EPFA school from Portugal, jobshadowing visit through Erasmus +

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¡¡¡

Radio Sur Adeje, a place to learn for the audio visual students

CIFP Las Indias, experts in European Projects and mobility, learning from them

 Pastry students during a practical exam

Development area of Adeje townhall, training courses to be back on the labor market. Pastry students during a practical exam

CIFP Cesar Manrique, learning about audiovisual techniques

With the audiovisual students of CIFP Cesar Manrique

With Isidoro, the protocol manager at Adeje townhall

PPC Events, the place to learn everything about events, audio, special effects and unique scenery for celebrations

Tenerife Top Training, where the sport students can learn about professional sport competition trainers


Chatur Hotel Playa Real Resort, enjoy paradise after work.


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:





Erasmus + MINDS into MATTERS – Meeting & learning in TENERIFE March 2017

 Training seminar in Tenerife from the 6th to the 17th March, training mentors and building a sustainable training tool for the rural tourism:

All the European partners in the project: Estonia, Czchec Republic, Iceland, Poland, Spain and Lithuania.


With Denis Devaris manager and founder of Hacienda Cristóforo, a different concept of rural tourism and natural therapies in the south of Tenerife

At PLaya Real Resort learning and having fun about cooking PAELLA

With Matthias Saas Manager at Playa Real Resort, learning about hotel businesses

Punta del Lomo, south Tenerife, a banan plantation and rural tuorism business.


Hotel Villalba, a four star hotel near the stars, Vilaflor.

Working time with the team members

Bodegas Reveron, canarian wines and canarian food, time to relax

San Miguel de Abona, a different concept pof rural tourism, art and nature together. Gracias Samuel de Leon

Teresa from tenerife Job Training explaining the history of Casas Alberto

Gracias Samuel de León and thank you Hanisna for the amazing and simple Icelandic presents for our stake holders


With Manuel Luis, Adeje Townhall Development Councelor and Pablo Pastor, chef president of ACYRE, The Tenerife Asociation of Chefs.

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.




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See the English version at the bottom. Tenerife Job Training participa como socio en el Proyecto Europeo Erasmus + K2 “Minds into Matters”. EC Project Number: 2016-1-IS01-KA202-017090 Project title: MINDS into MATTER – the “Book of Business” sustainable training tool in the tourism industry. La empleabilidad y la innovación en el sector turístico fueron objeto … Continue reading


Go to the link down here and test your self to see if you are ready for a Erasmus + experience:



Sometimes is very easy to think ….”of course I’m ready to go abroad ¡¡¡¡” .

Do you know what is “culture shock”??

It includes the shock of a new environment, meeting lots of new people and learning the ways of a different country. It also includes the shock of being separated from the important people in your life, maybe family, friends, colleagues, teachers: people you would normally talk to at times of uncertainty, people who give you support and guidance. When familiar sights, sounds, smells or tastes are no longer there you can miss them very much. If you are tired and jet-lagged when you arrive small things can be upsetting and out of all proportion to their real significance.

It is important to point that culture shock is entirely normal, usually unavoidable and not a sign that you have made a mistake or that you won’t manage. In fact there are very positive

aspects of culture shock. The experience can be a significant learning experience, making you more aware of aspects of your own culture as well as the new culture you have entered. It will give you valuable skills that will serve you in many ways now and in the future and which will be part of the benefit of an international education.

Our piece of advice:

.-Do not compare the new country with your own country, accept the changes and adapt to them.

.-Do not stress out if you don`t understand the language: learn new words every day, ask questions, smile and be positive.

.-Open up to the people around you, nevermind if you don’t understand them.

.-Do not think that because you are student you can skip responsibilities and commitment, you are one more at the team.

.-Learn and try the food, traditions and way of living during you stay abroad, you may not like it but it is worth a try.

Enjoy your Erasmus+ ¡¡¡¡¡



Mi historia en la historia de Tenerife Job Training


Si vais al link podéis ver un reportaje hecho por una TV autonómica que cuenta mi historia en Tenerife y la de mi empresa Tenerife Job Training a la vez que os enseño Costa Adeje.

If you go to the link you can learn through a TV programme my story since I arrive to Tenerife and the story of my company Tenerife Job Training.


