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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

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YepYQZOZJ4

familia en navidad
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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

Setting sails
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The experience of hosting an exchange student

Would you like to be part of a host family? Please contact us so we can help you.

There are people who enjoy being hospitable: they do their best to receive relatives, friends and even strangers in their homes, and they care for these people by giving them not only food and shelter but also good vibes. Usually, these people make the decision to be part of a host family for exchange students and taking into account that this activity is not profitable (although it can be agreed that the student pays a sum that would compensate such family for their living expenses), many wonder what the host family wins with all this. The answer is, among many advantages, they acquire the experience of hosting an exchange student.

Raising and setting sails

Setting sails

The adventure begins with the host family and the student have their first conversations. Once both parties have all the necessary information they reach an agreement and then the host family should start making their arrangements to receive the exchange student: give them a bed, a space to place their belongings and buy groceries taking into consideration that there will be one more member in the family.

Certainly, preparations must also be made with respect to the children, telling them that the exchange student will be their sibling during the time of the stay. It is also important to encourage children to do their best to make the exchange student feel comfortable and that there will be times when more attention will be given to such student to help them through their adaptation process to the host country, but that this does not mean that they, the children, are less loved.

Navigating waters of all kinds

Notwithstanding the above, it is possible that from time to time there will be discussions between the exchange student and the children because, as it happens in every family, they will all compete for the attention of their parents. Also, the exchange student will sometimes not have the best spirits or will carry out actions to which the host family is not accustomed so both parties will have to be patient.

The other side of the coin is that there will be areas in which the exchange student will add value to the host family. In effect, if the exchange student speaks a language different from that of the host family, they will learn new words and phrases – perhaps including some bad words that will make the host family laugh and it will be one of those things for which they will always remember the exchange student.

Likewise, the exchange student will be able to share with his host family other expressions of their culture such as songs, dances and even typical food of their country. By the way, the exchange student will also have obligations within the home as if they were another child of their host parents. However, it should also be considered that the main objective of the exchange student is to succeed in the study program in which they are participating and to learn the language of the host country, in case it is different from the one of their country of origin. For this reason, the host family must give them the necessary time to go to class, fulfill assignments, attend extracurricular activities and be able to recreate themselves.

It should also be noted that the host family will have a fundamental role in each of these aspects. It is not only about housing a person and giving them food, but also about supporting them as much as possible as if they were another member of such family. Therefore, the host family will do well in helping the exchange student in their activities, as well as giving them valuable information about the country, such as which are the fastest routes to reach certain places, places of interest, offers and security information. In short, the host family must do everything necessary for the wellbeing of the exchange student just as it would do for any of its members.

Arriving happily in port

Arriving happily in port

All of the above is summarized in the golden rule: “Treat others as we would like to be treated”. If both the host family and the exchange student do this, both parties will get the most out of this experience and create a lasting friendship. Perhaps that last one is the biggest gain of hosting an exchange student: the possibility of connecting, creating value and exerting a positive influence on another human being.

Culture shock
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How to adapt to an exchange student

The experience of hosting an exchange student has a series of advantages but also its challenges, one of which is the adaptation of the host family to said student. Every family has issues of its own, and the presence of a new member could cause agitation, especially at the beginning of the exchange program. In this article, we will tell you the three most important things you must know to get adapted to an exchange student.

1. Understand that the exchange student will experience culture shock

Culture shock

A culture shock is a phenomenon that takes place when someone moves to another place and faces a series of phases. At first, there’s the excitement of being in that new country, after which the country of origin is missed. Finally, the person who moved will incorporate to their personality the values learned in the host country, at which time adaptation will have occurred. However, while this happens, it is necessary to understand that the exchange student will experience symptoms such as anxiety, low mood, head and stomach aches, withdrawal, rapid mood swings and inability to focus.

Naturally, anyone who suffers from these symptoms will not be at their best, and in the particular case of the exchange student, feeling homesick is added to the equation, so these students are not having a good time at all. Thus, members of the host family should keep this in mind and be particularly empathetic with the exchange student. In this sense, they can encourage the latter to carry out a series of actions with the purpose of overcoming said culture shock.

