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News - 3 July 2011

Life changing experience in the Algarve

Creative Development (a leading business support organisation in the creative sector) is working with the Tourism Alliance to offer work placements in the Algarve to workers in Brighton who are looking to broaden their horizons.

Diana Hudson, director, Creative Development, says, “We are offering  three month work experience placements in sustainable tourism in the small town of Monchique, in the Algarve mountains in Portugal. The project in Monchique offers a broad range of possibilities to anyone with the imagination to turn this into a life-changing  experience (see previous story in Knowledgebase ).

The offer is open to anyone currently in the labour market of any age.  The project runs from 19th September for 13 weeks and is fully funded.

If you are currently working in Brighton then you could be eligible. Diana says, “The programme might suit someone who has just graduated and is looking  for a job, has been made redundant , has a gap in freelance work, wants to change direction in their work  or is looking to enhance their CV to show a potential employer that they are capable of running a project or working as part of a team.”

The small mountain town has so much to offer as a holiday destination but is largely unknown . It already  attracts walkers, birdwatchers, painters, mountain bikers, climbers and honeymooners and families looking to give their children an experience of real life and nature.

Young people in Monchique in particular are forced to move away as there is no work. This project seeks to attract visitors who appreciate their way of life and the stunning surroundings and because it is the 'real Portugal.'

Diana continues, “We want to help to show the potential visitor how they can enjoy a holiday which draws on not only the amazing surroundings but also the local food, and knowledge. The water from the taps is spa water, the food is the healthiest, the air cleanest the stars are astonishing. It is truly unspoilt and has great potential.

One of the team already signed up is planning to use the experience to build her journalism and photographic skills. She will return with a body of work that she can use to attract work, for example, as travel journalist.

The team will live and work in a beautiful old quinta which is a guesthouse.  They will work two days a week in what ever aspect interests them, be it working in the garden, working in  the house, organising , decorating, cooking , marketing, researching  etc.

Two days a week working with the activities company either directly taking part in the activities or the business aspects.

And there will be one day a week for developing language skills and following other interests.

So far successful applicants have been from the tourism sector or have been graduates in a related subject,  but they could be from other sectors or mangement trainees. There will be connections with the university and the villa rental world.

If you would like to apply for a place on the programme please

send a CV and a short paragraph explaining why this project is of interest to or if you have any questions please send an email.

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