We welcome every new calendar year with a winter meeting. For Czech Inbounds this event takes place in Třebíč, for Slovak Inbounds this event takes place in Tatranská Lomnica.
Winter Meeting in Třebíč
In Třebíč, after the arrival of all the students, we start the meeting by having dinner together. Then the students are required to take the third and last language test of their exchange year. The tests have a written part and also a spoken part.
On Saturday, we go out to explore the town. We start with a tour around the historical Jewish quarter, where we visit a synagogue, and then continue with a city rally. Students are given papers with various questions about the town, and they have to figure out the answers by exploring the city by themselves. This activity is followed by lunch, and in the afternoon we visit the St. Prokop´s Basilica.
Another part of the program is a badminton tournament. Teams of two are made, and the students play against each other. The team that wins then receives a reward.
Saturday night is a little bit unusual, because the students prepare a talent show, where they perform all of their talents and skills. It is the first practice for the District Conference, where all the students will have a chance to perform. The meeting ends on Sunday morning, when all the inbounds go back to their host families. This meeting is mandatory for all Czech Inbounds.
Winter Meeting in Tatranská Lomnica
In Tatranská Lomnica, which is situated in the Slovakian Mountains High Tatras, you will experience true cold Slovakian winter. All of the inbounds will come on Friday evening. After dinner there is a test from the Slovak language. Rotex will correct all of these tests while the inbounds have some time for themselves. Later on is a curfew.
Saturday begins with an early breakfast because we have to catch a train to Štrbské pleso. All of us go hiking from Štrbské pleso to Popradské pleso for the whole day to see the Slovak beauty and spend a little bit of time with the others. The lunch is in a hotel in Starý Smokovec.
When all of us are fully rested we are go to Hrebienok for sledging. It takes another two or three hours. After all these activities there is dinner at our accommodation.
In the evening all of you have your own free time. Sunday after breakfast is time to go home.
Saturday was devoted to a hike to a mountain lake Popradské pleso, where the students could share their recent experiences and snowballs. At Popradské pleso all of them took out their flags as a photo with all the flags in always a must.
They were taken to Starý Smokovec by an electric train, where they had lunch to recharge their batteries to be fully ready to climb up to Hrebienok. At the top of Hrebienok they admired ice sculptures and later in the day they enjoyed a sledge ride down the mountain.
in the evening everybody enjoyed a talent show which included playing the violoncello, saxophone or a light show. Later on everybody enjoyed dancing and singing, however in the morning there was time to say good bye till they could meet again.
First, their progress in Czech had to be tested. Everybody was quite nervous, but in the end amazed at the improvement of all. In the meantime, the newcomers from Australia and South Africa were welcomed and they learned all they needed to successfully start their exchange year.
Saturday morning was devoted to sightseeing of Třebíč in the form of “city rallye”, followed by a badminton tournament and the day was concluded by a talent show and picking and practicing song for the upcoming district conference.