William Angliss Institute

Students gain global outlook on Spanish tour

As part of the Australian Government's VET Outbound Mobility Program, a group of 12 degree students enjoyed an insightful 15 night tour of Spain.

William Angliss Institute is focussed on generating an international outlook for students, and travel encourages participants to grow as global citizens and to provide experiences that are not always readily available to students. Engaging with the international hospitality, tourism, and foods industries engenders student’s preparation for their life as graduates.
 
Lecturer and tour leader Julie London said the trip was very successful and she was delighted with the cohesion of the group and their  conduct throughout the tour.
 
“Given its popularity as a tourist destination and the variety of cultural and gastronomic attractions,  Spain was a logical choice for students of foods, events, hospitality or tourism.
 
“Our over-arching focus was the transformation of non-touristic places, in this case, food markets,  into  touristic  destinations.  Using academic articles, a  photo journal created during the trip and a final essay to support their  opinions,  students discussed the ‘touristification’ of food markets in Spain and the impact of ‘touristification’ on the authenticity of the visitor experience when visiting these developed or redeveloped markets,” Julie said.
 
Developing knowledge of industry trends, regionalism and cuisine gives students essential skills in multiculturalism, and enhances their employability in the Australian and international hospitality, tourism and foods industry.
 
The students visited central markets in Valencia, Barcelona, Seville and Madrid. Cultural highlights of their tour, included visits to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Alcázar in Seville, the La Segrada in Barcelona, the Prado in Madrid and the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia.

This fantastic video by student Cheryl give a great insight into the study tour experience:

 

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