This program is not available in 2024.  Construction at the school will not be completed in time.  See you in 2025.



WIESCO returns to Šiauliai for its ninth year, and you're invited to join us for a fun-filled and enriching experience!

About Šiauliai

ŠIAULIAI is the fourth largest city in Lithuania with a population of just over 100,000. The school, Šiaulių Didždvario Gimnazija, is highly respected for its foreign language curriculum and International Baccalaureate Program. 

Šiauliai is known as the gateway to the Hill of Crosses, a symbol of Lithuania's non-violent struggle for freedom from the Soviet regime. Volunteers will have the opportunity to visit this powerful and meaningful site located only 12 kilometers north of the city.  Šiauliai is also convenient to Vilnius, Lithuania, and Riga, Latvia, for flights and personal travel.

The Šiauliai tourism center has an informative website featuring places to see and things to do in the city.  

About the program

   The Šiauliai program is for middle and high school students who have a good background in English.

   The objective is to improve and enhance their overall skills in English through interactive classes in the mornings and a variety of fun activities in the afternoons.

   Everything is done to immerse them in using the English language in an everyday context.

   Students who attend this program are highly motivated, bright, and eager to learn about America, and they take pride in sharing their Lithuanian culture with the American teachers.

   The school facilities are excellent, with plenty of space for teaching as well as for a variety of activities.

   The school is located in the center of town near many museums, cultural activities, restaurants, and shopping. 


Getting There

Riga, Latvia, is closer to Šiauliai than it is to Vilnius, Lithuania. You make your own flight arrangements, but they are to coordinate with those of the team because the school will meet us with transport from Riga to Šiauliai.

With prior consultation with the program director, you can append personal travel and meet on the arrival date at the school.


Please check back regularly for details.


Rhonda Petree


Rhonda Petree is a lecturer in the English and TESOL department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She has been teaching English, and training teachers, since 1999. She has taught learners of all ages and levels in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Rhonda holds an MA in ESL and is a frequent presenter at regional and international conferences. She served as a TEFL Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan, a Fulbright Scholar/Visiting TEFL Lecturer in Estonia, and an English language WIESCO summer camp director in Lithuania.