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Volunteering in the Czech Republic – The City That Stole My Heart!


Volunteer in the Czech Republic – Prague Hostel Internship
Prague, Czech Republic

There’s a Kafka quote at the bottom of the staircase at the hostel that reads: “Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” For me, volunteering at the Prague Hostel Internship was about learning to discover the beauty in Prague and the new people that I met while I was here. And it turned out falling in love with Prague was the easiest thing I’ve ever done.

The project really stood out to me because I really wanted the opportunity to explore a medieval city and learn what it was like to work in the tourism industry. My first real taste of the hospitality business came on Easter weekend; over three days, the other interns and I made over 300 beds. But between making breakfast to bartending, I truly enjoyed helping people discover this beautiful city and discovering it myself along the way.

All along the staircase at the hostel are inspirational quotes; it’s one of my favorite decorating features there. This one by Kafka is my favorite, and perfectly matched to the atmosphere of the hostel.
All along the staircase at the hostel are inspirational quotes; it’s one of my favorite decorating features there. This one by Kafka is my favorite, and perfectly matched to the atmosphere of the hostel.

After I got off work, I would grab a sandwich and head to Kampa Park. It’s home to the Kampa Museum, David Cerny sculptures, and is always full of people. On sunny afternoons, I would spend hours enjoying the outside, and taking candids of people. Other days I would see the sights with my friends Gaia and Janita, two other interns, like Dox, Prague’s contemporary art museum, or climb to the top of the astronomical clock to watch the sun set.

This playful pup was found on one of our GoEco volunteers many adventures in Kampa Park. While his owner was ready to keep going, this puppy broke free from the leash a few times to lay around in the grass and enjoy the sun.
This playful pup was found on one of my many adventures in Kampa Park. While his owner was ready to keep going, this puppy broke free from the leash a few times to lay around in the grass and enjoy the sun.
Old Town Square is “Tourist Central” so all of the performs and street artists gather there to share their talents. This one caricature artist was drawing a group of guys from Italy when this GoEco volunteer walked past.
Old Town Square is “Tourist Central” so all of the performs and street artists gather there to share their talents. This one caricature artist was drawing a group of guys from Italy when I walked past.

Once it gets dark, the whole city atmosphere changes and one of my favorite haunts is Chapeau Rouge, a 100 year-old bar just outside Old Town Square. On Mondays they have a great techno party with deejays mixing in the underground club all night. Other nights I would go to Usudu, a pub close to the hostel, with friends to play foosball and have a Pilsner.

The John Lennon Wall is one of the well-known tourist attractions in Prague, even if it’s tucked away and hidden from the main streets. There is graffiti all along this one wall, mostly of John Lennon, the Beatles, and pleas for peace, and everyone who comes to visit signs their name or writes well-wishes.
The John Lennon Wall is one of the well-known tourist attractions in Prague, even if it’s tucked away and hidden from the main streets. There is graffiti all along this one wall, mostly of John Lennon, the Beatles, and pleas for peace, and everyone who comes to visit signs their name or writes well-wishes.
There are always street performers and things to do in the streets of Prague and this photo from Wenceslas Square is proof; locals bring buckets of soapy water and rods with strings attached for people to play with while they are sightseeing.
There are always street performers and things to do in the streets of Prague and this photo from Wenceslas Square is proof; locals bring buckets of soapy water and rods with strings attached for people to play with while they are sightseeing.

The best part of this project was all of the people that I met living in the hostel. Not only did I become good friends with the people who work at the hostel but being there during my internship allowed me to spend time with the guests. One of my favorite new friends was Johnny, a writer from Sweden, who came down to the bar every night during his stay to talk about the book he was writing about the hostel and what it was like living in seclusion in the woods for more than a decade. He always made me laugh with his unbelievable stories, and he had great taste in contemporary literature.

During a GoEco volunteer's internship the world ice hockey championships were going on in Prague, and even though they didn’t get to see them live, they still had a good time cheering on their countries from Dubliner’s Irish pub. From left to right: Me, Janita, Mackey, & Gaia.
During my internship the world ice hockey championships were going on in Prague, and even though we didn’t get to see them live, we still had a good time cheering on our countries from Dubliner’s Irish pub. From left to right: Me, Janita, Mackey, & Gaia.

For me, choosing this project was a split-second decision, and it turns out that living by the seat of my pants suits me; I am now an expat living and working in Prague….indefinitely!

One of things that I learned is that no one here eats hamburgers with their fingers, they all cut them up with their forks and knives. I discovered this after mistakenly taking my bun to my mouth with my hands…I very quickly put it back and picked up my utensils. The more you know!
One of things that I learned is that no one here eats hamburgers with their fingers, they all cut them up with their forks and knives. I discovered this after mistakenly taking my bun to my mouth with my hands…I very quickly put it back and picked up my utensils. The more you know!

There’s only one piece of advice that I have for people looking into this internship—make sure you get your long-term visa before coming to Prague. Chances are the city will steal your heart and you’ll never want to leave.

One of the hostel receptionists, Melanie, is also a model so on one of the days we both had free, we took a camera and some props to the Palace gardens for an impromptu photoshoot.
One of the hostel receptionists, Melanie, is also a model so on one of the days we both had free, we took a camera and some props to the Palace gardens for an impromptu photoshoot.

Get involved and begin the journey of your lifetime! Click here for more details about the Prague Hostel Internship!

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