¿ES TENERIFE UN DESTINO SEGURO? IS TENERIFE A SAFE DESTINATION?

(español)

Uno de los positivos argumentos promocionales que escuchamos en los últimos años sobre nuestra isla es que TENERIFE ES UN DESTINO SEGURO y seguidamente unos convincentes argumentos: tenemos una red de hospitales públicos y privados con buen servicio, el índice de criminalidad se reduce a pequeños incidentes en pick- pockets y pequeños robos en coches de alquiler.

A mi parecer, un destino es seguro por muchos factores más relacionados con la seguridad y la salud. Me gustaría hacer hincapié en dos de ellos:

1.-Un destino es seguro cuando circular por sus carreteras también lo es:

Como residente en el sur de Tenerife estoy acostumbrada a circular en el Gran Premio de Formula I que disputan los taxis en la TF-1 los días de grandes llegadas de vuelos de turoperación al aeropuerto Sur, especialmente los viernes. Decidme cuantas veces os habéis encontrado con un taxi por el carril izquierdo a más de 150km/h echando las luces para que te apartes si estás adelantando, porque no sé si sabéis que ese carril es de su propiedad o eso parece. Cuando me sucede esto siempre me pregunto lo que ese turista recién aterrizado en Tenerife estará pensando mientras se agarra a su puerta de su taxi con tensión, y duda de si llegará a su destino sano y salvo para poder relajarse finalmente.

Jamás he visto a la Guardia Civil interviniendo con taxis a gran velocidad o haciendo soplar a los taxistas ¿Alguien lo ha visto? No digo que no se haga pero por favor necesito que me lo confirmen, tengo mis dudas.

Me he decidió a escribir mis pensamientos cuando he leído esta semana que una turista murió en un accidente en la TF-1 en el trayecto al aeropuerto en taxi, el taxista dio positivo. Y diréis que es un incidente aislado, sin embargo para quienes circulamos por esta carretera todos los días no nos extraña nada.

La Opinion de Tenerife 14/10/2015:

http://www.laopinion.es/sucesos/2015/10/14/imputado-taxista-sufrir-accidente-murio/633167.html

 

 2.-Cuando necesito atención médica y el registro en el hospital es un trámite sencillo:

Como ya dije antes soy residente en el sur de Tenerife, sin embargo hace ya 6 años que acompaño a extranjeros a servicios médicos en los hospitales del Sur. Me siento seguro en un destino cuando mi al correr peligro mi salud llego a un hospital y se preocupan de atenderme cuanto antes y no de intentar cobrarme cuanto antes.

La premisa principal al llegar al hospital es: si tienes un seguro internacional vas a tener que pagar y cuando llegues a tu país reclamarlo, eso sí……..como te tenemos que ingresar deberás hacer un depósito de una mínima cifra de tres ceros en euros si tu estado puede requerir intervención quirúrgica. ¿Habéis pensado lo que puede llegar a estresar esto? ¿Estoy seguro en este hospital? ¿Les importa curarme o cobrarme? He asistido a extranjeros a los que se les dice que como no pueden responder a esta situación deberán coger un taxi, trasladarse al norte de la isla e ingresar en un hospital público para que les atienda el servicio público, claro, ambulancia no podemos ponerle porque usted no se está muriendo……..

¡¡¡Si antes no me sentía seguro ahora ya me estoy muriendo de miedo ¡!!

Ante la repetida situación mencionada, desde hace ya más de tres años colaboro con Quirón Hospital adelantándoles el seguro médico que mis alumnos Europeos traen. Quirón comprueba su cobertura y registra los nombres. De este modo durante su estancia pueden acudir en cualquier momento y emergencia sabiendo que les atienden y que su cobertura es segura. Personalmente me aseguro de que mis clientes/alumnos se sienten seguros en Tenerife. Y Quirón por su parte les da un gran servicio.

Cada uno debemos de poner nuestro esfuerzo en este tema, somos las personas quienes hacemos que este destino sea seguro.

Mariví Gracia

Octubre 2015

(English)

One of the most positive arguments that we’ve been hearing in the last years about our island it’s that, TENERIFE IS A SAFE DESTINATION. This is followed with some convincing arguments: we have a good service on public and private hospitals, the criminality its reduced to some small incidents like mobile phones by pick-pocket robberies, small robberies of rental cars and how safe it’s to walk around late at night.

In my opinion, a safe destination it’s much more than that:

I would like to remark 2 arguments:

 – A destination is safe when driving is safe:

As a resident in south Tenerife, I am used to drive among the Formula 1 Grand Prix TF-1 main road where taxi drivers compete in days of big amount of arrivals or departures at sout airport Reina Sofia (mostly on Fridays). Tell me…… how many times have you seen a taxi driving over 150km lightening to you get out of their left way? (For your information, they are the owners of that part of the road).

Every time this happens to me, I wonder if the visitor/foreigner inside is feeling safe, or horrified and praying to get alive to his destination. It’s this a relaxed way to start or end their holidays?

I have never seen a taxi being stopped by police controls, neither for alcohol texting, nor speed control. Does anybody ever notice it? If somebody saw it, please tell me because I doubt about it.

I decided to write this post when I saw this week on the news that a tourist died in a traffic crush in TF-1, on the way to the airport, in a Taxi, and that the taxi driver was positive on the alcohol testing. You will say that this things happens, but to me, it’s something predictable, not casual.

(press news) La Opinion de Tenerife 14/10/2015:

http://www.laopinion.es/sucesos/2015/10/14/imputado-taxista-sufrir-accidente-murio/633167.html

  • – A destination is safe when I need medical assistance and checking into a hospital its easy:

As I told you before, I live in south Tenerife, but in the last 6 years I’m helping some foreign visitors to medical services in the south Hospitals. I feel safe in a destination when I arrive to a hospital for an emergency and they are more interested in attending me than in taking my money.

You arrive to the hospital and you are informed about this: if you have an international insurance you have to pay in advance for the services and when you get to your country you ask for the money back to your insurance company. And if you need to be hospitalized, you have to pay a deposit of at least …000€ in case you need surgery.  Have you ever thought about how stressful this can be? Am I safe in this hospital? What’s more important, to save me or to charge me? I was present in one of these situations when a client was told that if he couldn’t pay the money, he should take a taxi to the north public hospitals of the island to be attended, …..”and sorry Sir we cannot offer an ambulance to you because you are not dying.”

Well, if when he arrived to hospital he was not feeling safe due to his illness/accident, now he’s scared to death!

After suffering these type of situations during my first years working with foreign students, three years ago I started a cooperation with Quirón Hospital to increase safety and health situation with my students:

I send them in advance medical insurance of my students, they check it and register their names as well as the period of stay. This way the students can get there any moment and get their medical assistance.

Personally I do my best for guests / students to feel safe in Tenerife, and thanks to the good work of Quirón Hospital we make it.

If we all make an effort, we can help Tenerife to become a safe destination, because it’s people who make things work.

Mariví Gracia

http://www.tenerifejobtraining.com

Octubre 2015

 

ERASMUS CULINARY STUDENTS FROM PORTUGAL 2015

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:

http://www.ivoox.com/radio-sur-tenerife-with-escola-tecnica-barcelos_rf_4400303_1.html

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

 

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THREE MONTHS INTERNSHIP IN A 13 MINUTES VIDEO

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This is a very special video made by Verónica, a student from Sweden that made her internship at the animation department of the hotel Iberostar Las Dalias, Teneife, Canary Islands: At the end of the video Veronica makes the best description of our job ever: What we are doing is changing people’s lifes and we … Continue reading

TOP 20 OF WHAT YOU NEED TO BECOME THE PERFECT HOTEL ENTERTAINER

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….

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

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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.

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12.-To be a sport trainer

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13.-To be a magician.

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14.-To be an actor.

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15.-To be a Singer.

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16.-To be a showmanshowoman.

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

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

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19.-To be happy.

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

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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. 

 

 

 

A spanish radio interview and a great video about Tenerife Job Training

Hello buenos días ¡¡

This is an interview done for ONDA RADIO TENERIFE where I speak as a founder and manager of the company about our Project in Tenerife with European students:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/ondatenerife/sentir-tenerife-maribi-gracia

And this is a video done by one of our students, Jolanta from Latvia, after finishing her internship with us in Tenerife.

This has much more value for us than any professional video done by the best media agency in the world……because it is done from the heart.

We love it, gracias Jolanta ¡¡¡¡

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HOW TO ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF YOUR INTERNSHIP IN TENERIFE 

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS ¡¡¡¡¡
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAHOSHnrbPs”

This video was made by Lenell, an Irish student from Galway Technical Institute. Lenell and his collegues came here in March with a Leonardo Da Vinci grant from the European Unión, 15 students with placements in diferent companies: business administration,beauty treatments, hotels and tourism information offices. What I love of this video is to see how they have enjoyed all over Tenerife, they have been all around enjoying sports, landscapes, villages, beaches, night life and the ocean, so we can say… EVERYWHERE ¡¡¡¡. There are so many students that come to Tenerife and just enjoy night life and beach, they are missing so much from this AMAZING island ¡¡¡¡¡ This is why I want to share this video with you today, it could be used as a promotional spot of Tenerife’s life!

Well done Pepe, well done Lenell ¡¡¡¡
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HOW TO BUILD A TENERIFE CARNIVAL COSTUME WITH 5000 PLASTIC BOTTLES

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  The name of the design is OCEANIC by Santi Castro, one of he best designers of Tenerife Carnival for the last 20 years. The costume was one of the designs on The Gala Election of The Queen of Tenerife Carnival 2014. Nuria was the amazing model wearing the costume, more tan 350 kg to walk with and a headpiece of … Continue reading

Fashion training with The Queen of Tenerife Carnival 2014

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We work with different canarian companies placing our students to learn from real life experience. The fashion & design area is for us the most exciting, working the prevoius months of Tenerife Carnival and “building” amazing dresses of five meters high is a expereicence to remember for life. We want to show at this video our last year students at work, all the designs that you can see on the stage were done with the help of students from Ireland and Sweden, Galway Technical Institute and Liljaskolan Gymnasium:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjheb5VvpQM&feature=em-share_video_user

We are starting to get ready for 2014 edition and are happy to say that Galway Technical Insitute and Liljaskolan will sen their students again. The Netherlands with students form Citaverde Scholl starts this year also with us. We are all excited ¡¡¡¡

KAYAK and TURTLES TODAY OUT IN THE THE OCEAN

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  Today we met for kayak excursión from Playa Paraíso a long to El Puertito and Spaguetti beach. For most of us it was the first time to try kayak. Diga Sport was the company helping us an Teresa our guide. How can a kayak goes always to left?? this is a mistery that Jassmin and … Continue reading