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AIESEC University Booklet

2013/2014 Rzesz贸w POLAND

WELLCOME MESSAGE Dear Trainee, Wellcome in Poland! Are you ready for an adventure? Rzeszów is waiting for you! You have been matched to our beautiful country which is situated in the heart of Europe. We will show you traditional hospitality of our nation and help you to discover the most interesting places in Poland. This booklet gives you some information about Polish life, read this carefully and you will be prepared for your travel  Remember that you can always count on members of your host committee of AIESEC Rzeszów. We hope that you will avoid all misunderstandings. We are waiting impatiently for you! You will never forget this trip!

Table of content AIESEC in Poland AIESEC Rzeszów Short lesson about the Poland Polish culture and tradition Rzeszów, Warsaw, Cracow Usefull informaiton Pocket dictionary Contacts

AIESEC IN POLAND AIESEC helps young people to develop and work in an international environment. Poland is one of the leading countries in the AIESEC network, is part of AIESEC global association since 1973. For years AIESEC in Poland has been provider of both incoming and outgoing exchanges, now we have eigthteen local committees in seventeen cities and people like you can travel around the world, meet new friends and have great time.

ABOUT AIESEC RZESZÓW Your host committee is Local Committee in Rzeszów which was created in 2009. So far, we have hosted about 200 international trainees who participated in projects organized by AIESEC Rzeszów, e.g. AIESEC University, Enter Your Future, The Heart of Art, International Kindergarten, The Children’s Place, Explore Yourself. What's more, AIESEC Rzeszów enables Polish students and alumni participate in voluntary or practices in many countries such as China, India, Brazil, Vietnam, Russia and Serbia. Encouring the development of our members we cooperate with colleges: University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów, Rzeszów University, Rzeszów University of Technology and the State Higher Vocational School in Sanok.

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Short lesson about Poland Country's full name: The Republic of Poland Teritority: total area of the country - 312,685 km2 (120,727 sqm) Population: about 38,6 mln National flag: colors: top - white bottom - red National emblem: white eagle in a crowd against a red background Capital city: Warsaw National anthem: "Mazurek Dąbrowskiego"

Currency: 1 złoty (translation: “gold”) = 100 groszy Time: GMT/UTC plus one hour (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October) The President: Bronisław Komorowski

Polish culture and tradition

 polish cuisine

 holidays and festivals

 religion  the most beautiful places

THE MOST POPULAR POLISH TRADITIONAL DISHES pierogi (dumplings) - a case of dough filled with a savory filling (as of meat, cottage cheese, or vegetables) and cooked by boiling and sometimes then panfrying, rosół - clear chicken soup, usually served with noodles or potatoes, gołąbki - cabbage leaves stuffed with spiced minced meat and rice or with mushrooms and rice served with sour cream or tomato sauce,




placki ziemniaczane - potato pancakes usually served with sour cream, oscypek - hard, salty cheese from nonpasteurized sheep milk which is smoked over a fire, sernik (cheesecake) - one of the most popular desserts in Poland. It is a cake made primarily of twar贸g, a type of quark fresh cheese

sernik Placki ziemniaczane


Holidays celebrated in Poland January 1 - New Year's Day Springtime - Easter May 1 - Labour Day/May Day May 3 - Constitution Day Summer - Corpus Christi August 15 - Assumption Day November 1 - All Saints' Day November 11 - Independence Day December 24&25 - Christmas Eve and Christmas

Religions A lot of traditional customs are connected with Catholic religion. Catholicism is the major religion of Poland. Most Christians in Poland are Roman Catholic: 89.8% (about 75% practicing), Eastern Orthodox: 1.3%, Protestant: 0.3%. Other religions: 0.3%, unspecified: 8.3%.

