Minulé léto jsem se zúčastnila European Summer School v Praze, kterou každoročně organizuje agentura Czech-us. Ze široké nabídky kurzů jsem si nakonec vybrala kurz Web Development, který mě svým popisem zaujal nejvíce a který se mi i nejvíce hodil ke studiu informatiky na VŠ.
Kromě zajímavého obsahu kurzu, kde jsem se, mimo jiné, měla naučit, jak si vytvořit vlastní webovou stránku, mě zaujalo i to, že celá výuka probíhá v angličtině. Pro mě to tedy znamenalo „zabít dvě mouchy jednou ranou“, protože zlepšit si svoji angličtinu jsem měla minulé léto v plánu také. Mluvit dva týdny jen anglicky se mi tedy náramně hodilo.
Kurz probíhal jako klasická škola. Dopoledne byla výuka, odpoledne volno. Volno jsem mohla trávit po svém. Měla jsem to jednodušší v tom, že jsem byla místní, tak jsem se po Praze mohla pohybovat nezávisle na ostatních. Většinou jsem se ale stejně účastnila společného programu, který pro studenty připravil tým koordinátorů aktivit. Společně jsme byli na Petříně, na šlapadlech, na lasergame a o víkendu v Českých Budějovicích. Během těch dvou týdnů proběhly dvě grilovačky v parku a na závěr celého kurzu byla pro studenty uspořádána Graduation party na střeše kanceláře, ve které agentura Czech-us sídlí.
V celém kurzu jsem byla kromě koordinátorů jediná Češka. Byli tam studenti napříč z celého světa – z Brazílie, Itálie, Aruby, Ruska, Holandska, Japonska, … Za ty dva týdny jsem měla možnost všechny poznat. Některé víc, některé míň. Se všemi jsem ale každý den prohodila pár slov a na konci kurzu jsem měla spoustu nových přátel. S některými jsem v kontaktu dodnes a s některými jsme se dokonce domluvili, že se někdy navštívíme.
Letní školu bych všem určitě doporučila. Je to skvělá zkušenost. Člověk se dozví něco, co ho zajímá, seznámí se se spoustou nových lidí, pozná jejich kulturu, opráší cizí jazyk a jako bonus za to může dostat i nějaké ESTC kredity na své škole. Já dostala 3 a tento rok se mi budou hodit.
„I learnt many new things about compositions, colors and methods and these help me to improve my creating visual skills. I met very lovely people from all over the Europe, many nice memories connected to them thanks to summer school I improved my drawing skills, I learnt something about new cultures, met different people, had a lot of fun with them and I explore the beautiful city - Split, as well.“
„Besides massive new illustration skills, I learned how much you can achieve in only two weeks. I met likeminded people who are open minded and fun to hang out with.The summer school helped me to develop professionally, but most of all it gave me more self esteem in this field of work.“
„I really liked it. The teacher was really good at his job, he could help you no matter what you were trying to illustrate with whatever technique. For me, as someone with absolutely no art experience whatsoever, it was unclear what exactly illustration practice entailed. I had the idea beforehand that it would be more of a drawing course. Nevertheless the course was really valuable: it got me going. The most import thing I learned is probably that you shouldn't be afraid and just do and try, it will come to you eventually. The course was really helpful.
The activities were really nice. Only payment methods should be looked at. Paying before or after etc. would be better, paying in between and going to the ATM constantly was a little annoying.“
„I enjoyed the course a lot! We covered the wide range of videomaking from the gear to camera angles, to editing and lighting. In our class we were all sort of on the same level of video skills when we started, which is an advantage. Michal was an amazing teacher, very well prepared and willing to help us till the middle of the night. I've learnt a lot and enjoyed working on videomaking. It was very nice to have the activities already planned so that there was always something to do! I've met the most amazing people during the summer school, I think the activities contributed to that. The activities were a good way to get to know the group and make new friends! Lukas is an amazing guide and did very well on filling the group with enthusiasm! I seriously had such a great time, better than I ever could have expected! I'm not sure whether last years summer school van be overtopped. But for the testimonial I'll say; definitely because I've had such an amazing time and I've learned a lot!“
1. Kurz super
2. Aktivity nejlepší a Lukáš je borec
3. Term 2 skvělá parta lidí, takže za mě předčilo SSC očekávání
4. Pokud bude čas, tak určitě ano, udělal bych to na nějakym jinym místě, ktere je taky u moře, abych poznal další město, Split mám přechozenej poctivě.“
„It was amazing experience for me! Yes, of course, it helped me in a lot of different directions. For examlpe I improve my english, drawing and thinking about the sense of the picture. I enjoyed our activities, all of them! The greatest experience for me was an exhibition but I also really enjoyed the party and our graduation boat party. I would like to stay in the summer school even longer. It was totally amazing! I enjoyed the international atmospehere during the activities.“
„Kurz Videomaking - velmi velmi sa mi pacil a bol viac ako uzitocny - naucila som sa vela novych a zaujimavych veci, ktore budem v buducnosti (ako uz aj teraz) vyuzivat celkom urcite. 2. Aktivity - najlepsie! Od raftingu, cez Krku az po bicyklovanie a vsetky navstevy plazi ci len obycajna grill party. vsetko perfektne. 3. Celkovy pocit - vynikajuci, super ludia, super lektori, super organizacia a perfektne vytvorena atmosfera doplnena vhodnymi volnocasovymi aktivitami. 4. Urcite by som sa chcela zucastnit aj buduci rok!“
Stáhněte si článek, kde naleznete rozhovor s Niky Korbačkovou, která tam studovala loni. Jak sama říká: Proč sedět doma, když se můžu naučit něco od cizí země, poznat skvělé lidi a získat nové zkušenosti?
