As part of my course I completed a one month internship at Hotell Björken.
Hotell Björken is a patient hotel which means that roughly 90% of their guests are also patients at the hospital in Umeå. The health care system pays for the stays of those that qualify, which is cheaper for the system, and much nicer than staying at the hospital for the patients! Aside from the clientele, it functions just like a normal hotel, and I thought it was really rewarding getting to know and help the patients, as many of them stay for weeks or months at a time. Everyone I worked with was extremely nice and helpful! I was a little worried that language barriers might be a problem, with communication being such a big part of the job, but was pleasantly surprised to find that I understood almost everything and was glad they understood me too!
Best of all I will be working there over the summer within the reception and restaurant as needed. It feels wonderful not having to worry about finding a summer job, and hopefully my contacts and experience will help me find a full time job within the industry soon!
Everyone in my class did a presentation of their internship and I've attached the power point from mine for those of you interested. It's all in Swedish, but there several pictures too!
This picture is from 09/19/2010,
the day my Swedish life began.