From 18 to 80: summer school in Poděbrady draws people with Czech heritage of all ages

Photo: René Volfík,

For three decades, the Czech Summer Course for Expatriates has been bringing people with Czech ancestry from all over the world to their ancestral home to get in touch with their roots and brush up on their language skills. Now in its 30th year, the course has brought a diverse range of students of all ages and many different nationalities to Czechia once again. While they were on a tour of the Czech Radio building, we managed to catch up with a few of them to hear about their motivations, struggles and successes.

The Summer Czech Course for Expatriates, as it is officially known, is held annually in the spa town of Poděbrady and is intended primarily for people from Czech heritage communities living abroad. It attracts people from all over the world, including North and South America, Oceania, and even Africa and Asia, as well as Europe.

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Author: Anna Fodor