Interview with Carlos: A Filipino Cadet's Journey in Czechia

We caught up with Carlos, one of our cadets from the Philippines, to hear about his experience living in Prague, Czech Republic. From adapting to a new culture to exploring the city's charm, Carlos shares his insights on the challenges and joys of life in this vibrant European destination.

Carlos, is this your first study experience abroad?

Yes, it is. I completed my degree in the Philippines. I had a solid educational foundation back home, but being here has provided me with a fresh perspective and opened doors to new opportunities.

When did you arrive to Prague? Was your relocation to a new country smooth?

It’s already my 8th month here. We departed Philippines June 12th. I have to say that relocating was very easy and smooth thanks to the full assistance of CADETPILOT.AERO. Team of consultants take care of all the necessary paperwork. Moreover, the Czech government has recently introduced the so-called Pilot Project specifically designed to expedite visa approvals for future cadet pilots from the Philippines.

How have you found the transition to Czech culture, particularly in terms of food or social customs?

In terms of transitioning to Czech culture, I've found the food to be quite different from what I'm used to in the Philippines. Czech cuisine tends to be hearty and meat-focused, with dishes like goulash and schnitzel being common.

Social customs have also been a bit of an adjustment, as Czech people tend to be more reserved compared to the warmth and openness I'm accustomed to back home. However, I've found that while Czech individuals may initially appear reserved and distant, once you earn their friendship, it becomes a profound and rewarding relationship that is likely to endure for a lifetime.

What aspects of living in Czechia have you found most surprising or unexpected?

One of the most surprising aspects has been the efficiency and reliability of the public transportation system. I was amazed at how punctual and well-organized the trams and buses are here. It's reassuring to know that I can rely on public transportation to get around the city efficiently.

What do you enjoy the most about living in Czechia, and are there any particular experiences or places that have left a lasting impression on you?

I've found many things to enjoy about living in Czechia. One aspect that stands out to me is the rich history and beautiful architecture, particularly in Prague.

Additionally, I appreciate the country's emphasis on safety and cleanliness, which creates a sense of security and comfort. Overall, the combination of cultural richness, natural beauty, and welcoming atmosphere makes Czechia a truly special place to live.

On the other hand what has been the hardest aspect about living in Czechia so far?

English language proficiency in the Czech Republic can be quite challenging. With the country transitioning to a capitalist system only 30 years ago, there has been limited time for English to become widely adopted as a second language. Consequently, while most young people possess some level of English proficiency, older individuals may not be as fluent. Generally, the older they are, the less likely they are to have a strong command of English.

Apart from your training schedule, how do you spend your time?

I love exploring Prague, especially its museums like the aircraft museum, which never fails to amaze me. Prague's castles and historical sites are awe-inspiring. Sometimes I also visit the airport's observation deck to indulge my passion for airplanes.

Besides that, my friends and I often enjoy activities like playing darts and billiards together when our schedules allow. The sense of camaraderie is so strong making me feel included and valued in our close-knit community.

At the conclusion of our interview, what key advice would you give to future cadets moving to the Czech Republic?

1. Embrace your passion: Let your passion fuel every aspect of your training. When you approach challenges with enthusiasm and dedication, nothing will seem insurmountable. Remember, your passion is your greatest asset.

2. Mindfulness matters: In the fast-paced environment of cadet training, it's crucial to stay present and aware. Being mindful allows you to make the most of every opportunity, absorb knowledge effectively, and navigate through various situations with clarity.

3. The exceptional Filipino spirit: As a cadet from the Philippines, you bring with you an extraordinary spirit that sets you apart. Embrace your unique cultural background and let it shine through in your interactions and work ethic. Your resilience, determination, and positive attitude will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on your colleagues and instructors.