In October, a group of polish students from the Warsaw Deaf Institute with their teachers and sign-language translators was hosted by euromind in Seville to carry out a ten days weeks-long internship placement in a gastronomy sector. Their practice took place in restaurants located either in the heart of Seville or in a distance from it, led by a young entrepreneurs and their three partners who have experience and great knowledge of Spanish cuisine and Andalusian specials.
Students working as cooks were responsible for preparing the ingredients for consumption or cooking, washing, peeling, cutting fruit and vegetables as well as cutting meat, checking the quality of food, tasting, smelling, punching with utensils, as well as weighing, measuring and mixing ingredients according to recipes and personal judgment. They were also adjusting the temperature of other kitchen equipment depending on the dishes being prepared, seasoning and cooking meals and learning about typical Spanish cuisine and local specialties.
The group of students working as pastry cooks were mixing raw materials and ancillary products in appropriate quantities and preparing different types of dough and creams and also making and decorating different types of tarts and pastries according to basic techniques of bakery. Moreover, they were controlling the temperature and humidity of chambers and ovens, as well as the time of fermentation and baking, displaying different products on the countertop, together with signs identifying the product and its price and later on serving customers and advising them about their choices.
During their stay in Seville, the trainees not only developed their work competencies, but they also travelled among Andalucia which allowed them to get acquainted with Spanish culture and feel like Spanish people in the city of Seville and its surroundings.
They visited the city of Malaga, the perfect place for history, art, and architecture enthusiasts. The city is one of the oldest in the world, and it is full of magnificent monuments that will intrigue many art and history lovers. Furthermore, they visited Matalascañas Beach, one of the nearest beaches in Sevilla´s surroundings. Even though it was October, they could swim and sunbath in the rays of warm Andalusian sun.
The internship has not only been a time to develop their knowledge and skills and get to know a completely different culture, but it was also a good start into an adult life. Moreover, we hope the internship increased their employability as students with hearing issues. Hopefully, all of this will be an unforgettable memory for our interns and that in the future they will be able to take advantage of everything they have learned during their stay.
I enjoy the internships- of course sometimes it’s more difficult and sometimes I have time to relax more. I’m better at communicating with people who don’t speak my first language. I learned how to peel and prepare prawns. I really like Sevilla – Las Setas is my favourite place but generally it’s a nice place to visit.
I have learned a lot on the trip. Most of all I liked the seaside. I really liked the city of Malaga. I have learned how to cook pasta with oil in the pot.
I learned cooking Spanish dishes and could taste them. For example, pancakes. I also tried paella- it’s very tasty. I also liked the monuments in Sevilla, the Spanish square. The city is nteresting and colorful and there are lots of palm trees. I liked the most Isla Magica (especially the roller coaster Jaguar), visiting Cadiz and the sea in Malaga.
Project Title: Zwiększenie szans na rynku pracy uczniów niesłyszących poprzez zagraniczne praktyki
Project Number:2020-1-PL01- KA102-079227
Number of participants: 8
Country: Poland, Warsaw