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Peter Zilka





Faculty of Social Sciences

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Faculty of Social Sciences


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Permanent Delegation of the Slovak Republic to NATO in Brussels

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studijní pobyt

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finanční náročnost

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o univerzitě

Čím byla tvá univerzita výjimečná? Jak vypadaly prostory ve kterých jsi studoval(a) a univerzitní vybavení? 
When having the opportunity to represent your own country within an organisation such as NATO, proudness or responsibleness are indeed the words I would be looking for. As a student of security studies, NATO´s HQ made me feel like a small child in Disneyland. Visiting everyday its premises, marching throughout an architectural shrine of security, passing by classy diplomats or though-looking military personnel, can hardly be described. But it for sure puts you in a different mindset, when you embrace the understanding that you are part of a team that puts great efforts for the safeguard of our common transatlantic security. The working environment there, demonstrates on one hand the value that the institution and its constituent members invest to find solutions via own work ethics. On the other hand, NATO´s HQ offers a vast amount of assets such as sport facilities, a staff center, or useful services, in order to ensure that the employees can preserve necessary psychohygiene, and work as effectively as possible.
Co tě první napadne, když pomyslíš na svou "adoptivní" univerzitu. Čím byla výjimečná? Jak vypadaly prostory ve kterých jsi studoval(a) a univerzitní vybavení? 
Pleasantly surprised, by the way I was gradually integrated within the delegation. As the Slovak delegation cannot, in terms of personnel numbers, “compete” with other NATO member states, the involvement of an intern into daily administrative routines or more complex tasks becomes straightforward, due to the huge amount of workload. In other words, interns do not reflect the stereotype of a coffee maker, but the exact opposite – if you demonstrate genuine interest to learn, staff members will try to incorporate you as much as possible in their respective duties. This can range from open-source research, up to receiving greater responsibility by attendind a committee meeting and writing a report from it. Hence, there will be moments when you will indeed feel like a full-fledged member of the delegation. Either on a professional level, or on the interpersonal. Such familiarity of the environment has likewise been demonstrated by the way how its high-ranked diplomats approached me, and were on a daily basis, informing me about recent developments, or making time in their busy schedules in order to clarify sensitive political matters. What I would like to emphasise as I was studying at the Charles University with many international students, even diplomats from other member states have demonstrated high professionalism, and were ready to interact with me despite my "rank". Hence, I am confident that taking such internship will be a similar positive experience at a different national delegation, no matter where the applicant is from. Being proactive is the key.
Jak vypadá studentský život na univerzitě? 
Studoval(a) jsi v angličtině, nebo v jazyce hostitelské země? Jaké požadavky jsou v oblasti jazyka kladeny univerzitou? 
As a matter of fact, trilingual. Naturally, communication within the delegation was conducted in Slovak, while NATO as an organisation has two official languages, and thus passive or active use of English and French was a daily necessity.

o městě

Jak na tebe město působilo? Jak byste jej charakterizoval/a? Co je zde zajímavého k vidění?
Many negative people often criticise the multicultural nature of Brussels. Yet it’s the complete opposite – it is its main charm. Not only it will help you to acclimatise faster with so many foreigners, but you will feel less like a stranger in an foreign country. A huge portion of citizens living in Brussels are expats, students or interns, which came here for a specific purpose, and not because it is their final destination. Hence, Brussels is a vibrant, cosmopolitan, busy city, which upholds a strong community life throughout its neighbourhoods. So, as I spoke French, acclimatising was quite straightforward, while the most astonishing for me was their public transport, their way of driving, or sometimes the debatable quality level of services. (Or the bad quality of water and their trash policy, smirk). That was my “cultural shock”. Still, I felt safe in general, in contrast with the significant number of negative rumours. Each city in Europe has its own polemical areas. As always, precaution is key.

