Ugne enjoyed her hotel internship on Fuerteventura.
Ugne, one of our interns in the reception department, has just left Fuerteventura and gave us some feedback of “the internship, that she would repeat without any doubt”:
“To everybody who is wondering whether to do an internship or not, I will just say “Go for it and it will be the experience you will never forget”. Working in a 5 star hotel on one of the most beautiful islands on earth –Fuerteventura – was an incredible experience. The internship was an overall combination of learning how to be a professional at work, improving foreign languages, getting to know new people from seriously all over the world, travelling around the place, and as you are in a tourist destination, in your free time you just feel like on holiday! I was not sure how internships in the reception work, and whether I will be able to really learn, or just do some basic things, but I was pleasantly surprised to be given an opportunity to feel like a real receptionist, by attending customers, calls, emails, arranging excursions, special requests, and getting to know how to do every single thing. Working in a Spanish people based environment was amazing, people are so friendly and smiling all the time, very helpful and always optimistic which helps a lot in the fast moving and usually busy hotel environment.
If you are worried about your language skills, just believe that you are going to improve in a shorter time that you could ever think! You will hear foreign languages around you all the time and pick it up very quickly, and once people see you want to learn they will help you in any way (my colleagues were always friendly to repeat the sentence if I didn’t understand it, or even to write it down for me so that I could remember it the next time).
My hotel internship on Fuerteventura was like a long holiday for me during which I became fluent in Spanish and learnt how to work as a receptionist without actually feeling that you are working hard (obviously you feel much more relaxed having sea view at work!).
I wish all the best luck to future interns and hope they will enjoy internships as much as I did.
Thank you again very, very much! I liked it so much that the only thing I dream of is to come back to live in Canaries after my one year of studies left. I hope the experience of internship will help me to find a job easier.”