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World Youth Skills Day

16% of the world population is represented by people aged 15 to 24 years, equivalent to 1.2 billion young people. Facing almost three times more unemployment, to perform low quality jobs or suffer inequality in the job market than an adult.

United Nations hand in hand with Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka, UNESCO and the International Labor Organization, today (June 15) create the world day of youth skills to raise awareness of the importance of investing in education of young people.

The UN estimated the number of young people unemployed worldwide at 74.5 million. 1 in 5 young people (125 million) work but the salary received is very low. Taking into account that the labor situation is more complex and competitive, we must prepare the new generations, developing their skills and providing them with tools.

To succeed in the labor market, good education and training is essential.

What are those skills and / or competences that it is recommended to develop?

In addition to theoretical knowledge, companies look for young people with soft skills, such as: teamwork, collaboration, imagination and leadership.

According to the Global Education and Skills Forum of 2018 (GESF), it recommends developing competencies such as tolerance, empathy, critical thinking and creativity. Complementing them with those mentioned in the Report of “The Future of Jobs of the World Economic Forum” which are problem solving, emotional intelligence, decision making, customer orientation, negotiation and cognitive flexibility.

At Via Families we promote the education of all the young people of the world. Connecting families internationally to carry out student exchanges between families. See more information, HERE

It seeks that young people can contribute to the company by improving performance and productivity.

“Education will not change the world, change the people who are going to change the world”

– Pablo Freire-


As always, I leave you a video in which Pablo Heinig (electrical engineer and doctoral candidate in Leisure and Development of Human Potential and professor at ESADE Business School in Barcelona) proposes a method to think, feel and act according to the people we want to be.

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How does an exchange influences your child?

Living abroad means leaving the comfort zone, at the begging it may sound scary and exciting at the same time. The important thing is to try it because it really worth it.

It´s important to keep in mind the changes that your child will live in this incredible experience. It is true that each student will enjoy a different experience depending on the age in which they travel, their character and how independent they are. However, everyone will definitely change.

First he/she is likely to feel vulnerable and afraid, but it is completely normal, as he/she is experiencing a familiar detachment. But as time goes by, he/she will develop and grow both personally and academically.
Some changes that you will notice when he/she return are:

  1. Personality: now he/she will be more open, strong and self-confident. The exchange will help him/her to define the personality and to develop skills
  2. Influence: the level of influence will reduce, this means that it will improve the decision-making, based on the personal benefit (what suits or benefits him/her)
  3. Maturity: obviously the maturity will be evident, living away from the family, helps the person to fend for himself (to be independent). Also to appreciate the family, the house, friends and even the material (everything around him , to the minimum aspect)
  4. Self-knowledge: being “alone”, he/she will go through a stage of personal knowledge, he/she will know how to identify his/her emotions and he/she will learn to control them. In the same way he/she will know his/her limits.

The panorama will be completely open, therefore you will have a child who already has a different language, mature, sociable and with decision-making power, as well as increasing professional value and it is possible that he/she acquired skills that he/she had not acquired in his/her native country.

Due to so many changes, it is likely that there are some frictions or discussions when you are all back together under the same roof, but don´t worry, it is part of the process and you will soon overcome it.

We recommend you to read our post in which we talk about the possible situations when your child returns and how to handle them.

Share with us your experience, what changes do your child had after the exchange?

As always I leave you a video which some students share their experience and talk about some benefits when doing a student exchange

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Tips to improve the study!

It is not enough to sit, read and underline to study. Help your child to have a more effective study. They are very simple recommendations, that if we make them part of the study routine, we will increase the level of learning and also be more dynamic and will be reflected with good grades.


  1. Choose and adapt the study space: it is important that the space is clear, orderly, with good lighting and ventilation. It is always recommended to study in the same place, it will help to concentrate faster
  2. Prepare the material (books, notebooks and pen / pencil) and remove possible distractors such as mobile and computer.
  3. It determines the time of study: it is verified that more information is retained and assimilated stipulating periods of less than 30 minutes
  4. Organize the information: if it is a very extensive topic, it is recommended to divide it into subtopics that are easy to remember or relate them to some topic of daily life.
  5. It is recommended not to memorize the information but to understand it. If you want to know more about the types of learning, click here.
  6. Make personal notes as a summary of what has been learned, it is recommended to use colors and other study techniques such as conceptual maps, mental maps, synoptic charts, sign cards, questionnaires, diagrams and drawings.
  7. Explain with your words the lesson studied to another person: this will achieve significant learning and not memorization. As Einstein said, you should explain things as if you were telling your grandmother, in this way you put to the test what you really learned.
  8. Good nutrition: try to include foods high in antioxidants, such as almonds, walnuts, cranberries
  9. Hydration: it is essential to drink water, you can also drink other drinks such as green tea
  10. Restful sleep: it is very important to sleep for 6 to 8 hours, it helps to consolidate what has been learned.
  11. If you like aromatherapy, you can use a diffuser with lavender essence, this will help your child concentrate more easily.


