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07/23/2014

Summer 2014 Newsletter, Issue II

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It is our fine pleasure to introduce to you our newest CIEE Prague team members! Read on to find out more about these fabulous and interesting people.

Lucia Klincová: Student Services Assistant

Lucia

What does your position comprise of and what do you enjoy about working for CIEE?

My position at CIEE (Student Services Assistant) is mostly about helping our students getting as immersed as possible in the Czech Republic. I organize guest lectures, prepare official events and extracurricular activities.

I like how every day at CIEE is different. We always have an event to be excited about or an inspiring guest lecture to discuss. I also enjoy the international environment that makes me more open-minded.

What did you do before CIEE and how does this add to your expertise?

Before starting at CIEE, I studied International Relations at Charles University, George Mason University, Georgetown University and Université Libre de Bruxelles. I think it is very helpful that I have the „study abroad“ experience, as I can easily relate to our students and their issues.

I actually cooperated with CIEE before, as a flat buddy. Those 4 semesters living with the US students in one apartment gave me an idea of what their everyday life is about. I think it also makes me a better employee, because I know what students like to do outside the study center. 

What should a CIEE Prague student not miss out on when in the Czech Republic? (place, experience, cultural event, ect.)

I defitinely recommend visiting the farmer's market at Náplavka. It is one of my favorite events in Prague, as it combines great food, live music and a good mixture of locals and expats.

What do you like to do when not at work?

When not at work, I like to relax actively. I love sports and I want to run a marathon one day. That is why I try to go for at least a short run every day after work. I also love to cook and I enjoy having little dinner parties with my friends.

 

Martina Břeňová: Office Manager

Martina

What does your position comprise of and what do you enjoy about working for CIEE? 

I am responsible for handling the front desk inquiries, building maintenance and library management. I also coordinate the syllabi submission and assist the Resident Director. Recently, I have been involved in cultural workshop presentations.

Working for CIEE means using English on a daily basis, which is extremely challenging if you want to become fluent as I do. CIEE is an international community promoting education and study abroad of young people, something that has always been my personal interest. I believe that we all learn and develop for the entire life. Also, CIEE gives you a chance to travel, to meet new people from different countries which is an asset in today's world.   

What did you do before CIEE and how does this add to your expertise?

I worked as a front desk and hotel manager which helped me to better understand the international community of people coming to the Czech Republic. The variety of individual human stories, points of view and characters. Furthermore, it improved my managerial skills and ability to work in and lead a group of people.

What should a CIEE Prague student not miss out on when in the Czech Republic? (place, experience, cultural event, ect.)

You should definitely visit Olomouc (the town where I come from). Furthermore, spend one night at "chalupa" (typical Czech summer house).

What do you like to do when not at work?

I like sports (yoga, dance, jogging, collective games), culture (theatre, movies) and I love to spend time with my friends.

 

Lenka Osičková: Housing Assistant

Lenka

What does your position comprise of and what do you enjoy about working for CIEE?

My position comprises of housing management and administration, student services, buddy control and assistance with flat buddy meetings, checking individual apartment contracts, housing check in and check out, calling in cleaning services if necessary,  to prepare monthly apartment payments, receives utility bils from landlords, update Google accounts - Emergency, Buddies, week or month activity report control, preparing keys, collecting housing forms and others.

I enjoy the communication between staff, students and buddies. I feel that position of the housing assistant will be never boring, because it is very diverse. I am the person that doesn´t like to be sitting and doing the same paper work the whole day.

What did you do before CIEE and how does this add to your expertise?

I was working abroad in Canada and in Portugal. I had the opportunity to improve on languages, learn about other cultures, become more open minded and to deal with stressful situations.

What should a CIEE Prague student not miss out on when in the Czech Republic? (place, experience, cultural event, ect.)

For sure students shouldn´t miss Český Krumlov, Krkonoše and some spa town as Luhačovice or Karlovy Vary. There are so many authentic castles and ruins in the Czech Republic that still reflect the time period when they were built.

What do you like to do when not at work?

I love to travel, anytime, anywhere. I really enjoy cooking diferent cuisines from different countries, for example, Portuguese, Spanish, Indonesian, Italian, Czech and so on. I like to go to the cinema, read a book, watch some nice movie or just relax at home. Because I am from the region of south Moravia, I like to keep old traditions, such as wearing traditional folklore costumes during celebrations, traditional dancing and singing.

 

Alicja Nemoudry: Program Assistant

Alicja

What does your position comprise of and what do you enjoy about working for CIEE?

As a program assistant my main responsibility is to assist the Program Coordinator in the overall management of Central European Studies program. I am primary responsible for the day-to-day operations of the CIEE Study Centre, program support, field trips, excursions as well as administrative and editorial support. There are many things I enjoy about working for CIEE. One of them is the working environment. Our CIEE study center is based in a beautiful old presbytery at Vyšehrad, where we have stunning panoramic views of Prague. It is a pleasure to be a part of CIEE Prague team. I am surrounded by great people, friendly and dedicated staff members and most importantly students, who are eager to learn new things and come to Czech Republic to learn about our culture and history.

What did you do before CIEE and how does this add to your expertise?

Prior to joining CIEE I have spent many years living and working abroad so I have a good understanding of the apprehensions and also benefits of travelling overseas. I have a undergraduate degree in History of Art and postgraduate diploma in Art and Business from the University of Aberdeen. I have several years of experience in customer service sector, which I gained during my work in the Scottish art galleries and auction house.

What should a CIEE Prague student not miss out on when in the Czech Republic? (place, experience, cultural event, ect.)

As a art lover I would recommend students to visit one of the Prague´s art galleries. One not to miss is Prague Castle Art Galleries. Paintings of the famous collection of the emperor Rudolph II are displayed there. Visitors can see masterpieces of 17th century Flemish, Italian, German and Dutch artists. This is definitely my favorite one! Students should add it to their bucket list!

What do you like to do when not at work?

I love travelling. Whenever I have a day off I pack my bags and try to go somewhere. There are still so many countries I want to visit. I enjoy discovering new places, cultures and meeting people from all around the world. Travelling is a great way for me to relax.