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A fully-funded opportunity to live and work abroad in either Spain or Ireland, while earning a Level 3 qualification

Erasmus+, Spain, Portugal and Ireland

Our Erasmus+ programme is a fully-funded opportunity to get work experience in Spain, Portugal or Ireland and earn a qualification!

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Here’s your opportunity to take an internship in Spain, Portugal or Ireland and gain a level 3 qualification – all fully-funded!

Only for UK based residents over the age of 18, this vocational opportunity lasts for 3 months and gives students the opportunity to undertake an internship in Social Media for Business, Hospitality Leadership or Teaching English as a Foreign Language. 

The Erasmus+ programme begins on the 15th September (departure date) and lasts for 3 months, in either the Spanish city of Seville, the coastal capital city of Portugal, Lisbon, or Ireland's capital, Dublin. 

Erasmus+ is a programme backed by the EU which means that your flights, accommodation, insurance, internship, support and mentoring are included without cost.

Students might find living and working abroad slightly daunting, but with 24/7 support during stay as well as a preparatory session before hand there is no need to worry.

A member of our staff will fly out with participants to help introduce them to their company and to aid them in getting used to their new home.

The closing date for applicants is Friday 17th August 2018 and applications are processed on a first-come-first-serve basis, so make sure that you send of your application as soon as possible.

As well as your work-experience you’ll also earn a qualification in the same field:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Hospitality Leadership
  • Level 3 Certificate in Social Media for Business
  • Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

 If you wish to ask any questions, please email James Ong-Fox:

Stage one: first interview
If your application is successful, you can expect to be invited to the first round of interviews, which will either consist of an in-person interview at Twin or a Skype interview. 

Stage two: select a company for a second interview
Successful candidates will then be able to choose between three companies and attend a second interview with their chosen company.

Stage three: 3-6 day preparation session in London
Candidates that pass all the stages of the application process will join us, in our Twin office in London, for a 3-6 day preparation session, before departing on the 8th September 2018. Our 3-6 day preparation session is to ensure that students are ready for the next 3 months, it involves meeting other successful applicants and training activities that can prepare you for working and living abroad.

Course dates are as follows:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Hospitality Leadership: 3rd September-7th September
  • Level 3 Certificate in Social Media for Business: 4th September- 7th September
  • Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): 3rd September- 8th September (the examination must be held on the 6th day due to time limitations)

Please note: this programme works on a first come, first serve basis.

All applications forms must be submitted by Friday 17th August 2018

Project details

  • What's included?
  • Dates & duration
  • Eligibility
  • Location
  • Insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Flights & Visas
  • FAQs

What's included?

All costs are covered in this incredible opportunity, that means you get: 

  • 3 months work placement in either social media for business, hospitality leadership or teaching English as a foreign language
  • Return flights to the country your interning in (either Spain, Portugal or Ireland)
  • Accommodation
  • Insurance
  • 24/7 support and mentoring
  • Spanish language course is available for students placed in Spain.
  • Level 3 award within your chosen field
  • In-country induction
  • Certification
  • A monthly stipend to help with your living allowances.


You will gain one of the following:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Hospitality Leadership
  • Level 3 Certificate in Social Media for Business
  • Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


Dates and duration

  • Depart 15th September
  • 12 weeks duration


Am I eligible for the Erasmus+ vocational work experience programme?

You are eligible to apply for this Erasmus+ programmeif you meet the following criteria:

  • You are aged 18+ on departure(September 2018)
  • You are a citizen of the European Union and a legal resident in the UK with a permanent UK address
  • You have a valid passport
  • You are educated to GCSE level and have a minimum of 5 GCSEs
  • This is your first time participating in an Erasmus+ funded programme
  • You are able to attend  3-6 day preparatory training in London

You must be able to commit to the full 3-month duration of the placement. We cannot receive applications from University students looking for ‘year in industry’ placements


Safety & Insurance

We provide fully comprehensive travel insurance including 3rd party liability and repatriation.

However this policy will only cover individual items to the value of approx. £300.00. If you are taking expensive items then we suggest you take a separate policy to cover these. It is not possible to use the policy we provide as an excess to your individual policy.

It is also a stipulation of the programme that you have a valid European Health insurance card (EHIC)

Accommodation and Food

Seville: If you decide to go to Seville you will live in shared apartments.  This will be in a single room with shared facilities and living space. The flats are located in the Macarena district of Seville, 40 minutes’ walk from city centre, near the University hospital (5 mins) and a short walk to the parliament building (10 mins). Accommodation is basic but provides all necessary amenities including internet.

Lisbon: Our Lisbon accommodation is self-catering and has an option of single or shared bedrooms in either apartments or houses. The accommodation is no further than a 30 minute journey from central Lisbon on public transport. All apartments and houses have a kitchen, featuring all the necessary appliances (including a washing machine), bathrooms, bedding and towels.

