¡Hola a todos! We are fully emerged in work with the new wave of students experiencing their internship in the Canary Islands. We have also welcomed our two new interns, who will be joining the TJT team until June. Inspired by all the new comers, we decided to dedicate an article to the must – do things before your internship. The journey of an internship abroad is extremely thrilling, but often it can be overwhelming and stressful. TJT team has prepared your ‘to – do’ list so that you are fully ready to enjoy learning through traveling at its fullest.
- All the medical things
Going abroad does not mean not being able to go to the doctor. But you should be aware of the health system of the country you are going to, so that you know what is expected of you in terms of paper work. If you are going in Europe, the must – have document is the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Common misunderstanding is that this card covers any type of doctor appointments but the truth is that it will cover any emergency situations. The EHIC is not a substitute for a travel medical insurance. You can watch the following video for more information on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdZYst4UQFg.
To sum up, you do need a separate insurance policy regarding health and liability when you do your internship abroad. Conduct your research and conusult your hosting company for assistance.
Essential part of your preparation is finding a place to live. To avoid the stress of the process, start as early as possible. In case you are looking for a place in Tenerife, the following websites may be helpful:
A good tip is to call or text the landlords, do not wait for their response on the website. If you get rejections, ask the people to keep your number in case something comes up. What is more, you can look on Airbnb for people who are willing to rent out their apartments for longer period and may be open to negotiating the prices. Tip for the location of your future home: look for the surroundings. Are there all the facilities you need, is there a supermarket and a pharmacy? Sometimes the cheap rent and the distance are not all that matters.
An advice from us would be not to pay anything before you have read the contract of your future landlord or have consulted with your consulting company.
- Banks and Financial Documents
Something that may not come to mind at first is to research the banks and cards situation. Wherever you are going for your internship you will need to be familiar with the whole financial situation in the country. For example, in some countries shops may reject Visa Electron and accept only Visa and Maestro and vice versa. For this reason it would be helpful for you to do your research and not encounter problem, because that will not be fun. Also if you are going to a country with a different currency than yours, it may be helpful to research the fintech apps for currency exchange since they may offer a better course than your bank and thus save you money.
If you are going to Spain, it is most likely that you will need a NIE number , which stands for ‘foreigners’ identity number. In case you are coming to Tenerife, TJT will help you through the process. Another registartion in Spain is for social security number. This number gives you access to the Spanish security system as well as the health system. The social security number is a permanent registration and it would be helpful for people who are looking for going back to Spain for work in the future.
However, if you are going in another country you better research how to register and it is a good idea to send an email to the city hall or your company so that you have the information from the horse’s mouth and not stress after your arrival.
QUIÉN: todos los estudiantes merecen la oportunidad única de viajar al extranjero, pero solo aquellos con personalidad e iniciativa se atreven a hacerlo.
Las organizaciones intermediarias estamos aquí para ayudar a esos estudiantes sin la fortaleza inicial para lograrlo, los ayudamos durante su periodo de prácticas en el extranjero, un paso crucial para su futuro y crecimiento personal.
Es como aquellos que reservan sus vacaciones a través de una agencia de viajes y aquellos que viajan con sus propias mochilas: pagando para sentirse seguros y relajados.
1. Los destinos atractivos como Barcelona, Madrid o Tenerife probablemente ofrezcan empresas de acogida que no cuiden a los estudiantes y la calidad de sus prácticas: la gran demanda de su destino hace que puedan tener estudiantes durante todo el año y por tanto no se preocupen de ellos.
Nos aseguramos de la calidad del aprendizaje y resolvemos o incluso cambiamos la ubicación de los estudiantes en caso de problemas.
2. El choque cultural en un país extranjero para los estudiantes más débiles tiene un mayor impacto en ellos y convierte el comienzo de sus prácticas en una situación estresante.
Hacemos reuniones de bienvenida y mantenemos contacto instantáneo con mensajería a través del móvil durante las primeras dos semanas para obtener respuestas inmediatas.