„Being a teacher at this summer school was a meaningful, relevant, and very good experience for me, and it pushed me to think “outside of the box”. What really impressed me the most was that the students showed a high level of ownership in the activities in class and the exercises given that I do not see every day. The organizers of the summer school handled everything in a professional manner and made the whole experience even more enjoyable. I will recommend this summer school to everyone who wants to work on their knowledge and skills.“
„Kurz byl velmi uspesny. Jakkoliv jsem se lehce obaval ruzne urovne studentu, nakonec to dopadlo tak, ze všichni byli vesmes zacatecnici, byt kazdy mel jina ocekavani co s nabytou zkusenosti chce delat. Jak se ten ci onen vyrovnal a popasoval s kurzem spise zalezelo na tom, jake mel nadani - nekdo mel vice oko na zabery, jiny vice experimentoval, dalsi byl silny po technicke anebo rezijni strance. V dusledku ale studenti zvladli vsechny aspekty nataceni a myslim, ze diky tomu pochopili, ze tvorba videa je komplexni proces, ktery se neda tam ci onde “osulit“. Samozrejme jsem nepocital s tim, ze po deseti dnech vychovam hotove filmare, ale minimalne zmenim jejich pohled na svet filmu, tv a video produkce obecne. A to se myslim, povedlo. Sice jsem nevidel jejich feedback na dotaznicich, ale kdyz si 40 % ucastniku dalo tu praci, ze mi mimo to jeste napsalo individualni dekovny dopis, citim spokojenost.“
„The students were great, very knowledgeable, interested and engaged. They were older and had a more extensive academic background than I had anticipated, but this simply added to my experience, so I really enjoyed that
I loved the city and I found the planning and execution of the summer school was very professional and well-planned and I really enjoyed the extracurricular activities that I participated in.
All in all, a very good experience, both personally and professional.“
„I was teaching a business English 2 week intensive course in Split, Croatia. The course included three 90 min lessons every day.We dealt with the following themes: how to write a CV, applying for jobs, preparing a covering letter, extensive interview practice, telephone English, negotiating techniques and participating in business meetings.
The students were highly motivated. They wanted to help their fellow class-mates and became close friends because of the course. The students came from various countries and this was very important to the effectiveness off the course; different cultural input, sharing business contacts from their own countries, only using English in class and outside class during the extracurricular activities.
The students that arrived on the first day were quite different at the end. They had become close friends, helpful classmates with a better understanding of business English that would, on some occasions, help them in their existing companies, and for others, help them become better prepared for getting a job and/or change career.
Split was the ideal venue. The weather was great. A variety of beaches were reasily accessible and Split is a great port centre for Island hopping. There was culture to be seen (Game of Thrones was filmed there) and a lively nightlife. The university facilities were air-conditioned and modern.
Personally, I loved teaching different nationalities. I loved that they couldn't use their own language to explain things and had no choice but to use English which all of them found as a bonus not a disadvantage. Having 4 and half hours of English every day could sound tiring for some but the students were highly motivated and this motivation carried them through till the end.
The course was very well run from an academic view and practical view. The students were very positive about the course itself but also about their accommodation and the activities that Czech-us had prepared for them. Czech-us staff were always available to help out if need be. They were flexible with the extra activities depending on the students' needs. I never heard any complaints from the students regarding accommodation, facilities, planned activities etc. In fact the students were very enthusiastic about the above.
It was an overall very positive experience and I'd have no hesitation in recommending students to sign up for summer school 2016. I hope I'll be there too to share the experience.“
„I taught two sessions of Summer School in Croatia this year. I felt challenged every day and I never went home feeling any of the students had 'phoned it in'- everyone was incredibly interested and participated wonderfully. The facility in which I taught was modern and up to date. The city of Split has dozens of beaches to be discovered- some are great for partying, others are perfect for the family. All of them are worth a visit as is the city center with its lovely seafront walks and the amazing Diocletian palace complex. Overall I had a really rewarding experience both teaching and exploring Split. “