Vocational area: Travel & Tourism
Duration: 4 weeks
Location: Seville, Spain
'Being given the responsibility to show up to work and being trusted by my employers who had only known me for a few weeks, and being given the freedom to explore the beautiful city of Seville was a great experience.'
I applied for my placement opportunity in Seville at the beginning of my second year of studying. I thought it would be a great way to expand my experience in the Travel and Tourism sector. I was encouraged by a previous student who had done a placement and had lots of positive things to say about her experience.
I was encouraged to work hard in my studies and prove to my teacher and tutors that I was worthy of being selected. I prepared myself by working hard in my course, attending all my classes and submitting all my assignments on time.
I worked at the Sevilla Dream Hostel as a receptionist and bar staff. My role included checking in and out international tourists from all over the world, taking documentation details, and filling out forms in Spanish and reserving rooms for English speaking clients on the telephone. I also helped with breakfast, and served coffee, beers and pizzas at the café and I was responsible for was hosting a paella workshop for a group of 22 Polish people!
I loved the city culture. The local area was always busy at night with people happily socialising with family and friends. The local people were friendly, I felt very welcomed at all times. Almost every person greeted me with a smile.
The atmosphere was great with different tourists from all over the world. The weather was so nice and the food was cheap and tasty. The tourist attractions were beautiful.
I loved everything about Seville because it was all positive – you can almost feel the good energy from your surroundings!
The biggest learning experiences were working in a different environment, meeting new people from different backgrounds and learning how to adapt to different situations such as working with a supervisor who speaks minimal English. Being given the responsibility to show up to work and being trusted by my employers who had only known me for a few weeks, and being given the freedom to explore the beautiful city of Seville was a great experience. Learning how different cultures operate was useful, for example greeting my work colleague in the hostel with a kiss to the cheeks.
This placement looks great on my C.V. Being able to say I’ve worked abroad will help my future prospects, such as applying to be a resort rep or applying to work abroad.
I hope to start my first year in University, studying Airline and Airport Management. Future participants should be excited and grateful for being picked for this opportunity. The memories will stay with you forever!
Improved language skills
Exposure to cultural experience
Improved people skills
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