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Leonardo da Vinci - EU Connections - 10 Weeks,  

Spend 10 weeks in Europe for FREE on a fully-funded language course and vocational internship. All our places are almost filled - apply before Saturday 28th of February 2015 at Midnight for remaining opportunities in Dublin and Cyprus!

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The deadline to apply for this fantastic opportunity is fast approaching: you will need to get your application in before Sunday 25th of January 2015 at Midnight!

 We've just extended the deadline for applications so you've got three more weeks to apply! The deadline is now Saturday 28th of February 2015 at Midnight. We can't extend it any further  though so get your applications in ASAP. 

'Leonardo da Vinci' is the European Community's vocational training programme. It aims to improve the quality of training provision, develop the skills and mobility of the workforce, stimulate innovation and enhance the competitiveness of European industry.

The programme offers you a 10 week internship placement in Dublin or Cyprus, with flights, accommodation, food and living expenses provided. All you need to do is get on a plane and make the most of your experience!

Additionally, certain destinations require language skills - please see the table in the location section for details.

This year's Leonardo programme has been given the subtitle EU Connections. If you are interested in getting some work experience in a European country and improving your language skills at the same time, contact us on: 0208 297 32 78 09.00-17.00 Mon-Fri or email leonardo@twinuk.com anytime.

The Leonardo da Vinci - EU Connections 2014 project is provided in partnership with the following organisations:

  • Job Centre Plus
  • Springboard
  • Princes Trust
  • Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
  • Greenwich University
  • New Cross Gate NDC
  • Fusion


To be enrolled on this programme you must:

  • be a UK resident with a permanent UK address
  • be finished in education

For full eligibility requirements please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

What's included?

  • Support throughout the application process
  • International flights
  • Health & travel insurance
  • Language course (2 week)
  • Internship (8 weeks)
  • In country travel pass
  • In country induction
  • Partial contribution to living allowance
  • Accommodation
  • Support and mentoring
  • Certification

Dates and duration

Departure dates are available in February.

All applications must be submitted by Saturday 28 February 2015 to be considered for this programme.


If you can tick all of the following boxes, then you are eligible to apply:

  • Aged 18+ on the departure date
  • A citizen of the European Union, legal resident in the UK
  • Those employed, self-employed, job seekers or graduates (including recent)
  • Able to commit 10 weeks
  • Finished in education (no gap year, no deferral year)
  • Able to attend an interview in London
  • Committed to developing your language skills before departure (if applicable)
  • Open and flexible
  • If you have already received previous Leonardo funding, you cannot attend the programme


Selection of destinations and departure dates available on the Leonardo da Vinci - EU Connections 2014 project:

Country: Cyprus France Ireland Portugal Spain
City: Limassol Bordeaux Dublin Lisbon Barcelona Seville
Language Ability: None A2/B2 None None* None/C2 None**
Business Admin
Journalism & Reporting
Marketing & Sales
Travel & Tourism
01 May 2014
01 Sep 2014

Please see the EU Connections Handbook for full details regarding language requirements.

Further details on industries available:

Please note that to your chosen idustry sector must relate to your work experience and/or qualifications

Industry: Business/Admin

Job Description: To assist establishing positive relationships between organisations with similar interests in the UK, using & enhancing the organisation's publicity materials that are written in English.
Main responsibilities: Contact institutions in the UK - Forge links with UK organisations - Translate relevant material about the company from Spanish into English - Support Leonardo and Erasmus programmes - Research - Administrative tasks
Requirements/Preferable skills: Spanish spoken/written (good standard) - Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Good knowledge of Microsoft Office - Confidence in working independently.

Industry: Not-for-profit - Consumer Rights

Job description:
 International Relations. Research and contact similar organisations in the UK and France with the aim of establishing collaborative relationships. 
Main responsibilities: Research and contact Consumer Rights Organisations in the UK and France, attempt to establish a relationship with them and open communication. Translate replies for archive. Translate news items for website
Requirements/Preferable skills: Knowledge of databases and other office systems. Improve French and interpersonal skills. Learn about consumer rights and the work of the company and other similar organisations.

