ANDREA H.AROCHI (MARKETING & COMMUNICATION VIA FAMILIES) talks about the International Day of Families, celebrated on may 15th.
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:
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:
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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.
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
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:
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:
2.1 Snow Factor : offers plenty snow activities, it has familiar packages as it shows in the final video.
3.1 Skischule Neuastenberg : it has classes specially for kids.
3.2 SRC Heimbach weis: it has activities such as hiking and family activities.
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.
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
6.1 OSV: alpine ski, ski jump, cross country skii and freeski.
7.1 SCIvolare: located in Milan, it offers alpine and nordic ski and freestyle.
Rest of the world:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
Now, we can also help as a personal label, some actions you can do are:
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.
Source of reference:
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: https://www.un.org/es).
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.
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.
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 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.
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) https://www.ibo.org/, 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.
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:
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.
Sport has the power to unite people from around the world, no matter where you’re from, what you look like or what language you speak, everybody loves playing or watching it.
HOW DOES SPORT BRING US TOGETHER?
Sport unites people: No matter your race, nationality or religion; tennis, basketball and football are the same in every country.
Sport’s secret power to unite is its rules. While that might sound a bit boring, every game’s rules are an International language that we can all accept and understand.
From the beginners to the pros, everyone plays by the same rules. This is how sport unites people on the playing field; no matter what country you’re from or what language you speak, everybody can join in.
We associate sport with moments of leisure, free time and fun, so doing it with other people makes us associate these people with those good times.
Both of these aspects mean that practicing sports and socialising in another country will undoubtedly help you to learn the language.
Due to the variety of events which surround sport, many young people are travelling to other countries to learn languages, fully immersing themselves in it while practicing their favourite sports or even picking up a new one
Sport is without a doubt an International language that destroys borders and brings countries together.
SPORT AND EDUCATION
Physical Education is about much more than just teaching people to be healthy, it’s about teaching people a universal language that will help them communicate with others through sport.
Learning respect, generosity and sportsmanship will take you further than winning any tournament or game.
Effort, determination and sacrifice are virtues that every sport demands. The prize does not necessarily have to be winning, but can be any kind of personal triumph.
SPORT & LANGUAGES
According to the New York Times How Exercise Could Help You Learn a New Language, Sport can actually play a vital role in how we learn languages, as exercising can improve mental function and understanding.
In a series of laboratory Studies, scientists have proven that the human brain learns differently when we exercise. Students that did some kind of physical activity during the day consistently performed better than their classmates who had not.
This is because exercise and sport changes the way our brain works, rejuvenating it and making it more malleable, allowing new information to get in and be absorbed more easily.
Because sport is effort, love, personal reward, joy, overcoming and friendship, that is why it does not understand borders or languages, we all speak the same language, sport breaks borders, unites nations fosters peace.
We leave you this beautiful video, of 11 years ago, where it does not mean winning or losing, but the overcoming in sport.
Father runs triathlon with his son in tow
What does good education mean?
Making the person next to you feel comfortable is the best way to demonstrate your education, regardless of our customs or culture.
Always placing the needs of others above ours, would be a good premise.
But how do we have to act when having a guest at home? Here we leave you 9 useful recommendations that will help you:
Finally, any standard or custom of the house is much better and more comfortable for everyone to speak from the first day.
I hope you have served this post to prepare the arrival of your guests.
We found a video from the blogger Amy Aniobi about “How To Be a Good Host” vía Youtube, that might be helpful to complement this information.
What the companies do for their employees, and for their families?
HR departments are becoming more relevant due to the big problem many companies have: the talent leak: how to retain that employee? How could a company give something to their employee that he would not get out of it?
Conscious Companies are a new paradigm, they are those companies that are responsible for improving the world around them: ecosystem, society, sustainability …
Each company is unique, although there are equal or very similar products, companies are distinguished: each has its philosophy, values, history, principles … and a logo or seal that identifies them in the broad consumer market.
To belong to a company, situates us and verifies our identity as well as giving a personal reference.
But, what does it mean to belong to the community of a company, besides being able to add it to your CV?
The seal of an entity is the guarantee of belonging, of current location, of reference to an stranger, a guarantee of your truthfulness and identity, something very important in the world of collaborative economies in which we trust so much people online .
Through Via Families we have created this system of validation of identity.
Corporations that validate the identities of people to make cultural, linguistic and sporting exchanges.
The companies manage to do much for very little, interfering positively in the mobility and international student education, thanks to its own community and seal of its brand, logo.
Enjoy the video of Fred Kofman: Conscious Companies vía Linkedin Youtube
A happy employee is more profitable, companies still lack methods to avoid the outflow of talent
– The keys to productivity are the effectiveness and efficiency of workers at the collective level but also at the individual level. For an employee to have a good working method he needs to have self-motivation. Both concepts are related and that is where a leader and a team manager should try to influence for a compromise between company and employee, in order to obtain that motivation that will, in the end, improve the profitability of the company. For it, there must be fulfilled a series of parameters:
1 – Work satisfaction: people’s satisfaction has a direct impact on the productivity of the company. The place of work is where you usually spend most of the day and by having a conformity, it increases your motivation and desire to work. A good leader must encourage this motivation, rewarding in some way the work and realizing techniques where the employees can have autonomy, ability to decide. That they find benefits form working for that company besides the salary.