RZESZÓW Are you looking for beautiful, small academic city? Rzeszów will be ideal for you! You probably don't know that Rzeszów is a city where as much as 353 per 1,000 inhabitants are students. This is the largest number of students in the EU in relation to the population!


is the capital of the Subcarpathian region, with a population about 179,455, Rzesz贸w Area abound in belonging to the richest in Poland deposits of natural gas and crude oil. Rzesz贸w is rich in number of cultural institutions - cinemas, theaters, art galleries and photography, community centers, museums. An interesting program for the residents of the city prepare Theatre Wanda Siemaszkowa and Theatre "Mask".

You can spend a pleasant time in the numerous restaurants, pubs, cafes, pizzerias and discos. The city has museums, galleries, photography and painting as well as cultural. The most interesting are: Ethnographic Museum, the Museum of the History of the City of Rzesz贸w and Underground Way. Emphasis is also to create the conditions for leisure and relaxation and expansion of the existing base of sports - leisure activities. The Old Town in city centre is small and easily manageable by feet. There are regular bus services from the centre to New Town and suburbs. One-way ticket ('bilet normalny') costs 2.80 PLN. It is valid only for one certain route and for one bus on this route (you cannot change buses on the same route).

WARSAW The capital of Poland with a Mermaid as the emblem. This is one of the greenest metropolises on the continent, with Europe’s wildest river Wisła flowing through the center of the city. You will find here several hundred historical places, some of them very unique not only on the European scale. Splendid palaces and sanctuaries, sometimes from the Medieval Ages, among them the Royal Castle, St. John Cathedral, Barbican, the defence walls. You will find here symbols of socialist architecture – the Palace of Culture and Science built in 1956. Visit wonderful Łazienki Palace and Park, the Wilanów Palace and Park, Krasinski Garden and Palace. it’s worth to see the monuments and places of remembrance: the Column of Zygmunt III Waza, monuments of Adam Mickiewicz, Prince Józef Poniatowski. Warsaw is a city full of astonishing contrasts and it never ceases to amaze with its magnitude of dimensions and themes, which are there to be discovered, absorbed and understood by the inquisitive. Everyone will find funny, exciting and entertaining ways to spend time in Warsaw.

CRACOW Poland's cultural capital, historic city. Cracow was the capital of Poland from the 11th - 17th century. The city has an impressive central market square (the second largest in Europe after St. Mark’s Square in Venice) and the beautiful Wawel Castle, which sits atop a hill. In 1364, the Cracow Academy was established and it was the first Polish university (today Jagiellonian University). The city was registered as one of the 12 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is hard to list all the tourist attractions in Cracow. For sure, however, each tourism will discover his own "magical" Cracow. Some will follow the footsteps of Nicholas Copernicus, others will be interested in sites linked with John Paul II, some others will wander around the alleys of the Jewish Kazimierz district. It’s a meeting place of many cultures and nations, successfully claims its position as a Central European metropolis, a city of culture, art and science. This town offers fantastic nightlife, with many of bars and restaurants – the cobbled streets of the Kazimierz district in particulary.

Transport from the airport in Rzeszów By bus: The airport is connected with Rzeszów city centre by public transport (bus from 'MPK' company), special line 'L'. Journey to/from airport takes about 25 min and costs 8 zł (under €2) if you pay in zł, or €3 if you pay in € (tickets are sold by the driver, price includes the carrying of luggage). Buses terminate at railway station and depart from the same stop. Generally, bus timetable is synchronized with flights' arrivals and departures and in the case of delayed flight, bus is waiting for passengers. However, it is strongly advised to check the bus and flight timetable before travel. Rzeszow-Jasionka Airport - Rzeszów Railway Station timetable:

Useful information TRANSPORT WARSAW CHOPIN AIRPORT – RZESZÓW The easiest way is to go by plane from Warsaw Chopin airport (Warszawa Okęcie) to Rzeszów Jasionka or from Warsaw to Rzeszów by bus. On this website you can find the information how to get from the airport to the City Center and other places in Warsaw – by bus, by train, by taxi. Here you can find useful directions about getting from place to place in Warsaw. Just put in the boxes: Warsaw Chopin airport and in the second box the place you want to get to.