I leave a video that talks about the cientific study tips

YouTube  (2015)

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Types of learning

Before knowing the different types of learning, it is important to understand that learning refers to the acquisition of knowledge, values, and the development of skills and attitudes. It is the method by which any human being assimilates certain information.

In the past, it was thought that there were only one or two ways to learn, however there are different, so it is relevant to know each student and the content we want them to learn, so we can choose the ideal type of learning. On this occasion we will mention 13 types.

The first type of learning is the implicit one: this is usually not intentional, it is given by the automatic execution of a motor behavior. If we think, we always learn without realizing it, for example to walk or talk.

The second is explicit learning, which, on the contrary of the implicit one, is conscious and intentional, therefore we require sustained and selective attention. This type of learning allows us to acquire information about places, people or objects.

The third type of learning is associative, as its name suggests it is to relate two stimuli or a stimulus + behavior. A clear example is the multiplication tables or the periodic table, it will be much more effective if it is reviewed with a song, so the brain will retain it more easily. So remember that, to achieve effective learning, use visual or audiovisual elements that the student likes. Ivan Pavlov (Russian psychologist) checks associative learning with his classical condition technique applied to his dog.

The fourth type is non-associative learning, it refers to the change of reaction to a repeated stimulus. They play a key role habituation (process in which a stimulus is repeated and the response is less and less intense) and awareness. For example when a baby is asleep and with the minimum noise, wakes up. If this happens every time    he´s sleeping, the baby will stop waking up because of the noise.

The fifth learning is the significant, in this the student goes through a process in which he collects the information, selects it, organize and compares it with previous knowledge (new information vs. information that he already had).

The sixth type is cooperative learning, as the name implies it is carried out together with more students. This is given in educational classrooms, with a maximum of 5 people in the team, they have a teacher who guides and distributes roles.

The seventh learning is collaborative, it´s like the cooperative, more people are required, but the cooperative, unlike the cooperative, is more free; this means that the teacher only proposes the topic and the students decide how to approach it.

The eighth type is the emotional learning, this is very important, since it consists of knowing and managing the emotions efficiently.

The ninth learning is the observational one, also known as learning by imitation or modeling. It requires the participation of two people, the model (who will teach) and the student (who observes the behavior and learns).

The tenth type is the experiential learning. Learning from mistakes is the best example. This type of learning is produced as the name implies by experience.

The eleventh learning is by discovery, also known as heuristic learning (theory developed by the American psychologist Jerome Bruner), is usually an active learning that promotes the student to learn for himself, discovering, relating and reordering the concepts. The ideal for the teacher is to present situations stimulating their students through strategies of observation, comparison, analysis of similarities and differences.

The twelfth type is memoristic or repetitive learning, which consists in fixing in the memory in a mechanical and repetitive way concepts without deepening their meaning. It is when we repeat like parrot, therefore it is normal that we forget it in a short time. Some examples are: mathematical formulas, celebrities, phone numbers, birthdays, addresses among others.

The thirteenth learning is receptive, it is impulsive, passive and it is when the student receives the content but does not do it in his own way. A clear example is when you read a book, you recognize each word and the theme.

Talking about the education of children is a whole world in which we must be submerged, know new trends to apply them and obtain better results.

We invite you to join the international community of families, agreeing to student exchanges.

Via Families – #thatstheway

As always, I leave a video of a girl that explain and give examples of the types of learning.

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International Day of Families!

Since 1994, every may 15th it´s celebrated the International Family Day. It was proclaimed 25 years ago by the United Nations  in order to raise awareness of the fundamental role played by families in the education of their children.

It is the main pillar that defines each person, since babies we adopt the values, customs, traditions and is formed by the hand of the family.

