Internship on the Mediterranean coast
2020.06.25 - 09:52
"Kerisek Conquer Europe" Erasmus+ VET mobility project of the Békéscsaba Center of Vocational Training Zwack József Commerce and Catering Vocational-Grammar and Vocational-Secondary School started in 2018, and since then it has many successful foreign student professional practices and teacher study trips.
2020 started with one-month Spanish internship of six students from tourism and hospitality sector. György Bakucz and Gergő Márk Papp as waiter, Máté Nagy and Ádám Károly Vincze as cook, Szimonetta Mónika Málik and Viktória Varga as hotel receptionist could expand their professional knowledge abroad.
The host city was the seaside, Mediterranean Valencia, the third most populated town in Spain, with a rich historical past and a diverse cultural life. Furthermore, the paella was born in this city, where, in addition to the version made with seafood, you can also taste the traditional paella, in which the rice dish is made with rabbit or chicken meat.
ESMOVIA was responsible for organizing the students' programme and finding host placements. For several years, the company has been reliably managing the education and training programmes for European Union citizens who are Erasmus+ participants in Valencia.
The accompanying teachers of the group were Gabriella Kis and Tímea Beatrix Fábián, who travelled to Valencia in turns, for the first and last days. They helped to travel to and from the country, to integrate, to overcome language difficulties, to monitor the implementation of the professional program, and to organize leisure and cultural programmes.
The Erasmus+ project of Zwack school contributed to the costs incurred in the one month. One of the aims of the Erasmus+ programme, which is available in all the Member States of the European Union, is to support education and training, including by providing internships abroad.
The Europass Mobility document, issued at the end of the placement, is a well-known and recognized document across Europe, helping the new graduates to get job successfully as a letter of recommendation.
Writing a work diary was also an expectation for the current group, the following lines are from Málik Szimonetta Mónika’ diary, and show why it is worth joining this program as a secondary school student:
I worked at a hotel called Hotel Villacarlos. The number of staff is not much, but enough compared to the size of the hotel. It has about 30-40 employees, including cleaners, receptionists, kitchen workers, and maintenance workers. All the necessary equipment can be found in the hotel to help the staff.
When new guests came, I had to enter the reservations into the computer. I put guests’ luggage in the warehouse. If anyone came back from town, I gave to him or her the room key, and if he or she went out into town, I took the room key from his or her. I worked with paper shredder. I arranged documents. Twice a day I counted the daily cash flow.
During this time, I learned how to write down people’s data in Spanish and how to type them. I learned how to communicate with foreign guests at a basic level in English, and I also picked up a few Spanish words. I became more independent because I did not pass on the communication to others, but I had to thrive on my own in a foreign environment and language.
I have visited many cultural sites and places, sometimes with the group and sometimes alone. I walked around a part of the park, I also went to museums, which were very nice. I liked the way public transport was set up because there was always a bus, a subway that took me quickly from A to B. The beach was beautiful where I turned many times. I really liked the way people behaved. Their frame of mind was completely different from Hungarians. I also had the opportunity to play sports. We went to the park and ran a few miles. I learned a lot about the language: how to pronounce words, how to form sentences. It was good to discover how similar it was to other languages, so it was easier to learn. I realized that Spanish is not so hard, and after finishing school, I will start learning this language, if I will have no other business. I did not taste the local food so much because I do not like seafood, but some occasions I tasted the food prepared there.
Overall, I did not regret the traveling, I gained experience of Spanish culture, and the receptionist work itself, because so far I have not really noticed at home what such a worker does. I am happy because the opportunity to travel to Spain, and I have a lot of memories and experiences that will help me with the further decisions I have to make in my life. There were bad moments too, but they are dwarfed by the good ones, so I pretend they did not happen.