Mgr. Zuzana Vopálková

RATOLEST BRNO, registered company

Třída Kpt. Jaroše 7b, 602 00 Brno
tel.: +420 775 933 267

Target group:

Families with children which find themselves in a difficult life situation, endangering the healthy development of a child or who are threatened with having their child removed from the family. These are families from municipalities with extended powers including: Brno, Kuřim, Hustopeče, Slavkov u Brna and Židlochovice.


Short-term internship

We accept short-term students only rarely, depending on the current needs of the facility. The maximum length of a short-term internship is one week.


Intern workload

  • the intern is familiarized with the program and is allowed to inspect all documents and materials (e.g. program manuals and the registration program) that are not confidential
  • administrative assistance
  • assistance in organizing recreational, educational and outbound events for program clients
  • help with program promotion
  • long-term internship

Capacity and length

The long-term internship is at least 80 hours and a maximum of 160 hours. Program capacity – approximately 4 interns per year.


Ability to take on a long-term internship:

  • autumn semester: September – October
  • the internship should be reported by mid-September at the latest
  • we allow and welcome when interns remain for both the autumn and spring semesters, as a rule we do not get new interns in the spring semester.

Option for foreign students:

Long-term internships are only available to interns from the Czech and Slovak Republics. Short-term internships (from hours to a maximum of 1-2 days) aimed at familiarizing students with the course of the program are also possible for foreign students. These internships would be conducted in English.


Conditions for admission:

  • age of intern 18 – 30 years
  • internship registration by mid-September
  • successful completion of a motivational interview with the program staff
  • completing the so-called Theoretical Introduction for Volunteers and Interns (2 hours) and completing a three-day extra-curricular training course for volunteers and interns (both events in October)
  • Intern leaders reserve the right to terminate cooperation with an intern after the preparatory course, in case of his/her inability to work with the target group (e.g. very little or no motivation, a lack of empathy, racist or nationalistic opinions and attitudes, pronounced mental immaturity, mental illness etc.). The completion of the motivational interview, the Theoretical Introduction and a three-day preparatory course is counted toward the internship.

Internship workload:

A trained and methodically instructed intern usually spends a regular or long-term (preferably at least two semesters consecutively) period with one particular child or adolescent with whom he spends his / her leisure time – one / two hours a week. During the regular meeting of the pair, a natural and supportive friendly relationship arises between the intern and the child. The pair meets for activities that are beneficial for both and are interesting and stimulating.


Examples of activities:

  • accompanimentand support in dealing with matters that the child does not have (searching for a temporary job, help in choosing a school, processing a card in the library, etc.)
  • help in coping with new social skills – teaching the child to travel by public transport, orientation in timetables, using the Internet, etc.)
  • sports, cultural and other leisure activities that develop the child’s knowledge, abilities and skills
  • participation in joint educational and leisure events with other interns, volunteers and clients, multi-day excursions, assistance with program preparation and the organization of events
  • Visits of a child in facilities (Child Care Centre, Crisis Centre, Kangaroo, etc.) if the child is there

The intern consults the time spent with a child with his/her methodical manager who is a key social worker. All this is done primarily with respect to the child’s personal goals that are part of his / her individual plan.


Other activities that are part of the internship:

  • participation in the group supervision of volunteers / interns – obligatory once per month
  • participation in volunteer interviews with program staff – 4 times per year
  • individual methodological meetings with the senior practitioner – obligatory
  • the possibility of occasional administrative assistance
  • occasional assistance in promoting the program
  • assistance in organizing leisure, educational and outbound events for program clients
  • interns may visit other programs if interested (based on agreement with the program managers)
  • interns can participate in a traineeship in the PR and fundraising department if interested – according to the time possibilities of the department staff!

Practitioners cannot guarantee that a specific child will be assigned to them immediately after their arrival. The assignment of a child depends on many circumstances – the momentum of the program’s capacity, the arrival of new clients, the specific needs and client orders (not every child needs a volunteer), the requirements of the intern (respect his/her choice).

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