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WHO WE ARE

OUR

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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.

Rob Ludwig 

CEO & Founder

Hometown: Gold Coast, 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 2018, Rob moved his whole life to Poland and very quickly saw an opportunity, not only to help his fellow Polish people but to draw on his experience and provide a truly unique experience for teachers.

He is TEFL certified with tertiary qualifications in IT & Telecommunications, hospitality (cafe), property development and multimedia / photography based companies. A ‘jack of all trades’ would be fair to say but if you ask him, there’s always more to learn and people to help.

In his spare time Rob travels, scuba dives, road trips and finds ways to celebrate life wherever he can.

He’s a positive and energetic leader that does his best to motivate and inspire his team.

 

Nick Wood 

Operations Director 

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. 

 

Karolina Grzegorska

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. 

 

Monika Juszczyk

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!

 

Maja Marciniak

Administration and Support Specialist

Hometown: Jaslo, Poland

Maja is another member of the administration and support team, working with Karolina and Monika on a daily basis. She does her best to help Wizards to find their place in Poland and feel like home. Maja is currently studying finance and accounting. After work, Maja loves dancing and organizing small trips. She loves meeting new people and new cultures, which is why she is an active member of the Erasmus Student Network organization, which helps university exchange students in Poland.

 

Myles McNally

Community Manager

Hometown: London, UK

Myles is a native of England and began his journey with English Wizards a year and a half ago when he was accepted to be a Wizard on the program. Since moving to Poland, he has not only taught English but also hosted events ranging from outdoor activities to poetry nights and more.

Myles is now member of the recruitment and Wizard support team and will be the first point of call for applicants starting their journey to Europe. He also hosts the Orientation Week programs for newly arrived Wizards each semester, as well as regular social events for Wizards around the country.

When Myles isn’t in the office conducting interviews, you’ll most likely find him sitting in one of Krakow’s many cafes, reading a book or writing some poetry.

Wioletta Konderak

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.

Agnieszka Dombek

Business Development Manager

Hometown: Poznan, Poland

Agnieszka heads up our B2B team with over a decade of experience in the Polish ESL market. She is in charge of corresponding with our partner schools and clients all over the country and ensuring that every school finds the best possible Wizard for the job.

When she’s not busy onboarding new schools and looking after our national clients, Agnieszka loves spending time with her family. She often escapes the routine with trips into nature, yoga and healthy cooking / eating.

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