9 expats now completed a nursing course to become volunteers. Photo: Brno Expat Centre

Knowledge of Czech is not necessary where there’s a willingness to help. A group of expats from Brno proved this when they attended a basic Red Cross nursing course for future volunteers. They are now ready to help not only in the ‘covid’ field hospital at the Exhibition Center, but also in other places if need be.

More of these courses have taken place recently, but this time the explanation was translated into English so foreigners could join the volunteering efforts. “We’ve given foreigners the chance to sign up because they also want to put a hand in the work and help Brno in these difficult times, “explains Ivo Válka, the main volunteer coordinator for the field hospital, who advocated the course.

“The English-speaking volunteers could prove especially useful if the situation worsens again and medical teams from abroad arrive to help. Then these newly trained nurses will also be an important link with knowledge of local conditions,” adds Katka Báňová from the Brno Expat Centre who helped to organize and promote the course.

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