BUSES FROM WARSAW TO RZESZÓW a) NEOBUS This bus goes directly from the Warsaw Chopin airport (Warszawa Okęcie Bus Terminal) to Rzeszów - costs about 67 PLN. b) EURORES Also goes from the Warsaw Chopin airport to Rzeszow. Costs about 67 PLN. c) POLSKI BUS You will have to get form the Warsaw airport to the Bus station „Metro Wilanowska” by the public bus transportation. And then to Rzeszów with a Polski Bus - costs from 15 PLN to 40 PLN. One of the options: Take the bus 331 form the airport (sectors AB 02) to METRO WILANOWSKA. It takes about 22 minutes. Then you will have to walk about 5 minutes to WILANOWSKA STATION to take Polski Bus. d) here you can find all the buses form Warsaw to Rzeszów

Check this websites for the timetable and buy the ticket by website! This websites are in English!

PRICES Polish currency is the zloty (zł, PLN), divided into 100 cents (1 zł = 100gr) Banknotes are in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 zł and coins in denominations of 1, 2, 5 zl and 10, 20, 50 gr. Prices of food products in Poland are not too high, the cheapest places are supermarkets and the markets. Prices of some products: 

bread: 2-3 zł

mineral water 0.5 l: 2 zł

coca cola 0,5 l: 2,5 zł

coffee: 5 - 15 zł

cigarettes: 10 - 15 zł

dinner: from 10 - 20 to 50 zł

cinema ticket: 15 - 25 zl, theatre 30 - 50 zł In most places payment should be done only in the Polish currency.

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yes - tak no - nie thank you - dziękuję please - proszę good morning - dzień dobry goodbye - do widzenia good evening - dobry wieczór good night - dobranoc hi, hello - cześć (informal) bye, see you - cześć (informa) see you later - do zobaczenia excuse me - przepraszam I'm sorry – przepraszam (someone) free of charge, free - bezpłatny open - otwarte close - zamknięte My name is... - Nazywam się... What is your name? - Jak się nazywasz? I come from... - Jestem z...

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My name is... - Na imię mam... I am xx years old. - Mam xx lat Where is? - Gdzie jest? Where are you? - Gdzie jesteś? Excuse me, how can I get to...? Przepraszam, jak dojść do...? Excuse me, where is ... street? Przepraszam, gdzie jest ulica...? Can you show me on the map? - Czy może mi to pan pokazać na mapie? Is it far? - Czy to daleko? I'm lost. - Zgubiłem się. you have to - musi pan/pani right - w prawo left - w lewo to turn - skręcić I live in Warsaw. - Mieszkam w Warszawie. capital (capital city) - stolica

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bus - autobus underground - metro car - samochód highway / speedway - autostrada train - pociąg taxi - taksówka airport - lotnisko bus station - dworzec autobusowy railway station - dworzec kolejowy bus stop - przystanek autobusowy luggage - bagaż information (point) - informacja departures – odjazdy/odloty cancelled - odwołany delayed - opóźniony arrivals – przyjazdy/przyloty to return; come back - wrócić to go straight ahead - iść prosto behind the traffic lights - za światłami

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Where can I buy / get a ticket? - Gdzie można kupić bilet? a ticket to... - jeden bilet do... how much is the ticket to... - lle kosztuje bilet do... single fare / one way ticket - bilet w jedną stronę return ticket - bilet w obie strony cash - gotówka credit card - karta kredytowa ATM / cash machine - bankomat bank - bank exchange - kantor Can I pay with a credit card? - Czy mogę zapłacić kartą kredytową? How much is it? - Ile to kosztuje? Can I have a bill, please? - Poproszę o rachunek.

Contact us The Leader of the project: Joanna ZÄ…bek +48 785 754 564 Members of Organizing Committee: Karol Kafara +48 514 456 590 Karolina Majewska +48 691 831 388


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