Family next door 2014

Project period: January 2014 - December 2014
EIF 2013-18

Invite new friends for Sunday lunch, taste specialities of international cuisine and experience unusual meeting either at your home or at your hosts! Just fill in the online application form! And we'll take care of the rest! Meetings of Czechs and migrants families will culminate in 23rd November 2014 at 1 PM.

BASIC INFORMATION
The project represents a unique opportunity to meet interesting people, learn their stories and learn more about culture of other nations. The concept of family meetings within the Next Door Family project has taken place successfully in the Czech Republic since 2004. So far 1124 Czech families and the families of foreigners living in the Czech Republic took part in this project. The meeting promotes communication, understanding other cultures, building personal relationships between Czech families and the families of foreigners, as well as the integration of foreigners on a personal level.

2Do you like to try new things? Do you like to meet new people? Then Next Door Family is just for you! Join the successful project of Slovo 21, which brings closer Czechs and migrants from the Czech Republic for eleven years! This year the organization Slovo 21 is preparing meetings of Czechs and as well. It will take place in November 23rd 2014 in all regions of Czech Republic. Families will sit at a common table and experience something untraditional, meet new friends or try Czech or international cuisine. The successful integration project Next Door Family starts!

 

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The project is open to Czech families, families of migrants, and nationals of the third world countries (countries that are not members of the EU), who are legally residing in the Czech Republic. The EU citizens and third country nationals, who have applied for international protection and waiting for the approval, or those with the refugee status, or subsidiary protection, cannot apply for the project. If you meet all the requirements, please fill in the online application form and our team will shortly contact you.

HOW TO FILL IN THE APPLICATON?
The application procedure is simple. Fill in the on-line application for family meetings; please indicate your contact details, job and hobbies. The information provided will help us to put your family together with another family from your neighbourhood based on age of family members, common hobbies, professions and languages. This ensures the smooth running of family meetings.

HOW IT WILL TAKE PLACE
The Sunday meeting will take place in one of the family’s home - either at the Czech or migrant home. One of the families will be the host. Therefore, they prepare Sunday lunch and program for their visit. The choice to become the host always depends on the interests of families involved. At each meeting, there is an assistant, who meets both families in person and get in touch with them, exchange information about the other family and also during the meeting.

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WE HAVE GROWN BEYOND CZECH BORDERS
In 2012, the project was extraordinary, because the common Sunday lunches took place not only in the Czech Republic, as it has been so far, but also in the other seven European countries - Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Slovakia, Spain and Portugal. All meetings took place within the framework of the international project of the civic association Slovo 21 called NEXT DOOR FAMILY. During one Sunday afternoon in seven European countries a total of 460 local families and families of foreigners met at joint lunch. In total, 564 families participated in all eight EU Member States!

6“NEXT DOOR FAMILY IS PROJECT, WHICH IS MISSING IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC”
TÁŇA FISHEROVÁ, ACTOR AND PRESIDENT CANDIDATE
I have to admit that I was quite amazed at the discovery that the project Next Door Family exists and is being organized by the Slovo 21 association, which has been dealing with issues of foreigners from third countries for long time. I think, that project fills what we are missing in the Czech Republic, understanding of others. And that's exactly what the project sparked nine years ago that people would get to know each other together at lunchtime, and they would no longer look like an enemy or two groups that were taking space to each other. And I´m pleasantly surprised, that the project has grown successfully beyond the Czech border, has won a prestigious award SozialMarie 2011 and our media give it space.

 

 

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Updated 13th August 2014