Christmas meeting is the second official event for exchange students organized by the District 2240. It takes place during the Christmas season, for the Czech inbounds in Prague and for Slovak inbounds in Bratislava and Vienna.
Christmas Meeting in Prague
After the arrival on Friday afternoon, students have dinner together which is followed by a language test. The test consists of a written and spoken part.
On Saturday, there is a tour around Prague. We start at the Prague Castle, and we make our way down to the city center. We for example walk by the Lennon wall, cross the Charles Bridge and see the Wenceslas Square. In the afternoon, students are given free time for shopping and exploring the city on their own. We also go to the Christmas markets on the Old Town Square, and watch the Astronomical clock. The tours is provided by Rotex members and Rotarians from Prague.
In the evening, we celebrate Christmas with the students – we sing Czech Christmas songs, exchange gifts from Secret Santa, eating traditional Christmas sweets and students get to know many of the Czech Christmas traditions. On Sunday morning, all participants go back to their host families where they enjoy the rest of the holiday season. This meeting is mandatory for all Czech Inbounds.
Christmas Meeting in Bratislava
In Bratislava, the meeting also starts on Friday. During this meeting, you are going to have a chance to go and experience Christmas Bratislava and Vienna as well. Friday night we will have fun in Bratislava, visiting the castle, Christmas markets and we will go out for a Slovak dinner.
On Saturday we´re going to go to Vienna, there might be some sightseeing tour with Schönbrunn Palace visit. There are also lots of Christmas markets which are beautiful as well as the decorations on the streets. Rotex members will be your guides here.
In the evening, we are going to come back to the hotel and we will be doing mostly same activities as in Prague that night – we sing Slovak Christmas songs, exchange gifts from Secret Santa, eating traditional Christmas sweets and students get to know many of the Slovak Christmas traditions and if some time is left, we play some games. On Sunday, after the language test, all participants go back to their host families. This meeting is mandatory for all Slovak Inbounds.