July 6-13, 2022

English Immersion Summer Camp

John Paul II Center in Kraków, Poland

Learn English & Grow in Faith

Immerse your children in the English language to learn from native speaking Americans! The camp runs from 9:00am – 3:00pm on weekdays (lunch and snacks provided), and includes:

  • Sports & Activities
  • English Class
  • Prayer

During the weekend (July 9 & 10), the whole family is invited to join in for hiking in the Tatra Mountains on Saturday and Sunday Mass in English, followed by a family picnic and games at the JP2 Center.

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Who's It For & How Much?

The program was created to help the Ukrainian refugee families in Poland, but everyone is welcome! The camp is specifically geared for ages 5-18.

Anyone ages 14-18 with a working knowledge of English can be a camp assistant and receive a stipend of 200 PLN and participate in advanced English lessons during camp. Apply Here.

Cost per participant is 20 PLN.

Who's Running the Camp?

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Camp Hosts

Joe and Corinne MacDonald

Joe and his wife Corinne founded the John Paul II Project in 2016 in response to a call to dedicate their lives to help young people become saints and deeply impact the culture for the good. Joe serves as the executive director, while Corinne designs the programs of the JP2 Project and manages relationships with partner institutions. They and their four children currently reside in Krakow, accompanying young adults in the study abroad program.

Fr. Joseph Campbell

Camp Chaplain

Fr. Joe Campbell

We’re blessed to have Fr. Joe serve as our chaplain for multiple programs. He was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He’s one of 10 kids, three of which are married and two of which are Dominican Sisters. He has 19 nieces and nephews and 3 great-nieces and nephews. Right after high school, he studied in St. Paul, MN, at St. John Vianney College Seminary for four years. After getting a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, he went to Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit for four years to get his master’s degree in theology. By the grace of God, he was ordained a priest on June 10th 2017.

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Camp Volunteers

American Young Adults & Parents of Participants

We are currently seeking American volunteers to help run the English immersion camp! These will be young adults, ages 18-35, who hold a strong foundation in Christ and are eager to serve others, particularly the youth! This is a perfect opportunity for students that are already in the Summer Study Abroad program, or those that may be interested in staying for the Theology of the Body Pilgrimage.
Click here for volunteer details and application > 

We are also seeking four parents to help cook meals for the campers. If interested, please email us at [email protected].

Support Our Efforts

Please consider donating to help us buy sporting equipment, craft supplies, food for lunch and snacks, and cover facility and transportation costs for the camp. Your donations enable us to keep the cost minimal for refugee families.
Learn English
Daily English lessons from American leaders.
Grow in Virtue
Designed to help kids develop through new experiences.
Deepen Your Faith
Prayer and learning about the saints through activities.
Have Fun
Games, sports, skits, and activities with new friends!

Our Philosophy

Our English immersion camp is based on the same principles as our young adult programs: God, community, and conversation.

We help you grow closer to God in daily prayer, Sunday Mass, and by exploring his beautiful creation.

The very nature of our immersion camp facilitates friendship – shared experiences and fun times!

Together, campers will learn how to converse in English in the city where Pope Saint John Paul II likely studied the English language as well.

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