Actually I am in the middle of our stagiaires-program summer 2023 at my partner college in Weggis. Together with my team I am preparing 34 young talents from Eastern Europoe to their internship in Swiss hospitaltiy and gastronomy. This is not always an easy but a very fulfilling job. On the one hand there are challenges concerning the language. On the other hand participants have to overcome their personally set limitations and realise, that they can provide much more as they assumed so far. These are important conditions to deliver a good performance later in internship.
Actually my students come from Eastern Europe, where German Language was mandatory until recently. As the obligation has fallen a couple of years ago, there are not taht much students speaking German any moren. Unfortunately, Swiss authorities are not very flexible in issuing visa, we had to become more flexible and find solutions. That’s why we rund now one class in English. Nevertheless, all students have to learn at least basic German, as nothing can convince guests more thant a friendly “Grüezi” in the right moment (“Grüezi” is the typical Swiss welcome). Furthermore, we also try to to develop our students in their personality. Consciously they are encouraged and challenged. and thus prepared for the working routing in a hotel or restaurant. In my understanding education since long time ist not just provision of knowlegde but mediation of compences and positive experiences.
Even for my whole team the program is daily a big challenge, it makes me a lot of fun and joy. It is a fulfilling and meaningful activiy, if you are allowed to coach young talents to enter their carrer path. It is even more beautiful if you see them again one or two years later smiling and grateful in a hotel or restaurant. In most cases they already have a first maangement position. The actual 34 particiants have been conveyed to a company already. Together with my motivated team I am offering this program twice a year for summer and winter season. If your are interested, is this as participant or to hosst a stagiaire as team member, contact me just now.