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We are covering how the expat community in Poland is coping with the coronavirus outbreak and the country-wide lockdown. If you are interested in sharing your story, please send as an e-mail at: listy@wyborcza.pl

First of all I must say how impressed I am with how well Polish people have been coping with the isolation regulations. Everyone seems to take the measures seriously, people queue in an orderly way, keep their distance, all in a civilised, calm way, at least in Gdynia.

I'm an English teacher, I teach mostly business English in firms, travelling to offices and my students' work places. So initially I was worried I would have no work as I could no longer visit my students, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover most of my students were happy to go over to online classes. I'm actually enjoying teaching online, it works quite well. I set a lot of self-study homework in a virtual classroom - I use Google classrooms if anyone is interested - and practice speaking through Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Messenger. They all work quite well.

I'm also trying to embrace the much slower pace of life in isolation. I read more, write more and have more time to prepare teaching materials, which is quite nice. So I'm coping quite well.

My children are staying at their grandparents in the country, near Lebork, so they are safe, but I miss them as I continue to live in the Trinity. But at least we can communicate via video calls!

All in all, it seems to me Poland is coping quite well with the crisis, although we don't know what the future will bring.

Best wishes, stay safe.

Julian Gilbert,


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