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03/21/2018

Spring 2018 Issue II

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CIEE Prague Charitable Donations

In the previous semester, CIEE Prague organized the so-called Charity Date Auction as part of the Graduation Ball event for all of its programs, where all participants were the Fall'17 semester students. This Charity Date Auction has already been the third event of its kind in CIEE Prague history, and has been a part of the Graduation Ball event for the second time.

Founded in the year 2000, the Život dětem (Life for Children) Foundation is a non-profit organization, and the main goal of the Date Auction was to raise money that could then be donated to this NGO. CIEE Prague students had the opportunity to sign up for this event in advance, after having read more information about the Život dětem Foundation.

After a discussion with the Život dětem Foundation Director, CIEE Prague once again decided to donate all Date Auction proceeds to Karolínka. Seven years ago, this now 10-year-old girl was a victim of a horrific car accident, during which she suffered from multiple back injuries. This car accident has left Karolínka with paralyzed legs and incontinent. Despite the medical prognosis of never being able to walk again, she has made great progress. All proceeds from the previous Date Auction were used to buy her a brand new wheelchair, this time they will be used to provide her with the opportunity of rehabilitation abroad.

CIEE Prague Director and Program Coordinator handed over the Date Auction proceeds directly to the Director of the Život dětem Foundation. They obtained a certificate related not only to the Date Auction proceeds, but also for having donated further $ 1,000. Every year, the CIEE headquarters in Portland run the so-called Charitable Giving Program that aims to support local, national or international organizations that are of a special importance to CIEE staff, which comprises of nearly 800 employees all around the world. Many CIEE Prague employees suggested numerous organizations, but it was CIEE Prague Program Coordinator Zuzana who was lucky to have won the second prize - $ 1,000 – for her suggested NGO Život dětem. This money will also go to Karolínka to help her make her first steps. We keep our fingers crossed for her!

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02/27/2018

SPRING 2018 Issue I

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Getting to know the Czech Republic

During the first weeks of Spring 2018 students' stay in the Czech Republic, CIEE Prague staff organized various different activities which enabled students to familiarize themselves with Czech culture, as it is crucial for students to learn about their host country so that they feel and can adapt better in terms of the culture shock.

Students had the opportunity to learn more about the Czech Republic in two lectures delivered by CIEE professors which were held during the on-site Orientation - Czech History Intro and Czech Republic Inside Out. Both of these lectures provided our students with the necessary background information in terms of Czech history and culture. For many students it was actually their very first time hearing about the creation of our country and our unique traditions and customs.

CIEE Prague staff also prepared an exceptional interactive competition for its students, as part of which they had the chance to test their knowledge related to the Czech Republic. An online orientation quiz was published at the end of the first week and students could compete against each other in terms of the facts covered during the Orientation. The winners received unique goodie bags full of Czech sweets and souvenirs.

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1st place – Klea Kalia (Barnard College)

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2nd place – Mary Koontz (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

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3rd place – Sam Rosenthal (Ursinus College)

Another way of introducing students to the Czech Republic was through an active exploration. At the end of the second week of the on-site Orientation day excursions outside Prague, as part of which students visited other regions of the country, were organized. The Czech Republic is often called the "land of castles" since it has the most castles and chateaus per square mile in the world. It is something that Czechs are very proud of and they enjoy spending their free time visiting these spectacular buildings. On the other hand, breweries and beer industry in general are key constituents of the Czech economy and beer itself plays an important part in Czech culture as well. During the day excursions students thus visited one of our beautiful castles and also had a tour of a local brewery. During the castle tours, they learned how the aristocrats lived in the past and also discovered how beer is made and what role it plays in the Czech economy. There were two different destinations students could choose from - the Sychrov Castle and the Svijany Brewery or the Křivoklát Castle and the Krušovice Brewery.

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A lot more activities enabling students to learn more about the Czech Republic will be organized during the semester and CIEE Prague truly believes that students will consider the Czech Republic to be their second home by the end of their study abroad adventure.

 

12/15/2017

FALL 2017 ISSUE III

CIEE Christmas Party

On the evening of December 11, CIEE Prague hosted its annual Christmas Party for all its students, professors, buddies, homestay families and CIEE Prague staff.

With Czech Christmas carols being played in the background and the delicious smell of some of the most traditional Czech Christmas dishes lingering in the air, the event started with the arrival of St. Nicholas, the patron of children and magical bringer of gifts, who was accompanied by Krampus, the Christmas Devil, and the Christmas Angel as one of the oldest Czech Christmas traditions dictates.
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After having been gifted small gifts from them, our students were invited to taste the Czech Christmas menu – fried carp, schnitzels, potato salad, mushroom-groats risotto dish called "Kuba", Christmas cookies and the Christmas bread (including gluten-free and vegan options).

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Students could also give a go to various Czech Christmas traditions and customs, as there were 4 Czech Christmas DIY stations. The 4 activities were ginger bread decorating, making of paper snowflakes and paper chains and floating walnut shells, an activity that Czechs do to tell each others' fortune.