3. Problemas / conflictos / malentendidos estar solo en un país extranjero puede convertirse en una pesadilla.
Los problemas pequeños pueden convertirse en grandes si no los cuidamos desde el principio.
4. Hacemos que los problemas de salud y la documentación del seguro de accidentes en los hospitales sean fáciles para los estudiantes.
5. Somos la tranquilidad para PADRES Y TUTORES, pueden estar tranquilos en su país de origen, nosotros cuidamos de ellos.
Tenerife Job Training…Traveling to learn…Learning to travel
WHO should use the intermediary organisations: every student deserves the unique opportunity of travelling abroad, but only those with personality and initiative dare to do it.
Intermediary organizations are here to help those students without the initial strength to go for it and we help them along the time abroad during their personal growing, a crucial step for their future.
This is like those booking their holidays through a travel agency and those backpacking on their own: paying to feel safe and relaxed.
WHY using an intermediary organisation:
- Attractive destinations like Barcelona, Madrid or Tenerife are likely to offer host companies not taking care of students and the quality of their internships: they can have students all year around so they don’t care about them.
We make sure of the quality of the learning and we solve or even change location of students in case of issues.
2. Culture shock for weaker students makes a higher impact on them and turn the beginning of the internship into a stressing situation.
We make welcome meetings and keep instant mobile texting contact during the first two weeks for immediate answers.
3. Issues/ conflicts / misunderstandings being alone in a foreign country may turn into a nightmare.
Small issues may become huge problems if we do not take care of them at the very beginning.
4. We make health problems and insurance paperwork in hospitals easy for the students.
5. We are PARENTS & TEACHERS peace of mind at their home country.
Tenerife Job Training…Traveling to learn…Learning to travel
We are already thinking wild, costumes, fun, design, party…………Carnival 2018 is around the corner ¡¡¡
TENERIFE CARNIVAL ERASMUS TRAINING IS ALWAYS OUR FAVORITE PROJECT OF THE YEAR and we are getting ready for it ¡¡¡
WHO ARE THE DESIGNERS HOSTING THE STUDENTS??
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR CARNIVAL?
From the month of January conquests and shows are already running along:
Comparsas (dancing groups)
Murgas ( singing groups)
THE STARTING OF THE STREET CARNIVAL:
LA ELECCIÓN DE LA REINA DEL CARNAVAL DE TENERIFE (The Queen Gala Election) represents the starting of the street carnival. This year is going to happen on the 7th February 2018 . Be ready to buy the tickets for the gala online NOW because they sold out quickly. You can do it here:
If you are one of our lucky students participating in the Tenerife Carnival Erasmus Training, you will get a exclusive access to the backstage the Gala Queen Election Day. It is always a thrilling moment to see the wild time before the shows begin. We have been bringing students for more that 8 years now in http://www.tenerifejobtraining.com
have a look at our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67kePpFCcBA
The first STREET PARADE will start on Friday the 9th February in the evening along the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This is a perfect moment to see all the dancing and singing groups together with the Queens (we have three Queens: a child , an adult and a senior queen).
The 14th February is another day to remember: THE BURIAL OF THE SARDINE, get ready to cry a lot and dress up like a widow: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entierro_de_la_Sardina
TRAVELLING & BOOKING TO BE HERE:
February is a busy month in Tenerife so try to book your flight and accommodation in advance. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the city in the island where Carnival starts and that’s the place to be. If you dont find accommodation there dont worry: public transport in the island run 24 hours a day during street carnival so you can book around Tenerife and use it. Here you can get info about it: https://movil.titsa.com/ Green buses and a tram service with show you around.
FIND MORE IN TWEETER WITH THE HASSTAG #carnavalSC2018
FULL PROGRAM IN ENGLISH HERE: http://archiv.fagms.de/c/mv?
At Tenerife Job Training we celebrate 2017 The year of the Sustainable Tourism
Study Visit with a group of 9 teachers from Hungary.
Békéscsaba Center of Vocational Training, Trefort Ágoston, Vocational School visited us from the 5th the the 13th November. We organised for them an interesting agenda to show them around Tenerife what we do related to renewable energies and sustainability.
