POMOST INTERNATIONAL, an association of people interested in learning about the
life and culture of Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries and in
sharing American life and culture with others, was founded in 1990 in Buffalo, New
York, by Dr. Richard Sokolowski. Dr. Sokolowski, a native Pole and a career professor
of modern languages, wanted to help Poles learn English. He organized a group of
people of various ages and from many walks of life to serve as the first group of
Buffalo volunteers. POMOST INTERNATIONAL members are all volunteers who pay annual
membership dues. Those who participate as volunteer teachers also pay their transportation
to Rzeszów, Poland. Although the group received invitations from many parts of Poland,
the decision was made to choose Rzeszów, Buffalo's Sister City. The first POMOST
INTERNATIONAL Summer program was very successful. Dr. Sokolowski devised our format
of teaching the English through conversations and workshops on topics related to
American life and culture. Since that first summer there have been many new Americans
and several thousand students participating. Each program is as unique as the teachers
and students in that program.
Pomost International is now starting preparations for its 2010 summer workshop.
We have also sponsored 2 workshops in Kyiv, which were well received. A third session
is being investigated.
The members of Pomost meet monthly, either at a fixed meeting place or at a members
house. The members are friends and enjoy working and visiting with each other. People
interested in Pomost may contact