o financích

Jak lze podle Tvojí zkušenosti vyjít se stipendiem? Kolik procent výdajů Vám pokrylo? Jaký je Váš názor na ceny v zemi obecně?
As many students before, I myself was facing the dilemma of going trough an unpaid internship, one that can nevertheless be a big starting boost for my future career. That’s why you should think of it as of an investment into yourself. Yes, it’s unfortunate and difficult, but that’s what the Erasmus funding is for – giving you a chance to take the opportunity. While in big, expensive cities such as Brussels it’s not going to cover the whole stay, it will help you to cover your accommodation and for example, a huge portion of your groceries. In my case, it was covering around 65% of my monthly expenses. As everywhere in Europe, inflation also affected my stay. As a person from Central Europe, food prices were indeed higher, and this was also true for “socialising” expenses. Hence it’s advisable to be prepared by having some money aside, but I’m sure many students are highly skilled on how to manage their finances.
Poraď prosím spolužákům, jak ušetřit - Kde nakupovat? Jaké služby lze v rámci úspory financí využívat? 
Accommodation for sure can be one of the best options to save money: by choosing a student dorm rather than going for a room in a shared apartment, you will not only save money and use it for adventures, but also meet a ton of new cool people. In terms of food, make yourself aware of your surroundings, understand what shops are in your neighbourhood, try multiple of them in order to understand how pricey they are. The most important, if you are not skilled, learn how to cook, that’s the best money saver.
You want to go out? Talk with other, local students about the best spots. Thursdays on place du Luxembourg are a perfect example of having fun without spending a fortune.
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o ubytování

Jaké ubytování sis zvolil(a)? Doporučil(a) bys jej ostatním? A pokud ne, jaká varianta ubytování je podle Tvých zkušeností nejlepší (kolej, ubytování v soukromém bytě, soukromá kolej, sdílený pokoj a podobně...)?
Despite previously recommending student dorms, in my case going for privacy under a room in a shared house was deemed more optimal, as I needed a calmer environment. Hence, its impossible for me to judge the quality of dorms there, but my experience of sharing a room was positive. I would highly recommend to use available renting platforms (i.e. Housing Anywhere; Spotahome), as the competition is extremely high on Facebook due to the rotation of interns within the European bubble. At the end, I found a room in the wonderful municipality of Etterbeek, with great roommates from countries all around the world. It does not only help you to overcome moments of homesickness, but also receive different perspectives on their own domestic realities, insights that are priceless for a student of political science such as me.

o zážitcích

Využil(a) jsi Erasmu k cestování po tvé zemi/Evropě? Jaké jsou tvoje nejlepší cestovatelské zážitky? Co naopak nedoporučuješ?
While I was bound by my 9 to 5 job and thesis writing throughout my weekends, the wonder of Belgium not only resides in its own charming cities, but also thanks to its great location in Europe. You want to go to the beach? Less than two hours by train. You want to go to Amsterdam? Three hours by train. Paris? Less than two hours by train. Even better, go to “hidden gems” like Lille, or stay in the country, Ghent, Antwerp, Brugges, Dinant, to name only few are easily reachable, and you will not regret it. Mainly, when you have discounted train tickets during the weekend!
Jazyk a kultura: jakých kulturních odlišností jste si všiml/a? Jak jste se vypořádával/a s národním jazykem? Byl to i jazyk vašeho studia? Máte pocit, že jste se v jazyce díky pobytu posunul/a?
As a matter of fact, trilingual. Naturally, communication within the delegation was conducted in Slovak, while NATO as an organisation has two official languages, and thus passive or active use of English and French was a daily necessity.

závěrečné hodnocení

Proč právě sem?  V čem je lokalita výjimečná? Proč bys své kamarády do své země/ města poslal/a ty?
I always like to think about Erasmus, as of a program trough which students from Western Europe should go study in Central Europe, in the Baltics or Balkans, in order to fully grasp European culture as such, understand more our differences and all that comes to it. The same applies for those regions, by going to the Western parts, and Brussels greatly represents this idea. Owing to this, European unity will for sure be stronger, more tolerant, and open minded.

live-saving tips

Kdybych jel(a) znovu, určitě bych si nezapomněl(a) zabalit..
More waterproof clothes. Honestly, I’m not complaining, I love rain, and experiencing it few times a week, even for an hour is always welcomed for me. Who doesn’t like to breath fresh air? But as many of my colleagues complained, after few months in Brussels it can easily be weary, when you arrive soaking wet to work, and leave it under the same conditions.
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Před odjezdem bych býval(a) rád(a) věděl(a), že...
Two things. That you need to register yourself at the commune if you plan to stay for more than three months, and it can be a really long administrative process. If not, you can be fined. Another thing, about fines ,is once again their trash policy. Its not really pleasant to discover with your roommates that you have been fined few hundred euros for getting your trash out too early.
Nejvíc mě překvapilo, že...
Brussels has so many wonderful parks throughout its area. Just in my neighbourhood in Etterbeek, I had five close to my house.
Nejtěžší pro mě bylo....
For sure being almost 6 months without my cats. More seriously, writing a master thesis while undergoing a full time internship, can be extremly challenging. I would like each student to be conscious of this fact, and exhausting yourself at the expense of your internship is not always the best choice. Yet, its nevertheless doable.


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