Social Awareness And Counselling
It's never easy being a stranger in a foreign country, especially one as different as the Czech-Republic where things can work rather differently from what you may be used back home in the U.K or United States. Almost all of us who have some experience travelling to countries where we don't have much command of the local language struggle in some situations. Thankfully most of the time the worst that can happen is that you'll suffer a little social awkwardness or embarrassment but sometimes it can be more serious too.
Organizations which help foreigners get acclimatized to the local culture where they are living we believe are very important. It's not only good for you as a foreign resident to have this kind of assistence available but it's also good for the country as a whole in that it helps everyone to more easily integrate together in harmony.
Some of the services most commonly offered for foreign assistence services include
- Understanding your rights under Czech law
- Translation services to and from many different languages
- Mediation services
- Help in dealing with government offices, official forms and appointments
- Assistence in finding English speaking doctors and dentists
- Guidance for families wishing to send their children to local schools
- Job training and preparation for entering the employment market
- Guidance in dealing with the authorities here
One of the best things you can do in order to help yourself is to adequately prepare before arriving. You'll find that it's possible to locate many online resources such as penfriends or penpals and strike up a nice friendship with people your own age who live here. You can find services which will help you to connect with them and you can communicate through things like Email or Skype. A language exchange partner is a great way to not only improve each others ability to speak a foreign language but also to form a bond of friendship.
Learning the language or at least the basics is something which you'll find very useful and valable. A great entry point would be to first arrive to a language course here and stay for a month or more taking daily classes. Not only will you get a great headstart in being able to communicate with locals but you'll also find that the shcool will offer you a lot of advice and support in finding accomodation and getting your orientated around the city.
- Levels Include
- Intermediate Advanced Courses
- Preparation For The Examination A1 By The Common European Framework Of Reference (Which Is Conditional On The Granting Of Permanent Residence)