Further information about EUROCAMP

LET US INTRODUCE OURSELVES

The main organisers have been working with children since their student years. In the nineties, according to new legislation, the Association of Entrepreneurs was founded for annual summer camps in Stádlec. In the year 2000 the Czech law for traveling changed and that’s why the association was transformed to a regular travel agency. SYKA AGENCY a.s., travel agency is insured by ČPP, a.s., Vienna Insurance Group. Perhaps you have heard or read about our successful camps. We have organised the camp SUMMER TIME – www.detskytabor.cz for the past 23 years already. It’s a camp with an English focus, and with adventures. A few years later, now already fifteen years ago, we set up a new camp, ENGLISH 4 YOU – www.englishcamp.eu, with intensive English lessons exclusively with native English speaking teachers. And now for the tvelfth year EUROCAMP introduces an original idea: this camp has got a bit of both SUMMER TIME and ENGLISH 4 YOU. In EUROCAMP children are in constant contact with native English speaking adults and children. This is also reflected in their participation in the exciting camp play. The main people behind EUROCAMP are real specialists:
Pavel Jahelka is an experienced camp leader who has shown a lot of ability and an open-minded approach to children over the past years. Since 2004 he has occupied various positions at SUMMER TIME CAMPS. From 2006 he has proven his abilities as the main leader for the English courses ENGLISH 4 YOU and he was also helping with the realisation of camps SUMMER TIME and EUROCAMP. At SYKA AGENCY a.s. he is now standing as the coordinator of programs being organised by this travel agency. At the same time he is taking care of the whole year’s administration, propagation, and other fields connected with SUMMER TIME CAMPS. Pavel’s strength is his friendly character and kindly approach to the kids that makes him a camp favourite.
Ing. Josef Syka is the founder of the camps SUMMER TIME, ENGLISH 4 YOU and EUROCAMP (see www.syka.cz). He is the owner of both camps where events take place. Until 2005 he was also the main leader for ENGLISH 4 YOU. He is focused on constantly improving and offering new ideas, as well as the camps’ promotion. He is always trying to come up with something new, something progressive. Nowadays he is more focused on programs that unify children from different countries. Thanks to the growing offers of different language camps and courses, the central aim of his work has developed – to help children prepare for a modern Europe through fun and play. Currently, he is the responsible representative and consultant of SYKA AGENCY a.s., travel agency.
Bc. Zuzana Pospíšilová comes from Brno, but is currently studying architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague. She graduated the TOEFL and CAE English language exams at grammar school to study in the US. It was always extremely tempting to go and experience life at a US university. She spent half a year in Chicago, at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Subsequently, she also completed a TEFL certificate, and now tutors Czech kids English, and also young Americans Czech. Because of her love for EUROCAMP she has attended since 2007, first as a child, then as a leader and in 2016, as the Main Leader of three terms. Her hobbies include pole dancing, drawing in the style of hand lettering, and baking cupcakes for which she traveled across the world to Korea to be able to attend a decorating course with a renowned master. She goes after her dreams, and EUROCAMP is one of them.
Carl Svoboda, MSc. was born in Brighton on the sunny south coast of England. Carl visited his grandparents in Prague every summer during his childhood and has currently lived in Prague since 2012. Because he loves the Czech Republic, after graduating in Maths and Meteorology at the University of Reading in England, he decided to come and teach English in Prague, where he completed his studies for a TEFL. Afterwards he was a Lecturer in English at Charles University and also a language school. Now he works as a Meteorologist for an energy trading house in Prague, where he forecasts the weather for Europe. Carl has been teaching in our camps since 2012, working across many positions from EUROCAMP, ENGLISH 4 YOU to SUMMER TIME. Since 2014 he has been Native Speaker Co-ordinator and has full responsibility for the quality of their work. His interests include languages, especially learning Czech, sport, travel and the gym.

