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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

Source: YouTube                                                                                                                                        Year of publication: 2014

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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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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

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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.

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Get to know Spain’s festivals and traditions

One of the aspects by which Spain is characterized is its great catalog of cultural expressions that are torn between the sacred and the pagan. In fact, the word “Spain” usually produces a mixture of mental images in which there are bullfights, processions to the virgin, carnival costumes and flamenco dancers, all these elements having something in common:  Spaniards’ passion and grace. In this article, we will talk about Spanish festivals and traditions.

Bullfights

Spanish bullfight

Spain is the home of the brave bull, the only descendant of the urus, a primitive species of the aforementioned animal that was found all over the world and of which there are no traces. It is debated whether it was the Egyptians, Celts or Romans who gave rise to this tradition, which has so many followers and continues to be held despite the protests that are annually held against it. All Spanish locations have their version of this show, but the most famous bullfights in the world are those held during the Sanfermines in Pamplona.

Flamenco

Flamenco dancer

This musical genre from Andalusia is a fusion of the Jewish, Christian, Arab and Gypsy culture. Flamenco is sung and danced to the rhythm of a guitar, and its known for its great emotional intensity manifested through laments, constant stomping and aesthetic arms movements. Among the most important flamenco festivals in Spain, we can mention the Flamenco Night of Zambra and the Festival of Cante Grande ‘Fosforito’ in Puente Genil.

The April Fair

The Feria de Abril is a festival that takes place in the month to which it owes its name, throughout a week full of songs, dancing and the well-known wine of Jerez, among other dishes and drinks of the area, which are accompanied of old cheese and ham, among other delicacies.

Holy Week

Every year every town in Spain celebrates with devotion and beauty the Holy Week, making its processions during Holy Thursday and Good Friday. On the other hand, the cities celebrate this festivity throughout the week. Regardless of the religion you have, Holy Week is a Spanish holiday that must be witnessed at least once in a lifetime. It should be noted, however, that it is not easy to get accommodation in Spain at this time due to a large number of tourists visiting the country at this time.

The Fallas

Continuing with other Spanish festivals. “Las Fallas” are parties that are celebrated in Valencia, San José and other locations between March 15 and 19. In them, carpenters burn old woods and pieces that no longer serve them. In Valencia, more than a million people attend the “Crema de los ninots” every year, which consists of the incineration of giant sculptures made with papier mache,.

Tomatinas of Buños

Also in Valencia, which a tradition that is more than 60 years old. It has been imitated in other countries and is celebrated on the last Wednesday of August when thousands of people throw themselves more than 100 tons of tomatoes in a kind of “battle” where the fun is felt everywhere, and so are tomatoes.

Moors and Christians

Moors and christians

This Spanish festival is held in several provinces of the country but the most renowned ones are those of Alicante and especially those of Alcoy. It takes place between April 21 and 24 and divides its participants into two large groups that parade, representing Moors and Christians dressed in clothing that recall the time of the Spanish Reconquest.

San Miguel festivities

It is one of the most important agricultural festivities in Spain. It is held annually in the Parque de Los Campos Eliseos, on the same date as the Fiesta Mayor de Otoño. The castellers are among the main attractions of this event. These are people who build human castles that are several meters high. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most visually striking Spanish festivals.

The Carnivals in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

We can’t forget to comment on the Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. These carnivals and those held in Cádiz are Spain’s most famous. As in the Carnivals of Rio de Janeiro, during these days joy overflows in Tenerife, the only rule being enjoyment.

These are just some of the Spanish traditions and festivals, but do not let them tell you: go to Spain on an exchange program. By doing so, not only will you have the chance to learn or practice your Spanish skills but you’ll also be able to enjoy all these celebrations. If you want more information about exchange programs in Spain, please contact us.

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Travel and Discover: World becomes small!

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.

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