Among these activities are the realization of cultural exchange activities, sports, frequent contact with the exchange student’s loved ones, and encouraging them to build new social relationships in the host country. Regarding this last point, the members of the host family would do well to integrate the exchange student into their activities, such as inviting them to their social gatherings and other events. That way, the student can get distracted and meet new people.

2. Prepare to deal with family issues

Dealing with family issues

In every family there are problems and the arrival of an exchange student will not solve them by magic. Conversely, the presence of a new member can cause new issues to arise or others to aggravate, such as rivalry sibling and financial distress. Concerning rivalry sibling, the first thing to understand is that it is normal for this to happen. Children will always compete for their parents” attention, so the latter must constantly tell the first how much they love them and demonstrate it with actions, as well as reminding them that the exchange student is far from their country. For this reason, it is important to treat them with affection to help them overcome culture shock.

Now, about financial problems, this is a situation that must be anticipated and, in any case, managed. Although the objective of an exchange program is not the host family’s financial gain but the cultural and spiritual enrichment of all the parties involved, it is also true that this exchange program should not impoverish them.

For that reason, the host family should first analyze if it has the resources to fulfill that role and, in case of requiring compensation for the exchange student’s maintenance costs, this must be agreed in advance. Moreover, if there is a change in the family situation and it is necessary for said student to provide a higher amount, this topic should be addressed as well. Money does not buy happiness, but when we do not have it, it can be an additional cause of stress.

3. Give them joy

Although this can be deduced from the previous two points, it is necessary to emphasize that the simplest way to adapt to another person and, in general, to make any relationship work is by giving joy to others. Understand that the exchange student is a human being and as such they deserve to be treated with respect and consideration, especially taking into account their special situation. If the host family appropriately treats the exchange student right, they will do the same with them, creating a virtuous circle that will make coexistence enjoyable.

Are you interested in hosting an exchange student? Please contact us.

 

Day of the dead
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Discover new cultures while hosting an exchange student

Exchange students are not the only ones to have access to a new culture. In fact, members of a host family also get this benefit, without leaving the comfort of their home. These exchanges not only broaden the general culture of both parties but are a source of joy for all. In this article, we will tell you four ways how a host family can discover new cultures while hosting exchange students.

1. Learn new words and phrases

When a person participates in an exchange program, one of their main objectives is usually to learn the language spoken in the host country. To do this, members of the host family should try to speak to the student only in that language, but this does not mean that from time to time they can’t ask the student how certain words or phrases are said in their country. Indeed, having the host family learn such phrases or words is a way to show the student that this is important for that family.

2. Experience a different culinary culture

Another way to make a cultural exchange within the framework of an exchange program is for the student to cook for their host family. Usually, the opposite happens: the host family prepares traditional food of their country to which the student tends to adapt, but it would not hurt if, for example, a Japanese student prepares sushi or a Spanish one cooks a Spanish tortilla (omelet). By doing this, the host family will be able to break their culinary routine, but it will also be a way for the student to collaborate with household chores at a given time, and the fact that said student may taste food from their country could be a way to calm their evil of homeland.

On the other hand, it is quite possible that the dish prepared by the student in the host family’s home has a flavor that seems different to the one that is perceived when such student cooks the same dish in their country. This is normal because maybe said dished aren’t prepared with the same ingredients, or they have variations that, even if they are minimal, end up influencing the final product. However, the important thing is to have that experience of eating as a family. As the old saying goes: “A family that eats together, stays together”, a union that in this case will take place because of the exchange student’s culture.

3. Sing and dance to other rhythms

Tango dancers

Cultural exchanges can also take place from the artistic point of view. If the exchange student sings or plays an instrument, they would do well to do so in the presence of the host family. Also, if they know how to dance rhythms of their country or region, they could do the same. Imagine having at home a Spanish student dancing flamenco, a Venezuelan dancing to drums, a Puerto Rican dancing salsa or an Argentine dancing tango, to name a few of the many rhythms that exist in the Spanish-speaking world. Host family members may not learn to dance these rhythms in one night or even during the whole exchange student stay, but the simple fact of seeing the exchange student dancing to a peculiar rhythm will be cause for joy.

4. Celebrate special holidays

Day of the dead

It’s also a good idea to hold homemade meetings for celebrations that take place in the country of the exchange student, as would be the case of the Day of the Dead, as celebrated in Mexico and which is alluded to in the movie “Coco”. In such a meeting, the exchange student, with the help of the host family or other students, could organize the preparation of typical foods, sing and dance traditional rhythms, and speak their language.

