Education (JDJ Bachalski)

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In 1990, JDJ started its activity in Poland as an organizer of language courses at overseas language schools. Shortly after that, the company introduced new programs, such as study abroad high school programs, Work & Travel program in the USA, and a unique program designated to prepare students for a career abroad.

In the period of its most dynamic development, the company achieved an annual turnover amounting to 50m PLN (USD 13m). It had 23 of its branches across the country and ten franchisees. The company introduced its own, innovative methodology for teaching English “Eureka,” based on five basic human senses.

The annual increase of customers can express the then popularity of JDJ’s offer:  1990; – 123 learners; 1991 – 360 learners; 1992 – 700 learners, and in subsequent years – 1200, 2000, 3700, 4900, 5300, 7000.

In 2001, JDJ Bachalski was awarded as the best private educational company in Poland by a nationwide daily economic and legal newspaper Rzeczpospolita and a magazine Perspektywy. 

Following Poland’s accession to the European Union, JDJ carried out 13 EU educational projects, worth 25m PLN (USD 6.53m), which the company addressed to a total of 3,500 people.

In turn, the Bachalski Educational Foundation (Fundacja Edukacji Bez Granic Bachalskiego) has offered Basic-English lessons to 10,0000 unemployed people for free, with the help of 1,000 linguistically talented volunteers, previously trained by the JDJ. Dariusz Jacek Bachalski founded the charitable foundation in the year 2000.

Victor Ash, former United States Ambassador to Poland, attends the Bachalski Educational Foundation awarding ceremony in Gorzów Wlkp. on 20th of June, 2005, Poland, where JDJ volunteers were awarded for their contribution to a charity campaign “Education Without Borders” where they taught English to the unemployed free of charge.

The network of JDJ language schools that developed within Poland amounted to 30 schools with branches in all the largest Polish cities (and one in Slovakia). However, after a few years, the demand was exhausted. The last of JDJ Bachalski language schools ended its activity in 2011, in Poznan.

The company operates successfully as an agency for study-abroad education programs up to this day.  Hundreds, if not thousands of the most notable members of the Polish society, have been among JDJ’s clients, e.g., the former prime minister of Poland and former president of the European Council – Donald Tusk, former prime minister of Poland – Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, former Marshal of the Sejm – Maciej Płażyński, well-known actors and actresses – Cezary Pazura, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Alicja-Bachleda-Curuś, journalist – Jacek Żakowski, and many others.

Turfing business (Zielony Horyzont)

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In 1996, Zielony Horyzont (Eng. Green Horizon) established its first experimental grass farm of 4.5ha (11.1ac) near Poznan. It has been selling from 10 to 21ha of turfgrass rolls each year since 1998. The company employs between a few to a couple of dozen people depending on the season and production levels.

Real Estate

Since 1999, Bachalski Development (formerly known as Rajbud, and previously Jarbud) has been operating in 5 cities. It started with the construction of apartment compounds in Gorzow Wielkopolski, then subsequently expanded its operations to Zielona Gora, Slubice, Pruszkow (near Warsaw), and Poznan.

Sales level: 1999; – 100 apartments; 2000 –150; 2001 – 200; 2002- 500, and in subsequent years – 300, 500 apartments. In some months, the company sold around 20 apartments per month in Gorzow only. The firm has built and sold over 2000 apartments, equating to around 100,000m2. In the period of its most dynamic growth, the company’s annual turnover reached nearly 60m PLN (USD 15.7m).

Since 2000, the group has also been active in land investments. It owns about 80ha (198ac) of terrain designated for construction in Poznan, Gorzow, and its vicinity.

Media and press

In the years 2003-2009, JDJ published an English-language magazine Anglorama – it ran to 100 issues, each one with a circulation of 10 thousand copies. The company was also releasing a newspaper titled “Nauka i praca” (Eng. Learn and Work) – in Poznan for two years.

The next publishing project was a local weekly newspaper tylko gorzów – it ran to 500 issues, each with a circulation of 10 thousand copies between 2002-2011.

After that, the group started releasing a local monthly magazine of the same title. It ran to 26 issues, each with a circulation of 8 thousand copies.  It was published in the years 2011-2014.

The monthly magazine subsequently transformed into a quarterly tylko gorzów exclusive – it ran eight issues, each with a circulation of 2,500 between 2014-2016.

Since the beginning of 2016, the group has been focusing mainly on the daily editing of its city news portal –  www.gorzow24.pl. The portal has been operating since 2002, with its own editorial office since 2007. Over the years, it has achieved the status of a popular, reliable and independent source of local information, with an average of over 5000 visits per day.

Employment level: Throughout the entire publishing period, over 60 journalists, editors, graphic designers, and photojournalists worked at the group’s media wing.

Medical industry

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The group has been running a modern medical clinic – Gorzow Medical Centre MEDI-RAJ.  It has received nearly 60,000 patients over the past five years since its opening in 2011. About 30,000 of them are regular visitors to the facility.

The average level of sales at the clinic is 150 patients a day.

Political activity

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Wikipedia

The owner of the Bachalski Group, Dariusz Jacek Bachalski, has also served seven years as a politician. Among various political functions, he served as a Deputy of the Sejm (lower house of the Polish bicameral parliament) and a Senator (in the upper house of the parliament). He served as a chairman of a political party called Civic Platform in the Lubusz Voivodeship (Polish: województwo lubuskie) for seven years. In the Fourth Term Sejm, he was a member of the Education, Science and Youth Committee.

He also served as a vice-chairman of the Polish – British Parliamentary Group and a Chairman of the Polish Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship.