ERASMUS + K2 “MINDS INTO MATTERS” A SUSTAINABLE TOURISM PROJECT

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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

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

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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

 

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. 

 

 

 

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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THE SOUL OF MY COMPANY

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This is my particular HALL OF FAME for Tenerife Job Training, The Wall where I want to post the reason of working hard. This is the postcard that I received as a farewell from one of our groups. There has been so many other ways to say thank you, with big hugs, kisses, crying….. I … Continue reading

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

COMPARSAS. TENERIFE CARNIVAL 2014

COMPARSAS appeared in Tenerife in 1965. This new type of ensemble was formed by men and women, groups of musicians and dancers who, wearing Caribbean style costumes, with a choreography influenced by the Samba Schools of the Brazilian Carnival, Rhythm, color and joy give live to the Santa Cruz party during these parades, especially at their annual contest on the stage, where the comparsas compete to perform the best parade choreographies:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAEcHNeQAMk&feature=share&list=UUtkjEzU3SOsSK1cJzHUXk_A&index=9

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Yesterday COMPARSA JOROPEROS was elected the best comparsa Tenerife Carnival 2014 and we are specially happy for this: Santi Castro was the de designer of their amazing and elegant costumes:

http://blogs.diariodeavisos.com/loscarnavales/2014/02/23/los-joroperos-reyes-del-ritmo/

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It was a great show and I was surrounded by my students on training from Ireland and Sweden working with the designer Santi Castro and also with Santi Castro’s crew, experts from Tenerife Carnival with more than 15 years experience working to create unique carnival, something very special.

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It was funny to be seated between those two groups, on my left, the experts and on my right the newcomers students. On my left, critical and, attentive, sometimes like football supporters shouting and clapping like crazy. On my right,  the students facing for the first time a show that last more than 7 hours, with performances that take into the stage more than 103 people dancing at the same time, with a music that cannot keep you seated still in your chair, you want to dance with them on the stage, you want to be there.

I learn a lot with this experience, watching carnival from the inside is something very special. I learn from the experts and I also learn from the students, how they discover one of our most special cultural traditions, with new eyes, with amazed looks, something that I am sure they will never forget. This is the post of Robin, one of the students, at the school blog:

http://gtieurope2014.weebly.com/8/post/2014/02/carnaval-de-santa-cruz-comparsa-by-robin-mcgonigle.html

I want to thank 2014 carnival training students: Shane, Sorcha, Saskia, Sarah-Jane, Sinead, Robin from Galway Technical Institute in Ireland, and Karin and Pauline from Liljaskolan in Sweden for your help to Santi’s team to build the amazing costumes, for your support to Juan last night on the performance of comparsa Los Joroperos and to be part of a great team. Santi, his team and me are really proud of your hard work and enthusiasm.

And I want to thank Santi Castro and his team: Santi, Lucy Juan and Juan, Pedro, Loli, Trini for taking our students as part of their carnival family working team and take care of them.

If you want to learn more about Tenerife Carnival check this web page and enjoy our carnival:

wwww.carnavaldetenerife.com

Have you ever dreamt of travelling to the Antarctic? I haven’t but my friend has

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           http://blog.hola.com/susanauribarri/2014/01/la-antartida-toda-una-travesia.html This is a link to a Spanish blog that tells about the amazing trip of Luis to the Antractic. Not a usual travel agency trip but one of those you and I will never do, surounded by scientists who had a reason  of going there, finding out some more of that “never ending land”. And Luis … Continue reading