The concept of family has been transformed over the years according to trends and demographic changes. However, it is still the main unit of society. It is with whom we share moments full of laughter, love and sometimes anger, but we know that whatever happens there will be.

The family is the home to return to, they are our memories of childhood and adolescence and should be the foundation to create our own. Enjoy together, talk often and be attentive to each other.

It is true that we all by nature need a tribe, a place to which we belong, someone who loves us, a family to belong (anonymous).

In Via Families we believe that among all families we can make a better world if we help each other, because we all want the best for our children, since we all belong to the great family of the world.

All families seek the same, after all: we want our children to be open, empathetic and good people, who contribute their bit to society to make it better.

In Via Families we unite two important aspects in the growth of a person that are: family and education. That is why we offer an international platform of families interested in the international education of their children, proposing three options:

  1. Exchanges, whether simultaneous or not
  2. If you can not send your child, do not worry, you can receive another student at home and learn the culture and language of your guest’s origin.
  3. You can not receive another student at home, do not worry, send your child with a family like yours.   

Choose the family with who you want to share with the education of your children.

Living a linguistic / cultural experience of this magnitude brings many benefits, some of them are:

  1. Overcome fears, therefore enhances security, personal growth and self-esteem
  2. Promote autonomy and personal growth

Do you want to know more benefits? Click here

In Via Families you decide where, when and with whom, saving you up to 90% of the cost, all the details are freely agreed between interested families. Join the international community of families, by clicking HERE.

I leave the campaign that Ikea made for Christmas last year to reflect if the time we share with the family is of quality. Let’s take a moment to ask our loved ones how are they, what do they do, feel good? enjoy every moment and transform it into a unique, quality moment.






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The best quotes of education!

There are many quotes of philosophers, thinkers and pedagogues related with education throughout history of the humanity, but for the International Education Day we want to collect specially those that are focus on one type of endure education and is base on the human creation to create a better world.

Easy, honest, logic and deep quotes that doesn´t matter if these was said 2500 years ago but they are still current. I hope you enjoy it!

“The most important and principal public business is the good education of the youth people”

Platon (S V-IV a DC)

“Educate the mind without educate the heart, is educate absolutely nothing”


“Is the mark of an educated mind to be able to understand the though, is to accept it”

Aristoteles (S IV AC)

“The education is the fire of a flame, is not filling a container”

Socrates (Atenas, S IV AC)

“The school should be a grate prelude of our life”

Comenius (Nivnice March 28th, 1592 – Amsetrad (November 15th, 1670)

“Tell me and I forget it, teach me and I remember it, involve me and I learn it”

Benjamin Franklin (Boston, January 17th, 1706 – Philadelphia, April 17th, 1790)

“If we teach to the students of today as we teach yesterday, we are stealing them tomorrow”

John Dewey (Burlington, October 20th, 1859 – New York, June 1st, 1952)

“Sow it good ideas in kids, even though they don´t understand; the years will be in charge of deciphering them in their understanding and making them flourish in their hearts”

Maria Montessori (Italy August, 31st, 1870 – Netherlands May 6th, 1952)

“The education is the most powerful weapon to change the world”

Nelson Mandela (Mvezo, July 18th, 1918 – Johannesburgo, December 5th, 2013)

“To teach is not to transmit knowledge, is to create the possibility of producing them”

Paulo Freire (Recife, Brazil, 1921 – São Paulo, 1997)

“The unlettered of the 21th Century will not be those who cant know how to read or write, but those who can´t learn, unlearn and relearn”.

Alvin Toffler (New York, October 3rd, 1928 -LA, June 27th, 2016)


As usual, there you have a video, this time is to understand why Maria Montesori was an important pedagogue and why her methodology is still valid

Maria Montesori: her story on YouTube

Maria Montessori: Creativity unleashed | Judi Bauerlein | TEDxLivermore on YouTube


World Snow Day!

Since 2007, the World Snow Day, thanks of the International Federation of Ski (FIS) that has had interest  to promote the white sports and enjoy the nature.

This year, it will be January 20th, the celebration is going to be all weekend, 3 days full of winter activities and sports. The president of the FIS, Gian Franco Kasper remarked the stadistic that shows that the eighth Edition again overcome the 400 registered events around the world and they expect to have 500 in the future, with a strong foundation.

When we think about snow we probably related only with ski, but there are many different activities to do enjoying the snow and the family.