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Students from all our 4 programs (Central European Studies Program, Communication, New Media & Journalism Program, Film Studies Program as well as the Global Architecture & Design Program) attended the event and had a jolly good time with all the other guests!

02/10/2017

Spring 2017, Issue I

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Helping the local community

CIEE Prague Study Center has organized a Charity Date Auction as part of the Graduation Ball event for all study programs, in which all participants were Fall 2016 students. It was the second Date Auction in CIEE Prague’s history and it was a well-anticipated charity get together event.

The main goal of the Auction was to collect money to support the Život dětem Foundation (Life to Children Foundation), a non-profit organization established in 2000. After a discussion with the director of the Život dětem Foundation, CIEE has decided to hand over the raised amount of money to Karolínka. This 9 year-old girl was a victim of a very bad car accident six years ago, after which she became incontinent and had several back injuries. Unfortunately, these injuries were so serious that Karolínka can´t feel her legs. The collected money (4 600 CZK) from the Date Auction went to Karolínka's new wheelchair.

CIEE Study Center Director and Program Coordinator handed over the money to the Director of the Život dětem Foundation and obtained a certificate about having donated. This meeting has also been a great success in relation to a new project called “Kolíbanky” (Lullabies) which will be a part of the volunteering program. Students will get the chance to write a short story about the place where they live and send their region's typical lullaby to the radio where Kolíbanky will be promoted to kids. Or students can come right to the radio and record their lullaby on site.

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All CIEE Prague staff is involved in helping the local community continually throughout the year: some design volunteering programs and events, such as the Treasure Hunt for children from local orphanages and disadvantaged families, others support local businesses employing disabled or socially disadvantaged individuals by organizing program events in these cafes and restaurants. Apart from these long-term commitments, we also organize much bigger events to involve students, professors, buddies and staff. More people involved allows to collect much larger sums of money, which we can then use to help those who really need our support. It always warms our hearts to see that our efforts, no matter how big, make a real difference and brighten the lives of the less fortunate and motivates us to continue helping the local community.

03/14/2014

Film Festival Frenzy

written by Molly Emmett (Whitman College)

I’ve always been interested in film festivals, but it seems that in the States I’d have to get tickets way ahead of time, or they’re really expensive or the festival is too far away for me to justify going. However, the stars aligned this month, and I’ve attended four films from two different film festivals in the past week–plus, there’s another festival (Febiofest) hitting the city at the end of March.

The first film I saw was part of Shockproof Film Fest, a kitschy horror film festival running at an awesome independent cinema called Aero in Žižkov, a hip Prague neighborhood (so I’ve been told–I’ll have to check it out some more). I’m surprised at myself for agreeing to attend a festival whose trailer actually made me feel nauseous because of the (campy) gore, but I was invited by my Tandem Partner (I help him practice English, he helps me practice Czech) and I figured, “when in Prague…” Anyway, it turned out really well. We saw a goofy 80s low-budget “horror” called Killer Klowns from Outer Space and it was just as ridiculous as you’d imagine. Quick synopsis: Alien-circus-tent/spaceship lands in small-town America and releases bloodthirsty “klowns” (aliens w/ clown-like appearance) who kill people by shooting them with popcorn guns or laser guns which trap them in pink cotton-candy. Teen love triangle (boy, girl + cop ex-boyfriend) saves the day by defeating the monstrous klown leader and exploding the ship as it takes off, but not before half the town has been turned into bloody cotton candy blobs. INSTANT CLASSIC. Highly recommended.  Read more here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095444/

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The other three films were part of a much more serious festival, called OneWorld (or Jeden Svět). One World is an international human rights documentary film festival which took place in multiple venues in Prague over the last week and a half and will travel to Brno next (as will Shockproof). One cool thing about the festival is that several of my professors incorporated attendance into their syllabi, so I got to attend all three films for free (tickets were inexpensive, but still). Another plus is that I got to visit two lovely cinemas (kina, kino singular)–Atlas, a more modern venue with a bar/cafe upstairs and two theaters below; and Lucerna, a historical location with a large bar/cafe in front and two theaters upstairs (plus the name is shared with the neighboring club). I don’t have pictures, but take my word, they’re fancy. And the films themselves were great. On Saturday night I saw Ukriane is Not a Brothel, a film about the Ukrainian group FEMEN made by Australian-Ukrainian director Kitty Green. On Monday evening I watched Czech director Radim Špaček’s Incoming!, which chronicled daily life of the members of the Czech Provincial Reconstruction team working in Logar, Afghanistan for five years. Finally, on Tuesday evening I saw Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer about three members of the Russian activist group Pussy Riot who were tried and sentenced to two years in jail for their feminist punk demonstrations in a candidly corrupt judicial system. The British film was made by directors Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, and Lerner answered questions after the viewing (as did Radim Špaček after his film).

I would recommend all three documentaries, but especially the last. For more info, check out the website: http://www.oneworld.cz/2014/ (I think this is the English version).