One year ago: Fighting homesickness in the Czech Republic


One year ago today my MBA team from Bryan College was hoping to fly home to the U.S. from the Czech Republic, where we were participating in international internships. But we were stranded by a volcanic eruption in Iceland that shut down air travel in Europe. We actually didn’t leave until the 21st. Follow the link below to read about the forced extension to our trip:

Fighting homesickness in the Czech Republic.

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A day of teaching classes in Olomouc, Czech Republic


A day of teaching classes in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

This is what I was doing a year ago this Friday, April 15, helping teach classes at a university in the Czech Republic. This was before my MBA student group officially became stranded in Europe because of the Icelandic volcano eruption.

Fighting homesickness in the Czech Republic


These are some of the students I led in a group discussion on the newspaper industry at Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci.

These are some of the students I led in a group discussion on the newspaper industry at Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci.

The Bryan College MBA team is waiting for our Thursday flight out of Prague, pending no further problems from the volcano in Iceland. We’re hoping the EU opens airspace before that and starts to clear out the backlog of stranded fliers.  Our travel arrangements could change at any time, so stay posted to this blog for updates.

WRCB and WDEF profiled our team on the news Sunday.

Many in the group are worried about their jobs since our 10-day trip has now extended to 11+ days. And we all want so desperately to return home to family and friends. Prague is a beautiful city, but it’s not home. I headed out early to exchange some currency, explore the city and work on the computer – basically, just to get out of the hotel for a while to slow down the process of going stir crazy. We are blessed, though, to be staying at a nice hotel at a reasonable rate.

One of our students has a friend from Denmark who will be here in Prague today. I’m glad that they will be able to visit, since the volcano disrupted our student’s plans to visit Denmark on a side trip last week.

Despite the travel complications, this pilot program has worked out well. I don’t know what shape future Bryan College international internships will take, but this one has been worth the investment in time, money and effort.

I especially enjoyed interacting with students at Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci (Palacky’ University in Olomouc). I’ve posted a couple of photos of my students from that experience. I should have posted these photos sooner, but I’ve had Internet connectivity problems throughout this trip. I plan to post more photos soon.

A day of teaching classes in Olomouc, Czech Republic


Our group helped teach two university classes today at Univerzita Palackého in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Dr. Adina Scruggs has been teaching at the university all week and has introduced the students to the SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). SWOT is used to analyze business strengths and weaknesses.

My group, including Josh Rule, Benton Jones and Julian Bennett, led groups of four to five students in analyzing businesses using SWOT. Czech universities normally only lecture to students and do not engage them in interactive learning, so Adina has been working to overcome that cultural barrier, which the students seemed to appreciate. They loved learning about American culture, from discussing music to how our university and colleges operate. Then, some of the students led us on a tour of their town, which dates to the 10th century.

Now, we’re back in Brno preparing to leave to Prague in a few hours–another early morning and lots of commuting.

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