ETA Alumni Report from the Wilber Czech Festival in Nebraska

Want to listen to Czech folk music? Learn how garlic soup is made? See a traditional Czech kroj? Come join us at the 60th annual Wilber Czech Festival in Nebraska, USA! Follow this ~virtual~ experience on our Instagram story all weekend long on Saturday, August 7 and Sunday, August 8. You will be guided by six former ETA’s from the 2018-2019 cohort as we explore the celebration of Czech-American culture at the largest Czech heritage festival in the United States.

Be sure to follow us at CzechFulbright to tag along on our adventure and to connect with the Fulbright community!

Alex was a 2018–2019 ETA at Střední Zdravotnická Škola, a school for nursing students located in Znojmo, a city in the South Moravian region. During her time in the Czech Republic, Alex co-hosted a journalism club with fellow ETA Emily Kohlman to help students grow their English-writing skills and teach the importance of media literacy. Alex now works on the development team for a global human rights nonprofit organization.

Parker was a 2018–2019 ETA in Šlapanice at Gymnázium a ZUŠ Šlapanice in South Moravia. You may recognize him from Fulbright’s Czech-language lessons last fall or the summer of 2019. Parker works for Duolingo in Pittsburgh, PA and loves all things Czech: Šaliny, Kroje, and Nakládání Hermelín.

Jen was a 2018–2019 ETA at Gymnázium Zábřeh in the Olomouc region, where she fell in love with teaching. After Fulbright, she spent two years as a Teach For America corps member in Hartford, Connecticut, where she will continue to teach high school English and Drama. Jen is currently pursuing a MA in English.

Emily was a 2018–2019 ETA at GPOA, a gymnasium and business academy in Znojmo. While in South Moravia, she co-founded a journalism club with fellow ETA Alex Saulenas, helping students cultivate their English and media-literacy skills through interviews with political figures and Czech journalists and the creation of an Instagram meme page. Based in New York, Emily works for a real-time event and risk detection company, integrating the world’s public data signals.

Lizzy was a 2018–2019 ETA at a gymnazium in Hustopeče, which is located near Brno in the South Moravian region. During her time in the Czech Republic, she also started an English club at the local elementary school. After her year abroad, Lizzy worked as an admission counselor for two years. In August, she will go back to school full time for a Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Ohio State.

Amzie was a 2018–2019 ETA at Gymnazium Svitavy, located in the Pardubice Region of the Czech Republic and straddling the border between Bohemia and Moravia. As an ETA, Amzie started an English club at her school and broke down cultural barriers by introducing her club members to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Now Amzie is attending law school at the University of Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating next summer, Amzie hopes to pass the bar and celebrate with a trip back to Svitavy and some delicious Czech beer.