Rodina Odvedle

The family Next door 2017

Project period: January 2017 - December 2017

On Sunday 26 November 2017 at 1 pm there will meet 50 Czech families and 50 families of foreigners at a common lunch. This 14 year of the project is realised all over the Czech Republic. The aim is to improve relationships between majority and foreigners, building a multicultural society and mutual understanding of different cultures. There was more than 1446 Czech and third country foreigners families at a common lunch since 2004.


Do you want to join the project? So is the last time to send the application!

Sunday lunch always takes place in one of the households that takes on the role of host. This family prepares lunch for the other, previously unknown family. This way the families get to know each other, talk about culture, traditions and life, taste traditional specialities, but first of all establish contacts.

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The “family pairing” – combining the fitting families on the basis of age, hobbies, interests, languages and place of residence, so that members of both have enough common themes to talk about - has already begun. Each lunch is attended by an assistant who personally contacts both families before the meeting and provides them with information about the other family as well as the course of the meeting. If needed at the meeting itself, he helps to break the initial barriers and shame.

The Czech families and families of foreigners legally residing in the Czech Republic may join the project. The term family here also includes a couple who is considered family (not necessarily married). The project is intended for foreigners from third countries (outside the EU). Applicants for international protection can not be involved, nor those who have refugee status or who are illegally staying in the Czech Republic. The project can not participate in mixed marriages, where one of the partners is an EU citizen and those who have already taken part in the project in previous years.

The idea of the whole project is to make it easier for Czechs and foreigners to establish relationships through personal contact, which exactly meets the family environment of the lunch. The optimal output we consider such interconnected families where relationships persist after the end of the project. In order to evaluate the project from this point of view, an inquiry will be conducted this year to show how the relations between the participants of the project in the last 3 years look like. The questionnaire survey is conducted in the following regions of the Czech Republic: Prague, Liberec, Ústí, South Moravia and Olomouc region. The questionnaire includes questions about progress, success, project effectiveness, and how participants’ relationships develop. The output of this activity will be a brochure in electronic form prepared in Czech and English, which will serve as a material for schools and various conferences on the integration of foreigners.  


We consider the Nextdoor Family to be one of our greatest achievements in the field of integration. “In the beginning, it was a simple idea of a common meal, and during the years we organize it, it became an international project. After this gentle way of integrating foreigners at an individual and intimate level proved in the Czech Republic, we expanded its ideas and methods in cooperation with other organizations to Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, Slovakia, Hungary, Belgium and the Cape Verde Islands,” says Jelena Silajdžić, director of Slovo 21, z. s.


Interview with Kristýna Freiová, project assistent

IMG 8298 kopie“It was a very nice meeting, for lunch we had a chicken schnitzel with mashed potatoes and for a dessert was a quilted cake,” says Kristyna Freiova, an assistant from the last year of the project.

Why did you decide to join the project? Was it an interesting experience for you?

I studied culturology at the Faculty of Arts so it was a natural choice for me to join the project NextDoor Family. From the studies I know how important it is to meet other cultures, to search for things that we have in common instead of things that divide us. If there is someone who decides to leave their home, their culture, they should gain recognition and support. We should do anything we are capable of to help them to become part of the new culture and society and to integrate as easy as possible.

What was your role as an assistant?

My first task was to get in touch with both families, then I accompanied the family of foreigners to the home of the Czech family and the rest of the day went very naturally. I was just taking pictures and there was no need to intervene into the conversation.

What families were you in charge of?

The host was a Czech family of Ms. Ivana who lives in Velké Přílepy in a family house. The guest Kuznetsovov family was from Kazakhstan.

How did the lunch go? What did the host family cook?

We had a chicken schnitzel with mashed potatoes and a quilted cake as a dessert. The guest family brought a coffee cake but at the end we were not able to eat it because we were full. We drank wine and beer. Both families have little daughters who are the same age and immediately after the lunch they went to play in a children’s room and stayed there the whole afternoon. At the table both families spoke about absolutely everything including horse meat which is traditional food in Kazakhstan or that the town of Velke Prilepy is a very rich archeological side.

Was there something surprising for you? Did you learn something interesting that you did not know before?

I learned a lot new information about Kazakhstan, about which I did not know much before. I was little amused by the fact that they eat horse meat in Kazakhstan and the host family was quite shocked by it as well.

Do you think this project can help to increase tolerance towards foreigners? And is there any need for such projects?

Projects like this are very important for increasing tolerance towards foreigners but the success of this project depends on the specific families. Most of them promise to meet again but it is important to keep those promises. Then a network of Czech friends can exist and this network is needed for foreigners living in a foreign country such is the Czech Republic. 



Tran Thi Hu Huong, project participant who hosted a Czech family in her home:

“The Family Next Door impressed us, we like these multicultural events, and also we thought the meeting was quite beneficial.”

Markéta Ježkova and Ladislav Barta, project participantswho visited the family from Vietnam:
“The company and the food was great, we exchanged contacts immediately, became friends on Facebook, and invited our hosts to our home for svíčková. We were surprised to learn from our hosts that they don´t inherit surnames from their parents, and wive’s don’t take husband’s surnames in Vietnam. Parents give their children a name with some meaning, and they use it for the rest of their lives. It means that no one in family has the same name and surname, and we consider that very interesting.” 

Adi Hasanbič, project participant:

"For us it was a great opportunity to get to know more one Czech family, its culture and its traditions. The lunch was delicious, we enjoyed it very much! The host family cooked for us couple of traditional Czech dishes but because I and my girlfriend are vegetarians they cooked those traditional meals without meat! The host family also prepared some sweets, we drank wine and tea and listened to Czech music. The meeting was pleasant and it was interesting experience overall. I would recommend this project to other people as well so they can get to know other culture and make new contact. I think the NextDoor Family project is a great idea and it should repeat at least twice a year."







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O nás

Zapsaný spolek Slovo 21 je nevládní nezisková organizace, která začala působit v Praze roku 1999. Vznik organizace je spjat především s počátky Světového romského festivalu Khamoro, který je dodnes jedním z největších projektů organizace. Slovo 21 se ale neorientuje jen na aktivity, které se snaží celkově zlepšit postavení Romů v Česku. Zabývá se také cizineckými integračními projekty. Asi nejznámějším je neformální setkání českých a migrantských rodin Rodina Odvedle.