Friday 18 April 2014

Intern Position Available - Jallal is leaving us ;-(

Intern Position Available

We are looking for an intern (or maybe two or three) to help us in reception over the Summer period.

Your English level would be Upper Intermediate level or above, you are keen to get some experience in an English speaking environment and would like to experience English culture.  Ideally you will be comfortable with data entry, have good reception skills and good interpersonal skills. You will have a good level of English and find working with foreign students and English people enjoyable.
You will help students when they first arrive, help with enquiries, assist with other tasks in the school as and when necessary.  There is also the option to join in helping with the social activities for which you would earn extra money.
Hours of work:
Monday 8.30 – 5.30
Tuesday to Friday 9.00 – 5.30
(with an hour for lunch)
For the Summer period (June to late August and possibly longer)
Pay and options:
There are a few options:

1)     Pay of £50 per week – no accommodation or lessons
2)     No pay but half day English lessons in exchange for half day work
3)     There is a limited option of managing a student house in exchange for your accommodation, then working half day in exchange for English lessons.
If you are interested in applying or knowing more about this position, please send your Curriculum Vitae
Subject:  Summer work experience

Jallal Osmani, 19, has been with us working as an Intern since last autumn.  He was lovely enough to tell us a bit about himself, his typical day and his feelings on the experience of being an intern:

“Originally I'm from Afghanistan but since 1999 I have lived in Switzerland. I live in the German part but we speak German and French.  I arrived here at LSI last October.

My typical day? As well as working in reception, I have also been managing one of the student houses since January.  On a typical day I need to answer student’s questions or show the new students round the place or get them to school.  I also explain the rules and how to do things. I show them the area and where to buy things, that kind of thing. I don’t have to do the cleaning but I organise it. We are not very strict ;-).  Before I used to go to the morning exam classes which was Use of English and listening skills, but now I have swapped and go to the afternoon classes in order to prepare my writing for the CAE exam.  In reception it depends on whether I’m working in the mornings or the afternoons.  On Mondays it is always busy, we need to get the students to the classrooms and explain how everything is in the school. Then we need to scan all the details and put them in the data base. We do the student letters, bank or police registration letters and things like that.  Other jobs are doing the coffees and stuff for the executive side and also looking after the deliveries and putting the items in the right place.

Do I think my English has improved? Yes really a lot.  I think because of both the lessons and working here, I'm always speaking English, even when not in school.

What I enjoy most is the fact that I'm always meeting new people from all over the world, you get to know all the different cultures and countries and the way they think and act, it is really impressive. And I think what has been most useful about my time here has been the experience, because I'm quite young, it’s the first time I've done something like this, and also being apart from my family but of course I really miss my family and friends.

I would really recommend this kind of thing.  It’s really useful to have classes and half day working, and working with Elly (Reception manager) is really nice, all the people in reception are nice.  I will miss the people here, some of them I have got to know really well, and I hope we keep in touch."

Jalall in the kitchen ;-)

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