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An Expat Talks about Living in Siemiechow, Poland

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Siemiechow

How long have you lived there?

Since June, 2001

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Attend the local village festivals, the bi-annual town hall meetings, and attend the local parish if you are Catholic

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

The entire village is 100% Roman Catholic, without any other foreigners, nationalities, or religions living here. They are very tolerant of other people and religions, and do accept the differences, however, they may be suspicious during the first year or two.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

The largest private firm here is a building materials warehouse, with three small local food stores. The main industry here is farming. The are possible career opportunities for teaching English in the public schools here, and for tourism.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Life in this village really focuses first on family values, then working (on the job and at home), local farming, socializing at the local 'pub', Church, and football (soccer).

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Have a very open mind, then make the move and be prepared for the village life. It may not be easy, however, it's very rewarding and beautiful.

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srlucado
Sep 24, 2013 10:21

Probably a dumb question, but does anybody around there (besides you) speak English?

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