As you can see, there are many ways in which a host family can open a window to other cultures. Are you interested in hosting exchange students? Contact us so we can help you.

Patience is key during exchange programs
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Keys to being a good host family

One of the less mentioned topics when it comes to exchange programs is that of the host family, the one that receives an exchange student at their home to host such student. However, this topic rarely addressed from the perspective of the family. In the following article, we will give tips to be a good host family based on the experience of people who have fulfilled that role. These are the tips:

Be aware that there will be changes at home

Changes

One of the main points is to remember that the student is not the only one who is venturing into a new experience. It is an unavoidable fact that the host family’s home environment will change at the presence of a new member, especially at the beginning when both are making great efforts to understand each other if the student comes from a country with a different language. It is easier to deal with these changes when you have already prepared to feel them and have taken into consideration the implications of living with a stranger. Above all, remember that many changes, however confusing, help us grow as a person.

Treat the exchange student as a member of the host family

The treatment given to the student must be on equal terms with the rest of the family. They already must feel worried because of being in a new place with strangers. Although the need to adapt is implicit in any exchange program, cultural clashes are inevitable. So imagine that this student is part of your family and treat him kindly and warmly, in such a way that even though your cultures are totally different, that student can feel comfortable in your home.

Honesty and clear rules are the keys

Be honest from the beginning regarding the establishment of schedules, assignment of responsibilities and other types of agreements to maintain proper coexistence. Also, communication with the student should ideally be in the language spoken at the host family’s home. One of the reasons for the exchange program to exist is for the student to learn the language and culture of the host country. In addition, it is necessary to inform them about your house rules, which must be applied in equal terms to the rest of the family. In that sense, respect for family traditions and collaboration in housework is essential.

Support the student exchange in its adaptation process

The host family must help the student exchange to introduce the latter in the country and its culture, accompanying them in their adaptation process. In this sense, they should be informed about how transportation works, how to interact with some people to make more friends. Also, host families should take students to interesting places, restaurants, museums, etc., where they can learn more about history, music, and local traditions. It should not be forgotten that the host family is in charge of helping the exchange student to take their first steps within the society of the host country.

Be patient

Patience is key during exchange programs

The first days and weeks are the most complicated ones because of the adaptation process. Never allow something that you do not understand to make you angry. The best thing is to solve whatever issues with communication. Once the student learns to communicate better in the new language, it will be propitious to inquire them about what life is like in their country of origin; you may be surprised at their answers. The exchange students are not the only ones who get to learn thanks to the exchange program; host families do as well.

Ask for other host families’ opinion

If you know people who have been part of a host family, you can ask about their experience or how they handled a particular situation. Never be afraid to ask questions, being informed is one of the keys to being an excellent host house. If you have any questions or are interested in hosting exchange students, please contact us.

How to adapt to the country where you go on an exchange program
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How to adapt to the country where you go on an exchange program

Are you interested in becoming an exchange student? We are here to help! Read below for more information.

One of the most significant concerns of those who go on an exchange program is their adaptation to the country where the mentioned exchange program will take place. This is natural since they will be in a place where another language may be spoken, and the odds are that it will also have a different culture to that of their country of origin.

How to adapt to the country where you go on an exchange program

When going on an exchange program, students experience differences in aspects that are usually ignored, as is the case of food: when they eat common foods such as pizzas or a burgers, these meals tend to have different flavors, even if they have been prepared by the student themselves, with the same ingredients that they regularly use for it in their country of origin. This can cause students to feel a rupture and make them miss their country of origin. Is this your case? Don’t worry. Here are some tips that will help you adapt to the country where your exchange program takes place

Keep good communication with your host family

The best way to adapt in the country where you go on an exchange program is to establish an excellent communication with your host family from day one. Be honest about your expectations, clarify any doubts and resolve any problems that may arise. A simple misunderstanding can escalate creating an increasingly uncomfortable situation, so it is better to solve problems when they occur. Any issue, however complicated, can be handled provided it is done with enough tact.

