For the second year running we have been fortunate to be able to host two more spanish students from the INSTITUT EDUCACIÓ SECUNDÀRIA ABASTOS in Valencia as part of the Erasmus+ EUprogramme for education, training, youth and sport.
The Erasmus+ programme aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector and it offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad.
Alexandra has secured an internship as a volunteer in Business Administration, based at the E2 Training Centre, where she provides general support to visitors, carries out a diverse range of office duties such as updating and maintaining office policies and procedures to writing and distributing email, assisting with meetings and taking detailed minutes.
She says "Being here at E2 has enabled me to improve my English. Furthermore, I have developed a whole host of professional skills that help me to get the job that I want in business administration. I am very happy to be here and strongly recommend everyone to take the opportunity to do an Erasmus plus at E2".
Alberto is volunteering as an IT technician. His internship placement is enabling him to further develop his technical skills whilst being able to improve his understanding of English. So far Alberto has provided on-going IT support at the E2 Training Centre, where he has set up a new computer suite for our learners.
He has also worked with staff to support local companies and has been busy recycling donated computers getting them ready to redistribute to other organisations in Leicester. Alberto has taken the opportunity to get to know to region by making visits to the Peak District, Nottingham and York.
Joan Ripoll, International Affairs Coordinator at IES ABASTOS, thanks us for the role we play in supporting the students and tells us that Manuel and Jorge, the two Erasmus students from last year, really benefited from their placement at the charity and have gone on to lead on a project in the Czech Republic, Belgium and Germany using the many of the real-life experiences they gained from their stay and work in Leicester.