Industry: Marketing & Publicity

Job description
: help promote and market the company’s clients on the internet involving posting links, writing articles, translating websites and creating video clips.
Main responsibilities: Helping to market companies online
Requirements/Preferable skills: Knowledge, skills and competence to be acquired: Internet and computing skills acquired

Industry: Travel & Tourism

Job Description:
 Client services administrator
Main responsibilities: Client reception - Dealing with enquiries via email/telephone - Digital preparation of contracts - Advice and information - Preparation in events organised by the department - General administrative tasks like filing, making copies, etc.
Requirements/Preferable skills: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills- Advanced level of French - Good administrative skills - Good knowledge of Microsoft Office

Job Description: Assistant Residence Co-ordinator. Assist with the management of the day-to-day affairs of the summer residence under the direction of the Residence Co-ordinator.
Main responsibilities: Price comparisons against competitors - Comparing airline and hotel rates against previous contracts - Compiling on a weekly basis a detailed report on all hotels that have been sold in the previous week - Loading hotel contracts into the company’s back office system Travelbox - Comparing and loading special exclusive hotel contracts that have been received - Contacting and querying suppliers on various aspects of contracts - General Office duties
Requirements/Preferable skills: Good Microsoft Office experience required - Excellent spoken and written English - Degree in Travel and Tourism - Good administrative skills

Project life and photos

By participating in the Leonardo da Vinci programme – EU Connections - you will receive the following:

On application, a nominated co-ordinator will assist you through the application process and help prepare you for your internship in Europe. Your co-ordinator is there to answer any of your questions and to ensure that you fully understand what is involved with the programme.

Induction & Language Course
On arrival, the Host Organisation will arrange an airport transfer to take you to your accommodation. During your first week you will attend a language course and receive a cultural induction, which will help you to settle into your new home. You may also be required to attend interviews for your internship.

Internships are not set up before hand. Once we received your signed contract we will start looking for your placement according to your profile and request. Each participant will undertake a 8-week internship in a wide choice of industries. Your internship will be allocated depending on your language abilities (if required), your qualifications, your work history and your aspirations. Your internship is unpaid. However your employer may choose to pay you some pocket money as well.

Mentoring & Monitoring
The Host Organisation is there to support you throughout the programme and ensure that you maximise your experience. You are requested to complete a series of simple reports.

Please see the EU Connections Handbook for full details regarding language requirements.

See below for an explanation of the different language levels required by certain projects:

A1 Basic understanding with a few words and phrases B1 Confidently follow and participate in everyday discussion C1 Confidently participate and express opinion
A2 Able to participate in simple everyday conversation B2 Express opinion in conversation and discussion C2 Fluent
None As a minimum, you must speak and read English fluently. Although these projects do not have a requirement to speak the language of the host country, applicants who have some language ability will be given preferrence in the application process.

Progress reports:

The following documents will need to be completed during your project, please see your travel adviser for more details on why these forms are required.

EU Connections Induction report

EU Connections Mid report

EU Connections End report

The Leonardo Training Agreement and Medical Information Form will also need to be downloaded by each participant and kept for your records.


Flights, transportation and visas

Each participant is provided with a return international flight to his or her destination. Flights generally leave from London-based airports.

Safety and insurance

You are required to obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before departure. This free card entitles the holder to state-provided medical treatment within the country they are visiting. Additionally, you will be provided with private travel insurance cover.

Accommodation and Food

Shared accommodation is provided for all participants. Depending on the destination, you may be living in a shared apartment or with a host family. Meals are usually not provided, although if your internship is in a hotel, you may also receive meals. We will provide some living allowance in order to help towards your stay in other destinations where the accommodation is self-catering basis.

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