Learn basic notions of the language spoken in the exchange program’s country

If your language is not the one spoken in the country where you went on an exchange program, make sure you have a basic knowledge of its language that allows you to at least express the most basic and necessary ideas. However, the objective in this type of exchange programs is usually that the student learns the language of the country in which the exchange program takes place, which they will be doing progressively on a scale of gradients.

Open your mind

Before going to an exchange program make sure to do it with an open mind, because if there is something sure is that you will meet different people and have new experiences. This type of exchange projects broaden student’s horizons: they open student’s eyes to make them see the world with a new perspective and manufacture what we now call “global citizens“: people with the ability to perceive their surroundings in a unique way and who are also able to adapt to all kinds of environments.

Have the right attitude

On having the right attitude

Adapting to a new environment is easier than it seems. In fact, it is something that happens at some point after leaving your comfort zone, as long as you have the right attitude.

A person who wants to live new experiences and goes for their goal without looking back adapts better than others who prefer to keep the same thought patterns and not have to face day-to-day situations. It’s not that it’s wrong to stay at home and have a quiet time, but the world is out there, and an exchange program is not just about moving from home, it’s a paradigm shift.

Moreover, having a collaborative attitude is the best thing you can do when you get to a new home. Share ideas about yourself and your country of origin while you talk, and help your host family with daily chores. The fact that you are in a new place does not mean that those who you live with will be the ones who take care of everything for you. By helping your host family, you’ll build a better relationship with them. Also, while at it, you may practice the new language you’re learning in the exchange program. Good manners are a symbolic way to be grateful to those who are opening a space for you in their home. Rest assured that such details never go unnoticed.

Create or participate in a support network

You should also know that you will rarely be alone. Frequently, exchange programs group several individuals, so there will be people like you living similar experiences. You can reach them to establish a mutual support network while you all adapt to the exchange country. On the other hand, it is highly recommended that you speak with those who have already gone through exchange programs. They can offer you their perspective on the subject and give you valuable advice which can make all the difference in your own experience.

Advantages of hosting an exchange student
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Advantages of hosting an exchange student

Are you interested in hosting an exchange student? Contact us or continue reading if you want to learn about the advantages of doing so.

For many, it is a dream to travel to another country, be it just for pleasure, work or study purposes while learning a different language. However, only a few braves make this dream come true by joining an exchange program, thanks to which they stay in the house of people who at first are total strangers, but end up becoming great friends in the long run. These are the main benefits of hosting an exchange student:

Advantages of hosting an exchange student

Host family

The possibility of teaching valuable information to another human being

Being able to teach someone is as rewarding as giving a present: it feels better than receiving one- “Some fragrance always lingers in the hand that gives roses”. Hosting exchange students is a profoundly enriching experience for the hosting family because it allows its members to meet people from other cultures without leaving their house. It is an unparalleled opportunity to look at the world through the eyes of others and bring home some of its pieces.

At the precise moment in which a family accepts to host an exchange student, the latter is introduced to a new cultural system, and integrated into the new country. Likewise, hosting an exchange student is a commitment, since they must be treated as a new member of the family who needs help to learn the host country’s official language. Of course, the said student should ideally acquire a formal education in that language, but the home lessons will undoubtedly constitute an essential reinforcement in learning it.

Personal growth

If you are looking for a way to grow as a person, hosting an exchange student gives you the perfect opportunity to do so, since it exposes you to live a series of situations in which you must be patient, tolerant and, above all, empathetic.

The chance to step outside the comfort zone

At the beginning of this experience, everything may seem strange because of what it takes to host a foreign student that has its own customs. Therefore, for the exchange student to adapt better, it is important to know more about its origin, values, and interests. The advantage of this is that the members of the host family must, like the exchange student, leave their comfort zone and carry out actions to make coexistence sustainable.

In this sense, the exchange student must be adequately treated. To this end, the members of the host family should be passionate about cultural exchanges. On the other hand, concerning the maintenance of the exchange student, the hosting family is usually responsible for providing breakfast and dinner to the exchange student from Monday through Friday and all meals during weekends. However, details like these are established in documents that must be signed before the exchange program takes place.

Additional help concerning household chores

Of course, it’s a “two-way street”. The exchange student must comply with the host family’s rules and collaborate on household tasks. However, said family must also consider that in many cases these students are adolescents, so the responsibilities assigned to them should match their age and never interfere with their class schedule nor the fulfillment of their academic assignments.

