Language

sancocho-canarioDuring all the activities and at the Youth Exchange we will communicate each other in English. We will, with the help of the Leaders Group, to facilitate and translate when possible, but at least a basic skills in English are needed. We also will ask to translate and subtitle all video-pills into English.

Food and Accommodation

Accommodation and  almost all meals are provided during the exchange. Some activities may require little payments (some dinner maybe). Participants will have some free time to enjoy and share in Tenerife.

What to bring

For the activities outside we recommend you to bring:

  • a good solar cream and cap,
  • some walking or sport shoes,
  • swimming suit,
  • a bag to carry your stuff during the visits and
  • a light rain jacket and jersey for the nights.
  • In one of the activities we are wearing traditional clothes. If you dont have a tradicional costume of your country, try to bring at least a white shirt and dark pants for boys, and a white shirt and a headscarf for the girls. Look at the photos aside.
    traditional costume ladys Traditional costume, dance
  • Each group may bring a flag of its country, about one meter long.
  • If you are able to bring with you a laptop, it would be great.

We are planning to have a evening to present each country with some information, and if you want to bring some food, take in mind that we have no access to the kitchen, so everything have to be simple like sweets or similar. And about the alcohol in the dorms is not allowed to drink. In addition, in the dorms is not allowed to smoke in all the buildings, so smokers have to go outside the complex.

European Health Card

TarjetaSanitariaEuropeaWe will provide for all participants an insurance in case of accident, during the time of the Youth Exchange. But in case some medical attention is needed we ask you to bring with you the European Health Card (the Blue Card) than normally you can get for free in your health office.

Emergency phone numbers

  • 112 – Emergency (General)
  • 091 – Police
  • 080 – Fire
  • 062 – Civil Guard

Electricity

Spanish electrical installations follow DIN rules. The network connection is 220 V at 50 Hz. Plugs are of the type CEECEE 7/16 (Europlug) and CEECEE 7/4 (Schuko).

Time zone

In general, in Spain applies the spindle of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) +1, also known as Central European Time (CET). That is, Spain time coincides with most European countries.

However, in the Canary Islands, its geographical position away from mainland and closer to the Greenwich Meridian applies the Western European Time (WET), ie, UTC +0. Time in the Canaries coincides with that of the United Kingdom, Portugal or Ireland.

Usually time is changed twice a year to make better use of daylight hours. Usually by one hour plus on the official time between 1:00 (UTC) on the last Sunday of March andt 1:00 (UTC) on the last Sunday in October.

Smoking and drinking

In Spain, drinking and smoking is permitted from the age of majority, which is fixed by law at 18. There are some restrictions in this regard:

  • It is forbidden to drink on the street and in public parks.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings such as hospitals, government buildings, shopping centers, universities, schools, etc..
  • In bars, cafes, restaurants and similar places, you can smoke only where expressly permitted.

SOURCE: Traditional clothes pictures: 1, 2.

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