hairdressing and cooking sector
The group of participants arrived at the 2nd of March 2013 at the airport of Catania. The “A Rocca” organization provided the transfer from the airport to participant’s accommodation in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto town. The driver from the Fiore company, as well two members of the staff of our organisation, were waiting for the group at the airport.
Participants were accommodated in 2 different flats in Barcellona P.G. town. Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto is located in the north coast of Sicily. It belongs to the Province of Messina, one of the most important cities of Sicily. The city proper has a population of over 40,000 inhabitants. The strategic location is surrounded by many wonderful cities: Messina 45 km; Palermo 180 km; Catania 180 km; Taormina 80 km; Agrigento 200 km; Aeolian Islands 20 km. Barcellona P.G. is a very nice town, located very close by the seaside area, very busy during the day and very calm during the night time. Moreover, there are many interesting places to visit, like natural parks, museums, ancient villages and Greek/Roman areas.
The flats for participants were fully equipped (including kitchenware, washing machine, bed covers etc.) and well located in the city center. The participants were living in the following locations: seven (7) persons of them, plus one leader (sum 8 persons), in Via Arcodaci 44 and three (3) persons, plus one leader (sum 4 persons), in Piazza Alfano. There were divided in individual and double rooms.
Our organisation arranged for receiving their full board service at the following restaurants: lunch at “Master Chef” and dinner at “Marius il Ristorante”. Furthermore, the group was receiving packed lunch for the days of excursions.
Last but not least, our office had guaranteed a 24-hour availability, in any case they were needing any assistance.
The subject of the placements for participants was divided in two fields: hairdressing and cooking. The interns had the opportunity to learn whatever is needed for a future professional career as hairdressers and cookers, respectively. The placements were located in various relative enterprises in the town of Barcellona P.G.
9thof March 2013 – Jalari Park Museum
The first trip was at the Park Museum of ”Jalari”, a land of artistic sculptures and wonders that includes a symbolic foundation which frees the reality to transfigure into along dream. The Park Museum “Jalari” is situated on the Peloritan mountains a few kilometers from Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto (ME) extended over 35 hectares(350,000 msq). “Jalari” originates from a dream and grows with perseverance and constancy due to 30 years of work from 2 local families. It is difficult to synthesize in a few words what were the values, the culture and the spirit that animated the authors of the Park in these long, intensive and happy years of activity. Therefore, we let the good mood of everyone to discover the mysteries that surround the park museum of “Jalari”. In the same day we had the opportunity to experience a part of Sicilian culture within a folk music concert of a local band called “Sarva la Pezza” and we concluded the day by testing Sicilian “pane e panelle”.
10th of March 2013– Messina
Messina is known as the door of Sicily. With its port, shaped like a sickle, it has always been a trading city. Situated close to the Peninsular, there has been busy thorough fare between Messina and the Mainland, over the centuries. Messina has several churches, monuments and fountains that date back centuries that are worthy of exploration. The myriad of churches, monuments and buildings adorned with fine art is staggering. The Duomo’s Square (Piazza del Duomo) is well worth your attention, as it sites on the main square in Messina and offers an awesome visit to its interior, a real visit to be remembered.
11th of March 2013– Tindari
The village of Tindari, on Sicily’s northeast coast, has two sites — and sights — that make a visit to this otherwise average Sicilian village worth the trip. One, the Santuario di Tindari, is a place of pilgrimage; the other, Tyndaris, is the ruins of a Greek-Roman settlement.
Fascinating is the Archaeological Park, with the ruins of the ancient Roman settlement of Greek Tindarys and the beautiful Greek theater overlooking the sea.
17th of March 2013 – Milazzo
Milazzo is a substantial town on the coast of north-east Sicily, west of Messina, and best known (and most visited) for its beach and historic village. The town itself is interesting -the centuries have left their mark very clearly on the layout of Milazzo, with the walled city at the top of Milazzo, the “Old Town” of medieval origin at the foot of the hill, and the more modern city at the bottom and along the harbor area. The Old Town includes the fortified citadel and medieval quarters of Milazzo, and contains numerous religious buildings. The lower town is the most recent part of Milazzo, and was built in the 18th century. The center of lower Milazzo revolves around the Piazza Caio Duilio, which is flanked to the west by the Palazzo Marchese Proto and to the east by the“Chiesa del Carmine”, with a lintel carved with garlands and a niche with a statue of Our Lady of Consolation”.
18th of March 2013– Taormina
Our last trip was to Taormina. As soon as we arrived in Taormina, we felt the magical, mythical atmosphere spread all around which has enchanted visitors from all over the world for years and years. Settled on a hill of the Monte Tauro, Taormina dominates two grand, sweeping bays below and on the southern side, the top of Mount Etna, the European highest active volcano, often capped with snow, offering to the visitors a breathtaking, dramatic and memorable view over… Taormina is a medieval village perched alongside the steep terrain jutting out of the ocean.While it has kept its Medieval character, it is now a shopper’s paradise. Near the top of Taormina Village is a wonderfully preserved Roman Theater. This pretty much sums up Taormina’s charm. There is something for everyone. Great shopping, wonderful restaurants, Roman Ruins, Medieval pedestrian streets and even stairs to a great beach.
The participants seemed to be satisfied with this project. According to their opinion, it was an interesting and useful experience. We hope they found inspiration and got new ideas about how to deal with their future career in their country. We are satisfied because due to the participation in the program, the participants could enrich their professional experience.
We hope we can continue our cooperation with Lubelska Wojewódzka KomendaOHP.