This summer months just one South Tama loved ones obtained to assist convey a foreign trade student’s working experience comprehensive circle.
Barb and Kendall Jordan participated with the Potential Leaders Exchange (FLEX) method as a host relatives for Eliška Heřmánková during the 2019-20 faculty year.
Heřmánková is from the Czech Republic and through the initially semester and a half at South Tama was enduring a fairly regular overseas trade working experience.
Days and weeks have been whole of school, more-curricular activities, finding to know new people today and sharing her culture with those in the community.
Matters took a remarkable turn nevertheless when the COVID-19 pandemic established in in March 2020.
Heřmánková was pressured to return residence 3 months early due to the earth wellbeing disaster and like most learners all over the place was denied various stop of the university yr experiences like promenade and a standard graduation ceremony. She also had to say a rapid goodbye to quite a few friends and classmates she obtained to know well around her 6 months in Iowa.
This summertime the Jordans, joined by their two youngsters Nicholas and Megan, created a trip to the Czech Republic to visit Heřmánková and her family.
For a number of months the Jordans weren’t positive if they’d be capable to travel thanks to the ongoing nature of the pandemic.
But in June they observed out that the border to the Czech Republic experienced opened together with their window of option to see Heřmánková, who a calendar year earlier had grow to be like a member of the family.
“When we satisfied Eliška’s family this summer, it was like we have recognised them for so very long,” Barb said. “We experienced the best tour guides although we were being there and come to feel so thankful we had the option to go.”
From July 8-18 the Jordans and their host relatives expended time traveling all parts of the Czech Republic touring castles, churches and feeding on genuine Czech cuisine.
A few of familiar food items products they encountered although overseas have been classic Czech pastries which include kolaches and rohlicky. Barb said the ones they sampled ended up quite great but had been a bit more dense than the ones she’s utilized to at home in Tama County.
They stated numerous of the normal vacationer areas like the metropolis of Prague were fairly tranquil compared to a usual summer months period.
The trip also offered an prospect for Barb to go to the homeland of her ancestors. Her good-grandfather Joseph Dostal was born in the space now known as the Czech Republic and was one of a amount of Czech immigrants to settle in Tama County generations back.
The excursion was the initially time the Jordans experienced traveled to Europe and they explained they hope to return yet again sometime to take a look at their worldwide loved ones.
As for Heřmánková, she graduated from her higher faculty in the Czech Republic this earlier spring and is set to commence college in the city of Brno in which she will research regulation.