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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!

05/15/2017

Spring 2017, Issue III

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CIEE Prague HOUSING WEBINAR

CIEE Prague Housing Department is trying to get closer to millennial students. This is the reason why we've prepared three videos for students coming to Prague for Fall 2017 Study Abroad.

How did it go? We had a lot of fun!

Several students from the Spring 2017 programs participated in the filming process. They described what it's like to live in CIEE Prague Apartments, Residences and Czech Homestay, while being filmed at different CIEE Study Center locations (such as the Library, Student Lounge, staircase or the garden).

This video, for instance, shows what it looks look like inside the Apartments and Residences and also shows the neighborhood.

The Housing Webinar is meant to assist students with filling out the housing survey. They can learn more about each of the three options (CIEE Administered Apartment, CIEE Administered Residence and Czech Homestay).

We hope that these videos will make it easier for future students to choose their top preference!  

 

 

04/06/2017

INTERNSHIP STORIES FROM PRAGUE

NewsletterBannerPrague686x101My Dream Internship in Prague by Ellen Lechman

When I started the application process for interning in Prague, I was nervous. I had never really had an internship before, and I had no idea what it would be like to work in a foreign country. Now, a few weeks into my internship, I am so glad I chose to do this program. I get to intern with an organization I love, get credit for school, and have an incredible new item for my resume!

After the interview process, I was matched with the National Technical Library (NTK) here in Prague. NTK is the largest science and technology library in all of the Czech Republic, and it’s a popular study spot for students of all subjects living in Prague. I’m working towards a career in library and information science, so getting to intern with NTK is a perfect fit for me.

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In the United States, the stereotype of interns is that all we do is make coffee and answer phones. I’m happy to say I am doing much more interesting work with NTK! I make videos promoting library services, copy edit materials for the website, and learn about the library field from an entirely new and international perspective. Not only do I get to expand my knowledge and experience related to libraries, I’m learning new skills in filmmaking and editing.

In general, interning has added so much to the study abroad experience. I love getting to interact with Czech people in a professional setting and learn about how the Czech work environment id similar and different to an American work environment. This internship has also showed me new parts of Prague I might never have discovered on my own. Lastly, interning while studying abroad helps me feel like I’m really making the most of my experience by getting outside of “the American bubble” and doing more than just typical classes. I can’t wait to see what else my internship has in store for me!

Co-working in Prague – Bringing together an International Community by Shannon Keirsey

Just about two months ago I came to Prague to begin my study abroad and, of course, internship experience. I am interning at Locus Workspace and could not be happier with how it has added to my time studying here in Prague. Locus is an English speaking international co-working space. This means  that people who are independently employed, but still want to have a space to call their office and people to call their co-workers can get a membership and be a part of the Locus workspace community. That is where my job comes in.

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I am a community event intern, so I help to organize, promote, and facilitate different community events within the workspace to improve the overall quality of co-working. I have worked on events like “Embodied Leadership,” “Negotiate Like a Pro,” and “IT/IP Business Operation – Legal Aspects.” At each of these events a professional speaker on the topic came in to hold a professional development type seminar to refine skills within their topic. Other types of events include “Weekly Coffee Break,” “Hump Day Pump Night” and “Locus Mafia Night.” It is at these get togethers that members have an opportunity to get to know one another on a more personal and fun level. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work behind the scenes as well as to participate on all of these events.

Working with other professionals is both interesting and beneficial to me as a business major. Having the chance to meet and talk with the members, each of which has a distinct international personal story and entrepreneurial spirit, is a huge perk of the job. I think that much of the cultural perspective and true immersion I am getting here in Prague comes from working and talking with the different Locus members. I’ve learned a lot in this position already and look forward to continuing to implement best practices around community event planning and expanding relationships with the uniquely interesting businessmen at Locus.

Gaining an Old Appreciation by Cece Thomas

At first, the abandoned looking warehouse on the other side of the tracks took me aback. I couldn’t figure out the vibe MeetFactory had when I first walked through the door. It was unlike anywhere I’d ever worked before and I genuinely started to second-guess my internship experience before it even began. What I didn’t know though, was that it would help me to realize just how much I missed working in a creative field.

I’ve always considered myself a creative person, and throughout my life my creativity has changed with me. When I was five I was painting with my grandfather, at ten I was playing piano, and at fifteen I was dancing during football game halftime shows. By the time I got to college though, my creativity was focused solely in my schoolwork. I got further and further away from the things that I loved as a kid because I didn’t have the time. It never occurred to me that my future career could have an artistic outlet until I started my internship at Urban Space Epics here in Prague.

