Betsy Fagan, 2017-06-01:
I liked the idea that we could sit outside, or walk around the village.
That was enjoyable on sunny days. Thank you for the opportunity to
serve. I enjoyed you and Lucie and of course, Stephan! He is such a
Love! The other Lucie was of great help to all of us.
Charles Lantz, 2017-05-28:
EnglishStay was an incredibly rewarding experience. I made great
connections and lifelong friends. In just a week, we felt like a big
family! It was clear that all the students improved their English
dramatically, and the volunteers became more confident as teachers and
more informed about Czech culture. The coordinators, Tom and Lucie,
worked insanely hard to make sure every day went smoothly and everyone
was engaged. I thank them for an unforgettable experience, and hope to
join them again!
Erin Korntved, 2017-05-25:
I love EnglishStay! It's a great way to get immersed in the Czech
culture and really get to know some local people. As a traveler, this
can sometimes be difficult to do, especially if there is a language
barrier. The other volunteers are fun and interesting to meet too. In
the daytime, the conversations are structured, but in the evenings the
speaking is much more relaxed. It's nice to have it both ways. I was
surprised that we never ran out of things to talk about.
recommend this program for anyone who is visiting the Czech Republic.
It's a great way to get beyond the tourist zone and to have an authentic
experience with the people and the culture.
Alejandro Ruiz-Corona, 2017-05-25:
EnglishStay is one of the most rewarding experiences I've had. So
rewarding, in fact, that I've volunteered four times in the last year.
The program is a lot of fun and you get to meet interesting people from
the Czech Republic and also volunteers from all over the world.
the program was over, I wanted to stay in contact with the people I'd
met. We became friends. EnglishStay is a unique experience and I
recommend it. The organizers Luci, Lucie, Tom and Štěpánek are some of
the nicest and most genuine people you'll ever meet.
-- Alejandro Ruiz-Corona, USA
Candace O'Connell, 2017-05-24:
I was very fortunate to participate in the English Stay program in
May. It was an amazing experience that I will always remember. I loved
working with the students who were so eager to improve their English.
The look on their faces when they grasped a concept or learned the
pronunciation of a new word was so rewarding. I loved the flexibility of
being able to tailor the program to fit the students needs. Everything
is very organized and the bond between the students teachers just grows
every day. One of my most favorite moments was when one of the students
took me on a tour of Boskovice and said afterward how he loved that he
had to think in English to communicate with me, and how beneficial it
was to have to say and translate new words he had never said in English
before. It's a moment I will never forget. Tom and Luci are a joy to
work with and they truly care about everyone attending the program. I
would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to experience what
giving back looks like. I will definitely volunteer again!!
Vitaly Kroychik, 2017-05-22:
It was fantastic to meet new people from another culture and country and
speak English with them. They were really receptive and gained a lot of
confidence in speaking English.
Sean Healy, 2017-05-19:
Wow what a week thank you so much Tom and Lucka for
excepting me they are phenomenal organisers and wonderful parents too
the cutest baby ever. This is an amazing course its so well structured, I
made some great memories and friends for life at this course I enjoyed
every second of it and would love to join again in the future I was well
looked after and could not recommend this course enough.
I also learned a lot about the Czech culture and about myself, don't
worry if your afraid that you wont be able to teach because you will
develop your own teaching method's and you will see yourself and your
Shout out also to Luci and Gus for there great help all week
Thanks again take care
Linda Greener, 2017-03-20:
My husband and I volunteered as mentors for the EnglishStay.cz due
to the recommendations of previous mentors through one of my airline
Facebook groups. We were intrigued by the chance to spend a week in the
Czech Republic outside of Prague teaching English. The teaching
experience was actually a rich cultural exchange which exceeded my
expectations... We would volunteer again in a heartbeat. Thanks for the
Linda & Paul
Robin Belisle, 2017-03-08:
EnglishStay was an
incredible experience. Each day it was easier as I became more
comfortable in the setting and the teaching style. Those wanting to
learn came with open minds and such eagerness to learn. I enjoyed
every day seeing who I was paired up with, finding a quiet spot to
practice their skills. The last day when they each stood up and
presented their own personal 5-10 minute presentation I was filled with
pride. You could see the excitement in their eyes and how proud they
were to be able to present in English.
The program is run quite efficiently. The meals and drinks
were superb. Thanks to the team everything was comfortable, fun and
I definitely have some other friends who would be interested in
doing this also. I will highly recommend it and give them high ratings
as being a good fit for the program.
The days were long and by the end I usually could not stay for
the evening entertainment, that didn't seem to be a problem and I was
happy that we weren't made to feel bad.