Making new friends

Advantages of hosting an exchange student

Making new friends

In short, hosting exchange students is an unforgettable experience, a way to help other people and, subsequently, a chance to make new friends around the world. Naturally, a person who leaves their country of origin and is received and treated kindly by a host family will always be grateful to them for life. Then, hosting an exchange student can be the beginning of a lasting bond.

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9 RECOMMENDATIONS TO BE A GREAT HOST

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:

  1. Greet: the first thing to do as a househost is to welcome your guest. Invite him to come in. Fell totally relaxed and comfortable, this will emanate good energy and will create a nice environment.
  2. Offer a drink, food: your guest might come from a long journey hungry, thirsty or tired. Invite them to have a drink or to eat something. They might be tired, offer them to wash up and rest if they want to.
  3. Run of the house and boundaries of the stay: show your gest around, it is important that he gets familiar with the house. Show them their room and anything he needs to know for his stay. But don’t overwhelm him with too much information.
  4. Give a Schedule: Give your guest a brief explanation or what your plans are, your timetables, when will you be at home, when will the meals take place, cooking menus…
  5. Make them comfortable: make it clear “my house is your house”. Make everything that’s possible to make them feel like at home. For example, give them kitchen orientation, to help themselves whenever they want.
  6. Basic needs: provide them with anything they can possible need. For example, clean towels, clean sheets, hygiene bath items…
  7. Privacy: Give them space and privacy. If they want to be alone in their room, rest or take a nap, respect that. It is not necessary to keep them busy all the time.
  8. Neat and clean house: make sure everything is clean tidy and neat, specially his or her room. You can even leave fresh flowers in their room as a way of saying welcome.
  9. Ask for arrival information: and last but not least, coordinate with your guest so that you are ready for when he arrives and receive him at the right time with a great welcome.

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.

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Articulo, Business, Compary, education, Family, HR, Langues, Learn, Travel,

INDIVIDUAL PRODUCTIVITY: Pending issue of companies

A happy employee is more profitable, companies still lack methods to avoid the outflow of talent

INDIVIDUAL PRODUCTIVITY

– 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.

VIA FAMILIES AS A NEW ELEMENT OF LABOR MOTIVATION

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.

 

 

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Family, Languages, Learn, School, Travel,

Travelling and learning languages: another cheap and simple alternative– Article “Making Family”

If we read the press daily, new platforms, instruments and tools appear in order to learn or improve languages. Netflix for example has a channel that helps you improve your languages ​​by watching movies and they have already created simultaneous translation devices such as TRAVIS.

Learning languages ​​has become an imperative in the education of our children and it is not enough with one language anymore. Alejandro Ferrer director of the Educational Consultancy MCM says that “a language is mastered when you can make and understand jokes in that language”.

Since the crisis began, families are investing 28% more in the education of their children according to the newspaper La Vanguardia and one of the fields where the investment has grown is in mobility and language education abroad.

In Spain, the foreign language is considered one of the most important subjects.

Agencies and educational consultants such as MCM Educational Consultants help parents make the best academic and curriculum decisions abroad, but they are priced, and sometimes not affordable to all families, especially if they have more than one child then the expense is multiplied.

As many experts say, it is in linguistic immersion where one really learns a language, it becomes internalized in all linguistic aspects and is definitively entrenched in our minds.

 

Why invest in languages?

It is one of the questions in education that perhaps has more than one answer. The globalized world in which we live, forces young people to master one or two languages ​​in addition to the mother tongue.

Languages ​​have been and continue to be a degree in training, something difficult to learn if you live with natives of the host country, so for centuries studying in a foreign country has been part of the same educational process.

A few days ago, the newspaper Mercado published: “Speaking another language changes the structure of the brain. It makes the mind more malleable. A group of polyglots working together will be a group with original thinking. ”

Androulla Vassiliou, in an interview with Aprendemas.com (2002), said: “There is no denying that languages ​​open borders and new possibilities and job opportunities that without them would definitely not exist, but as the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, : “Language learning is money well spent, as it is an investment in the future of our young people in particular and in the future of Europe” and “monolingualism is a luxury that we cannot afford.”

Young people need to know other cultures and countries as it makes them more tolerant and open to diversity.