CAMP PLACE

After introducing ourselves, we would like to introduce our place and its surroundings. The camp covers two big meadows in the middle of a private forest. There is good access to the river, which runs nearby through our beautiful valley . You won’t find a better place to play football or volleyball than on our sports grounds . In case of bad weather conditions we have two big clubrooms and even in our big dining room we can be in a cozy mood near the fireplace . And naturally we are equipped with new, modern facilities. Each cottage contains four beds, so it fits four good friends perfectly. Finally, it will be reassuring to know that we have been using this peaceful and beautiful place already for twenty three years, which is why we know the best way to take advantage of it.

PROFESSIONAL AND SKILLED APPROACH

Thanks to 23 years' experience in organising summer camps we know exactly what is the best for children. We have a competent approach and every year we look for ways of improving and developing new skills and evaluating them. Although we take care of children in the best way possible , we are insured and of course we carefully and professionally select all of our employees.

STAFF

The English speaking leaders come from England, the USA, Canada or Australia . All of them are professionally qualified to work with children. We have a minimum requirement that they have attended an International TEFL Certificate Training Program that prepares native speakers for teaching children and adult students and authorises the teaching of English as a foreign language. Our teachers have been educated at a number of prestigious international schools or are certified to teach children by reputable language agencies, primarily through TEFL Worldwide Prague - www.teflworldwideprague.com, a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic, ITC - International - www.itc-international.eu, belonging to the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and Oxford TEFL - www.oxfordtefl.com. The Czech leaders also go through extensive training. The kitchen staff have been chosen in the best confidence, which is a guarantee of quality and varied meals . The healthcare provider is also chosen carefully, either from a hospital (as a doctor or a nurse) or from university at least after the third year of studying medicine (a medical student).

SAFETY

The care of all participants in our camp takes precedence. There are two leaders (one English and one Czech) who look after the children at all times. While swimming or boating (lifejackets are always used in the boats) another adult accompanies them. We are very strict in these cases. The camp’s program can sometimes be quite demanding, which is why we never forget important and necessary rest periods. We don’t want the children to get tired or exhausted. We adjust the games and activities to the weather conditions, particularly during the hot, summer days. Beverages are always available in the dining room, which means the children will be properly hydrated for the whole day and night. Recently, there has been a worldwide increase in the way of negative social behaviour (vexation or unmotivated violence), and it is important for us to be vigilant that it does not occur in any way in our camp. So far, thankfully, we have had no experience with any behaviour of this manner, but we are well prepared to prevent it from occurring. In case of any serious behaviour offence, we reserve the right to urgently act. The camp resort is situated in a safe place, which was proven by the once-in-a-million-year flood when the Lužnice broke its banks in 2002.

TRANSPORT

If you prefer taking your children to the camp yourself, there are maps included in the information you will receive once you have been accepted. We also have comfortable buses reserved for transportation to our camp and back, provided by the reliable company autobusy-dvorak.cz. This company provides services using only luxurious Mercedes and VDL buses that meet the highest demands for quality, comfort and convenient transport. Bus transport is not included in the price of the camp and the return journey is charged at a single amount of 18 EUR, i.e. 20 USD round trip. Departure and arrival is from Prague.

PICK UP

For those who plan to travel to the Czech Republic from abroad, we offer the possibility of a pick up at Vaclav Havel Airport Prague or at the main train or bus station in Prague. Our representative will pick up the participant at a specified time of arrival and transport them either to our bus departure point in Prague, or directly to the camp resort. Likewise, the return trip from the camp back to the airport, train or bus station on the final day of the camp. This service is optional and is charged separately. Please note, participants who require pick up from/to Prague, this is only possible on the start/end day of the camp term attended. In the event that our representative will pick up and take the participant only to and from our bus pick up point in Prague a one off fee of 60 EUR, i.e. 70 USD round trip will be charged. In the event of an individual transfer to the camp and back a one off fee of 150 EUR, i.e. 175 USD will be charged. Please contact us for further info and details.

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