Some sports are: snowboard, hicking, alpine ski, cross country ski.

Some activities are: dog sledding, snowmobile, snowsegway, ice skating, sled Racing.

Some stations have an interesting and fun igloo specially for kids.

This huge celebration come with big promotions, free classes and unique festivals. The events are located in differents places including urban areas.

There will be 112 events in China, 50 ski and snowboard schools in Poland, giving free classes for kids; 7 events in South Africa, Peru an Brazil, discounts in Austria, free sessions in the Engadin Valley in Suiza, a show for kids in Stockholm, Tallinn (Estonia) and Ullanbaatar (Mongolia). These events are planned to do it with family, there will be activities for adults and also for kids and that is thanks of the “World Snow Day Awards”; this year a prize will be given to the event that makes the most effort in realizing activities focus on kids regardless of what circumstance they are.

At the moment the prizes that are given are of 4 differents categories:

  1. “Best World Snow Day”: for events over 500 participants.
  2. “Best Small World Snow Day”:for events under 500 participants.
  3. “The Innovation Award”; for the most creative actions
  4. “Line Honors”: for the first event to register.

Remembering that the main goal of this celebration is to participate in snow activities, some ski stations have good family programmes, some of them are:


  1. Spain
    • La molina:: offers a familiar forfait, it has sports cop creche, adventure parkm tubbing and a track called Fun Park, where your kids will not want to go.
    • Sierra Nevada: it offers sledge and paraski activities.
    •  Madrid SnowZone:  different kind of activities, available all year.
    • Grandvalira: it has a variety of activities and suitable packages depend of the needs and interests of each family.
    • Baqueira Beret: you can rent the equipment or the Package that incluyes classes and the accommodation. It also includes activities for kids.
    • Espot: it has an exclusive fortair, tubbing tracks and sledges and snow garden. Offers a Package that includes the food, so is more comfortable.
  1. United Kingdom:

2.1 Snow Factor : offers plenty snow activities, it has familiar packages as it shows in the final video.

  1. Germany:

3.1 Skischule Neuastenberg : it has classes specially for kids.

3.2 SRC Heimbach weis: it has activities such as hiking and family activities.

  1. France:

4.1 Comité des Sports de Niege du Dauphiné: it has different activities such as shot with laser rifle.

4.2 Val Montjoie Telemark: it has activities focus on kids.

  1. Switzerland:

5.1 Airolo: ski activides: free style, ski tour or free tour.

5.2 Zermatt:  located in Swiss Alps, it offers activities and accommodation.

5.3 Skii-suize: special in Swiss ski zones

  1. Austria:

6.1  OSV: alpine ski, ski jump, cross country skii and freeski.

  1. Italia

7.1 SCIvolare: located in Milan, it offers alpine and nordic ski and freestyle.

Rest of the world:

  1. U.S. and Canada:

8.1  Whistler Blackcomb: located in Canada, is one of the most known stations of the world and also the most visited of Latin America.

8.2 Park City: it is located in the western of U.S. (Utah), the station offers more than 300 tracks of all the levels.

8.3  Big Ski: located in Montana, it has one of the best ski infraestructure of North America.

8.4 Vail: it is in Colorado, is one of the first ski station.

  1. Japan:

9.1 Ramat Niseko: it offers ski and snowboard activities and also cat tour.

9.2 Hokkaido: it has a snow park, an anticue carousel and animatronic show specially for kids.


The World Snow Day promotes the white sport and also to spend time with family enjoying the nature. Lets enjoy the sports and activities doing them in family.

The following videos are about the experience of the World Snow Day 2018, the video is from TN Producciones.

The second video is from Snow Factor, it shows us the experience of doing snow activities with family.

Remember that our main purpose is to connect families around the world with similar interests and needs, so they can arrange a student exchange by their own, without intermediaries. Be part of Via Families community, subscribe by clicking HERE.

Happy World Snow Day!

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World Braille Day

Every 4th of January, is celebrated the World Braille Day, the alphabetic embossed system created to represent letters, punctuation marks, numbers and mathematic symbols contributing to the blind people a valid and efficient tool for Reading, writing and giving the Access to the education, the culture and the information.

It consists on a combination of six raised points divided into cells, organized as a matrix of 3 rows and 2 columns that allows to get 64 different combinations, including the one without a point, which is used as blank (to separate the words), also the differentiating special signs to convert a capital letter, number or a musical note. Usually they are listed top to bottom and left to right.

