|Are you a migrant family living in Slovakia and interested to learn more about the country which you live in? You can meet with a Slovak family that will help you to become acquainted with the life and customs of people living in Slovakia. It will be a unique opportunity to meet interesting people, find new friends among them and learn more about each other’s culture, customs, and cuisine.Join the family meetings of Slovak and migrant families that will meet at a shared lunches on Sunday, 18 November 2012 at 1 p.m.!
Who can participate?
The project is open to Slovak families and families of third-country nationals legally residing in Slovakia (nationals of countries outside the European Union).
The meetings shall be attended by a couple – a husband and a wife, a mother and child/children, grandparents, partners or spouses – not individuals.
Are you interesting in how does such a meeting function?
You are invited to fill out the application form with data containing your contacts, information on all family members wishing to attend a meeting, profession, citizenship, nationality, hobbies and interests and languages you usually speak. This information will help us to find and match your family with an other one. After completing your application you will be contacted by a project assistant who will get in touch with you, will be at your disposal might you have any questions, informing you on whom your family are going to meet at the lunch, arranging, and being present at the meeting itself. and will coordinate the meeting as well as help the families in case of a language barrier.
See the Family Next Door movie, produced by NGO Word 21 in 2005, with meetings between Czech families and migrant families:
Would you like to join?
If you and someone from your family are interested to take part in this project, fill out the online application on the website:
and our project team will contact you soon.
Why do we do it?
We believe that personal contact and new experience can be the best way to overcome stereotypes and to become open to new cultures, customs, and people. It will be a unique opportunity to meet interesting people, get to know their life stories and become acquainted with each other, learn more about each other’s culture, customs, and cuisine, obtain some interesting experience or to make new acquaintances in your neighbourhood.
The Slovak family can take advantage of the feeling of being indirectly behind the borders of their country and at the same time help the foreigners to understand Slovakia so that their life here can be better. The migrant family can learn more about the country they live in, about the life and customs of people living in Slovakia. One short meeting can thus lead to a long-time acquaintance.
Contact us in case of your questions:
For more information on family meetings please do contact the family meetins coordinator: Michal Milla, phone: 02 – 5262 3338, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
About the Next Door Family project
For several years this project has been successfully implemented in the Czech Republic by NGO Word 21. This year, the family meetings will be carried out at the international level within the project Next Door Family EU – Inclusive Neighborhoods in seven countries including Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Slovakia and Spain. Thence on one day (Sunday, 18 November 2012, at 1 p.m.) 420 foreign and local families are going to enjoy shared lunches at various locations in Europe!
The coordinator of the project at the international level is NGO Word 21. The project and family meetings in Slovakia are organized by IOM International Organization for Migration, Grösslingová 4, 811 09 Bratislava, Slovakia.