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As we already wrote in our August article, Doroteja Samastur, a student of the Media Production – Graphic Design module, travelled to Malaga, Spain, for a three-month practical training with the help of the Erasmus+ programme, specifically to Southtours, a company that organises various activities for tourists in the cities of Malaga, Granada and Seville.
During her stay in Spain, Dorothea worked with Southtours, a company specialising in organising various activities for tourists in Malaga, Granada and Seville. They offered guided sightseeing walks, beach volleyball, wine and tapas tasting, and guided nightlife discovery, among others.
The student noticed the company was expanding and upgrading, so they needed extra help in graphic design. She contributed to the company’s overall graphic image, and the flexible working hours allowed her enough time to explore the city of Malaga and the whole of the southern part of Spain.
“I was responsible for designing marketing materials, social media graphics, flyers, posters and other promotional materials. I have also been involved in other company activities, including photography and photo editing for social networks, and I have been involved in filming and editing video content for the popular social network TikTok, which is increasingly being used to promote companies.”
Doroteja used her free time to explore the southern part of Spain, visiting places like Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Nerja, Lucena, Marbella, Mijas pueblo, Ronda, Benalmadena. As well as sightseeing and visiting museums, she enjoyed the beaches, beach volleyball, meeting new people and enjoying Spanish cuisine and wine. In early August, she also experienced the Feria de Malaga, a week-long festival that provides an insight into Spanish culture, music, dance, food and clothing.
Her time in Spain was full of challenges and new insights. It was the first time she had travelled so far from home, alone and for such a long period of time. At first it was difficult to get used to the foreign language and orientation, but it got easier with time. I became more independent in my daily tasks, improved my creativity on a professional level and gained experience in designing products quickly and meeting deadlines.
After three weeks, I was fluent in English and the experience was becoming more and more relaxing. Although she was looking forward to returning home, she also shed a tear when she left, knowing that she was coming to the end of an exciting period in Spain where she had made many new friends.
“I highly recommend practical education abroad to everyone, as it brings many benefits without any losses. This experience has changed my world view and will remain unforgettable in my life.”