Thank you all for making this program available and I hope to return again. Robin Belisle
Vian Borg, 2017-03-06:
I was so impressed with how well organized everything was. It was
perfect, the transportation, the hotel and food, and overall
opportunity to meet and talk to the students. I appreciated the daily
topics and work sheets as they were very helpful.
You treated us so well, I do want to come back!
did have one suggestion which came to me after the dream house
activity. I wish we had tried more to bring in unusual words and
possibly if our assignment had been to come up with at least five words
that were unfamiliar to some of the students and then when presenting
our house to the group- be sure to use those words in sentences. I
know some new words did come up but I personally did not try hard enough
to really think of some that are not commonly used
see why you are having such success with your program. I am happy I had
the opportunity to participate. One student said they are now thinking
in English so I believe that was a big accomplishment and they all seem
to feel better about their English language ability.
The program was very rewarding for everyone, myself included!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with us. It was wonderful to meet finally, after months of communication.
Pat Walsh, 2017-01-04:
This was an absolutely wonderful experience!!! Luci, Tom and their team were so helpful, well organized, and great fun. Their program gave us a chance to meet amazing people from Czech Republic and Slovakia! It was a great way to get to know a new part of the world. We made many new friends. Meeting and working with the other volunteers was another plus. The range of ages and experiences of the participants & volunteers made for an interesting and lively time. We'd love to come back.
Raman Singh, 2016-12-12:Lucie and Tom gave me the
opportunity to work with them which was an excellent experience :) I had such a
great time with English Stay :) I am sure each one of us learned and explored a
lot more about the locals. We learned so many things, a little bit of new
language and more than that we had the chance to live the Czech life for a few
days. All the students were amazing and it was such an amazing feeling to see
their improvement after just few days. And I made friends and relations of a
lifetime :) Every person had so much to offer and to inspire whether it was the
teachers from different parts of the world or whether the students which were
not limited to Czech republic. There were students from Sardinia and Slovakia
as well :)
I would love to join them again in future :) Keep it up guys
Andrew Campbell, 2016-11-28:
This is such a great program! It's a perfect way to connect
with Czech culture and to spend some time out of a big city. The food is
fantastic and the teaching hardly feels like work at all. Luci and Tom
were especially caring hosts, took good care of me when I was sick for
the first 2 days :)
Julian Poplawski, 2016-11-28:
The EnglishStay program was a great opportunity for
native english speakers and students learning english as a second
language to come together and share cultures. I learned about some
interesting aspects of Czech culture and enjoyed telling students about
the culture in the United States. I think the week long immersive
english conversation is a great way to improve your english as well as
meet some truly fun and amazing people.
Teresa Bailey, 2016-11-07:
Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this awesome program.
It was so much fun! Really inspiring to work with so many sharp,
intelligent young people. New friends made and wonderful memories.
Good luck in the future programs.
Haden Reece Henderson, 2016-10-15:This past week @finchmeapinch , @ann_ofall_thebernans and myself took
part in a week long English teaching program in the Czech Republic. It
was truly incredible, in a world filled
with so much hate and quick blind judgement it was so amazing getting to
see all of these people from different ages and different walks of life
all come together and just be happy humans: filled with laugher as we
little by little broke through the barriers of language. I'm as proud to
be American as they come but this week was a great reminder that we are
ALL brothers and sisters in Christ and at the end of the day that's
what it's all about. I am so thankful and so blessed to have had this
opportunity and experience.
Ann and Reed, 2016-10-14:
Bev Reusser, 2016-08-26:
The students were great! It was so rewarding to see everyone of them
improve their English language capability as we moved through the week.
The students pronunciation improved; their cadence and rhythm in
speaking became more natural; their confidence in speaking soared. It
was very rewarding bring part of this.
Sarah and Adam Whiting, 2016-08-25:
We had an absolutely wonderful week at the English Stay program hosted by Luci and Tom.
was our first experience doing a Workaway that involved teaching and
speaking with students wanting to learn English, however we found it
comfortable and enjoyable right from the start.
The program includes many fun and educational activities which we really enjoyed.
was so friendly and we made many new friends with both the other
volunteers and the lovely students. The accommodation and food was great
and the program included a nice amount of free time to relax.
We really enjoyed hosting an Australian themed evening to teach everyone about our home country.
you Luci and Tom for such a wonderful experience, we would definitely
love to come back and join the program again one day.
Cheers, Sarah and Adam
Carolyn Taffel, 2016-08-24:
I have just completed my second one-week ENGLISHstay English
language immersion program and plan to return for a third next year.