The first couple of weeks weren’t really anything to write home about. I went through an orientation, learned how the studio functioned, and helped run the communication aspects of the studio, which included editing web content. It was relevant to what I was studying, but I wasn’t excited about what I was doing. My mentality totally changed once I got to document the Open Studios event. This event is where MeetFactory opens their doors to the public to experience what the artists in the studios are working on, present new installations, and view experimental concerts. It was by far the liveliest, funkiest, and most eye opening experience I’d had so far in Prague. The feelings of appreciation I’d had for art when I was younger, the wonder and need to create something of my own, bubbled back up. I realized that art can take on many different forms and that I could easily incorporate it into my career. I’d have never considered working in an art gallery before, but my internship has helped me see that it really isn’t so different from what I want to do. I could have a career where I’m exposed to art every day, and still work within the world of communication and business.

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Getting out of my comfort zone, and working at a place that I would never have considered before helped me to realize that there are many paths that lead to the same place. I don’t have to choose a career where I paint, play an instrument, or perform to feel like I am participating in an artistic way. Even though the exterior is a little rough, Urban Space Epics has already helped me gain back the appreciation I had for art as a kid and I can’t wait to see what the next few months have in store.

04/03/2017

Spring 2017, Issue II

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Faculty-led and Custom programs are becoming increasingly popular and Prague has become one of the top travel destinations. In 2014, CIEE Study Centre in Prague hosted its first and only faculty let program of that year. The number of these short term programs has rapidly grown over the past two years and twelve programs are scheduled to take place in the capital of the Czech Republic in 2017.

The Faculty-led programs season of 2017 kicked off at the beginning of March with a one week program called “Macroeconomics and the legacy of Communism in the Czech Republic” for Marymount University. 18 students and 2 faculty members participated in the program.

As the group had only one week in Prague, the agenda was carefully planned to ensure they could see, learn and experience as much as possible. The entire group had the opportunity to visit unique organizations as well as to meet interesting members of the Czech society.  Among the organizations our group visited was Libri Prohibiti, a library which has a unique collection of samizdat literature. During this site visit the group also met Jiří Guntorád, who is the founding member of this organization and who used to publish books that were forbidden by communist authorities and supported local writers during communism in the Czech Republic.

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A big part of the program were guest lectures with local professors and scholars. The topics of these lectures mainly concentrated on political, historical and economical aspects of the Czechoslovakia during the communist era. Nonetheless, the guest lectures also included current topics, such as the Brexit.

The group also travelled outside of Prague to the small town of Příbram, where they visited the Vojna Lešetice Memorial – a former labor camp. They learned about the dark side of Czech history, when political prisoners were forced to work in uranium mines during the communist era. At the end of the trip the group also visited Svatá Hora, a beautiful Baroque monastery where pilgrims from all around the Czech Republic travel to as it is believed to have magical healing powers.

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CIEE team also planned various extracurricular activities for Marymount students. One of them was a high culture event at the National Theatre. Students dressed up for the cultural evening and attended an opera performance, Die Kluge/Der Mond, which was based on the fairy tales of the Grimm brothers.

Another extracurricular activity which proved to be a great success was a cooking lesson. The event took place in the Study Center and all students, who were divided into smaller groups, learned to cook some of the traditional Czech meals. On the menu were delicious potato pancakes, potato salad, rum balls and open sandwiches. The group was joined by a local student from the Charles University who taught them to cook like a local. Students could not only learn to cook Czech specialties, but they also had the opportunity to interact with locals of their age.

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The first faculty let program of 2017 has proven to be a great success and the Prague team is now preparing for a busy summer, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the next group of students.

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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.

09/15/2016

Fall 2016, Issue I

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Welcome dinner

What a better way to celebrate the beginning of the new semester than by having delicious dinner on a cruise boat on Vltava River? Due to its success it now became a tradition to hold fall semester welcome dinners on the boat. Welcome dinner is a first event for the Central European studies students, it is their chance to meet each other, CIEE staff members, buddies, and homestay families and spend time together in more informal environment than classrooms space.

The event took place on Šumava boat which is named after one of the regions in the Czech Republic. It is one of the largest boats of the Prague Steamboat Company with a capacity of 390 people. The river cruise took two hours and during this time schnitzels, apple strudel and other traditional Czech dishes were served. The weather was at its best which allowed guests to spend time on the deck and enjoy one the last summer days.