The UN has recognized and proclaimed the World Braille Day, to celebrate each 4th of January, highlighting multilingualism as a basic value of de UN. The principal main is promote awareness about the importance of braille as a media for full human fulfillment toward the blind people or visually impaired individuals. This day was chosen because of the inventor of the language, Louis Braille birthday (January 4th, 1809).

Louis was playing with some tools in his father’s workshop, and he had an accident with the sharp awl in one of his eyes, so he got an infection, that soon spread and blinding him in both eyes when he was 3 years old. He was learnt to read by feeling studs hammered into pieces of wood in the shapes of letters and numbers. Later, when he was 10 years old, he was accepted in a school, called Institute for Blind Children in Paris where they used crossed twigs were used to signify the letters of the alphabet. There, he also learnt to play cello and organ.

The idea of create the braille language started by the French Captain Charles Barbier, after the Napoleonic Wars; he invented the “night writing” that consisted of raised dots on cardboard used to send written messages on battlefields by night. The Captain continued promoting his writing method to other militaries, but they refused to use it. In 1820, Captain Barbier had the idea that maybe his system could be used by the blind people, so he took it to the school in the rue St-Victor (where Louis was a student).

Louis was tasked to evaluate the Barbiers system; he thought it was interesting but very plain to help blind people. Since that day, Louis Braille got inspired to adapt and complete his own system. And till 1824 (when he was 15 years old), finally he had finished his six dots system in varying patterns cells as domino, providing 63 permutations for different letters and numbers, including the “space” symbol. Later he also included musical notes.

The other students started using his method, because it was a tool to learn easily. Nevertheless, the school didn’t make it official because of the high price, they didn’t have enough money. Years later, Louis Braille, started to teach in that school using his own method of learning.

In 1826, he published his 32 pages book, named “Method of Writing Language, Plain Chant and Music, by Means of Raised Points for the Use of Blind Persons” (printed in embossed text).

Curious fact: on December 30 of 2014, the Braille language had been patented; therefore, it limited its use in any product. The Spanish Braille Commission and the ONCE Foundation, fought for the freedom of use, fulfilling the communicative and inclusive purpose.

As usual, there you have a video in which Deinny, a nine years old girl (part of the skating team, she plays some percussion instruments, sings, participate in the Astronomy club, she loves to read and enjoys every single moment of her live even though she could not see), she teach us how the braille system works and how her process has been.

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7 advices if you are host family during Christmas

It is usual to spend Christmas with family, but many students take advantage to live a new experience celebrating out of home.

Christmas is a moment of union, love, solidarity and integration. Make your student feel surrounded by love as if he/she was at home.

  1. Invite she/he to participate in every single activity: help with the Christmas tree, the lights, etc.
  2. Both (student and the host family) explain your Christmas traditions.
  3. Clothing: It´s important  that the student know how to dress, so she/he don´t feel uncomfortable, we should guide him/her, but at the same time leaving some margin so she/he can feel comfy.
  4. If you want to help, giving to her/him a present, we should collaborate and give her/him a hand. Most probably she/he will feel comfortable giving a present.
  5. Talk to the student family days before, so you can organize everything related with the gifts. You should know if her/him parents are going to send a present or you have to buy it.  The day that you exchange presents, the student will also has one for she/he.
  6. Dinner: if you are going to have family meeting, remember to include him/her. I´m pretty sure he/she will want to try and know more about the different culture and traditions. Maybe he/she doesn´t like it at all, so let him try and don´t insist.
  7. Look for the perfect moment to make the family Photo and include him/her. Send those photos to the student family. Maybe you can have a Skype videocall with her/his family other day, it will be a nice gesture, but you have to schedule before (because of the time difference).


Each country, has specific traditions, but we share the general ones, for example: the Christmas tree or the Christmas crib. Celebrate the birth, giving present as the wise men did it.

Why the most important celebrations are made with family, around a table and giving presents? Well, that´s how Christians commemorate the Barth of Christ.

Any tradition is lived from the heart these christmas days and remain in the memory of everyone, make your host family the best memory for your student!

Merry Christmas to everybody!

Youtube: Do they Know it’s Christmas ~ Band Aid 1984


International Human Solidarity Day

December 20th is the day that the General Assembly proclaimed as the International Human Solidarity Day which promotes to focus on eradicating poverty, maintaining the hope of a better world, enhancing the protection of the dignity of people, the defense of the environment and the planet.

