In January 2019, 26 Polish students came to Seville to do three weeks work placement and to participate in several cultural activities.
5 students worked as shop assistants in various companies across the city, including toy shops and clothes shops. Their main responsibilities included dealing with customer service, supporting the sales process, keeping the store in order, unpacking products, stocking shelves, arranging displays and shop windows and providing advice to clients on choosing the right product and help in finding it in the store.
7 students worked as pastry cooks in several different companies which offer traditional and modern products all over Seville. The main responsibilities for these placements were displaying different products in the shop, serving customers, preparing the ingredients, making and decorating different types of tarts and pastries, packing products and ordering the place of work.
One student worked as a baker´s assistant in a company offering a selection of sweet and savoury products all made by hand using top quality products. In the last two years the business has grown and developed a lot, allowing the team to grow and offer new products. The student´s main responsibilities included producing bakery and pastry shop products, cooking selected products, preparing fillings and coverings, packing products, arranging products for sale and cleaning and disinfecting tools and equipment.
The final 13 students completed work placements as car mechanics. They were assigned to work with several different workshops here in Seville, and their main responsibilities were to help install and diagnose air conditioning systems, help with the use of hydraulic jacks, disassemble units such as engines and gearboxes, locating defects in parts and components of a vehicle, preparing work stations for use, cleaning units, using diagnostic computers and providing appropriate car care.
The group also had the opportunity to take part in various cultural activities during their stay in Seville. These included an intensive Spanish course and a tour of the Stadium Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. They also attended a traditional Flamenco show, very typical of this region. They also received a tour of Seville and spent a day visiting Gibraltar and seeing the monkeys.
All of the members of the group really enjoyed their time here in Seville. They had a lot of fun experiences, but have also gained very valuable work experience and knowledge through their Spanish lessons and their work placements. Over all the project was very successful, and we hope to see them back in Seville soon!