ERASMUS+ STUDENT TRAINEESHIP

Erasmus+ supports traineeships (work placements, internships, etc.) abroad for students currently enrolled in higher education institutions at Bachelor and Master Level as well as for doctoral candidates. These opportunities are also open to recent graduates. 

A traineeship abroad can last from a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 12 months and must be relevant for your degree-related learning and personal development needs and, wherever possible, be integrated in your study programme.

Crooked House Theatre Company welcomes students who wish to carry out either short term or long term traineeship, supported by Erasmus+, in the fields of Theatre, Drama or Youth Studies.

As a trainee in Crooked House you will have the opportunity to be involved in drama facilitation, directing, stage management and play pruductions. You will also have a chance to get experience in communication, administration and

project managment. 

Our work is busiest from September to June each year, so this is when we prefer most internships to occur. If you wish to come only during the summer we may not be so busy. There is no regular programme in the summer. We go on exchanges and develop ad-hoc projects as the need arises. However, from September to June there is a busy regular and weekly programme of activities.

The steps you need to make in order to do your traineeship with us are the following:

- Contact the International Programmes or Erasmus+ office of your University in order to get informed about the dates you can submit your application or other arrangements that might apply to your institution.

- Contact Crooked House at info@crookedhouse.ie and inform us about the period of your traineeship, the field of your studies and your interests.

For more information about Erasmus+ traineeship click HERE!

Here are some reflections from past Erasmus trainees:

 

From the beginning, I was very excited about this experience of an internship abroad. I got even more excited when I got accepted at the Kildare Youth Theatre in Newbridge. I always wanted to visit Ireland, it was a plan I had for a long time and it was finally happening.

Newbridge is a small town where you feel welcomed from the moment you arrive. You also can feel the love of the young people for the youth theatre.

My internship lasted for 8 months, during which time I learned a lot. My English improved, I got involved in theatre productions such as Macbeth by Shakespeare, The Act of Oblivion (a devised play by young people) and we delivered drama workshops to local schools.

For me, personally, to be involved in Macbeth was a challenging and great experience. My role was to help at the rehearsals, keep notes, find the props and do the stage management when the performance was on. One thing that impressed me is how much the young people committed themselves to the production and how much they enjoyed it.

The 8 months of my internship were filled with reading theatre scripts, attending rehearsals and feeling the adrenaline when the performances were staged at the local theatre of the town.  

I also enjoyed facilitating the drama workshops as it’s something that I had never tried before.  In the time of my internship at Kildare Youth Theatre I met a lot of people, I joined many groups and we did a lot of theatre.

Last but not least, Ireland is a beautiful country in which to spend some time and travelling around is easy and wonderful. Some times can be dark, wet and windy but there is a wise saying about the weather in Ireland, so ‘If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes.’

Slán!

 

Rhea Thomakou

Student of Faculty of Fine arts, Theatre department,

University of Peloponnese, Nafplio, Greece.

 

Another student, Sandra Sakavitsi, has this advice:

 

"Your hosting organization usually provides accommodation. With Crooked House it will be in a family where you have a room of your own.  Your budget for food and living expenses is included in the monthly payment from your university. Each month you receive pocket money. For EU students with European Health  Insurance Card, free medical care is provided. Please view European Commission  (Employment, Social Affairs &Inclusionhttp://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=559