Dublin: In Dublin you will stay in homestay accommodation, in a single room with shared facilities and living space. Internet is provided. Host families will selected to make travel as easy as possible for you.

Flights, Transportation & Visas

Return flights are included and you will receive a monthly stipend towads living expenses. We endeavour to place our students within walking distance of your placement and you will not be far from the city centre. 

Frequently asked questions

What happens if I can't speak Spanish?

It is not a requirement to speak Spanish, most companies will speak English and our partners in Spain all speak English. We provide a Spanish Language course and living in Seville you will soon pick up the basics!

What happens if I drop out?

You must commit to the full duration of the course. If you leave without completing you will be liable for the full cost of funding. 

Where will I be staying? 

In Seville, you will stay in shared apartments with single bedrooms only. 

In Lisbon, you will stay in self-catering shared apartments/houses, with single bedrooms or shared bedrooms.

In Dublin, you will stay in home-stay accommodation, in a single room.

Is insurance included? 

We provide fully comprehensive travel insurance including 3rd party liability and repatriation. However, this policy will only cover individual items to the value of approx. £300.00. If you are taking expensive laptops or mobile phones, we suggest you take a separate policy to cover these, but it is not possible to use the policy we provide as an excess to your individual policy.

It is also a stipulation of the programme that you have a valid European Health insurance card (EHIC)

You can obtain an EHIC card here.

What do I need to take?

We will provide you with an advised packing list prior to departure, but please check weather conditions for the time of travel, Seville can reach temps in the 80’s during June and July!

During your work experience placement, you will need to dress smart/casual. It may be that your host company will provide you with a uniform or advise you on appropriate attire to pack. Your host company will also let you know if you are required to bring your own laptop or any other equipment.

Bedding is provided, but please bring your own towels.

Will I have weekends off?

This depends on the individual placement. Some hotel based placements may work on a rota in which case participants may be required to work some weekends. In this case, individuals will take a couple of days off during the week.

Individuals working in office-based placements will not work on the weekends.

Will I have any free time?

Yes, you will have free time to enjoy your surroundings and the local area as well as specially arranged social evenings.  

What is there to do in Seville? 

Seville is the 4th largest city in Spain. There are plenty of things to do to occupy all interests, including museums and landmarks, shopping, dining out and a vibrant night-life to explore.  

What is there to do in Lisbon?

Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal, which means that the city is vibrant and lively, with plenty for you to do and see during your 3 months. The beautiful architecture of Lisbon in the Old Town and the São Jorge Castle are just two examples of what you must see! Lisbon also has a very modern feel to it, with many restuarants, bars, shops, museums, art galleries and shopping areas for you to explore. And don't forget the beautiful beaches of Costa Caprica or the Cascais-Estoril region.

What is there to do in Dublin?

Being Ireland's capital city, Dublin is the most vibrant place in the country. Well known for its arts scene, you will be able to find music, art and theatre at your fingertips. Ireland is known just as well for it's welcoming and characteristic people, you will be sure to have a good time getting to know the locals.    

Is Seville expensive?

Seville is not an expensive place; shopping at supermarkets will cost around €30-40/week. A nice dinner out can cost around €10 per person and drinks are inexpensive too.

Local travel cards are not provided. Participants normally can walk or cycle to their jobs, but, in case they have to go by bus or metro, the average weekly cost is around €8-10, based on a daily return journey.

Is Lisbon expensive?

Lisbon is not an expensive city, food and drink are relatively cheap, especially in supermarkets where you can expect to budget around €30-40/week. 

You can get transport monthly passes from €36,70, or daily tickets from €1,80 on the bus, €2,85 on the tram and €1,90 on the metro.

Is Dublin Expensive?

Dublin is roughly the same cost of living as London. A public transport monthly pass will cost around €119.

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Seville is the most populous city in southern Spain and a popular hotspot for visitors who enjoy good weather throughout the year. Seville is known for its Andalusian culture, with Flamenco, tapas and architecture to name a few highlights. The city is also home to a variety of theatres and performance spaces, adding to the atmosphere.

Lisbon is Portugal's hilly coastal capital city, which combines traditional and contemporary elements effortlessly. With a large array of exciting activities, beautiful sandy beaches, historical places of interest, lively restaurants and bars, fascinating museums and intriguing art galleries, you'll be spoilt for choice! The capital is rich in heritage and history including the breathtaking São Jorge Castle, which provides excellent views of the old city’s pastel-colored buildings. Be sure to check out Lisbon's shops, bustling nightlife and live music scene too!

Dublin is the capital of Ireland, a country often referred to as the Emerald Isle on account of its lush green countryside. There is plenty to see and do in Dublin owing to its colourful past and spirited culture. Dublin has always maintained cosmopolitan outlook and in the last two decades has embraced diversity and multiculturalism, you’ll be able to switch from experiencing traditional Irish culture to something completely different whenever it suits you. The lively city centre is a hub of activity with a variety of cafes, pubs, theatres, music venues and more on offer.