Young Adult

Formation House in Poland

Grow in Faith - Live in Community - Stretch the Intellect

Be Formed in the City of Saints!

Have you ever dreamed of living abroad? Struggling to find a community of like minded friends? How about a Catholic program that challenges you to become a saint alongside other young adults…in the country that formed John Paul II into a great saint!

Based in Kraków, Poland, known as the “City of Saints,” our formation program affords people ages 18-29 the opportunity of a lifetime! Whether you’re taking a gap year, are a student, or already in the workforce, we have an option for you to live in a faith-filled community and gain formation to live out your call to sanctity:

  • Undergrad Study Abroad – US and International students welcome 
  • Graduate Studies – one semester or a full program in English 
  • Full-time Volunteer – serve local community and refugees 
  • Full-time Professional – work remotely or have a job in Kraków 

An Incredible Experience

Our program is so much more than living or studying abroad. With the JP2 Project, you will live with other young adults right next to one of the greatest shrines of Europe – the Divine Mercy Shrine – at the John Paul II Center. Together, you will grow in faith, make memories, and share God moments that will never leave you. You’ll walk away completely transformed after being challenged with formation in:

  • The Interior Life – prayer and options for daily sacraments
  • Friendship & Community – family-style meals and shared living space
  • The Intellectual Life – book club and options for classes
  • Virtue & Character – shared household responsibilities
  • Adventure & Leisure – hiking, pilgrimages, and retreats

One Household - Many Opportunities

Undergrad & Grad Students

Live in the formation house while attending our fully-accredited study abroad program in the spring, fall, or summer. Graduate students have the option to complete a full masters program in English at the Pontifical University of John Paul II.

Full-Time Volunteer

Be formed and live in community while serving others! Tell us about your gifts and passions and we will help direct you to find volunteer options in the local community. Stays primarily coincide with our spring, fall, and summer terms.

Full-Time Professional

Grow in faith with other young adults while working full-time! Live in Kraków while working your remote job (with your supervisor’s approval of course) or those with a job locally are welcome too. Stays primarily coincide with our spring, fall, and summer terms.

About the Formation House

Where You'll Live

The formation house is located on the periphery of Krakow at the John Paul II Center, just a stone’s throw from the resting place of St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy Shrine! Built in 2010 to accommodate Catholic pilgrims coming to Krakow, there could be no better or more beautiful place to call home!

The center has one shared community room and a terrace where everyone hangs out. You will live in a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment, with multiple beds per room, a shared bathroom, European-style washing machine, and a kitchenette with mini fridge and stove. Most meals are family style, prepared and enjoyed in community.

Safe & Secure
A state-of-the-art complex built in the traditional style, you'll be quite safe!
Great Location
Just outside the city center but easily accessible, the location is perfect.
The campus' center? A beautiful church, complete with relics of JPII!
Nestled in Nature
Trees and paths surround our campus, making it very peaceful!

One of a Kind

An authentically Catholic formation program modeled after the life and legacy of Pope Saint John Paul II.

Are you looking for a community to support and challenge you to become a saint? Do you love new experiences, adventure, and learning about other cultures? Do you want to experience something truly magnificent? If so, the JP2 Project Formation House is for you!

Simply fill-out the Interest Form and tell us a bit about you, what program you’re interested in, and why you want to live in the formation house and we’ll reach out to you one-on-one.

Have a question?

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can live in the formation house?

Young Adults

Anyone ages 18-29 who are seeking to grow in sanctity are invited to live in the formation house.

When can I come and how long can I stay?

To establish community among our study abroad students and formation house guests to grow in faith together, we welcome new residents at the same time as our Fall (Sept-Dec), Spring (Feb-May), and Summer (May-July) terms.

If you wish to stay for multiple terms or have a unique request, we are happy to talk about your needs and see if we are able to accommodate.

How much does it cost?

Cost per person is $1,100 per month. See question below for what all this includes.

If you are a study-abroad student, the cost of living in the formation house is already covered in your tuition. Ukrainian refugees may qualify for subsidized rates. 

What's included in the cost?

  • Housing: Rent & Utilities at our residence in the Be Not Afraid- John Paul II Center

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week

  • Supplies: Basic cleaning supplies & toiletries, so you are clean!

  • Activities: Cultural experiences and initiatives

  • ​Local tours: Encounter awesome historical sites of Krakow

  • Pilgrimages & Retreats: At least one per semester. Examples include: outdoor mountain retreat, pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Czestachowa, visit to the capital of Warsaw, tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp and tour of Wadowice: John Paul II's home town!

How do I apply?

Follow these Steps

Inquiries to live in the formation house are reviewed on a rolling basis, meaning that spots are awarded to qualified applicants as soon as they apply. If you wait too long to apply, there might not be space available.

Application Process:
​1. Complete the Inquiry Form online.
2. We will ​be in touch to discuss your potential stay in the formation house and your program of interest.
3. If it’s the right fit for you, we will start the formal application process.

Information to have ready to complete the online application:
1. A Statement of Purpose explaining why you want to participate, ready for upload.
2. One reference letter, submitted directly to the JP2 Project.
3. Name and contact of 2 people who can recommend you (one can be same as reference letter).
4. If working remotely, a signed letter from your supervisor approving you to work from Poland.

Apply for the JP2 Project Today

Get in touch with us today and start planning your time living in Poland!