Ten students from City College Plymouth have set off for snowy Lapland for the trip of a lifetime. The travel and tourism group are travelling to Rovaniemi, the official home of Santa, for a month’s work experience. In fact working in Santa’s post office, which receives 16million letters a year, is one of the exciting placements. Other placements include northern lights tours, snow safaris and husky trips, as well as working at the incredible Snow Hotel.
The work experience trip has been funded by Erasmus +, the European Union programme for Vocational Education and Training (VET). It offers exciting opportunities for European participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe.
As well as the travel and tourism-related placements to enhance the skills they are learning on their course, the students will also be learning ‘life’ skills. For some, it is the first time living away from their families; they will have to learn to look after themselves, cook meals and manage their own budgets.
Student, Kiera Jackson, said: “This is my first trip away from home so I’m both excited and nervous; touch wood I’ve got enough warm clothes! I’ve been told my work experience is going to involve looking after huskies, which I cannot wait for. Getting to travel and experience other cultures is the best part about this course.”
Fellow student, Tamika Samuels, added: “I’m so excited to be getting the opportunity to work abroad. For me, this trip is all about gaining more independence and strengthening the skills I’ve learnt on my course. It’s all about getting that real world experience and putting what we’ve been studying into practice. I’ve always wanted to be an air hostess and I am well on my way to achieving my dream.”
Lizzy Mitchell is travelling to Lapland on her eighteenth birthday.
“I’m so lucky to be going on this trip,” said Lizzy. “Not many people can say they went to Lapland for their birthday! I will be working on the tours to see the northern lights, which will be amazing. I went on the New York trip last year - I’m sure this experience will be just as rewarding and give me a practical understanding that I can relate back to my College work.”
For information about travel and tourism, and all other courses including Apprenticeships, City College is holding a Course Information Drop-in on Wednesday 8 March, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, at Kings Road. For further details please visit cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300.