Work and travel in Poland: International Experience Canada

What Poland offers

Poland is situated in the middle of Europe and lies on the Vistula River, which links the mountainous south with the coastal north. It boasts 14 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites and 16 National Parks and National Reserves. You can enjoy rafting in the south, hiking through forests in the east where you can see free-roaming bison or kayaking through lakes, rivers and nineteenth century canals.

Aside from enjoying Poland’s natural beauty, you can take part in the many festivals including theatre, film, music, and art festivals, watch battle re-enactments or visit medieval and contemporary castles.

Indulge in Polish cuisine which includes much more than just pierogis. Try sękacz (cake made over a fire), oscypek (smoked sheep’s milk cheese from Podhale) or kiszka ziemniaczana (sausage stuffed with potatoes grated with bacon) just to name few.

Poland’s economy is the 6th largest in the European Union, in terms of GDP, and includes aviation, mining and shipbuilding. Poland is the world’s largest exporter of apples, the European Union’s (EU) number one producer of household appliances and the EU’s second top exporter of windows and doors. For the last 20 years Poland has recorded uninterrupted economic growth, the only country in the Western world to do so, with an average growth rate of 4.31 percent over the past nine years.

Plan your trip

The best way to make sure your trip is the experience of a lifetime is to plan. Review our travel checklist to find out what you should know or do before travelling to and working in a foreign country.

Need help planning? One of IEC’s recognized organizations (ROs) might be able to help you find a job, transportation, and provide travel advice.

Most ROs charge a fee for their services.

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