Reisebericht Christian Waeder - Nov 2013 Slowakei/Tschechien
By Christian Waeder
Apprenticeship: Industrial management assistant
1. Project Azubi Europa
2.1. Sightseeing in Bratislava
2.2. AHK Bratislava
2.3. Stredná odborná škola Bratislava
2.4. Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry
2.5. Cargo Partner
3.1.Sightseeing in Prague
3.4.Střední odborná škola a Střední odborné učiliště Praha
3.5.German Embassy in Prague
3.8.Deltaplan spol. s r.o.
4. Project work
The goal of “Azubi Europa” is to give trainees in the
dual system the chance to do an internship abroad and
to qualify them for the increasingly international job
The trainees should learn to orient themselves abroad
in economic, corporate and training-related areas and
develop principles of an international occupational
My personal expectation was to increase my English
skills by practical experiences and to learn
something about the other parts of the European
Official languages: Slovak
Government: Parliamentary republic
Area: 49,035 km2
Currency: Euro (€)
The Primatial Palace, built in
1778 and located in the centre of
Old Town is considered as the
most beautiful building in
Bratislava. Its pale pink and white
exterior is topped with various
Novy Most (or the UFO)
was completed and
opened to traffic in
In Bratislava there were many beautiful places and everywhere was the spirit of the
Slovak culture in the air. We had to describe many attractions during a city rallye.
Bratislava Castle sits on a
hill overlooking the city.
Initially a Roman frontier
post, there has been a
castle at this site since
the 9th century.
The Slovak National Theatre,
standing at the end of the
long Hviezdoslav Square,
was built in 1885-1886
during the time of Austria-
Our first appointment was at the Chamber of
Commerce in Bratislava, where we learned
basic facts about Slovakia. Markus Halt, deputy
general manager, gave us a first insight into
It was also explained to us, that Germany is
very important for the Slovak economy. Many
German companies have a facility in Slovakia.
Mostly in the automotive industry, Slovakia
is dependent on a strong German
We learned how an AHK works and which
tasks it has. The network extends over the
whole world. It is the first point of contact
for German companies looking to expand
On Thursday we visited a vocational school. After a
short welcome, we came into a classroom. Three
students presented us the Slovak education system
in front of the entire class. Then it was our turn to
show the German system.
The German dual system is fundamentally different
from the practice in Slovakia. There is no
cooperation between schools and companies.
Because of that the training is not very progressive.
A very friendly teacher showed us the school and
the equipment of the class rooms.
He told us about the problems in the schools.
Because there are too many schools for a few pupils
in Slovakia, the teachers do not have much
influence on their behaviour. The students simply
go to another school.
Our second appointment of the day was the SCCI.
Ivana Kondasova introduced us to the activities of
the organization and her personal projects.
The SCCI is an independent representative of the
market economy in Slovakia, which protects the
interests of business subjects.They support their
development and expansion on a national,
European and global level.
They help companies to find potential business
partners and advise them on business plans.
Ivana Konda has a project called „Regiofemme“. It
helps woman to get a better chance to find a good
job or to found their own business.
After a long bus ride to Petržalka we came to Cargo
Partner. It is an international freight forwarder. We
toured the building and the large warehouse.
Cargo Partner is a dynamically growing, midsized
specialist for transportation and integrated logistics
with particular strength in oversea solutions.
Being a family owned company, their
business model is based on personalized
and global partnership.
They have their network in Western,
Eastern and Central Europe, North East
Asia, South East Asia, the Indian
subcontinent, Middle East and North
The Charles Bridge
The stunning 15th century bridge,
which connects the 'Lesser Town' and
the old town
is a Roman-
the seat of the
The Castle of Prague
is listed in the guinnes book
as the biggest castle in the
We had to visit several destinations in the city.
Probably one of the
most famous sites of
Prague is the striking
astronomical clock of
the town hall
The National Museum
It’s the largest and
oldest museum in the
dominates one side of the Old
Town Square in Prague.
The John Lennon Wall
This graffiti-covered wall features an
image of John Lennon's face, who
became a hero to the young when
western music was banned here.
It occupies the
BDO is a worldwide network of companies that are primarily active in auditing.
BDO has Member Firms in 138 countries, employed 55,000 workers in 1,204 offices
throughout the world.
Each BDO member firm is an independent legal entity in its own country.
German customers for example: Kärcher, Ravensburger Hüttenes, Wacker Chemie
The departments are law, accounting and IT management.
Helika is an architectural firm and responsible in many places for the cityscape of
Through many public projects and innovative designs they are one of the leading
Jana Vokounová explained us how the office works and showed us many projects.
Mainly hospitals and shopping centers are built by Helika.
On Tuesday, 26th of November, we visited a
vocational school in Prague. It was housed in a
beautiful old building.
After the welcome, we presented our school systems
again. The Czech school system was also different to
our system in Germany.
Then we had the opportunity to speak with the
students and exchange ideas.
After that we ate in the canteen. We were slightly
overdressed between the small children.
Together with the Czech students, we visited the city
again. But it was very cold!
With the Czech students we visited the
German Embassy. It is in the Lobkowicz
The Embassy has played an important
role in the recent German history.
We saw a film about the events shortly
before the reunification.
It touched us all. It was emotional to see
After that we said goodbye to
the Czech students. All had
been very friendly. It was nice
to meet them and to get to
know them a little.
• At the A.S.A. company we had a long conversation
with the head of the landfill. He showed us a video
and explained to us the various components of the
• A.S.A. is a global waste disposal company. We were
able to observe the technique and how to deal with
the waste accurately.
• It's incredible how much waste is produced by
• The conservation of nature is also a major goal of
• In the end we went in small buses to the landfill and
got a good impression of the situation.
CzechInvest is the investment and business
development agency of the Czech Republic.
The services and development programmes
contribute to the attraction of foreign investment
and the development of Czech companies.
It was established in 1992 by the Ministry of
Industry and Trade.
We had the opportunity to get some information
about the invest situation in the Czech Republic.
The architectural and planning studio was
established in 1991.
The idea originally set up under Sowjet
government in the late 1960s.
The company´s offices are fully equipped with
the latest computing and printing technologies,
enabling versatile management.
The most important goal is a high quality
performance and completion of the customer’s
This appointment was really cool. We talked
relaxedly and openly with the employees. They
presented us their projects and we had a lot of
fun. This was a nice change compared to the
Our last appointment was with the shoe retail company
salamander. We had a meeting with the manager of the stores
in the Czech Republic.
The biggest surprise was that Salamander does not
manufacture shoes any more but only gives its name and logo
for shoes which are produced at different companies
Since the beginning of the nineties, the business was expanded
more and more. At first there was only one store and now
there are many of them!!
After that we visited a store, the quality was very impressive.
We learned a lot about tradition,
economy and history.
Another part was to get ready for
our appointments, like the
presentation of our school system.
Last but not least we trained our
skills in business English with role
plays in business situations.
Reiseplan SK_CZ Nov 2013 für Azubi
the homepages of the companies and organizations:
the DVD „Azubi Eropa“
my notes from the journey