Through ENGLISHstay, as an English-speaking volunteer, I was presented
with opportunities far superior to those generally afforded tourists. I
spent two weeks, at no cost, one in April and the other in August, in a
charming village in a program designed to help Czech students improve
their English comprehension and fluency. During that time, I
participated in a well-structured program of games and one- to -one and
two -to- one conversational sessions between students and
English-speaking volunteers. I was amazed at both the students' progress
in one short week and the fun everyone had. Moreover, in the process, I
forged and intend to keep many new friendships. ENGLISHStay is truly an
Amber Carlson, 2016-08-16:
I taught English at the first English stay for kids! I had a
really great time, the students were amazing and really eager to learn,
the camp was great (with really wonderful food!) and Tom and Luci are
incredible people. I would be happy to come back :) thank you both so
Elaine Juliano Regan, 2016-06-27:
One of the most rewarding weeks we have spent. The students were
intelligent and very willing to share their experiences and culture.
Lucy and Tom run a first rate operation. They are great!
Angela Peacock, 2016-06-01:
Spent a beautiful time in Chotoviny in
the Czech Republic. I am doing volunteer work teaching English to the
Czech people. The company is EnglishStay. I am so blessed to have been
given this opportunity. I am learning so much from my students! Relaxed
setting. I held one of my classes in a museum today. Good food. Tomorrow
class is going to Tabor for sightseeing and of course conversations in
Erin and Alex, 2016-06-01:
Volunteering with English Stay was awesome! The work was intense, but it
paid off with meaningful connections with many Czech people. I learned a
lot about Czech culture during our conversations and made friends. In
the middle of the week we all went on a sightseeing trip to a spa town.
There were silly games and printed handouts to help facilitate the
conversations. After the program Tom and Luci gave us a tour of Prague,
which was very nice. The food was very delicious, authentic and
plentiful. The accommodation was spacious and comfortable. I hope to
participate in this program again soon. It was rewarding to see the
participants progress in speaking English.
Thank you Alejandro and Erin
April program with ENGLISHstay
Gus White, 2016-05-22:
I had a great time teaching English and spending time with these hosts,
and other volunteers/ students in the program. It was hard work, but
completely worth it, and enjoyable. I enjoyed helping the students grow,
and even learn new things from them. The hosts are easy going, and very
kind. I would definitely sign up again!
Knut Geisler, 2016-19-05-19
I had an wonderful time with these hosts, other volunteers and the
students. It was a great experience to teach and watch their personal
growth in speaking and self-confidence.
About the hosts, they are very nice and laid back.
I'd totally sign up again.
Peter Cannon, 2016-05-18
Creative minds and energetic bodies get their start with a hearty, tasty
meal: food to fuel learning, laughter and fun. Today began with just
that and ended with people from around the world going to bed as better
people than they began it. The day featured an excellent mix of
individual and group activities where native English speakers and
students from the Czech Republic and Slovakia worked together in a
relaxed setting at the plush Gold Hotel in Chotoviny. Every native
speaker spends an hour each with several students, individually. The
time is spent entirely in conversation. English Stay organizers provide
topics which serve as guidelines for the conversations. It is then up to
the native speaker how to develop and direct the conversations. This
works well because it gives the teacher the flexibility to adapt the
discussion to the abilities and desires of the Czech and Slovak
students. During the conversation, teachers help students to strengthen
their vocabulary, grammar, communication and confidence with their
spoken English. Two group activities -- one before lunch, the other
after dinner -- allow everyone to interact in enjoyable and
thought-provoking exercises. The underlying theme is enjoyment and there
is no doubt that not only is everyone enjoying their time together but
also learning invaluable life and language skills at the same time.
Carolyn Taffel, 2016-05-01:
This is an excellent program for both students and native speakers. As a
native speaker and retired teacher from the United States, I experienced an
ENGLISHstay program in April, 2016. During that time, I witnessed real progress
toward the mastery of English in every one of the Czech students who
participated. In addition, I had my own life much enriched! I intend to
participate in another ENGLISHstay program later in the year."Starr Crow, 2016-04-17
My time spent teaching English in the Czech Republic was one of the most
rewarding experiences I've been a part of in recent memory. In 6 days
we put in 70 hours of work talking and talking and talking some more
with the students, helping to perfect their grammar and conversation
skills. it was incredibly enriching getting to know both the native and
non-native speakers, learning about Czech culture, touring the local
sights, and helping the students gain confidence speaking a second
language. I'm so proud of their effort and so grateful for the time I
was able to spend with both the teachers and the students. It's a memory
I will cherish forever and ever.