 students and
volunteers learned about Canada from Matthew. He showed the
size of Canada in comparison with Poland and talked about the
various provinces and territories and about Canada’s bilingual
nature. Kajetan, one of our students, translated Matt’s lecture into
Polish. Long and complex, the lecture was very detailed. Bravo,
The afternoon was spent in the waterpark and playing
volleyball.Finally, another excellent supper and then evening of
forced relaxation imposed by a violent thunderstorm.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
mentoring. Then Karen's class competed against Mathew's class in
a heated battle of Jeopardy that ended in a tie. Zbig's class counted
vertices & faces. Annie's class performed the chicken dance. Lynn's
class took a field trip to the store. Susan's class did a gratitude tree
and amnesty exercise.
After lunch, many of the volunteers went on the bus with the
students to Zakopane. We stopped to see the beautiful church,
Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Then the bus dropped us off in
Zakopane to explore the shops, market, and cemetery of Zakopane.
uring the morning conversational English assignment,
Karen's class joined Avery's class to do some peer to peer
After dinner, Lucas, Avery, and Mathew went into Koscielisko with
the students to the sport courts to burn off some energy.
afternoon hike, and the evening dance activity. New Polish words
were in the food and drink category.
In class today, Karen’s students gave national park presentations.
Susan’s class played Jeopardy and Scattegories. Annie’s class played
a word game, created a Gratitude Tree, and learned a new card
game. Lynn’s class worked on phonics to increase vocabulary and
discussed what they had learned the previous day. Avery presented
a case study on Heart Transplants (who deserves the heart and
why), played Jingo, and practiced dancing for later as well as
learning a few Polish dances. Matthew engaged his students in a
game of Resistance, a strategy and persuasion game the kids seem
to love. They played three times.
t the morning meeting, Dorota spoke about the day’s
upcoming events: cleaning crew tending to our rooms,
Dinner was in full swing by the time the group returned. A dance
party was offered for evening activity. There was quite a bit of
energy and enthusiasm in the room which was surprising
considering the day’s activity. We all had a great time.
After lunch, Matthew, Avery, Lucas and Karen went on a hike to
Dolina Koscieliska with the children. It was rather ambitious.
Departure time was 1:45 PM. The group arrived back home
sometime after 7:30 PM. Some of the group elected to proceed into
the canyon and climb the ladder to a vertical cave. Some anxiety
but lots of smiles and cheers as people exited the cave.
Fourth period, Avery delivered an informative presentation on Texas
and Florida. There was much interest and many good questions.
The session concluded with a rousing rendition of Cotton Eyed Joe
with many students joining in the dancing. Not to be outdone,
three young men provided some hilarious laughs with their version
of YMCA.
~ Confucius
Mathew and Karen organized the “Treasure Hunt” for their classes.
Later Mathew’s class went to the store and bought junk food and
Karen gave out “treasures” to all the rest of the classes. Ann’s class
played Jeopardy, Verb Dingo, and Word Chain, and they studied
Polish and US History. During the last class, they went to the shops,
came back, and told about 10 things they saw. Lynn’s class studied
American eels and America the Beautiful, played memory games,
and had one on one conversations. Avery and Lucas had a mock
election and discussed how they made their voting choices. They
also played American Dingo. Susan’s group played Word Chain and
found words from “Well Orchestrated” Word Search. They took
turns reading out loud a magazine article and underlined words
that they didn’t understand. They played Verb Dingo and Apples to
Apples. During the last period everyone had fun playing Charades.
Zbig’s class practiced using verbs in sentences; discussed an essay
on languages, peoples, and stereotypes; and contemplated solving
he first thing this morning all the classes met on the lawn
for stretching and dancing.
The teachers met at 5:30 in the resource building to set up the 4th
of July Party. The party started at 7:45 with patriotic songs, games,
and s’mores around the fire. The support staff invited the teachers
to an after party for adults with snacks and good conversation.
Memory games were popular as well as walks, volleyball, and
soccer. Word finds were good English exercises as well as some
vocabulary. Scavenger hunts were enjoyed. Friday afternoon the
students visited the local story/folk teller, but his Polish was difficult
to understand.
he first week has ended. Unbelievable! Lucas gave the
message of the day and Susan read the journal.
Saturday was basically a day of leisure, but we had to bid goodbye
to Avery and Lucas. Sunday was the students’ big day in Kraków
joined by Matt, Karen, and Lynn. Susan and Ann hired a guide for a
tour of the area. Here we are again, the start of the new week.
TEAM 262
July 2019
~ Oscar Wilde