Meet the team

Hello, I’m Conny Lassen, your placement tutor

Conny Lassen, Manager of Spanish Work Exchange Programme, Internship for students

For 20 years now I’ve been living and working here on Tenerife. For the last ten years I’ve been organising practical placements in hotels on the Canary Islands. Before that, I worked on Tenerife in various departments of the hotel industry and worked my way to the management team. Before my studies, at the age of 20, I also used to work as a trainee in the entertainment department in a 4 star hotel in Spain. Thus, I can understand your situation. As a young person you just want to get out of your own country for a certain period of time, have lots of fun and gain new experiences. Besides all the new life enriching experiences, it was really important for my future, as I obtained a tremendous amount of self-confidence during that time. My wanderlust syndrome stayed with me and so I moved to Hawaii, after having successfully completed my studies. During that time, I realised I want to live abroad forever, in a place with pleasant climate conditions. Due to my family, I didn’t want it to be on an island as far away as Hawaii. So I decided on Europe. I was looking for good weather all year round and a rich vegetation. I also value a multicultural population and a low crime rate. So I decided to visit the Canary Islands. Up until now I haven’t regreted my decision once. We really are living in paradise here!

As the manager of the practical placement service s-w-e-p I will do anything possible to help you to have a successful and happy placement on the Canary Islands.

Hello, I’m Andreas, a freelancer working for s-w-e-p

Andreas, freelancer at Spanish Work Exchange Programme, internship for students

I came to the Canary Islands and I started off doing an internship organised by s-w-e-p as an assistant manager in a 5-star hotel on Lanzarote. After this I work in a hotel here on Tenerife and part-time for the Spanish Work Exchange Programme in the field of administration. I think it is great to see how many young people benefit from the opportunity to work here on the Canary Islands, how they gain professional experience and the amount of enthusiasm they report about their experiences with. I can understand this enthusiasm, because life here has many advantages: a good climate, a wide range of recreational activities available, highly diversified nature and lots of nice people from all over the world. There is a lot to discover on the Canary Islands and it takes you a while to realise what else the islands have to offer other than the tourist hotspots.
From my own experience I can really recommend doing an internship in a hotel with s-w-e-p. Conny’s contacts, experience and her support for the interns is fantastic and who knows what opportunities may arise after your internship finishes …

Hello, I am Katrin, a freelancer for s-w-e-p

Kathrin, staff of Spanish Work Exchange Programme, internship for students

In February 2008 I started my hotel internship in a 5 star hotel on Tenerife, which was organised by s-w-e-p. During my internship I travelled and was so impressed by everything on the island and of course, the wonderful climate helped. The work in the hotel was a lot of fun. My colleagues and I understood each other right away, which helped me to learn Spanish – they talked with me in their mother tongue. During my internship I spoke with Conny a lot.
Now I am working as a freelance translator in Spanish/German and English/German. It is fun to work with the s-w-e-p team. I am excited to see how many young interns, just like me, were influenced by the Canaries. During my internship I had a memorable time and I can only recommend everyone to make the most of their experience.

¡Buenos dias! I’m Nicole and work for s-w-e-p in the IT department

Nicole, staff of Spanish Work Exchange Programm, Internship for students

I wanted to get away from the stresses of university, do something different before the “serious side of life” begins, that was my plan.

Since August 2009 I have been working for s-w-e-p in the IT department. Our enterprise is young, has a lot of positive energy, commitment and it’s a lot of fun working here. From the outset, I decided to learn about the Spanish culture with which I wasn’t familiar with at all, I ended up falling in love with it and immersing myself into it.

I dance flamenco, have Spanish friends, speak Spanish every day and eat Spanish food, above all I love the fresh fish here.

The canarian attitude to life is contagious. Sun, beach and sea means you’re always in a happy, positive mood and when you find yourself sitting in a beachside bar, wearing summer clothes in winter, listening to lounge music accompanied by the rushing sea and drinking delicious wine, you never want to leave this perfect place again.

The decision to come here was the best I could have made and if I could go back, I would make the same decision again.