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City orientation walk with buddies

As a part of our orientation walk students explored Prague with their buddies. This semester a new concept for the walk was created. Students were divided into small groups according to their housing and their buddies showed them the most important places they will need during their study abroad in Prague. Students visited the study center, a local post office, a health center, train and bus stations and number of other essential locations. They had a quiz that they were to complete during the walk and they had an opportunity to participate in a selfie challenge. Many of them took part in the selfie competition and CIEE Prague Instagram was flooded with photos of full of energy students exploring a beautiful capital. The team which posted the highest amount of selfies and got the most points from the quiz won a sweet prize.

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Meet up party

We added a special twist to our traditional first all program get together event of this semester and it was a great success! Almost all students from all four programs visited our Meet up party and had a chance to meet buddies, staff but also other study abroad students and locals. All visitors were given a half of a card at the entrance and their task was to find a person who had the other part during the evening. Once they found each other they had to introduce themselves and find out more about each other. Meanwhile, everyone could be involved in a bowling tournament and win Czech souvenirs. The rest of participants could play billiard, darts, table football and many other games. We are looking forward to our next get together event and hope it will be another awesome evening!

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09/24/2015

Prague Brunch Guide

written by Pauline Wizig (Emory University)

If traditional Czech gulas and dumplings do not sound like your ideal meal while in Prague, have no fear because Prague is home to many tasty brunch options. Each of these restaurants has been taste tested and is sure to be photogenic enough to rack up the likes on your social media outlets of choice. Happy brunching!

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While Radost is known for its club,  insiders know the club’s hidden gem is definitely its fabulous vegetarian weekend brunch.  Radost has a wide selection of omelets, waffles, egg sandwiches French toast and homemade muesli.  If you are a tea drinker, make sure to order either the Moroccan or ginger tea. Both come served in a large glass teacup filled with fresh ingredients. While you are at Radost, head downstairs to get a peak at the club where Rhianna filmed her music video for “Please Don’t Stop the Music”.

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There are two bakeshop locations, one across the River in new town and one in Prague 1 near Old Town Square and the Jewish Quarter. Both offer fabulous breakfast and brunch every day until three p.m. Their pastries are absolutely incredible and they have everything from cakes and brownies to croissants and Danishes. The coffee is excellent and they have soy milk which is a rarity not found in many Czech coffee shops. This is not the place to take a large group because seating is limited, but you could always take your food to go and eat outside if the weather permits.

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If you can only have one brunch in Prague this is the place to go. Make a reservation if you are coming on the weekend with a large group because they get very busy. Their apple strudel is light and flaky. Pair it with a hot chocolate for a sweet brunch or split it with your whole table as an appetizer. If you really have a sweet tooth, you must try the French toast, which is said to be one of the best in Europe. If you are looking for a protein based brunch, check out any of their omelets or poached eggs. All of their breakfasts come with a bread basket, which is a great way to sample the bakery’s creations without committing to one choice.

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If you are traveling to Prague and feel the need for a traditional American brunch, this is the restaurant for you. Globe was opened by three NYU alumni and they brought all of their American brunch staples with them to Prague. Popular menu items include omelets, pancakes, and iced coffee. They even serve egg whites. While this is definitely not the most authentic Czech meal, it is a nice taste of home in Europe.

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05/06/2015

Spring 2015, Issue II

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Meet the CIEE Prague Study Center Staff

 Our staff are as diverse as the jobs they do. Read about what position they have at CIEE Prague, what makes their job unique, what they expect of students coming to Prague, and what their hobbies and interests are.

Amanda Bell

Communications, New Media, and Journalism Program and Summer Program Director, CIEE Prague

 Amanda started working at CIEE Prague in 2009 as the Housing Coordinator. After three years of taking care of apartment, homestays, dorm, and Buddies, Amanda started in a new position, launching the then-new Communications, New Media, and Journalism Program. Along with the coordination of the CNMJ Program, Amanda is responsible for summer programs and internships for credit. In terms of her expectations of students, Amanda hopes that they would like to try new non-American things and get outside of their comfort zone.

Fun fact: Amanda traveled through Armenia in 2007 and is pretty sure that she hung out with the local mafia. They had lots of vodka and food and shiny cars.

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Martina Břeňová

Office Manager, CIEE Prague

 

Martina Břeňová has worked for CIEE since December 2013 as Office Manager. Her main responsibility is to handle inquiries at the front desk and help with the overall administration of the program. Also, she coordinates syllabi submission and is involved in intercultural training and workshops.

