Now Accepting Volunteers for 2018

Travel Dates: June 15 - July 2, 2018 Program Dates: June 18 - June 29, 2018

Director: Karen Chernyaev (contact)

WIESCO returns to Šiauliai for its seventh program, and we’d like to have you join us for a very enriching and fun experience!

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.

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.

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. The famous “Hill of Crosses” is just outside the city.

Teachers are housed in a dormitory with individual rooms. The dormitory is about a fifteen minute walk from the school.

Teachers should plan to arrive in Riga, Latvia by 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 15th, 2018. In addition to teaching or being a student assistant, volunteers will have the opportunity to go on several outings plus a two-day excursion to Riga, Latvia, after the completion of the program. Departure from Riga is scheduled for July 2, 2018.

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, camp 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.