EuroMind in Málaga welcomed a group of 10 students from Slovenia to complete administrative internships at the end of October for three weeks this year.
The trainees had many different responsibilities on their placements. One of the most important of these was always performing a high-quality customer service for the clients with which they were in contact. They performed general office duties, such as using the photocopier, printer, and scanner, and preparing, scanning, and placing documents in electronic and paper filing systems. They additionally created and edited documents using Microsoft Office. Furthermore, the trainees maintained and managed inventories, being in control of materials and suppliers, and learnt how to keep records up to date in various database systems. They also learnt how to analyse prices and purchase office supplies. Finally, they were responsible for processing sales invoices (providing appropriate organization of these), receipts, and payments.
The trainees also had the opportunity to take part in multiple cultural activities outwith their placements. The first of these was a chocolate workshop, where the trainees had the opportunity to visit a small chocolate factory in Mijas. Here they could prepare their own chocolate bars and decorate them, and subsequently took a tour of the museum where they learnt about the history and origins of chocolate. The trainees also had the opportunity to receive a tour of Malaga, where they were able to see some of Malaga’s oldest parts and explore important historical places such as the Roman Theatre. Furthermore, they were able to participate in a ‘Tapas Night’ which was a wonderful opportunity to taste the local cuisine, and have lots of fun. Some trainees also took part in a Flamenco masterclass with professional flamenco dancers, and ultimately performed an actual flamenco dance. Additionally, the trainees went on an hour-long boat trip alongside the breath-taking port and bay of Malaga where they enjoyed a wonderful panoramic view of the city while they learned more about the city’s monuments and history through an extensive audio-description in different languages. Furthermore, our trainees got to experience an olive oil mill tour where they got to know how olives are cultivated and used to produce Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a famous product from Malaga, and they also had the chance to try delicious olive oil with fresh bread. Finally, our trainees had the unique opportunity to explore Gibraltar for a day, where they climbed to the top of the Rock to admire the spectacular views stretching out to Morocco, and played with the famous macaques.
The students really enjoyed their time in Malaga, and will carry forward the skills they learnt on their placements here. These useful skills, coupled with a deeper cultural understanding of Spain make these trainees invaluable global citizens for the future!
These last 3 weeks have been an amazing experience. I really enjoyed being in Malaga and working for an amazing company. I have been independent and worked my hardest to give my absolute best results, so that I gained as much experience as possible because this could help me build my career and my future. I have been satisfied with absolutely everything and would gladly stay here for a longer period.
I had a lot of fun these three weeks. At my workplace everything was fine, they were all so nice and understanding. My mentor told me exactly what I had to do and explained everything. I liked the city especially because it’s so close to the sea. I liked all activities we had, we got to go to other cities and because of that we saw a lot of different things, houses, stores.
Project Title: DECREASING DISTANCES, INCREASING KNOWLEDGDE
Project Number: KA1-VET-33/18
Number of participants: 10
Country: Slovenia, Ljubljana