They are paying 1800 a month
Are you crazy? That's terrible money. Like, really, really, really bad. Even with paid accommodation. It's minimum wage.
In smaller towns, are there many amenities
Would need to know the name of the town.
What sort of lifestyle can you have out in a small town with 1800 a month? Is it going to be back to the old student days?
Yea, you'll be dirt poor on that money.
Will there be many English speakers, other than at the school? Would it be ideal to pre-learn some Polish?
I live in Kato and anywhere that's an hour away is usually some backwater. You'll probably be the only foreigner, so get learning the lingo.
What are the students/staff generally like?
A mix, some students will want to learn, some will only be there coz their parents sent them. Staff, well most will be welcoming and cool, the odd loser will be jealous of you getting 'their' extra hours, but it's the same politics everywhere, no different than back home.
Is there much to do in Katowice? Is there an expat community?
Yea, when the weather's good it's a great place to live, grim as f*ck in the winter. There's a few of us immigrants (I refuse to call myself an expat - such a nasty word), there's a fair few English teachers, then plenty of Germans & Italians working 'proper' jobs. But you might find it hard to travel into and out of Kato at night after a few pints. Is there a bus that runs at night?
But man, seriously though, that money. I wouldn't come next nor need to Poland for that. It's pittance. You'll survive, that's about it.Sorry to burst any bubbles. But trust me, I've been there and have been ripped off by schools in the past. You'd need at least double that to be any way comfortable.
Not exactly a party city though.
You've not been in a while so. There's a whole street dedicated to pubs and restaurants now.