7th November, visit to ITER, Technological Institute of renewable Energies http://www.iter.es/?lang=en
- IN THE AFTERNOON (from 3PM ) we were in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for the Second Edition of the Oil Spill Response in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, organized by the University of Gran Canaria.
8th November, Santa Cruz Tenerife Desalination plant of Santa Cruz de Tenerife https://emmasa.es/
9th November: University of La Laguna: area of investigation in recycling oils.
Escuela Politecnica de Ingenieria Técnica.
This proyect started in 2013 granted by DISA local petrol company with the aim of obtaining biodiesel from a Jatropha sheets cultivated in Fuerteventura island.
12noon: OAG Environmental Observatory of Granadilla Industrial Harbour
NGO working as an observatory for the environmental protection during the building of the Industrial Harbour of Granadilla de Abona:
Presentation by Antonio Machado, Director
10th November Cepsa petrol refinery in Santa Cruz de Tenerife .
Erasmus + Project : Sävar IK- Youth Empowerment in Sport YES Project in Arona –Tenerife EC Project Number: 2017-2-SE02-KA105-001854 National Project ID: 894000-8181 Project title: Youth Empowerment in Sport Organisation Legal Name: Savar IK From the 26th to the 31st October 2017 During five days we had the opportunity to work with 60 young people from … Continue reading
We have been busy this week with the teachers from EPFA secondary school in Vidigueira, Portugal. During their job shadowing visit in Tenerife we have visited diferent institutiosn and companies for the future Erasmus + students and of course to learn from the educational centers. This is an amazing way of learning on the spot, open your vision, get new ideas, find out how and where your students are doing their Erasmus placements.
During the visits we have discover an amazing Erasmus +project to connect companies, schools and students: TALENTED EUROPE Find out how to be part of it ¡¡
Find down at the end of this post the interested places we all visited.
Gracias por la visita y hasta pronto¡¡¡
Pastry students during a practical exam
Monday 15th May: Pick up at 9.15am by Tenerife Job Training staff at main entrance Playa Real Hotel.
Meeting educational Center IES Las Galletas ( education sport trainer )
11.30am Meeting Playa Real Resort manager and learning animation, sport training activities for students
Tuesday 16th May : Pick up by Tenerife Job Training at main entrance Playa Real Hotel.
Visiting Adeje townhall protocol/ communication department.
Development, tourism and Youth department visited.
Visiting Hacienda Cristoforo, Waldorf educational system, children childcare
Wednesday 17th May: Pick up at 9.15am by Tenerife Job Training staff at main entrance Playa Real Hotel. .
10.30am Visiting educational Centre CIFP César Manrique in Santa Cruz ( audio visual education)
12.00 Visiting educational Centre ES Las Indias ( experts in European Projects)
Thursday 18th May: Pick up by Tenerife Job Training staff at main entrance Playa Real Hotel. .
9.15 Meeting PPC Events, training company for audio visual students:
11.00h Meeting T3, professional sport centre for athletes, swimmers and soccer’s international teams:
Friday 19th May:
12.30 Visiting Guia de Isora townhall, youth counsellor and Miradas Doc documental festival:
Training seminar in Tenerife from the 6th to the 17th March, training mentors and building a sustainable training tool for the rural tourism:
Minds into Matters es el nombre que lleva el presente proyecto europeo cuya idea principal está orientada en incrementar y potenciar las competencias de empleabilidad, sostenibilidad e innovación en el sector turístico, mediante un proceso que abarcará dois años de trabajo (2016-2018), auspiciado por los programas Europeos Erasmus + en el ámbito de la educación de adultos y la educación no formal.
Tenerife Job Training, como miembro socio del proyecto en representación de España, ha organizado el primer Training Mentors Seminar en Tenerife durante el mes de Marzo 2017. Hemos diseñado un calendario de operatividad y planes de trabajo consensuado que nos ha llevado a mostrar a los participantes diversas empresas y entidades de la isla muy relacionadas con el turismo sostenible.