Prior to joining CIEE, Martina gained a lot of experience in customer service and staff management as a Hotel Manager. As part of her studies at University, she did her internship in Madrid, where she worked in local non-profit organization in the Department of International Cooperation and Department of Education & Integration. Martina hopes students will learn and explore things when studying abroad in Prague with the same passion that children have with spontaneous play – focused, involved, loving what they do and purely happy about the small things. However, she also hopes they will learn how to stay on their feet and be adults at the same time.

Fun fact: Martina is a proud book sniffer and will most certainly explore your library first before she takes her shoes off in your house. Martina likes diversity in her life and appreciates different cultures. She loves eating paella, but she avoids most seafood. 

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Lucia Klincová

Student Services Assistant, CIEE Prague

 

Lucia has worked at the CIEE Study Center in Prague since June 2014 as Student Services Assistant. Previously, she was a Flat Buddy at CIEE Prague. She is responsible for study center official events planning, the organization and development of immersion opportunities, Guest Lectures, interest groups, tandems, the “Meet Czech Families” program, etc. She expects students to be willing to leave their comfort zone, to live the way the locals do, and to get as immersed as possible in the culture.

Lucia has a great passion for sport. She has been a competitive dancer for more than 10 years. She holds several national titles and the title of European Champion. She also enjoys running and wishes to run a marathon one day.

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Lenka Osičková

Housing Assistant, CIEE Prague

 

Lenka works at the CIEE Study Center in Prague as Housing Assistant. Her position comprises housing management and administration, student services, Buddy management, apartment check in and check out, monthly apartment cleanliness control, monthly apartment payments, updating Google accounts, etc. She expects students to experience the new culture's food and beverage specialties because it is one of the most dynamic aspects of traveling and learning more about different cultures. However, she counts on the fact that students will be responsible and tactful.

Lenka loves to keep old traditions, such as wearing traditional folklore costumes during celebrations and traditional dancing and singing. She is from South Moravia where the traditions are kept on a daily basis.

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Alicja Nemoudry

Program Assistant, CIEE Prague

 
Alicja started working at CIEE in January 2014 as Program Assistant.  In her role she assists the Operations Manager in the overall management of the Central European Studies program, day-to-day operations of the CIEE Study Center, program support, Academic Trips, excursions, coordination of the volunteering and non-credit internship programs, as well as administrative and editorial support. 

Alicja is originally from Poland, but moved to Czech Republic with her family when she was 4 years old. Prior to joining CIEE she lived in Scotland for 7 years, where she completed her degree in History of Art and Art and Business. Alicja had a number of rather peculiar jobs prior to working for CIEE; one of them was working for the Scottish prisons and courts as an interpreter.

As Alicja has spent many years living and working abroad, she has a good understanding of the apprehensions and also benefits of travelling overseas. She hopes students coming to Czech Republic will be open minded and will not be afraid to get out of their comfort zone in order to have real immersion into Czech culture.

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Veronika Tobiašová

Housing Manager, CIEE Prague

 Veronika works for the CIEE Study Center in Prague as a Housing Manager and she is mainly responsible for housing management (dorm, apartments, homestay), solving student issues, student mental issues, and the Buddy Program. She also teaches the Intercultural Communication and Leadership course.

 

Veronika received her Master’s degree in English and American Studies and Spanish Philology at Charles University in Prague, with a specialization in American and Argentinean literature. During high school, she was an exchange student in Madison, Wisconsin for one year. She also studied at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain for a year. Her previous working experience includes teaching English and Spanish in different language schools and a high school in Prague. She also worked for a trade promotion agency and the Peruvian Embassy. She expects CIEE students to be willing to step outside their comfort zone when living in a new culture. She also hopes they will show the best of themselves and their culture to local people.

 Veronika is originally from Eastern Slovakia. She loves (almost) everything related to Italy. Her dream is to one day read Dante in the original version and ride a Vespa. She has a love affair with Italian gelato.

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Eva Tomišková

Operations Manager, CIEE Prague

 

Eva has worked at the CIEE Study Center in Prague since July 2011 as Operations Manager. Her main responsibilities involve logistical coordination of the CES program including orientation, extracurricular programs, and Academic Trips. She also coordinates Custom and Faculty led programs and the Intercultural Comparative Experience during the summer. Eva expects that students will want to make the most of their experience in the Czech Republic by engaging with locals and learning about the local culture more than just on the surface level. Eva loves reading books, traveling, crocheting, and knitting. She also loves gluten free baking for her family and friends.

