Become a Volunteer at the Václav Havel Library

We like using volunteers during the organisation of cultural events, debates and discussions or conferences, the processing of archive materials, the delivery of materials and so on.

We offer short and long-term internships at the Václav Havel Library to serious applicants from the ranks of Czech and international students. Interns are especially welcomed from the areas of librarianship and archiving, but they may be oriented towards any of the other activities of the Václav Havel Library or any other areas associated with the organisation’s operations.

We welcome knowledge of the English language (or German or French), while a knowledge of Czech is an advantage for international interns. The minimum length of an internship is 6 weeks and the maximum length is 1 year. After completing the internship, the participant receives a certificate with an evaluation. The internships take place after a prior agreement reached with the potential intern and it is necessary to agree to the internship dates approximately 2 months in advance. The internships at the Václav Havel Library are not paid and we do not secure transport or accommodation for the interns.

If you are interested in an internship at Václav Havel Library, you can contact us by email: info@vaclavhavel-library.org

A Word about Words – samizdat essay

„Besides, to be wary of words and of the horrors that might slumber inconspicuously within them – isn’t this, after all, the true vocation of the intellectual? I recall that André Glucksmann once spoke in Prague about the need for intellectuals to emulate Cassandra: to listen carefully to the words of the powerful, to be watchful of them, to forewarn them of their danger, and to proclaim their dire implications or the evil they might invoke.“

Václav Havel:
A Word about Words – samizdat essay, July 25, 1989

Václav Havel’s Prague