Days like today we celebrate our diversity, we take awareness of the importance of solidarity, we encourage the debate to achieve common goals, as well as the eradication of poverty. In the same way, we promote 3 actions to improve human solidarity. The first is assistance, facilitate basic services to all people. The second action is the help of development, we lay the foundations for communities to work for their own development. The third is cooperation; this is not only to empower vulnerable communities, but to generate an ethical bond between donor communities and beneficiaries.


May all our actions be humanitarian, let’s take our arms to help!

The Charities Aid Foundation, made a study that evaluates the solidarity behaviour of 153 countries, it focuses on 3 main values: the financial donations, the time had spent as volunteer and the time spent helping other people. Spain is number 83 of 153.

The top 10 countries most solidarities are:

  1. United States
  2. Ireland
  3. Australia
  4. New Zealand
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Netherland
  7. Canada
  8. Sri Lanka
  9. Thailand
  10. Laos

Now, we can also help as a personal label, some actions you can do are:

  1. Give your time (volunteer)
  2. Donate (specific objects, food, medicines, clothes)
  3. Make a financial donation.
  4. Organize a solidarity activity (non-profit fund raising, charity events)
  5. Solidarity education (teach to the kids the importance of being supportive through movies or stories)
  6. Fight for the human rights of all the people.

Remember that our mision in Via Families is to contribute in young education and their future to eradicate the poverty and inequality for a better world.

The following video will make us think about the daily actions in which we can collaborate.

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Do you know the meaning of UHC?

The International Day of UHC (Universal Health Coverage) was proclaimed by the United Nations on 2017. This day aims to raise awareness of the need for strong and resilient health systems and universal health coverage with multi-stakeholder partners. Universal health coverage refers to everyone; everywhere should have access to health care.

On December 12th, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly approved the resolution urging countries to accelerate the progress toward UHC. (Via:

Christopher Murray, responsible of Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in the University of Washington (EEUU), had studied the sanitary competition between the countries around the world which had developed during 1990 and 2015; he focus on mortality rate, are 32 diseases can be battle with an appropriate health care.

The 32 diseases were analyzed are: tuberculosis, respiratory infections; also some diseases that can be preventing with vaccine (diphteria, whooping cough, tetanus and measles); several kinds of cancer, heart disease and maternal disorder.

Top 25 from 100 points

1. Andorra (95)

2. Iceland (94)

3. Switzerland (92)

4. Sweden (90)

5. Norway (90)

6. Australia (90)

7. Finland (90)

8. Spain (90)

9. Netherlands (90)

10. Luxembourg (89)

11. Japan (89)

12. Italy (89)

13. Ireland (88)

14. Austria (88)

15. France (88)

16. Belgium (88)

17. Canada (88)

18. Slovenia (87)

19. Greece (87)

20. Germany (86)

21. Singapore (86)

22. New Zealand (86)

23. South Korea (86)

24. Denmark (86)

25. Israel (86)

In some countries millions of people don’t have health care, vaccines, treatment yet. Almost the half of the countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) has less than a doctor for each 1.000 habitants.

Médicos Sin Fronteras (MSF) provides medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Their human labor in sanitary area it is really important in countries without health cover.

Information of Médicos Sin Fronteras.

The UHC pretend that those millions of people have universal health coverage, at the moment and thanks of organization as Medicos Sin Fronteras, unprotected countries are now attended.

The map shows the lack of health coverage in more than the half of countries in the world.

Universal health assistance in the entire world (on December, 2014).

Nations with universal health assistance.


As usual, there you have a video: “Universal health coverage for everyone”

The XXI Century Teacher

The International Teachers’ Day was held on the 27th of November in Spain, with the objective of honoring a really important collective in society. From Via Families, we want to dedicate them a post to thank them for their social and unifying task.

The teachers-educators

They are without a doubt the future of education, and mostly in this society, where changes are happening faster every day. This new type of teachers adapt the new technologies to their methodologies and didactics in the classroom. This is proved by the introduction of new methodologies in many countries, some of them with more than 30 years of experience, as the IB (International Baccalaureate), where the teacher is the student’s guide, that helps them achieve their objective during the whole learning process and helping them have a critical and reflexive way of thinking.

