Social Problems

GLOBAL ISSUE OF IMPORTANCE: Homelessness

The issue of homelessness is there for all to see in Prague. Next to exquisite Baroque palaces lie vast homeless communities, and the problem is growing – throughout Europe, not just in the Czech Republic.

Your group will take an in-depth look at the causes and effects of homelessness as well as confronting the harsh realities of day-to-day life on the streets with Pragulic’s homeless walking tours, before experiencing voluntary work and exciting challenges first-hand in co-operation with local charities and organisations.

Social Problems

All our themes and activities are 100% flexible and can be mixed and matched to suit your group.

Day 1

  • Airport pick-up by your CAS Trips tour guide
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Free time and lunch
  • Walking tour – A fascinating introduction to the history and culture of Czech Republic through Prague’s Old Town, New Town, Jewish Quarter and riverside areas.
  • Evening meal – Traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic medieval tavern.
  • Reflections Challenge – An introduction to the CAS Trips Network and Reflections Centre with personal student and teacher logins, online itineraries and amazing group sharing capabilities

Day 2

  • Your CAS Trips tour guide hotel pick-up
  • Pragulic Homeless Walking tour – See Prague from a completely different perspective with one of PRAGULIC homeless guides. Visit a homeless colony and discover the hard truth behind life on the streets, including the tragic personal story of the guide, insights into the causes of homelessness as well as what constitutes a homeless diet and street survival insights.
  • Lunch
  • Pragulic homeless challenge – In co-operation with PRAGULIC and autonomous shelter Klinika, in small teams students will tackle challenges such as building transitional homes, cooking soup from salvaged ingredients, contributing to community art projects and more.
  • Evening Meal – Italian cuisine at the excellent La Piccola Perla
  • NB – Evening activities are optional extras but can include; Vltava river cruise, cinema, bowling, Bohemian Black Light Theater, Ice skating, final evening non-alco Disco. Enquire for more details.

Day 3

  • Your CAS Trips tour guide hotel pick-up
  • Nadeje cooking challenge – In co-operation with Prague’s most out-reaching homeless charity NADEJE and Prague’s pioneering cooking school CHEF PARADE, students must work as a team to plan, prepare, cook and distribute a meal for 50+ homeless. There is a 2-hour and a €200 limit so efficiency and collaboration are essential.
  • Lunch
  • Novy Prostor Challenge: In co-operation with Prague’s flagship street magazine, NOVY PROSTOR, students will be introduced to the concept and functions of a street magazine, meet a seller and hear their story. Then, in small teams, students will be given seller badges, a stack of magazines, an official location and tasked with the challenge of selling as many magazines as possible in 2 hours. Teams must use intelligence, craft and creativity to succeed. All proceeds will be returned to the magazine and seller, with prizes awarded for teams with the highest sales and most originality. Students can also write an article about their experience, with the best getting the opportunity to be published in an edition of Novy Prostor.
  • Evening Meal – Czech cuisine in a spectacular location with stunning views of the city.
  • Reflections Challenge – submission deadline by midnight.

Day 4

  • Free time – souvenir shopping
  • Your CAS Trips tour guide hotel pick-up and airport drop-off

*itineraries are illustrative and can be altered to your specific academic needs or time constraints.