Skills and Support
Skills and Support
Everything you need to know about the Erasmus+ programme
Here are some of the most common questions we are asked:
What happens if I can't speak Spanish or Portuguese?
It is not a requirement to speak the local language, most companies will speak English and our partners in Spain and Portugal all speak English. We provide a Spanish Language course in Spain, and by living in Seville, Valencia or Lisbon you will soon pick up the basics!
What happens not the UK left the EU?
All Erasmus Plus Programme placements and funds are guaranteed until December 2021.
What happens if I drop out?
You must commit to the full duration of the course. If you leave without completing you will be liable for the full cost of funding.
Where will I be staying?
We will arrange for your accommodation in one of our residential providers.
Is insurance included?
We provide fully comprehensive travel insurance including 3rd party liability and repatriation. However, this policy will only cover individual items to the value of approx. £300.00. If you are taking expensive laptops or mobile phones, we suggest you take a separate policy to cover these, but it is not possible to use the policy we provide as an excess to your individual policy.
It is also a stipulation of the programme that you have a valid European Health insurance card (EHIC)
You can obtain an EHIC card here.
What do I need to take?
We will provide you with an advised packing list prior to departure, but please check weather conditions for the time of travel.
During your work experience placement, you will need to dress smart/casual. It may be that your host company will provide you with a uniform or advise you on appropriate attire to pack. Your host company will also let you know if you are required to bring your own laptop or any other equipment.
Bedding is provided, but please bring your own towels.
Will I have weekends off?
This depends on individual placements. Some hotel based placements may work on a rota in which case participants may be required to work some weekends. In this case, individuals will take a couple of days off during the week.
Individuals working in office-based placements will not work on the weekends.
Will I have any free time?
Yes, you will have free time to enjoy your surroundings and the local area as well as specially arranged social evenings.
What is there to do in Seville?
Seville is the 4th largest city in Spain. There are plenty of things to do to occupy all interests, including museums and landmarks, shopping, dining out and a vibrant nightlife to explore.
What is there to do in Dublin?
Being Ireland's capital city, Dublin is the most vibrant place in the country. Well known for its arts scene, you will be able to find music, art and theatre at your fingertips. Ireland is known just as well for its welcoming and characteristic people, you will be sure to have a good time getting to know the locals.
What is there to do in Lisbon?
Lisbon is Portugal's capital city, meaning it is one of the major centres of commerce in Portugal. You can find excellent dining, culture and entertainment options here, especially as Lisbon is home to a thriving nightlife. You can find plenty of quiet places too, and the day time atmosphere is just the right kind of lively thanks to a famous Cafe culture.
Is Seville expensive?
Seville is not an expensive place; shopping at supermarkets will cost around €30-40/week. A nice dinner out can cost around €10 per person and drinks are inexpensive too.
Local travel cards are not provided. Participants normally can walk or cycle to their jobs, but, in case they have to go by bus or metro, the average weekly cost is around €8-10, based on a daily return journey.
Is Dublin expensive?
Dublin is roughly the same cost of living as London. A public transport monthly pass will cost around €119.
Is Lisbon expensive?
Portugal is not an expensive country which makes Lisbon one of the most attractive European capital cities. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant is only €8.50, and 0.5 litres of draught beer a mere €2.00.