Nordplus - International mobility project for vocational education; Parnu, Estonia
HOTEL SCHOOL Hotel Management College's academic staff participated in exchange of experience Nordplus project and visited Kutsehariduskeskus Pärnumaa - Pärnu district Vocational Training Centre.
Time: 16.01.2016 - 01.22.2016
Project Title: Sharing experiences on hospitality management courses and curriculum.
Project Number: NPJR-2015 / 10401
Marketing activities seminars
Students have finishesd their intersnhips in the leading hotels in Spain
During the period from May 2015 to the end of October 2015 HOTEL SCHOOL RIGA students had the opportunity to have internships with Erasmus+ EU fund financial support - Project No 2014-1 - LV01 - KA102 -000126: "Mobility -internationally recognized work experience and employment guarantee".
Students had internships at the resort hotels in Spain and were selected among the all college students on a competitive basis.
Italian cuisine masterclasses at the Chef Academy in Terni, Italy
From 6th January to 17th January 2015 HOTEL SCHOOL Hotel Management College academic staff took part in the Erasmus + program project No. 2014-1-LV01-KA102-000126 "Mobility - an internationally recognized tool for work experience and employment guarantee", during which the group visited the city of Terni, in order to practice at one of the leading chef schools in Italy.
Mobility managed to supplement teachers' knowledge of both Italian cooking technology and the art of hospitality, as well as in other areas, as well as to establish contacts that will help in the future HOTEL SCHOOL Hotel Management College development.
X-Culture Symposium 2017, Miami
Reference from our student Svetlana Kostenko:
"How do you call an event where different cultures come together for a one purpose? How do you call an event where young students are working together on a real-life business solution for a big company? How do you call an event where fun and laughter comes alongside with strategic planning and risk-taking? Yes, that's right, it's X-Culture.
I was lucky enough to be among 150 best students from all over the world to attend X-Culture Symposium Miami 2017. I can't fully describe how excited I was when I've got this opportunity. Another good thing about it was that two of my classmates from university decided to experience this adventure too. My family fully supported me and I decided that this symposium can be the best graduation present.
In June all participants were allocated to international teams from 4 to 7 people to work on one of three business challenges for Hard Rock International / Seminole Gaming. My team was given the HR challenge. We had to find a way how to attract millennials and generation Z to work for these companies. Some people found it an easy task, some didn't. Some people, like me, started working on it one month before the symposium date, some were waiting until we actually arrived to Miami. In the end, all evenings after lectures were dedicated to our group work but it wasn't a bad thing since we got a chance to know each other better.
So it's 14th of July (I went to the States one day earlier). I got out of the 12 hour flight from Moscow to Miami. Florida welcomed me with heat and an extreme humidity. It was hard to breathe. After some time you get used to it, of course, but at first it overwhelmed you. Sun was shining, tourists were running around, life was beautiful. And what about me, I was full of hope and excitement.
Instead of waiting for an uber, I caught a classic yellow cab near the airport. It took me 45 minutes to get from MIA to Johnson and Wales University. My bill was enormous. I've never paid that much money for a cab in my life. Plus tips or the red-eyed driver may beat you. At east to what they say. Ok, arrived at campus. But t wasn't that easy: turned out he drove me to the wrong building. No other soul around me, burning sun, heavy suitcase...I did what everyone would do in this situation: I swore.
Finally, I entered the right building, got a room key and went straight up on the 4th floor in our dormitory. My roommate hadn't showed up yet so I was on my own. After the 16 hour traveling time among strangers it felt like heaven. In the evening we had a pizza party and on the next day X-Culture symposium officially began.
It's hard now to describe all the small details that made this event special for me, but I must certainly would say it were traveling, discussion panels and people. I gained a lot of new friends, got myself new internship opportunity and made a huge progress in self-development.
To anyone, who is thinking about going to the next symposium - go. Do it. It is worth it. You know, life is full of opportunities but you never know when your success story would start. Turned out, mine started at the moment I walked out of the plane.
Thank you, Johnson and Wales University! Thank you, Miami! Thank you, X-Culture! Thank you, Hotel School Riga!"