A group of Brazilian students who have been studying with Edinburgh College are leaving Scotland with improved English language skills and a real knowledge of the country’s tourism and hospitality industry.
Ten students arrived from South America in January to learn about the vigorous and fast-paced nature of the Hospitality and Tourism sector at the college’s Granton campus.
As part of a programme funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism and the Association of Colleges, the students joined in existing college courses in Hospitality, Professional Cookery, Travel and Tourism, as well as English-language classes.
Their time spent with Professional Cookery involved cooking and serving food for paying customers in The Apprentice training restaurant at Granton Campus.
This has allowed the Brazilian cohort to integrate with current Edinburgh College students, sharing cultural differences within their field of study and learning from one another the nuances of the sector within their respective nations.
Aside from their work at the college, the group from Brazil completed a number of industry visits to experience Scottish tourism first hand, including a trip to Edinburgh Castle and The Whisky Experience as well as three-day trip to the Scottish highlands, taking in Loch Ness, Oban and other attractions in the Highlands.
Gabriel Oliveira, one of the visiting students, said: “Everything that we have done during our time with Edinburgh College has been fantastic. It’s been amazing to come here and see all the facilities the college has – the infrastructure is something that really impressed me from the start.
“We’ve all loved the experience, the lecturers here did a great job showing us the uniqueness of the tourism and hospitality industry in Scotland. It’s really opened our eyes and it was totally worth it.”
Jeanette Stevenson, a member of the Edinburgh College Board, said: “It has been a great pleasure to have this group join our college community for the past three months and it has been a rewarding experience for all. I know the group have made the most of their time here and have contributed a great deal to the life of the college. Edinburgh College is a global, outward-looking and forward-thinking college and we greatly value our international partnerships.”
The curriculum manager for Travel and Tourism, Carole Paterson, added: “It has been great to have this group from the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism here at Edinburgh College. All the staff who’ve worked with the students only have good things to say about their enthusiasm, positive attitude and willingness to learn. For us, this has been a wonderful opportunity to develop our international partnerships and we hope to be able to welcome more groups from Brazil in the future”.