Have you come to Brno, because your spouse/partner got a job offer? Or runs a business here?
And now you are wondering what to do with your life here? Would you like to get a job, start your own company or perhaps just spend your free time in a meaningful way, meeting other interesting people? Start here – we’ve created the Brno Expat Spouse Programme for you.
Joining is free of charge.
We aim to provide spouses of highly qualified expat employees with interesting and fulfilling opportunities that suit their situation in life and enhance their potential.
- Inspiration Meetups: monthly coffee+info meetings
- Exploring future career or job search with a professional career counsellor
- Becoming self-employed to help you pursue your dream enterprise
- Intensive Czech language courses if you’d like to work in a Czech company
- Leisure activities to network with other spouses and enjoy Brno
- Volunteering activities for a fulfilling time with and for others
- Mentoring for / by experienced expats
How to start?
See the last issue of our monthly newsletter if you want to know what you’re subscribing to.
Would you like to take a more active part?
We’d be happy to have you on board. Please, get in touch with the programme coordinator Katka Báňová, at firstname.lastname@example.org, if:
- you’re interested in using your professional experience to mentor other expats and help them develop their potential,
- you’re an active person and would like to be involved in putting together the programme together and helping out with the running of it,
- you have any other interesting ideas or suggestions in this area.
You are welcome to join our regular networking events, the core meeting points of our spouse programme. These meetings are open to any spouses of highly skilled employees residing in Brno.
They usually take place every 3rd or 4th Friday of the month from 10-12 am and include a career-focused and cultural input, plus a chance to meet and chat with fellow spouses over a cup of coffee, ask questions and discuss plans for the next events.
See the date of the upcoming meet event page.
Individual career counselling is provided in the form of job mentoring. We are cooperating with an experienced advisor in this area.
Job mentoring is an innovative way of holistic counselling, based on a socio-dynamic approach, strengthening career skills and the use of networking. It emphasises the importance of education. It teaches clients to adapt to changing life conditions and strengthens career adaptability. Aims at the use of qualifications, higher employability, a happy life.
In the course of several meetings, the client reflects on his/her current life role together with the counsellor and plans his/her future career path, step by step moving towards the desired goal. The counsellor works with various diagnostic methods and tools (competence cards, decision wheel) and tries to strengthen the client’s employability.
The group activities for the Spouse programme will be implemented in the form of clubs, where part of the programme will be devoted to less formal discussions on topics related to working life in the Czech Republic, such as
- How to look for a job
- Where to get inspiration when writing a cv or a motivation letter
- How to improve and train self-presentation
- The types of employment we enter into with our employers
- What does it mean and why is it important to have foreign education recognized in the Czech Republic
- What are the differences in gross and net wages
- What is important for deciding on a job with a future employer
- What are the benefits commonly offered by employers
Topics may also arise from participants’ requests.
We are very happy that Sylvie Pospíšilová, former Masaryk University welcome office specialist, volunteered to be the curator of the leisure programme for our project!
We usually organise two events per month, one shorter one and one longer one. We aim for Fridays but there are exceptions. Examples of some of our destinations:
a) shorter excursions (2-3 hours)
- Tour of the underground water reservoirs at Žlutý kopec
- Open Garden (suitable for mothers with children)
- Jewish Cemetery, White Mountain – walk
- A visit to the Vesna Centre – introduction to the volunteer programme
- Villa Tugendhat and Löw-Beer villas including the gardens, visit to the café and gallery
b) longer trips (half day – whole day):
- From the Líšeň chapel by bobsled to the Mariánské valley, refreshment in the Mill
- From Anthropos to Myslivna, or coneflower meadow
- Cycling to the Svratka / Svitava confluence
- On Brno Lake to Veveří Castle (combined on foot and by boat)
Feel free to let us know (to email@example.com) in case you have any other suggestions for either trips or activities.
You can find photos from our trips and outings here.
For those of you who wish to stick to their original profession and pursue it here in the Czech Republic, the local language is a crucial issue. While some companies or institutes are open to employing people who do not speak Czech, for others it may prove impossible for now. Thus, learning Czech may be an absolute necessity.
We are in constant search of reliable, quality courses of Czech – you can have a look at our general guide HERE. However, for professional engagement, a leisurely course of 2-4 hours per week is not enough, if a sufficient knowledge is to be reached within reasonable time. Therefore, we’re also searching for intense, high level courses that will enable graduates to speak Czech at B2 level and start seeking employment locally within a year.
For now, one of the options is a course at Masaryk University – there are still some free spots, the application deadline is 31 July and the course begins in September. BEC Spouse Programme clients have an option to pay in two installments.