In this latest series, I will be going through all the countries I’ve travelled to on my mission to visit every single country in the world. In this article, we will be covering country #62: the Czech Republic. If you haven’t gotten a chance already, read this story first to find out why I’m trying to visit all 193 UN-recognized countries.
VIDEO – Country #62: Czech Republic
Blog post on the Czech Republic
- Workaway Experience in Europe Part 3: Teaching English in Prague Czech Republic
- My Complete Austria and Czech Republic Spending Breakdown
Sleeper train to Prague
My trip to the Czech Republic started off on a high note. I befriended my dormmate when I took the sleeper train from Warsaw to Prague.
The sleeper train experience was pretty fun and when I arrived in Prague, the friendly Czech guy helped me find my way around the metro station.
When I arrived at my hostel, I was too early to check-in so I dropped off my stuff and went back to the Prague city centre to explore.
Self walking tour of Prague
Walking around Prague at around 7 am in the morning was pleasant. There was hardly any tourist at that time and it felt more peaceful to walk around and take pictures.
I even wandered the city streets and went to a local fast food place to grab some food.
City walking tour with Angloville
As the day progressed, the Angloville company who I was doing volunteer work to teach English to Czech people contacted all of us. We got together and they provided us with a complimentary city walking tour of Prague.
There were tons of people by this time and I would even say that I enjoyed my self-walking tour more than the guided one.
Eventually, we separated and I went back to my hostel. The next day, they rounded us up by bus and took us to a castle accommodation where we would be teaching English to the Czech people.
The first two days were pleasant. I met friendly Czech people that were eager to learn how to converse in English.
I also befriended some volunteers who travelled from all over the world to help teach English to the local Czech people.
Food was different. I wouldn’t say it was bad but it was also something I normally never eat.
And of course, the castle view was gorgeous. The accommodation we stayed at was a beautiful scenic place.
Unfortunately, that was the end of the good times in the Czech Republic.
My roommate and I got along quite well for the first two days. But the more I got to know him, the more arrogant he became. I was put off what he said to me one evening that I completely stopped talking to him.
Sometimes, getting to know someone is not good. This guy was so full of himself it was disgusting. I never spoke to him again in the next few days.
Douchebag Angloville coordinator
Because I’ve been doing so much consecutive volunteer work, I was feeling dead exhausted. One day, I overslept by 15 minutes by accident during the lunch break. When I woke up, I ran to the banquet hall where we were practicing English conversations with the local Czech people.
The coordinator, Shaun (or Shawn), was a real asshole and gave me shit for being late for 15 minutes. I’ve literally done 12 days of 14 hours a day of volunteer work with Angloville at this point and it was the only time I was ever late for anything. I thought he would cut me some slack, we all make mistakes after all. But nope, this dickbag was an asshole to me even days after this happened.
This is the worst volunteer experience yet.
Happy to leave
After a week of this horrible volunteer work experience, they drove us back to Prague. I immediately left the city and felt happy to get out of there.
Looking in hindsight, you’re not going to enjoy all your travel experience. There’s going to be bad ones in between the good ones. My experience in the Czech Republic sucked but it doesn’t mean the country sucks. It just means my experience with Angloville in Prague was awful.
Angloville in Poland was fantastic. But I’d say Angloville is not as well prepared as JustSpeak which is the other English volunteer camp I did. With JustSpeak, they always had spare volunteers to help with English conversations.
Regardless, this was one of my worst travel experience and really left a bad impression in my mind.