A Ginger Abroad

Or, Why Gingers CAN Stay in the Sunshine!

Student Tours Scotland got in touch with Rachel Baird, who used to run Erasmus Student Network GCU in Glasgow. She's been up to something pretty awesome this summer. So here she is telling you all about it!

My good friends at Student Tours Scotland asked me a while back to write a feature for them about my summer adventures abroad. I'm Rachel Baird, I'm 22 and studied Marketing at Glasgow Caledonian Univeristy. I was also part of a group of students who brought back the Erasmus Society (ESN GCU) back to the university, making it the biggest and best it had ever been.

So, where am I now? Well, I've spent the summer in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. You might wonder what I've been doing. I've been working as a Holiday Advisor for a major UK travel company (sometimes known as a Holiday Rep). I am employed to make sure customers get the best experience out of their holiday by providing good service in hotels. I am on hand to answer any questions customers may have, give advice on the resort where they are staying (i.e. how to find the best bars, restaurants, shopping areas) selling and guiding excursions like dinner shows, water parks, marine parks. I also take part in fun activities in my hotel like staff vs. guests pool games. I worked a lot with the youth market (ages 18-25) at the start of the summer season which was a lot of fun. Basically I got paid to party!

I'm here from April until November after applying online. There are some amazing perks like living in the sun for seven months of the year and when people tell you you’ve helped make them have a great holiday. My personal highlights would be seeing the world famous DJ, 'Avicii' at BCM Planet Dance, being part of a team that has raised over  €6000 for charity and exploring the island of Majorca in a convertible. The hardest part of course is being a ginger in Spain. I can get caught out sometimes with the sun, I get burned easily.

There are, of course, things you miss like Irn Bru, square sausage and  Tennent’s Lager (very Scottish indeed). However I'll be bringing back some amazing things too like my favourite beauty products that I cannot get out here in Spain.

Cheers for reading everyone!