Rodina Odvedle

The family Next door 2017

Project period: January 2017 - December 2017

Families of Czechs and foreigners are cordially invited to the  14th annual meeting at Sunday Lunch. Join the project where you will be able to experience a different culture and get new friends.


Sunday 26th of November 2017 at 1PM

Basic informations

The project “The Family Next Door”, implemented by the Slovo 21 organization, has been shown to be an effective, unique instrument for integrating foreign nationals, not only in the Czech Republic, but also abroad. The project aims to improve relations between foreign nationals and the majority population, building a multicultural society and mutual understanding between different cultures. A total of 1 446 Czech families and families of third-country (i.e., non-EU) foreign nationals had lunch together over the duration of the project.

On Sunday, November 26th 2017 fifty meetings of Czech families and families of foreigners will take place on the territory of the whole Czech republic, always in the home of one of them, who will take the role of the host. One family prepares lunch for the other, whom they are meeting for the first time, and invite them to their homes. Families will be able to taste traditional specialties, talk about culture, traditions, and life, and also make new contacts.

The project “The Family Next Door” has expanded abroad, and since 2012 meetings have taken place in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Belgium and Cape Verde. This proves that our idea is traveling across borders as an effective, unique instrument for the integration of foreign nationals.

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Czech families and families of third-country foreign nationals (i.e., non-EU citizens) who are legally residing in the Czech Republic. 

At least two people sharing a household can be considered a family. It is not necessary that couples be officially married.



Those who have already participated in the project.
EU citizens (besides citizens of Czech Republic).
Nationals who have applied for international protection or those with refugee status, or subsidiary protection, or people illegally residing in Czech Republic. 
Mixed marriages where one of the partners is an EU citizen. 


How is the meeting going? 

Once families sign up, we try to pair them on the basis of age, hobbies, interests, language and of course the city of residence, simply because the 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.

At each lunch there is an assistant who personally contacts both families before meeting and give them information about the second family as well as the course of the meeting. In case of need the assistant should help break the initial barriers at the meeting itself.

We expect that through this activity we will be able to establish long-term friendly relations between the inhabitants of the given site from the majority society and foreigners. 


Sign up for the Project The family next door!

Within the project an anonymous poll will take place this year which will show the project´s impact on integration and how the relationship of project participants develop. The questionnaire survey will be conducted in five selected regions (Prague, Liberec, Usti, South-Moravian and Olomouc region) and in the framework of this poll we will get feedback from the families involved in the project over the past three years. The poll contains questions about the progress, success and effectiveness of the project. The main objective will be to explore, whether this individual way of integration is effective, what the project brought to participants and whether the families are still meeting. The output of this activity will be a brochure in electronic form prepared in Czech and English, which will serve as a material for schools and various conferences about the integration of foreigners.


Interview with Kristýna Freiová, project assistent

IMG 8298 kopie“It was a very nice meeting, for lunch we had a chicken schnitzel with mashed potatoes and for a dessert was a quilted cake,” says Kristyna Freiova, an assistant from the last year of the project.

Why did you decide to join the project? Was it an interesting experience for you?

I studied culturology at the Faculty of Arts so it was a natural choice for me to join the project NextDoor Family. From the studies I know how important it is to meet other cultures, to search for things that we have in common instead of things that divide us. If there is someone who decides to leave their home, their culture, they should gain recognition and support. We should do anything we are capable of to help them to become part of the new culture and society and to integrate as easy as possible.

What was your role as an assistant?

My first task was to get in touch with both families, then I accompanied the family of foreigners to the home of the Czech family and the rest of the day went very naturally. I was just taking pictures and there was no need to intervene into the conversation.

What families were you in charge of?

The host was a Czech family of Ms. Ivana who lives in Velké Přílepy in a family house. The guest Kuznetsovov family was from Kazakhstan.

How did the lunch go? What did the host family cook?

We had a chicken schnitzel with mashed potatoes and a quilted cake as a dessert. The guest family brought a coffee cake but at the end we were not able to eat it because we were full. We drank wine and beer. Both families have little daughters who are the same age and immediately after the lunch they went to play in a children’s room and stayed there the whole afternoon. At the table both families spoke about absolutely everything including horse meat which is traditional food in Kazakhstan or that the town of Velke Prilepy is a very rich archeological side.

Was there something surprising for you? Did you learn something interesting that you did not know before?

I learned a lot new information about Kazakhstan, about which I did not know much before. I was little amused by the fact that they eat horse meat in Kazakhstan and the host family was quite shocked by it as well.

Do you think this project can help to increase tolerance towards foreigners? And is there any need for such projects?

Projects like this are very important for increasing tolerance towards foreigners but the success of this project depends on the specific families. Most of them promise to meet again but it is important to keep those promises. Then a network of Czech friends can exist and this network is needed for foreigners living in a foreign country such is the Czech Republic. 



Tran Thi Hu Huong, project participant who hosted a Czech family in her home:

“The Family Next Door impressed us, we like these multicultural events, and also we thought the meeting was quite beneficial.”

Markéta Ježkova and Ladislav Barta, project participantswho visited the family from Vietnam:
“The company and the food was great, we exchanged contacts immediately, became friends on Facebook, and invited our hosts to our home for svíčková. We were surprised to learn from our hosts that they don´t inherit surnames from their parents, and wive’s don’t take husband’s surnames in Vietnam. Parents give their children a name with some meaning, and they use it for the rest of their lives. It means that no one in family has the same name and surname, and we consider that very interesting.” 

Adi Hasanbič, project participant:

"For us it was a great opportunity to get to know more one Czech family, its culture and its traditions. The lunch was delicious, we enjoyed it very much! The host family cooked for us couple of traditional Czech dishes but because I and my girlfriend are vegetarians they cooked those traditional meals without meat! The host family also prepared some sweets, we drank wine and tea and listened to Czech music. The meeting was pleasant and it was interesting experience overall. I would recommend this project to other people as well so they can get to know other culture and make new contact. I think the NextDoor Family project is a great idea and it should repeat at least twice a year."







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O nás

Zapsaný spolek Slovo 21 je nevládní nezisková organizace, která začala působit v Praze roku 1999. Vznik organizace je spjat především s počátky Světového romského festivalu Khamoro, který je dodnes jedním z největších projektů organizace. Slovo 21 se ale neorientuje jen na aktivity, které se snaží celkově zlepšit postavení Romů v Česku. Zabývá se také cizineckými integračními projekty. Asi nejznámějším je neformální setkání českých a migrantských rodin Rodina Odvedle.