Who says learning should only be confined in the four walls of the classroom? Last January 2014, Ramid Technical College from Seoul Korea sent five of their students not only to learn English at Enderun Colleges, but also to undergo a week-long internship program in Raffles Fairmont, a five-star luxury hotel situated in the heart of Makati. The HRM students from Ramid also got the chance to attend a coffee cupping and blending seminar courtesy of Cafe de Lipa, Batangas, a locally-owned coffee shop that has expanded to four branches in Batangas and Manila.
In the said mini-internship program, the students served as banquets staff for a week and were assigned to work in the different restaurants of the prestigious five-star hotel. The students felt very happy and fulfilled as they were able to apply their skills in table setting, handling food orders, attending to customer concerns among others.
The students also had a chance to visit a famous coffee plantation in Batangas owned by Omar Mercado of Cafe de Lipa, a local coffee shop in the Philippines. In this trip, the students learned about our homegrown coffee such as the Kape Barako. Cafe de Lipa also held a coffee-blending competition, and the winner got the privilege to name his own coffee concoction.
Prior to their off-campus activities, the students attended a short English program so that they would be prepared for the communicative tasks ahead of them. Truly, developing one’s skills in English requires one to go beyond theory and utilize the language not only through paper and pen activities.