Before I decided to move to Prague I was working as an accountant at a real estate investment management company in Chicago. It’s safe to say my decision was quite spontaneous and caught my friends and family a bit off guard. It had only been a few years since graduation but I was already tired of the office lifestyle and spending forty hours a week in front of a computer screen. I had been to Prague once before and loved the city, so I figured it was good a place as any to start this next chapter. Overall, teaching English has been a great experience, and the perfect stepping stone to move abroad. Even if it has been a bit more challenging than I initially anticipated. Although I have only been here a few months, one specific experience really stands out: As a part of my TEFL
When I first decided to move to Prague I was an English major in a small college town in Northern California. I had been reading quite a bit of Czech literature and had a friend who had a great experience teaching in Prague. I initially decided to move to Prague for one month, take my TEFL course, and then travel Europe and return to the United States. Two years later and I am still in Prague teaching and working with the people I had met when I first moved here. I had never spent a serious amount of time in another country before moving to Prague, so I assumed things would be quite different but I wasn't sure exactly what those differences would include; now, I am quite desensitized to the differences between Prague and California but one or two things still stick out: When I first started teaching
As my plane was about to touch down at the Vaclav Havel Airport, my mind became flooded with an array of second thoughts. After all, it’s not easy leaving close friends, family, and everything else one holds dear in life on a whim, particularly to go to a faraway city whose country of residence is unknown to virtually the entire world. Oh well, I told myself, it’s probably only going to be for about a year anyway, and who knows? Maybe I’ll have some fun. What has ensued since has proven to be the most enriching experience, personally, spiritually and otherwise, of my life. I came hoping to get in touch with old friends, make new ones, travel to familiar places as well as new and exotic ones, and to acquire work experience to help me in my future career. Four years later, I
What I like most about living in Prague is actually leaving Prague early on a Saturday or Sunday morning and hitting the Czech Republic's excellent network of hiking trails. Sometimes I go with friends, sometimes alone but I always finish at a microbrewery! There are now more than 300 in the country, and many of them are well-situated for the trails and train stations. Public transport is cheap and fairly reliable, so it's easy to get around. I took this photo last August in the the 'Radouš' microbrewery in Šťáhlavy (near Pilsen). The friendly owner told us that the storks had come to his roof to get some peace and quiet from their rowdy youngsters (the nest was nearby, on the chimney of a former distillery). I'm looking forward to going back soon to see if the storks have come back, and to drink some more
Within months of meeting each other in Richmond, Virginia, Lindsey and I decided we needed to see the world together. After a year of planning, we got on a plane and made our way to Prague. That was 2005. We spent a challenging and satisfying 5 weeks going through an intensive TEFL program. Over the next four years, we became 'proper' teachers. We saw most of the Czech Republic, and much of Europe. We made friends that we still talk to today. Those friends attended our wedding in a vineyard in Prague 2, just before we left in 2009. SInce then, we've moved to Oman, seen a lot more of the world, had two ridiculously lovely children, completed post-grad work, and are always planning our next adventure. We also constantly reminisce about those Czech years, smiling like idiots.
After doing my 4 week TEFL course in Prague, I was fortunate to find my first teaching job there as well! To be honest, before taking the course I wasn’t convinced teaching English was for me. After all, I was always a shy person who hated speaking in front of people! But the trainers at the TEFL course were so amazingly gifted at giving you the proper tools and preparing you for the life as a teacher that I ended up enjoying it so much and stayed 2 years! One of the best aspects of the job was getting to know Czech culture through my students. I learned something from each and every single one of them. Czechs are so open, friendly and proud of their culture that it was an absolute privilege to teach them. I think I learned as much from them as they did from me! I
Most travel guides recommend learning at least a few token phrases in the native language of the country you are visiting. Things like hello and goodbye, thank you, Where is the toilet? One beer more please; sort of thing. Being the cosmopolitan and experienced traveler that I am, I was no exception. I did my TEFL, got a teaching job and started learning Czech, relying heavily on Google translator (only until I got my head round a bit of the language, of course!) We were supposed to invoice our school on a monthly basis with the invoices filled out all in Czech. I got a detailed template from my school and everything seemed pretty straightforward until my first invoice, that is. I wrote what I got when I typed my English sentence into Google. Namely: Fakturuji Vám za Pochod 2016 za výuku .......... CZK. (I invoice you for March 2016 ....... CZK
Coming to the Czech Republic from the United States to teach English has been a very rewarding experience. Having an education in child development and working my entire career with children, I was excited to teach children in a new cultural environment. I found that developmentally, children are generally the same in the United States and the Czech Republic. The methodology of teaching a foreign language is different than other subjects in the school setting. And working with young children, or young learners, requires a knowledge of not only teaching methods, but also of child development. There are several factors that are important to understand when teaching children between the ages of 6-10 years of age. Children at this age, in their "mid- Primary" years, are inquisitive about the world around them. Learning a new language, such as English, allows them to compare a
Hi! my name is Nadia and this is my entry: Prague is the best city in the world. You will be enchanted by the scenery and the pleasant climate all year long. Amazing city of mystic places and representative architecture. Thank you!
Have you ever wished you could step foot in your favorite story? Breathe the air, walk around, explore every nook and cranny? In America our only option is a plasticland of rollercoasters and lost children. We were never told there was a real magic kingdom. Czechia: the heart of Europe. Known for having beer cheaper than water and a good stag night, this underrated and underappreciated country is a real life fairy tale overgrown with drunk tourists. The great thing though, is take one foot off the tourist trail, one alleyway over, and the magic starts to seep in. A lit-up castle in the distance and cobblestones beneath your feet, it's easy to see how the Czech Republic got its name. Every moment in Praha, Český Krumlov, Karlovy Vary, the list goes on, is out of a dream, so please don't ever pinch me. I don't