WHO WE ARE
– STORY –
English Wizards was founded by English teachers, for English teachers, out of the necessity to provide teachers in Europe with a support system and community, which at the time did not exist on the continent.
Typically, the reality of teaching in Europe means that you are very much on your own. Schools will rarely offer any relocation support, and most prefer to hire teachers who are already in the country, either EU citizens or foreigners who already have a work visa. This means that teachers are often left to do everything themselves, which is a daunting process for someone in a foreign country who doesn’t speak the language. At English Wizards, we want every teacher coming to Europe to have the freedom to do what they do best (teach!), without worrying about all the little things, like if a visa will be possible, if a school will pay on time, or if that €20 taxi fare was actually a scam.
English Wizards has grown exponentially over the past few years and is now one of the most popular teaching abroad programs on the continent of Europe. Our company is currently based in Krakow and operating with teachers all over Poland, with plans to open branches in other destinations in Europe within the next year.
THE ENGLISH WIZARDS TEAM
Our programs are run by a dedicated tight-knit team based in Krakow, which we call “the family.” Not only is every member of our team highly experienced in what they do, but we have also all been in your shoes living abroad and work with 100% dedication to the well being of each of our Wizards.
Administration and Support Specialist
Hometown: Rzeszow, Poland
Karolina is English Wizards’ key administrator and support extraordinaire. She is the vital cog in the team that keeps all aspects of the company running smoothly, all the paperwork in check, all the bills paid, and most importantly, all the teachers happy.
When she’s not busy working hard to making sure every teacher’s visa paperwork is in order and salary gets paid on time, she loves to take the adorable company dogs, Rocky and Leesi, out for walks. Even during the rough Polish winter! Karolina loves to travel, meet new people, experience new cultures, and of course try new and exciting food and fine wines everywhere she goes.
Administration and Support Specialist
Hometown: Jaslo, Poland
Monika is another valuable member of administration, she works as Karolina’s right hand and together they ensure each Wizard is happy and able to arrive in Poland on time and without any problems. She loves meeting new people, which is why she does her best to make certain each Wizard, after coming to Poland, attains the proper documentation and everything they need to receive their salary. Monika studies economics and loves to hike, travel and learn new languages in her spare time!
Irene Van Berkel
Home Country: Venezuela
Irene is originally from Venezuela but has been living in Kraków since late 2021 and has been slowly adapting to the colder climate since then. Thankfully, this country has seasons!
When she isn’t busy with interviews and support, she likes to immerse herself in music (preferably live shows) and drink just enough coffee to delight in without keeping her up all night – it’s a balance!
She will be on call to answer any and all of your questions while guiding you through the process of starting over in a new country.
Accounting & Payroll Specialist
Hometown: Krakow, Poland
Wiola is the head of our Administration team in Krakow. She is a true HR wizard, working in the HR field for the past several years. Wiola is passionate about her job and loves to help.
Wiola is a real book worm and spends most of her free time reading psychological and motivational books. She loves a good coffee and enjoys nature walks, away from the crowds.
Hometown: New York, USA
A founding member of the English Wizards team, Nick has called Krakow home for the past 4 years. He now overseas the development, marketing, recruitment, and day-to-day operations of English Wizards’ teaching programs. Before dropping his life in America and moving to Europe, Nick organized study abroad programs and lead educational tours in the USA.
A native of New York City, Nick began developing English Wizards’ programs after moving to Krakow and realizing how difficult it was for fellow Americans and other non-EU citizens to find legal work in Europe. True to his goals, Nick continues to work tirelessly to ensure the well being of every teacher on our programs. He will be your primary point of contact both before and after arrival for everything related to day-to-day life, visas, teaching jobs, and program support.
When he’s not on the phone with teachers and support providers, Nick can often be found traveling Europe and attempting to discover the continent’s hidden wonders. On weekends, you’ll often find him hiking and kayaking in his current second home – the Tatra Mountains of southern Poland.
CEO & Founder
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Raised in Australia by Polish parents, Rob always felt his heart being called to Poland. His first experience was in 2004 where he fell in love with not only Poland but Europe. During his childhood his family was a huge supporter of home-stay programs, over 21 years worth, and as a result, felt he had already started to travel the world meeting all these different people from every continent.
In his spare time Rob travels, scuba dives, road trips and finds ways to see this beautiful world.
He’s a positive and energetic leader that does his best to motivate and inspire his team.