Hello again! This time we will fly to Tallinn, in Estonia, where three students of the training cycle "3D Animation, Interactive Games and Environments"They are doing internships in a design company 3D.
We visited Pedro Oliveros, Javier Bartibás and David Lierta on a visit earlier this month, and two of them, Pedro Oliveros (PO) and Javier Bartibás (JB), They have told us their experiences so far Erasmus +. We appreciate the amount of information provided to us in this interview, which summarized below:
Good morning to you both! Where are you made the practice? What kind of company?
(PO) Hello!, Pedro Oliveros and I am interning in a business modeling and texturing, en Tallinn (Estonia).
(JB) I am doing internship in a third-party company responsible for carrying out both modeling jobs, textured 3D models for video games and mobile applications in Tallinn (Estonia). The company has already done work for large companies in the industry.
What tasks are going to make, or have you already done?
(PO) At the moment we are testing a particular model (would go for our porfolio), they corrected and displayed depending on the level we will send a task or another. We know under confidentiality agreement projects they are currently working, but we are not allowed to say anything (they are great, some of them AAA).
(JB) In the future, assigned tasks will be specifically trained models to get them into a game engine once finalized, therefore they have to meet very strict requirements set by customers to be finally used in a commercial video game.
Why did you decide to make an Erasmus +?
(JB) I decided to do an Erasmus + because I saw it was a unique opportunity and it would be able to use both to practice my English, as to test my abilities in the midst of which I moved. More knowing it was a company as reputable, do not hesitate a second to accept the Erasmus + so you can see more of a country so unknown to the Spaniards as Estonia.
How did you assigned the company?
(PO) Last year they had been companions here, so we already knew of its existence. I wanted to come, but we were asked at the last minute a portfolio to see if the company accepted it or not (I had to compile and edit several things to be able to have something presentable…). Eventually we accepted 2 of 3 of my classmates.
How were the preparations? What did they think your family or friends?
(PO) The preparations… as such the only thing worse was to buy a laptop powerful enough to run the necessary programs, for both the company and the Project Final Project (the truth is out expensive, but good…)
(JB) Preparations were quite improvisto, since I had little time to prepare, approximately 2 weeks. So I had to communicate bosses then my work in Spain to leave and come to fulfill my dream of working in what he had studied. […]
My friends supported me from the first moment and urged me to go from minute one, to which I appreciate very much because I feel that without their encouragement I would not have dared to come, especially considering that this time I did not know my fellow Erasmus, but in the end it has been a pleasant surprise and could not be better.
How is the day to day in your company?
(PO) Great; we have our chores; We require a lot (especially regarding quality parameters), but we can ask almost any company, we will respond delighted, without any problem. We made friends with them, We have gone even party ever..
(JB) The day to day business is quite calm, It is not a job that requires a great hustle, if not there delivery dates near [...]. If we need anything we just have to tell our supervisors for Skype and they immediately come to resolvernos doubt or to check whether the work we do is right or need to change anything.
We do not undergo a lot of pressure but we must work hard to make the effort note, after all it is an artistic work and requires devote many hours.
Javier Bartibás carrying out a project in the company
It is not easy to find language? A high level you required?
(PO) If you mean like language to English: for nothing. All the people, any more than another, English spoken here. Not much trouble to say, they are also understood.
Instead, the real problem is with the Estonian and Russian (one 30% of the population it is currently Russia); perhaps it would have been interesting to achieve a basic level of this second language. Anyway I'm studying on my own…to see if I can even say hello to someone.
(JB) The local language is Estonian, the country is quite patriotic, therefore they are quite proud of their language and display it in all places. As a secondary language we could find the Russian, which it is the language spoken by almost 100% of our company, therefore would not hurt to learn some Russian before coming here for at least that daily communication is a little friendlier.
The language that we use is English. Usually there is usually a lot of trouble communicating with people and stores understand you, especially if young people, but if older people are much more complicated to understand English and therefore can give some other funny or awkward situation, as you look.
an intermediate level of English would be recommended, a huge handling thereof is not necessary, What I would ask that that you are able to speak without fear of making mistakes, This is a country whose native language is not English, so you will not point the finger if you make a grammatical error or vocabulary, they're going to understand and will not give more importance.
Where will you have stayed? How have you managed accommodation?
(PO) At first we stayed in a dorm (Teko; not recommended); we was not treated badly ... but we had to comprartir room, we were not comfortable and to top it off we were stealing shampoos, food, dishes…
After that our boss offered us an apartment outside, fairly priced and very well equipped indeed. Here we are great.
What you most has drawn attention so far?
(PO) Many things to summarize here…but if I have to say two, First duality in population between Russian and Estonian; and two, the extreme beauty of the girls here (9 out of 10 They are worth for models; I'm not exaggerating); I guess it will be something of Russian genes… or something.
(JB) What is striking is undoubtedly the contrast between the oldest part of the city, the famous Old Town, and buildings and shopping malls right next. Many of these malls and establishments still retain the old facade because it is patrimony of humanity and can not build on this. For this reason the sea establishments are individual and many precious.
Another thing that catches a lot of attention is the proper functioning of public transport and is intended electronically city, Very rarely you will find a place where you can pay by credit card. Not for nothing is the country where it was invented Skype, you can even get to vote online, but that we have not experienced.
And for the rest of Erasmus students, yes, the girls are beautiful, so another reason to come to this country Erasmus.
Have you already visited somewhere nearby?
(JB) I visited Helsinki as a tourist, and the truth is that there is a great contrast between Estonia and Finland, especially at the prices that have products and average wages in both countries. Finland is an expensive country especially when compared to Estonia, plus there's a greater cultural diversity in Finland, Estonia is stranger meet so many people from other countries residing here than Erasmus.
Note also Helsinki's city Tallinn, Tallinn once you know has a lovely village with shopping malls and a few steps beyond technology.
If I have to choose I prefer Tallinn, without a doubt.
What advice you would give to your colleagues who are considering making a an Erasmus+ placement next year?
(PO) not be closed, work, but also enjoy. Do not be afraid to try new things, but always with caution and respect for residents. Come out of Zaragoza; If you seek a quality company, and the experience will be worth far more than anything you can do in Zaragoza.
(JB) Come a few days before the company, and search a bit on your own, know the bus lines that bring you to the company, how things work there, the cheapest sites. [...] Ask the Erasmus + from previous years, We are happy to answer questions because it is a place where we have been very happy and we hope that the following Erasmus + are equally or even more at ease than us.
Resumid your experience so far in one sentence:
(PO) Pena available only barely 3 months; too much to do, Too many people know.
(JB) Tallinn is a dream, which I hope never wake up.
Thank you both for your time and effort! No doubt you are living a unique experience, so ... Learn a lot and enjoy!