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Ivana Skenderija

Film Studies Resident Director, CIEE Prague

 

Ivana Skenderija has been working for CIEE Prague since May 2008. As Film Studies program coordinator, she is the main liaison between CIEE and the Prague Film and Television School at the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU). She assists and advises Film Studies students, works on program development and leads cultural workshops and academic excursions. Her responsibilities include site visit planning and CIEE course database testing and development.

 

Ivana has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities from Charles University and a background in drama, education, and film. In 2015, she will be finishing her master’s degree in general anthropology. Ivana appreciates involved, independent, self-driven, and open-minded students who are not afraid to explore. Ivana and her Bosnian husband Boris are raising their 2 year old daughter Johana and a dachshund named Sid Vicious. Aside from ethnographic field research and organizing conferences, Ivana has many other passions which include traveling, skiing, classical box, reading, cooking and eating spicy food. Her dream is to travel to Latin America and to Vietnam.

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Richard Stock

Academic Director, CIEE Prague

 

Rick started as Academic Director at CIEE Prague in January 2015. His responsibilities focus on the academic side of the program, setting up courses, managing curriculum, working with faculty, responding to student concerns, etc. At the same time he is the undercover Resident Director of the CES program, which gets him involved in other student issues not directly related to academics. His main field of teaching and research is contemporary American literature and literary theory, although he teaches a course on Franz Kafka at CIEE. Rick has an M.A. from the University of Illinois, another M.A. from the University of Reading, and a Ph.D. from Charles University.

 

Students coming to our program should realize that study abroad is a daunting, but surmountable, time-management challenge, according to Rick. In this way they can get the full academic and social/cultural experience. He also hopes that students realize that this is not the last chance they get in their lives to spend time in Prague or Europe: they can always come back to visit or even reside in Europe. But most likely they will not get the chance again to take courses like CIEE offers.

 Rick is originally from Chicago and has a Czech wife and three bi-cultural daughters. He has lived in the Czech Republic since 1998. He lives in a village called Hrusice, which is famous among Czechs for being the birthplace of a famous Czech artist and writer from the early 20th century named Josef Lada. This painting is by Lada and depicts a pub just down the hill from Rick’s house:

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Petra Uvírová

Registrar and Global AD Program Coordinator, CIEE Prague

Petra Uvírová joined CIEE Study Center in Prague in January 2014 and works as Global AD Coordinator and Registrar. Her primary responsibility is coordinating the Global Architecture and Design program with the two other cities running the Global AD program – Barcelona and Berlin. Petra is also responsible for the entire center´s enrollment, visa processing, class scheduling, and course registration. She recently took over the summer program at CIEE Prague.

 

Petra studied at the Metropolitan University of Prague and graduated with a Masters degree in International Relations and European Studies. Petra brought her experience in international education from the U.S. where she lived for 5 years. Prior to joining CIEE, she gained knowledge and awareness of providing excellent customer service such as university counseling and introducing American culture to international students as International Student Advisor in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

Petra appreciates students who are independent, not afraid to get out of their comfort zone to confront and challenge themselves while studying abroad. She likes students with sense of humor, irony, and ability to self reflect. Petra likes the Czech countryside and certain aspects of Czech culture like great wine, camping anywhere you like, beer spa, cultural diversity of the main three regions (Moravia, Silesia, and Bohemia), and many others. She also loves living in a foreign country, especially by the ocean.

 Fun fact: When Petra was a young child she used to catch hedgehogs and push them in a stroller.  

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Petr “Franky” Zak

Financial and Information Services Coordinator

 Franky is responsible for IT/Communication innovations and IT support for staff, professors, students and other study centers in Europe (Berlin, Amsterdam). He also provides financial and accounting support. He was the project manager responsible for moving from the old CIEE Prague Study Center to the new one in summer 2013. Last year he implemented and now maintains the Moodle LMS to help professors and students create and participate in online courses with a focus on interaction and collaborative construction of content and its continual evolution.

Franky appreciates independent students willing to do more than what is expected.

Prior to joining CIEE as a full-time employee, Franky worked in several IT companies (software development, CRM consulting) and financial companies (financial advisor for private clients). Franky received a B.A. in Economics from Charles University and previously worked with CIEE as a Flat Buddy to CIEE students. He now does a research in quantitative finance, especially predicting the exchange rate EUR/CZK. He plays the drums with two Czech bands.

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