Los seis países participantes en el proyecto, Islandia, Polonia, República Checa, Lituania, Estonia y España, analizaremos, diseñaremos herramientas sostenibles para empresas del sector turístico conscientes en la elaboración de manuales de operaciones para la mejora de los procesos operativos tanto como la optimización y calidad de las diferentes áreas y departamentos. En este mismo orden de cosas el proyecto contempla la formación de la figura del mentor para que puedan llevar a cabo el seguimiento y control de los procesos a implementar.
La creación del “The Book of Business”, será el manual de operaciones que reunirá la operativa, calidad, profesionalidad y aprendizaje, convirtiéndose en una herramienta clave para la empresa turística.
La formación de mentores nos sitúa en un ámbito que Erasmus + está potenciando en su nueva etapa 2014-2020, la educación de adultos y la educación no formal. Bajo el lema “long life learning”, concebimos un elemento potenciador de la empleabilidad y profesionalidad en la empresa turística del siglo XXI.
Cada país participante en este proyecto seleccionará una o 2 empresas turísticas locales para trabajar conjuntamente durante los dos años del proyecto, asignando un mentor para cada una de ellas. La formación del mentor es clave y objetivo fundamental del proyecto. En el caso de Tenerife, las dos empresas turísticas seleccionadas para participar en el proyecto son:
Hovima a La Pinta: http://www.hovima-hotels.com/es/hoteles-en-tenerife/hovima-la-pinta.html
Casas Alberto: http://www.casasalberto.com/
Desde Tenerife Job Training hemos seleccionado dos tipos de empresas turísticas de diferentes mercados turísticos y con infraestructuras muy dispares. Hovima La Pinta, un referene en la zona costera de Costa Adeje y a punto de entrar en una transformación profunda que le va a dar una nueva imagen. Y Casas Alberto, un pequeño alojamiento rural con encanto situado en San Miguel de Abona. Con ambas empresa vamos a desarrolar la herramienta de turismo sostenible que nuestro poryecto abandera, Th Book of Business, con la figura de los mentores en cada una de las empresas.
The main goal of Minds into Matters project is to try out and develop a sustainable training tools for SME in the tourist rural business – called Book of Business or BoB.
The core idea in this project is that in the business owners head’s (Mind) – there is a lot of knowledge’s – which needed to be visualized ( into Mattes) for others for future development and training. By making his knowledge’s visual – and the process of working with that, create not only a BoB – but it also builds up competence and professionalism in each businesses, and by doing so this work might be the pathway to a more formal learning in the future.
BoB is a visual business tool – especially designed for each business to help the business owner to have something visual in their hands to be able to train their staff in shorter time. By doing this they also have in one place all the info about developing of the business, the business concept, the business etic, the core of the business and the business values as well.
BoB has proved to be an easy sustainable tools to work within couple of Icelandic pilots project.
Iceland – The project leader
Step by Step is a research and training organization, established in 1987 by Hansína B Einarsdóttir cand.polit and Dr. Herdís D Baldvindóttir in their university years.
The organisations has 30 years of experience in project managing and training, in different areas and within very different fields.
Our major emphasize has been on VET and WBL for adults, working with and for all kinds of companies. Over the years we have been involved in many research programs within the field of adult training and learning with the aim of having people to understand the importance of life long learning.
We have been managing several big training projects for example for airlines, shipping companies, banks and many official organizations, as well as working with small innovative enterprises. We have comprehensive and even unusual experience by using all kind of field and action research (like having to sail all over in Europe and USA to learn about the fascinating live at sea) in order to design the right approach for our customers.
We have undertaken and managed several different projects, both on local and governmental level, and all with the aim of new job creations as well as competence building in the rural areas of Iceland. the company has been in a leading position in its work by designing inside training and peer-to-peer programs for diverse companies. The company has been developing over the years and uses innovative approach in its training and in its implementation of knowledge to enhance skills for adults’ learners, both skilled and unskilled. In the years 2012 – 2014 we did an extensive survey among tourism companies in
Iceland (we interviewed more than 100 regional companies) where among other things, we discussed product development, quality control, management and staff training within the companies.
