Swapping South America for the South West

10 January 2018 | Travel & Tourism

From Brazilian sun to Plymouth fun, City College Plymouth welcomed nine Brazilian students to get a taste of the tourism industry in Britain’s Ocean City.

Funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism, and brokered by the Association of Colleges, the group of 19-23 year olds is visiting the College for 11 weeks to discover more about tourism in the UK. The College’s International team, who organised the exchange, used their many links with colleges and universities all over the world to enable this interchange of culture, knowledge and experience. It was the first time the College had worked with a College from Brazil.

“We felt we had a good bid to host these students, as Plymouth has so much to offer as a tourism hub. Also the provision here at the College covers such a broad spectrum of the industry,” said the College’s Head of International Development, Jessica Randall.

“We are rotating the students through different areas of our tourism curriculum, such as cabin crew and holiday repping, with the aim of covering all the different disciplines. We also plan to take them to some of our tourist attractions, such as Paignton Zoo and the Eden Project, to showcase Devon and Cornwall as major tourist destinations. Initiatives like this one strengthen the College’s global profile and are beneficial to both our home and overseas students. We hope to continue expanding our connections with colleges and universities around the world to share our best practice and experiences.”

City College is one of ten colleges in the UK that were selected by the Ministry to host these Brazilian students who are looking to improve their knowledge and experience of global tourism. Those interested in the College’s international opportunities or the tourism related courses on offer can find out more at their Open Day on Saturday 3 February, 10.00am to 1.00pm at Kings Road. Visit www.cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300 for more information.

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