In December, euroMind welcomed a group of 16 Polish students to Seville. They spent 3 weeks completing various internships in the photography, hairdressing, graphic design and hospitality sectors.
The trainees completing photography placements were given various tasks, including: receiving clients in the studio, editing pictures with photo editing tools, taking pictures for the company website, selling photographic supplies, taking care of models and drawing and editing collages for clients. The students working in hairdressers had the opportunity to become acquainted with work organization and equipment used by Spanish hairdressers, wash clients’ hair, carry out sterilisation procedures on utensils and assist in hair treatments, cutting and colouring. Those on Graphic Design placements were tasked with conceiving, designing and creating images using Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, projecting designs based on the needs of the client and getting to know the latest technologies used in the graphic design sector. Finally, the students working in hospitality were responsible for preparing and serving hot and cold food and beverages, learning about typical Spanish cuisine, washing and drying kitchen pots and utensils and keeping the workplace clean.
The group took part in many cultural activities and trips while they were in Andalusia. At Paella night, under the watchful eye of a professional cook, they had the opportunity to create their own custom-made version of the traditional popular Spanish dish. They also did the Seville tour, where they saw the city from a historical and cultural point of view, seeing the vast influence of Christian, Jewish and Muslim civilisations on the city. The group was also shown the best places to eat, drink and hang out. Next up was a trip to subtropical Gibraltar and a chance to experience a British enclave in the Mediterranean. They climbed to the top of the rock to witness the amazing views of Morocco and played with the famous Barbary macaques (monkeys). Finally, the students travelled to the coast to see Cadiz, often considered the oldest city in Europe. It was also the starting point for Christopher Columbus´ expedition to the Americas. The group visited the city centre, the cathedral, the oldest fish market in Spain and even had time to sunbathe on the beach.
The students really enjoyed their time in Spain, from learning new professional and language skills in their various placements, to seeing all the different sights Andalusia has to offer, their Spanish experience will have a positive impact on their futures.
I really like work experiences that are conducted with accuracy. The boss devoted a lot of time to let me learn as much as possible from her. If I could have, I would have liked to work there longer.
“In the hairdressing salon I liked the atmosphere, the approach to my mentor, coworker, clients, the scope of my work, working hours.”
I worked a lot; I was not bored at all. The collaborators were nice and helped me often even though they did not speak English. The boss was nice and I was often asked how everything was and if everything was fine.
Project Title: Pracujemy i uczymy się zawodu w Andaluzji
Project Number: 2019-1-PL01-KA102-064151
Number of participants: 16
Country: Poland, Zielona Góra