 

What does the market offer to travel and learn languages?

Although the best option is to immerse ourselves in another culture and impregnate ourselfs with it, it has turned out to be the least economical with the options that were offered up until now. Agencies representing schools, clubs, camps, payment families, academies … require very high costs that many families cannot afford.

With the emergence of collaborative economies, new ways are also open for languages ​​and families, and Via Families is an example of this, a platform for international exchanges for families and students, without agencies or intermediaries, getting to know and choosing the family personally to make invitation exchanges.

 

What does Via Families offer you?

Via Families offers an international network of families and students to make language, sporting or cultural exchanges, joining common interests and needs, around education, sport, culture or languages.

The possibility of choosing and deciding where, when, how and with whom to make an exchange, travel or receive a student.

Students travel and know other cultures, practice their favorite sports or hobbies and perfect or learn another language thanks to other families like yours.

Nobody better than parents and students to know the type of family they want, when and how they want to make the invitation or exchange. They do not need intermediaries but only one channel to get to know them: Via Families is the simplest channel available to international education.

 

How does collaborative economy work in languages?

Via Families Community

Like many other collaborative economies that are so in vogue (AirBnB, BlaBlaCar or Home Exchange) it relies on help. Helping each other by saving intermediaries and agencies, lowering costs to the maximum, based on mutual needs and interests.

In only 3 steps you can contact who you want: registering, creating profile and contacting. Nothing simpler, safer, easier and cheaper. Families have the option to contact anonymously through the platform’s messaging service until they decide to share their data.

Guarantee, security and confidence

Validate the identity, associating the profile with the social networks of Facebook and LinkedIn (this will remain hidden), belonging to an association, school, federation or company, upload a legal document to your profile … all sums up in Via Families to prove the validity of Your identity.

In addition, Via Families already has the support of several sports federations like the Catalan Federation of Tennis and the Spanish, French Federation South of Tennis, ELFAC Numerous Families of Europe, or Group Romeu. All of them have joined Via Families to endorse the profile of their employees, federated or associates. A further guarantee of confidence for other families.

 

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Family, one of the pillars of society

According to the UN, family is “one of the fundamental pillars of society”

… But we all know that nowadays there is no longer just one type of family, as it was the case for more than 2 or 3 decades: Nuclear and single parent family, homoparental families, echo families ….

Despite the growth in family types due to social evolution, there are cultural traditions and history in each nation that influence the form and essence of our family.

Numerous families, for example, are deeply rooted and related to religious themes. The one children family, as has been the case of China for years are types of families with specific characteristics and common traits from its core that mark the character of their children, future members of other families, to whom they will transmit their customs again:

But, how are families and their relationships

 

  1. First relationships: parents and children: with each generational change this distance narrows, for that reason it seems more difficult to educate! The trust and closeness that we now have with children is not the same as we had with our parents, nor the one they had with their own. These distances are shortened.
  2. Secondary relations: grandparents: it is in this generation that the role of the grandparents has become so important and essential in some cases and more in times of crisis, where the help from grandparents has been fundamental. It is also a very positive relationship between innervations for grandchildren as well as for grandparents, both nurturing each other for love, time, understanding and help.
  3. Third relationships: cousins ​​and uncles: much closer relations in Mediterranean countries where the core of the family extends and joins family members. In countries like the United States, for example, tradition marks that children leave the nest when they finish school and go to college most of the times in a different state from the one they originally live.

 

In Psychology and Mind they talk to us about The 8 types of Families and their characteristics indicating the importance of the family in the emotional well-being of its members. This has been of scientific interest during the last decades.

Monografias.com speaks of another point of view of the family, in addition to emphasizing an institution of values, norms, customs etc. It talks about ways to be family: rigid, permissive, child-centered, etc. … an interesting and curious approach as these models also transmit their values ​​and customs to a changing society.

In short, it is precisely the plurality that enriches the term family.

There is no single model. Just as there is multiculturalism there is a multiplicity of family models. And what unites them is that common point that we find in their values such ​​as coexistence, sharing, respect, living in community, in generosity … Values ​​that we internalize and are part of our being, above any other that could provide a different nucleus.

We leave this video of the importance of the family in the world today via MARTIM D on Youtube

Importance of Family in Todays World (Mashup)