Dull subject spiced up

Business Studies can sometimes be seen as a dull subject, full of rather off-putting concepts like SWOT analysis, human resources and finance. To show pupils how their school studies relate to actual business in the outside world, Vale Verde International School has introduced a programme of field trips to local companies, to learn first-hand how they are run and organised. The most recent was a trip to the AlmaVerde Village and Spa near Burgau.

The owner and managing director of Elixir Group extended an invitation to pupils, who were given a guided tour of the complex by Chief Architect, John Jes Mainwaring and Sales Manager, Derek Haley. They were shown how a modern business can combine the most up-to-date technology with the use of traditional methods and materials. The pupils were particularly impressed by AlmaVerde’s own factory, which manufactures adobe bricks as part of the ‘Coolhouse Project’, an EU-funded partnership of environmental engineers and architects, working to develop low energy alternatives to domestic air-conditioning.

The pupils had an enjoyable day and Vale Verde School would like to thank AlmaVerde for all the co-operation given to help pupils understand how the world of business works.