Among the things noted was a great interest from the companies in having specifically designed educational and training material that would be sustainable so that each company would own their own material and hence could teach and train within their own workplace.
This is the foundation of our project Mind into Matter – making BoB.
Hansína B. Einarsdóttir is the managing director of the company and has been responsible for carrying out many rural research projects as well building up a boutique hotel in rural Iceland (www.hotelglymur.is).
Dr Herdís D. Baldvinsdóttir worked for almost 7 years for the Nordic Council of ministers as the Coordinator for Consumer Research in the Nordic Countries. The main objectives in that job was to develop and support research networks and their activities, promote dialog and cooperation between relevant actors to foster consumer research of relevance to consumer policy and to broaden the interaction between consumer researchers and policy-makers in government, agencies, and organizations.
Czech Republic – with Eva Svobodová from Podebrady school
Podebrady school is the body of the long educational tradition on the local, regional, national and international levels, having at present more than 400 students. The school, founded in 1968, evolved from a small provincial school into the top hospitality and tourism school in the country.
The institution is promoting in its projects in most of European countries
Eva has broad knowledge’s of working with in the Tourist field, training both in a formal and unformal educational level.
Estonia – With Ruta Pels from EESTI people to people.
Eesti People to People is a non-profit organisation registered in Estonia in 1997 and with activities since 1993 as a chapter of People to People International (www.ptpi.org). The purpose of People to People aims to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures. Eesti PTP is committed to enhance cross-cultural communication within each community, and across communities and nations. Tolerance and mutual understanding are central themes. Ruta has worked in WBL training and organized seminars
Lithuania – With Daine Rinkeviciute from Kurybiniu iniciatyvu centras
Center of Creative initiatives is a vocational training provider with experience on the integration of new technologies in teaching practices, accredited by Lithuanian Government and operating with a Quality Assurance System in the following sectors: Initial vocational education; Apprenticeship; Continuous training for companies and professionals; Vocational guidance and orientation.
Póland – With Wiesia Gasiorowska from EUROPEA Polska
EUROPEA Poland is an association of agricultural and forestry schools and institutions. We are a member of EUROPEA International, http://www.europea.org, which was founded in 1993 by the Belgian Law and we are a non profit institution. In the network EUROPEA INTERNATIONAL there are currently 26 EU members and one associated country Norway. We are very keen to assist and encourage new members of the EU to become members of EUROPEA International. More than 700 schools and other institutions related to agricultural education are members of our association; therefore we interact with ten thousand young people daily.
Tenerife – With Mariví Gracia from Tenerife Job Training
Tenerife Job Training was established in 2007 and based in the south of Tenerife, one of the main tourism centers in Spain. Our commitment is to organize and evaluate vocational training for tourism, hospitality and language students mainly. Tenerife is a multicultural island receiving more than 3 million tourists per year, offering a professional net of companies working on tourism market for more than 50 years experience. As a mature tourisms destination, Tenerife is the perfect field to have the first contact with the labour market surrounded by tourism experts.
Our aim is to offer our wonderful Canary Islands, as the perfect Educational Tourism destination, combining the amazing landscapes with our unique position in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, sharing our expertise in the field of tourism.
These are the participant in the Mentor semiar taken place in Tenerife on the 6th – 10th of Mars
Iceland: Hansína B Einarsdóttir,Jón Rafn Högnason, Bryndís Óskarsdóttir, Herdís D Baldvinsdóttir
Spain: Marivi Gracia, Pepa Ruiz Perez, Teresa Martins.
Czech Republic: Eva Svobodová, Zuzana Hummelová
Estonia: Ruta Pels, Leonid Smulskiy and Pavel Smulski.
Poland: Wiesislava Gąsiorowscy, Krzystof Gąsiorowscy.
Lithuania: Daine Rinkeviciute, Jonas Danielevicius.