My staff mobility was carried out in the period between 07.04.2018 – 13.04.2018 to the city of Portsmouth, England. Portsmouth is a beautiful city in the County of Hampshire, in the South Coast of England, with numerous historical and tourist interest landmarks.
The Mobility was supported by the intermediary company, Training Vision Ltd, which proposed mobility that would include visits to entities / NGOs so that I could achieve my professional goals and cultural enrichment programs.
During 7 days, I had two cultural activities: a tour to the city of Portsmouth, shared with my group of students and a group of teachers and students from Poland. It was an interesting time to exchange experiences with other professionals and students. I aso had a Night Cultural Tour with participants from various countries, so that experiences on mobility were equally shared.
Concerning with the professional visits, I was received at the Titchfield Festival Theater / St Margarets Art Center and G! Boutique Hotel, whose main objectives are to observe and analyze internship mentoring methodologies under the Erasmus + Program, as well as to know the main skills (soft skills and hard skills) valued by the English job market, namely in the tourism / hotel sector.
Regarding my job shadowing activity, I was received at Insight 4 Life, an educational entity that monitored the work of technicians in developing soft skills enhancement methodologies for children and youth, such as resilience, self-confidence, conflict management / identity crisis, personal identity and professional identity. This job shadowing has also enabled the traineeship under the Erasmus + Program to be followed. This entity, as it works directly with the schools of the region, shared information about the English Education System and about the legal procedures in case of dropping out.
In addition to achieve the goals I set such as: how to analyze the differences between Portuguese and English education systems; to assimilate new practical and formal procedures to integrate the participants in the host companies, and to know the main skills (soft skills and hard skills) valued by the English labor market, namely in the tourism / hotel sector, this mobility was, undoubtedly, of utmost importance to improve my communication in the English language.
However, what stands out in this mobility were the people of Portsmouth who showed themselves of an unequaled sympathy, always available to help and to collaborate with all the group.
Clara Costa, project coordinator.