2- Identification: Commitment to the company is an indispensable requirement in any workplace, and for this the worker must feel identified with the goal and the objective of any organization. Identification with the brand is more than a commitment, since it is not an obligation, but a feeling that the company must develop in the employee. This feeling also leads to increased productivity.
3- Competences: In order to reach high levels and expected results in a company, the conditions that an individual worker must have are to gather skills: adaptability, creativity, communication, tenacity, etc. These qualities are basic to perform the job. The contribution and personal capacity aside from your academic knowledge, will help to carry out the tasks and also improve the company.
Raising the salary is not the only way to motivate and to get the worker happy and loyal to the company.
There are rewards to which more organizations join every day so that workers feel more committed and increase their job satisfaction. Gratuities such as transportation, restaurant tickets, health insurance or aid in the education of children can greatly save employees, so it has been proven that the company motivates it without having to resort to salary increases.
Via Families presents itself as a social platform that allows multinational companies to offer a service to their associates and workers to make exchanges with families and students who share common needs and interests with their children in different countries, allowing them to learn different languages, and cultures. But also with the convenience of sharing tastes and interests with the exchange family.
Thanks to this platform companies that decide to adapt it to their workers as a form of remuneration will have the advantage of improving their brand as an employer and stand out against their competition. It is a novel system that makes companies loyal and retan talent.
Travel unleashes in us emotions that can help us in times of sadness. It awakens our endorphins the same as a good song, sports or when eating a chocolate.
Emotions begin with the preparations, so say 7 out of 10 people interviewed in a study of 17,000 people. (via La vanguardia)
Most of us like to take our bags and go on a trip, to escape monotony, work, the stress and routine. All in order to rest, have fun, to distract us …. Learning, knowing, changing, keeps us alive, aware of what we see and know. Travel is a gift that we make but much greater than we believe.
Our health also benefits: insomnia, sadness or depressions become lethargic, leaving behind all worries. Meeting people in other countries, learning from their customs or gastronomy opens our minds, broadens our borders and frees us from prejudices.
Traveling is a balm for our health, especially when traveling is related to vacations and pleasure!
But humanity has looked from its beginnings to explore the unknown, to venture and to find the new. To know and to explore. We humans are like that! Eager to discover, to go further … from the Romans through Cristobal Colón, Marco Polo …. the conquest of space is just around the corner, there is already talking of trips to Mars …
On April 12, 1961, the first space flight operated by a human being was made; it was a milestone in our history, the Russian Yuri Gagarin, manned a ship that sailed around the Earth’s orbit. 50 years later, in 2011, the UN General Assembly declares 12 April as International Day of Manned Space Flight and is celebrated in more than 34 countries “The Night of Yuri”.
Trips dislocate us, move our foundations to build new ones with more memories, new knowledge and experiences, take us out of our comfort zone and our routine, destroy myths and build truths.
Les voyages libèrent en nous des émotions qui peuvent nous aider dans des moments de tristesse. Ils réveillent nos endorphines comme une bonne chanson, un sport ou quand on mange du chocolat.
Enjoy the video!
Without any doubt, bicycle is experiencing a stage of splendor, everyone is up for it: whether it is alone, with friends, or family … to do sport or as a mean of comfortable and cheap transportation.
There are countries that already offer, as one of its tourist attractions, their bicycle routes or their cities without smoke and noises thanks to this of 2 wheeled transport.
Cities such as Amsterdam (Holland), where more than 60% of the trips are made by bicycle or Copenhagen (Denmark) where even politicians move in this means of transport, are becoming more attractive. In Barcelona, for example, you can see more and more groups of tourists touring the city by bicycle.
But routing options aren’t exclusive to cities of course. We have roads, excursions, routes for mountain bikes, each time there are more alternatives offered by countries that have joined the new wave of the bicycle. For example, you can go from the Danish capital to the German capital through a route of 620km destined to bicycles and without cars.
Traveling, meeting countries, people and enjoying this sport is something that already joins many people in many countries. Brands like Brompton are already typical in many cities and have many communities of fans have been created around the brand. Brompton has become an icon of a modern, healthy and practical type of person who enjoys the day-to-day pleasure of riding a bicycle in the city. A whole revolution.
Other alternatives are pleasure trips made for cycling routes, websites such as www.worldbiketravel.com offers you endless possibilities to travel around Europe with family and friends, in, easy routes, difficult, urban or mountain.
Via Families encourages you to find, in our web community, students or families like you, fond of bicycles, to make sporting, cultural and linguistic exchanges between you.
For your health, bicycle is a good ally, here are some advantages and benefits that cycling can give you, do as you do, each one has a level and pace:
So, know you know! Get on a bike, you have many to choose. Which is yours?
Enjoy the video! From the Netherlands Translating the World’s Best Bikeway Designs