Evropská dobrovolná služba – 2. část


V předchozím čísle jsme se dozvěděli, co je Evropská dobrovolná činnost, kdo se může stát dobrovolníkem a jakým způsobem. Zjistili jsme, že bychom si měli nejdříve najít akreditovanou vysílající organizaci, která nás může vyslat do zahraničí. A jako příklad takové organizace jsme uvedli Diecézní charitu ostravsko-opavskou (DCHOO), na kterou se můžete obrátit: (michaela.turonova@dchoo.charita.cz).

V dnešním článku se dozvíte konkrétní postřehy od zahraničních dobrovolníků Julien (z francouzského ostrova Réunion) a Alba (z italské Sardínie), kteří si pro svou dobrovolnickou činnost zvolili právě projekt v České republice (v městě Ostrava), který zprostředkovala DCHOO.


Interview with Julien Métro


Why did you choose Czech Republic? Was it because of the country or the project?

I chose the project because I wanted to do a voluntary year in the frame of human rights but directly in the field. When my sending organisation proposed me that project it was really the right project in the right timing.

What was the biggest cultural shock for you?

The biggest cultural schock was for me the weather. I came from la Reunion and when I left it, it was almost 40 degrees celcius and then I arrived it was -20 degree. That was really in thermos shock. And plus here the thing that surprised me the most was the lack of people  in the streets in the week-end who preferred to go to the mountains.

What would you recommend future volunteers? Any advice?

To any volunteers I would recommend them Evs and especially Ostrava because it is a great project and it is one other world to live in Ostrava. Having a year abroad is an incredible chance to change your habits and customs. Also living in Ostrava is a great opportunity to get to know the Czech Silesian culture. 

What is your favourite Czech meal? Do you have any?


My favourite Czech meal could be the Goulash but that’s a little bit to heavy for me so I should say that my favourite Czech meal is the Jednohubka which is more a starter than a meal. Jednohubka gives the opportunity to have different tastes at the same time. 




What do you think about Ostrava? How is the life here?

Ostrava is a particular city with a heavy industrial past which gave a special mood to the city. I like it somehow. For example on Sunday I like to go to the top of Halda Ema and have a look on all Ostrava which is refreshing. 

What surprised you here the most?

That everyone gathered themselved in Karolina shopcenter instead of being outside and the fact that people eat very early here. One thing that surprise me a lot is the typical Czech Barbecue which is very different that the one that we have in France!

Did you travel to another country apart from the Czech Republic? Which one?

Yes to Poland, Italy and Slovakia and soon I will go to Ukraine !!

What about Czech language, is it hard for you?

It is hard especially to pronounce the letter (Ř) that only exists in the Czech Republic. One thing I like about the language is more simple cause for example there is less tense than French,  we have for example at least 16 different conjugaisons. 

For how long will you be here?

One year from February 2017 to february 2018. It’s kind of hard because we are suffering from two hard winters which is difficult for me knowing that I am from a tropical Island. And it’s even more difficult because according to me  there only two seasons here winter and falls with few days of good weather. 

What do you do here? (work)

I work in a center for Roma Center and I am involved in their daily life helping them in languauges like English and French. We have also a cooking activity in which we cook meals from our country. We have also an activity about the IT world ! I am more focused on how to fight or at least avoid  bullying on social network. I also spend a lot of time to play and speak English with the children 


Alba Medda

Why did you choose Czech Republic? Did you choose it because of the country or the project?

I chose it especially because of the project, the Charita’s program for Roma it’s very interesting for me, for giving me a new ideas and experience for my job in Italy. But I was really curious to see and to live in a country totally different to Italy..so what best choose?Czech Republic of course!!

What was the biggest cultural shock for you?

I come from Italy so THE FOOD!! Pizza with ANANAS and Spaghetti with KETCHUP are really creative versions of traditional Italian’s meal.

What is your favourite Czech meal? Do you have any?

I don’t have any doubts: Bramboraka (bramboráky:D) and Kobliha!!!

What do you think about Ostrava? How is the life here?

Ostrava offers a lot of possibility about  History, green space, pub, restaurant, Cinema, Museum, Theatre, Library and Music! I have two favourite place: Komenského sady a big park in the centre of the city and Vitkovice where meet together past and future to Ostrava!

What surprised you here the most?

It’s very easy to travel. The Czech Republic have really good connections with public transport in the region and with the other states too. I’m very lucky to be a volunteer in a big region where is possible visit a lot of different place!

Did you visit any other city appart from Ostrava? Which one?

Prague, Opava, Brno, Hradec Kralovè, Karvina, Olomouc, Cesky Krumlov but it’s just for now…I have other six month for travelling!

What about Czech language, is it hard for you?

Yes!!For me it’s very hard, it’s complete different to my mother tongue!

Is language a barriere for you?

Never I feel Czech language like a barriere! The people here are very nice and all the time want to help me..they are very comprensive with the foreigners!

Do you miss home?

Yes sometimes …But when I was in Sardinia for little holidays I missed Ostrava too!!

What do you want to bring home? (experience, ideas…)

Live abroad give you a lot of possibilities: every day there are new skills to discover or to learn! I will bring with me not only idea for my job but I will come back more personally richer. I hope  my experience will not only enrich only me but every people who I meet.


Autor: Bc. Michaela Turoňová

ICM Ostrava