In May, a group of 18 Polish students with two teachers was hosted by euroMind in Úbeda, to carry out a three weeks-long internship placement. Here, they were working as cooks and farmers.
On the one hand, the farmers’ boys worked in the countryside, some of them on a farm with an orchard and others in an olive crop, and they developed tasks related to their positions but all of them connected with nature and ecology, they were in charge of preparing the land for planting the seeds and taking care of animals such as goats. They worked hard and they learned new agriculture techniques
On the other hand, the cooks (most of them girls) were working in different prestigious restaurants and bars from the city, where they had contact with the Spanish gastronomy preparing tapas and typical dishes such as “empanada de morcilla”, snails, “ochios”, paella…
During their stay in Ubeda, the trainees not only developed their practices, but they also took part in different cultural activities and workshops which allowed them to immerse themselves in the environment of Spanish culture and feel like Spaniards in the city of Ubeda and its surroundings.
They had the possibility to travel around Andalusia region. Their first trip was to Malaga: an international city well known for having a good climate throughout the year, and it is also the city of birth of several famous people such as Antonio Banderas and Picasso. The group visited the historic center of the city and took the first bath of the year under a splendid sun.
The group also had the chance to visit another city in Andalusia – Nerja. There the group visits the famous Balcony of Europa where they admired nice views of the sea and they went directly to take their second bath on Spanish beaches.
The trainees also took part in a tapas night, which was a fantastic opportunity to try the local cuisine in a local bar and to experience an authentic Spanish atmosphere as well as the tapas specialties. Moreover, they took part in a tasting of olive oil workshop where they learned to differentiate different varieties of olive oils depending on their quality. They also discovered Churros with chocolate (the famous sweet breakfast) thanks to a workshop that showed them how to prepare them. Furthermore, they also visited “Sinagoga del agua” in Ubeda, a magical and historical place.
The students have really enjoyed their internship and experiences in Ubeda, and they are sure that it will be useful for both their professional and personal life, and they are grateful for the opportunities that this Euro mobility project will offer them in their future careers.
I experienced a pleasant atmosphere already on the first day of work, when the tutor showed me around the kitchen and explained me how to work in a very clear and simple way, so that I understood everything. Whenever I don’t understand something or I don’t know how to do something, the tutor is always close to me and willing to help me. Through this job I have also met great people who I get along with from day one. When we make new dishes that I don’t know yet, they want me to try each ingredient individually.
I enjoy my internship very much because my tutor is nice and friendly. In my apprenticeship I learn about organic farming and how to work with goats. Although the goats are not cooperative, I also enjoy working with them very much.Also, I have already learned how to plant and take care of organic crops.
I like my internship because my tutor is very loving, kind and friendly. Our tutor is like a second “Mom” to us, who teaches us many new dishes. She cooks us lunches, which are delicious. When we do something wrong, she shows us how to do it again. She is very understanding, she understands that we are here for the first time and that everything is new to us. The atmosphere is very good and I enjoy going to practice. I learned how to make gourmet burgers, bread with fried meat and peppers (ochios), tomato cream (gazpacho), meat rolls with “jamon” and cheese (flamenquin) and to use olive oil every day.
Project Title: Kompetencje zawodowe w europejskim wymiarze
Project Number:2020-1-PL01- KA102-079016
Number of participants: 18
Country: Poland, Oleszyce