New methodologies

The current educational system is changing and there are many new methodologies that are being introduced in schools all over the world. Some examples are the Project-Based Learning or the Reggio Emilia approach, which are changing completely the teachers’ role. Many teachers in different countries are working to change the way of giving lessons and making them more collaborative. As Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”.

Classrooms are not anymore places where the students need to be silent and only listen to the teacher. Computers, rounded tables, group work, oral presentations… are whaty define the new type of teaching methods.

As Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) said:

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”.

Teachers’ associations internationally are working for the change in the learning activities. Some of the most important are the following:

  • Internationally:

International Association of Educators 

World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education.

  • In the United States:

American Federation of Teachers

National Education Association.

  • In Europe:

Association of Teacher Educators.

Teachers and education are living one of the most important worldwide revolutions in the teaching history, thanks to the educator’s involvement, the push of society and new technologies.

We recommend you to whatch these interesting videos as an example of new technologies used in the classroom.

Shalman Khan: It is an example of the usage of new technologies in teaching. He started doing maths lessons in YouTube and he has now more than 3 million subscribers. 

David Calle (Spanish) is the creator of Unicoos, with more than 30 million subscribers in YouTube, he teaches Physics through his videos. 


Day planner

How to take advantage of the time during a short exchange

Being on an exchange program usually involves going to another country for a period, during which the student will be assisting going classes and complying with homework assignments. However, from Monday to Friday and especially on weekends, students will have free time that can be seized to live this experience to the fullest. In this article, we will tell you how to get the most out of a short exchange program.

Remember that your number one priority while being on an exchange program is to study the study program you chose. Therefore, going to classes and doing your homework assignments will keep you busy for a good part of the week, and that’s good. We recommend that you do your best not to miss classes and go the extra mile when you do your homework because that way you will get a deep knowledge about your study program.

If your native language is other than the host country’s, learning that new language is also a top priority. We can’t exaggerate the importance of learning other languages for your personal and professional life, so after going to classes and fulfilling your assignments -in which you will surely already be using such new language- we recommend that you practice it as much as you can in your daily life.

With this we do not mean that you should enroll in an additional course to learn the new language since we understand that you will spend a good part of the day communicating with it during your classes, with your classmates and then at home with your host family, but you can include it in your daily life. How? Try to relate to people who don’t speak your language, that way you will be forced to communicate in the language that everyone has in common which is usually the one spoken in the host country. Also, you can listen to music and watch movies in that language, and, in general, follow these tips on learning a language while being on an exchange program.

Day planner

Now, to truly be able to do more activities in the shortest possible time, we recommend that you use a day planner, which may sound boring, but this tool can help you set goals regarding the time you will invest in your daily activities. It does not have to be a physical item, Google Calendar or a similar application will do the trick.

Now, as we pointed out, your priority is to learn the chosen study program, so you must block in your day planner the hours you go to classes. You should also schedule the hours in which you will do your homework; for example, if your classes take place during mornings, you could go to your house for lunch afterward, take a nap (if you use to do this). Then you could dedicate one or two hours to do homework and study what you saw in class or the topic that will be addressed during the next one, try to clarify any misunderstanding and write down any doubts you may have so that you can ask your teacher about them during the next session.

Doing this is like saving money: if you have the habit of keeping small amounts every day, in less than what you think you will accumulate a large amount of money. Also, if you spend daily time doing your homework and studying the content of your study program, you will not have to make a superhuman effort when you have to take tests. Also, if you previously study the subject that is addressed during classes, you will have a broader knowledge of it, and you will be able to ask teachers deeper questions than the ones that would be asked by others who are listening to this topic for the first time during the same class you are at.

Now on to the good part: the dolce non fare niente. Well, you can even make more of your leisure time if you use a day planner. To do this, we recommend that you find out what activities and events of interest to you will take place in your locality and that you write down this information in your day planner.

These activities can go from a playing a soccer game with your classmates, going to the mall or to a nearby tourist site during weekdays or travel a little further on weekends. Especially during those weekend trips, it is good to be informed about the different attractions of the tourist destination to organize your day planner so that you can visit as many tourist attractions as you can. On the other hand, events can range from participating in some tradition or festival (by the way there are lots of them in Spain), to go to a live concert.