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Elder, Sergio and Sara are spending 2 months in Tenerife as part of the Erasmus programme from Escola Tecnica de Barcelos, Portugal. They are learning at http://www.hovima-hotels.com/es/hotel-costa-adeje.html
They have become part of the team at the kitchen of Hovima Costa Adeje Hotel.

Radio Sur Adeje made this radio interview where they tell in a very good Spanish, how wonderful welcome they received from the hotel team and how much they are enjoying the island:


You can also see them at work during the buffet service at the restaurant of Hovima Costa Adeje:








Using Culture and Traditions to Promote Fashion

Os invito a ver este espectacular fragmento de la promoción de Dolce & Gabbana para su colección verano 2015:

Mezclan la tradición del toreo española con la antigua cultura siciliana. En mi opinión es una espectacular y atractiva fórmula para vender moda. Cuando la ví automáticamente pensé en una de las tradiciones más icónicas y espectaculares de Tenerife: EL CARNAVAL.

Usar nuestro carnaval para promocionar la MODA DE TENERFIE podría darnos una visibilidad única y brillante hacia Europa y hacer que la industria de la moda mira hacia aquí. Y no solo para promocionar la moda sino TENERIFE COMO DESTINO TURÍSTICO ¿Puedes imaginar una forma más brillante, colorida y espectacular de promocionar Tenerife?

Salgamos de la normalidad y pongamos un poco de luz para que nos vean.

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English version:

Check this amazing the new promo of Dolce & Gabbana  for summer 2015 colection:

They are mixing the Spanish “torero” look with the Sicilian italian traditions. On my opinión this is a spectacular and atractive  way of selling fashion. When I saw it I automatically thought about Tenerife and one of its most amazing and iconic traditions: THE CARNIVAL Using carnaval to promote Tenerife Fashion could be the key to make the European Fashion Industry in Europe looking towards Tenerife. Can you imagine something more bright, colourful and shiny way of promoting Tenerife????



I am going to need your help if you have done your internship at the entertainment department or you are actually working. I am sure there is something missing, please let me know….and if you are in the pictures or in the videos I am sure you have many more things to say.

This is my idea of the top 20 of what you need to become the perfect hotel entertainer:

1.- A big smile….


2.-A bigger one when you ask a client to participate and he answers LEAVE ME ALONE.


3.-A crazy team around you to become a real entertainment team.

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4.-A few languages and basic notions of 5 others (enough to greeting clients)

5.- The ability to change to one language to another in seconds.

6.-The strenght to greet people all day long non stop.

7.-The capacity to become the best friend of all the kids at the resort at the same time.

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8.-The patience to listen to the life story of all the retired clients at the resort.

9.- The memory to remember the name of all the frequent clients.

10.-Multitask must be the best of your qualities.

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11.-To be a dancer, a good one on the shows and a funny one with the kids.


12.-To be a sport trainer


13.-To be a magician.


14.-To be an actor.


15.-To be a Singer.


16.-To be a showmanshowoman.


17.-To make a full of yourself several times a day.


18.-To pretend to be spontaneous all day long.


19.-To be happy.


20.-To desired to become invisible around 10 times a day.


Let us show you some of VIDEOS our students trying to do the 20 tips at the same time:

Crazy dancinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxXUaTuL6Gg&list=UUtkjEzU3SOsSK1cJzHUXk_A&index=2

Sport trainer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCyE1eA78gg&list=UUtkjEzU3SOsSK1cJzHUXk_A&index=9

Miniclub experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGDrLVq_2oI&index=28&list=UUtkjEzU3SOsSK1cJzHUXk_A

Dancing as a star: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ir3sKzf4nc&list=UUtkjEzU3SOsSK1cJzHUXk_A&index=5

Dancing coreographie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA3QNgwiBIg&index=4&list=UUtkjEzU3SOsSK1cJzHUXk_A


I was inspired by all the students that  enjoy an internship at this department at any of the hotels in Tenerife: Edith, Kristine, Alva, Verónica, Tobias, Therese, Jassmin, Kerem, Julia, Vilma, Chantale, Sean, Malin, Angelica, Elin, Lucas, Sanna, Amanda, Renske, Etienne,  Alexandra, Ekaterina, Maria, Goryacheva, Lisa, Rebecca, Andrea ,,,,…and so many others.

Of course we don’t need to be perfect with all that 20 ¡¡¡ Just doing your best and  try hard on the number 19th will be enough to be a good entertainer.

Mariví Gracia

Tenerife Job Training.