Volunteers needed for 2019

June 28 - July 13, 2019

Director: Karen Chernyaev (contact)

WIESCO returns to Siauliai for its seventh year, and you're invited to join us for a fun and enriching experience!

About Siauliai

Siauliai 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.

Siauliai is known as the gateway to the Hill of Crosses, a symbol of Lithuania's non-violent struggle for freedom from Russian and Soviet regimes. Volunteers will have the opportunity to visit this powerful work of art just 12 kilometers north of the city.

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

About the program

Program Dates: July 1 - July 12

The program is for middle and high school students, ages 10 to 17, with a solid 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. Students who attend this program are highly motivated, bright, and eager to learn. They take pride in sharing their Lithuanian culture with the American teachers and student assistants.

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

Volunteers must arrive in Riga, Latvia by 3:00 PM on Friday, June 28, 2019. Transportation will be provided from Riga to Siauliai.

Volunteers may depart from Riga on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the earliest.


Please check back regularly for details.

Program Director

Karen Chernyaev


Karen Chernyaev is freelance writer and editor who has worked in the book publishing industry for 30 years. She joined WIESCO in 2014 as a teacher in the Šiauliai, Lithuania program and has also taught in Plungė, Lithuania. She enjoys travel and being outdoors—whether hiking, biking, kayaking, or skiing—as well as discovering more about her Lithuanian roots.