Several years ago Duane made the comment, ï¿½Ifï¿½ I were a young man, I would go to the Czech Republic and teach English.ï¿½ï¿½ That stuck with me because my family history is connected to CR.
I attempted to make the arraignments through my University (UOP) to get a grant in order to go to Czech Republic. Unfortunately, I didnï¿½t receive the grant and I was unsure how I was going to be able to afford the trip.ï¿½ Weeks later I was on a service call fixing a TV for a client and I talked about my future plans after college, which was to travel to the Czech Republic.ï¿½ This client was a neighbor of Duaneï¿½s. She called Duane and reconnected us.ï¿½ We have worked together since that time and Duane has explained a lot about the Czech culture.ï¿½ I still have lots to learn.
Duane has a great network and got me in touch with the moderator of this blog, Vanessa Madrid, and her connections arranged two teaching jobs in only three days.ï¿½ï¿½ Duane had arranged for Vanessa to teach English in his old school some years earlier.ï¿½ Now I will be doing a volunteer stint in that school and also a private school.ï¿½ Host families have been arranged for me and I am so excited to start this ï¿½new lifeï¿½ that will unfold tomorrow.
You see, I am flying out today to Prague, Czech Republic and my host family will meet me at the airport.ï¿½ This is especially exciting because I have never even traveled outside of California.ï¿½ I will be reporting my experience on my blog, http://ottokafka.com/otto