At Scuola Toscana we are very proud to have one of our students doing her internship at Baglioni Hotel. I already mentioned that in a former post; now the direction of Baglioni Hotel graciously allowed me to take some pictures of our student at her workplace.
For Japanese speakers, there will be also a complete interview with the student, on this very blog, coming soon.
Now there is a cumulative ticket for Duomo / Battistero / Opera del Duomo (totally renewed) – 15 euro for 24 hrs, ideal for a weekend “marathon”… if you go up to the Cupola, it benefits your mind and body too.
I once read an interview with a famous spy who told how the spy life is not very adventurous and often consists of boring hours of waiting, of poring on papers, of filling reports …
I often think about this interview when I realize that my interlocutor is thinking about my job of “School Director” as that of an intellectual, thinking all day about new teaching techniques, linguistics, tests and exams … as a matter of fact, since the school is made by a messy bunch of gloriously real people, I spend most of my time attending the following activities: replacing the toilet paper, emptying the bins (forgotten by the cleaning personnel), separating the waste that someone has mistakenly mixed (fishing the plastic cups from the paper box), emergency-mopping the floor where someone has spilled coffee, unclogging the toilet, carrying piles of books from floor to floor, unlocking the wifi, calling the elevator service (while trying to free the student imprisoned in the elevator) … yes, it’s a dirty work, but someone has to do it…
The thing is, if you really care about the place you work in, if you really care about your customers, you do not want – not even for a minute – to have a dirty floor, a wifi out of order, a clogged toilet. Therefore, the director mantra becomes Leporello’s line “son prontissimo a servir “.
Yesterday a special edition of Calcio Storico took place in Piazza Santa Croce. Calcio Storico is the historical game of (sort of) football/rugby which was very popular in the Renaissance Florence, and is now reenacted every year in summer, with the costumes (and the brutality) typical of the era
This special match of february is called “La partita dell’assedio”, to remember february 17th, 1530, when the population besieged for several months by the imperial troops, orgainsed a football game – to give the impression of not considering the Empire army worthy of attention.
Anyway, February is not June, therefore the procession that usually precedes the game was cancelled, and the teams had to fight under the rain… We were able to see the game from the school windows, a bit faraway but still, a enviable position… have a look at our visual !
Among its programmes, Scuola Toscana offers to the students coming for many months the possibility to put a working experience in Florence in their curriculum, doing an internship for some months, while going on as students in an advanced class. For the most dedicated student it is certainly an interesting option, to test their knowledge of Italian language in a “real” environment. Most of the students who profit from this opportunity come from Japan, and usually they are doing internships in restaurants, hotels (at the moment we have a student at Hotel Baglioni, the hotel which caters to the Pitti fashion fairs participants), bars, shops. We already organised internships in art galleries, internet firms, and fashion ateliers as well. Scuola Toscana provides all the necessary documents and help the students in finding the right place.
Scuola Toscana provides the necessary papers for the internship experience.
All the internships organised so far had very positive results, not only for the students, but also for the owners and the manager of of the various firms.
Next saturday we’ll go to Siena again, for all our Brazilian students here some good information in portuguese by our collaborator blogger…
Source: Itinerário de meio dia em Siena