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Next Door Family 2018

Project period: January 2018 - December 2018

First year of the project Next Door Family was at 2004 and since then 1550 Czech families and migrant families met. A total of 4227 people settled together for Sunday lunches in order to establish new friendships and to learn the traditions and customs of other cultures. The project aims to improve relations between majority of society and foreigners, building a multicultural society and mutual understanding of different cultures.

This year´s 15th edition of the project Next Door Family brings two main activities:


1. Meeting of Czech and foreigner´s families at a common lunch

Every year, Czech families meet with families of foreigners from third countries in the form of a common lunch. This year, it will not be different!
Registered families are paired on the basis of age, hobbies, interests, language, and of course the city of residence, simply because so that members of both families have enough common themes for the conversation. This creates a greater likelihood that a relationship could successfully continue in the future. 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, the assistant should help break the initial barriers and shame at the meeting itself.


rodina od vedle web AJ final 800Meeting will take place in the home of a family from the associated pair, who takes over the role of the host. The aim of these meetings is to bring Czech families closer together with families of foreigners, to help to integrate foreigners into our society and at the same time to help Czech families to meet the people who live with them.

The project can sign Czech families and families of foreigners living legally in the Czech Republic. The term family also includes a couple which can be considered a family (not necessarily spouses). The project is intended for third-country nationals (outside the EU), applicants for international protection can´t be included, nor those who have refugee status or who are illegally staying in the Czech Republic. Mixed marriages where one of the partners is an EU citizen also can´t participate in the project.

Would you also like to experience a different Sunday lunch? Simply fill in the online application form!





Sunday November 25th 2018 at 1:00 PM



This project activity has spread abroad, and since 2012, meetings have also taken place in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, Slovakia, Hungary, Belgium and the Cape Verde Islands. This proves that our idea goes across borders as an effective and extraordinary tool for the integration of foreigners.

In 2016, the project was designated by the European Economic and Social Committee as one of the three best models for the integration of foreigners into society.


2. Jubilee Meting of Families

This year, you can also look forward to joint meetings of families who have joined the project in previous years. The idea was based on participant's wishes to discuss not only about personal experiences and impressions, but also about the possibilities of actively participating in other activities in the area of integration of foreigners. These meetings will also be entertainment and cultural program with refreshments and a toast to celebrate the anniversary of the 15th years of the project.

This activity aims to find out what we can do differently, newer and more effectively in the area of integration and how to improve mutual coexistence. The meeting will be attended by representatives of cities, districts and non-profit organizations.

The meetings will take place in the fall of this year and will be held in four cities - Prague, Brno, Liberec and Usti nad Labem.


October 15th, 2018 – Divadlo v Korunní (Korunní street 30, Prague 2). You can look forward to the performance of Theater of the oppressed, Allstar Refjúdží Band, Tigran Hovakimyan, Luna Begović and more!

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Details of dates, venues and performers in other cities are expected soon! Look forward to it!


Are you interested in the project Next Door Family from the point of view of the participants themselves? Mrs Olga Vlasová was participating in the project last year, she´s from Russia and she came to the meeting with her boyfriend. We did not hesitate and we decided to ask her a few questions to bring you closer to the atmosphere of Mrs Olga's meetings and impressions.


Why did you sign up for the project Next Door Family?

I found out about the project from my friend Jelena Tešić, who introduced its basic idea. I have to say that the overall concept and the non-trivial way of integration have taken me from the beginning, so I decided to get involved in the project. I think that a multicultural meeting of families is a great opportunity to get to know another culture from the inside, to find out about local traditions and customs and, last but not least, to find new friends from representatives of the majority society. I can say backwards that I definitely decided right .

Were you host family or that who went on a visit to other family?
We were on a visit to Czech family.

Olga Vlasova 1000Can you describe the meeting from your point of view? Were you nervous? Did you think from the beginning that the second family is sympathetic…
When I went to visit, I had several "scenarios" in my head as the meeting would take place. But all these assumptions were positive, perhaps because I only had positive experience with visiting my Czech friends' families. So there was not even a small corner for nervousness. I went with the feeling of meeting other great people in my life. And I was right. Family of Vojta and Monika Knyttl is very friendly and sympathetic. We very much enjoyed talking to various themes and games with their young son, who greeted us warmly too.

What food did you try, was it the food you tried for a first time? Did you like it?
We had several different dishes, including vegetarian ones. I really appreciate the fact that Vojta and Monika taken into account my eating preferences (I am a vegetarian). The dishes was very tasty, for which I thank them again.

Did you find out about the other family something that surprised you that you did not know?
I found out a lot of interesting about their lifestyle. They are very active, they like to travel around the world and they gave me a lot of good advices on traveling by the stop for which I am very interested.

What feelings did you have when you left?
Definitely with positive ones. I have to say that I left with a smile on face. All the expectations I had before the visit were fulfilled. Interesting chatting and friendly atmosphere have energized me all day long.

Are you still in touch with that family?
We are friends on facebook but we don't meet in offline space. However, I'm sure I can turn to them at any time.

How did the assistant who was also present help you?
We have amazing Olga as the assistant, who actively participated in all discussions and helped us in the first contact with the family. I would say that creating a good atmosphere was largely due to it.

What the project give you? Do you think it is important to organize such meetings?
Of course! I think that this project is very beneficial for both foreigners and the majority society. For newcomers it is important from the point of view of the initial orientation in the society in which they decided to live, also from the point of view of the practice of the Czech language and the establishment of the first contacts. For the majority community, this is a great opportunity to discover new cultures and to realize the diversity of the Czech environment. I consider this project a solid bridge of understanding.









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O nás

Slovo 21 z.s. je nevládní nezisková organizace, která začala působit v Praze roku 1999. Naše práce by se dala rozdělit do dvou hlavních větví – aktivity, které se snaží celkově zlepšit postavení Romů v Česku a ty, které se zaměřují na cizince ze třetích států.

Vznik organizace je spjat především s počátky Světového romského festivalu Khamoro - ostatně ten je dodnes nejznámějším projektem Slova 21. Asi nejznámějším cizineckým integračním projektem je neformální setkávání českých a migrantských rodin Rodina Odvedle, bulletin Slovo pro cizince a o cizincích a projekt Víjejte v ČR. 

Slovo 21 je od počátku organizací, která chce přispět k budování multikulturní společnosti a především k lepšímu soužití kultur nejen v Česku, ale i v Evropě. Slovo 21 neposkytuje sociální služby jako takové. Naší filozofií je aktivovat Romy i cizince a naučit je, jak vybojovat a prosadit svá lidská práva. Zároveň se snažíme bourat zakořeněné předsudky, které lidem jen komplikují život. Bojujeme proti rasismu a xenofobii, snažíme se ochraňovat lidská práva a rozvíjet jejich dodržování a zlepšujeme mediální obraz menšin.

Who are we?

Slovo 21 NGO is a non-governmental non-profit organization, which was established in the year 1999. We have Czechs, Roma and members from various continents working for us. Our work can be divided into two main branches - activities to support the Roma, and activities focusing on foreigners.

Since the beginning, we are an organization which aims at building a multicultural society and mainly at a better coexistence of cultures not only in the Czech Republic, but in Europe in general. Our organization does not offer social services as such. Our philosophy is to activate the Roma and foreigners and to teach them how to fight and stand up for their human rights. Our goal is also to destroy the deeply rooted prejudices, which tend to complicate the lives of many.