British bus

Another recommendation to make the most of your time is that you get informed about public transport schedules (so you don’t have to waste time waiting for buses and trains) and also about the different rates that exist. It might surprise you that, sometimes, going by plane to a place costs the same or just a little more than getting there by train or bus. In any case, these are only general recommendations. You can make the adjustments you want to do things as you see fit. In the end, the important thing is that you are happy during your exchange program.



New trends in education

Learning foreign languages is becoming more important every day due to the globalization, helped by the rising of the new trends in education. There is no doubt that every professional who wants to be up-to-date in their respective field should be interested in learning foreign languages. Although the ideal thing for a person who wants to learn a new language is to do it during an exchange program, other options help exchange students to advance with their language learning process before going to the exchange program’s host country.

The combination of technological tools with knowledge in Pedagogy is known as “Edtech initiatives”. The application of these technologies aims to take better advantage of the educational process, to create and reinforce new teaching methods to facilitate the work of teachers and increase efficiency in student learning.

Educational centers of all levels have incorporated virtual platforms as a means to offer their lessons while allowing students to deliver their homework and deepen the knowledge acquired in class. Moreover, there are countries in which state-of-the-art technologies such as Virtual Reality are used within the classroom. Teachers and school leaders must keep up with these trends to ensure they provide their students with the best education possible. These are the main Edtech trends:

Curricula digitalization

New curricula will address students’ digital needs by being digitized and therefore accessible to all audiences. This way, students can acquire full knowledge about what they will learn in a specific career and how they will be able to use that information.

Data Analysis for learning customization

Data Analysis will be fundamental in the future of education, particularly to determine the satisfaction of students with different training options to meet their needs better.

Personalized training

Each action carried out by students creates data, which are used by teachers to offer the first personalized training. By knowing their pupils’ weaknesses and strengths, teachers can take action to work on the first and reaffirm the latter.

Hybrid learning

The combination between the classroom and online teaching will be increasing, as teachers will begin to take advantage of the possibilities offered by technology to offer lessons in virtual form or recommend their students to use online resources as a complement to what was learned in the classroom.

Distance education and e-learning


On the other hand, online or distance studies are a good option for those students who want to study in a certain educational institution without leaving their homes. For this reason, study centers create intranets in which teachers can leave assignments to their students, accompanied by support material, such as guides and videos, and pupils will upload such assignments to the same system, and teachers will evaluate them, all of which is done online.

Computers and mobile devices

By using computers and mobile devices, students can communicate with their teachers, classmates, and people whose mother tongue is the one they are learning, improving their communication skills. On the other hand, students can search for new words using the dictionary option on mobile phones and enrich their vocabulary. Also, they can send queries to their instructors by instant messages to quickly clarify their doubts.

Mobile applications

Mobile apps

Likewise, there are also varieties of applications that are very useful for students who are in the process of learning a new language, because they allow them to meet and communicate with people from around the world. These are some of those apps:


This app offers a system with which it’s possible to learn a new language’s grammar and pronunciation. You can also make video calls and send voice or text messages, as well as exchange pictures with other people.


Dualingo allows you to learn languages step by step. It contains various exercises that will teach you pronunciation as well as how to write words. The best of all is that you learn with images and games.


This game teaches its participants to learn English and is aimed primarily at children and young Latinos.


This Android app helps students prepare for academic exams, such as the TOEFL test. It measures the levels of learning and progress regarding pronunciation and vocabulary.


It has more than 600 lessons to learn the English language at any of its levels.


Another game that allows you to study languages such as French, German, English, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Italian. You can download it for free for basic courses, and there is also a Premium version for more advanced courses.

In short, the opportunities offered by the new trends in education are numerous. Students can conduct research and obtain resources at times that best fit their schedules, from different places and according to their needs. For Jaime Ibáñez, coordinator of the Master’s Degree in ICT Applied to Education at the National Pedagogical University, integrating technology into learning environments allows greater personalization of processes which tend to respect “individual differences regarding cognitive or learning styles. ” In addition, he affirms that technologies “promote differential and adaptive learning”, because they can adapt to situations of disability and cultural differences.

Many parents are concerned about their young children’s insistence on using digital devices, with which they spend a lot of screen time and “disconnect” from the real world. But actually, this demonstrates their abilities to cope with these technological devices. Is that really a bad thing?

Now we are experiencing a period of great technological development and digital transformation, in which many adults are having trouble adapting. If children from a young age show that they are doing well with technology, their parents should let them develop their skills, which will be of great help to them in the future. They could even end up being their parent’s teachers!