Browsing category

Voyage

slider_photo_3_lw

World Youth Skills Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Pablo Freire-

 

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

YouTube  2018

inmersion-linguistica

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

educación in

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

La Alhambra, Spain.

Discover the most beautiful places in Spain

Do you want to go on to Spain on an exchange program? Contact us or keep reading for more information about this country’s most beautiful places.

If you like to have a good time discovering new flavors and an atmosphere of eternal joy, you must go to Spain to live an experience that will exalt all your senses. This country has landscapes with the most varied climates and landscapes to fall in love with, in the presence of live music, tapas, and good beer.

Madrid city tour

For starters, Madrid, its capital, offers endless adventures. A good option to get to know this city is to make a city tour. The only thing you need to do is pay for a ticket, choose one of the two routes and hop on the bus! Then, you’ll be able to ride Madrid’s streets at your pace, since on this bus tour you’ll be able to make stops in the places you prefer.

The Alhambra

La Alhambra, Spain.

Beyond Madrid and its sumptuous western style, you’ll find the Alhambra‘s impressive architecture which invites you to relive the Nazari past. There you’ll find the palaces and gardens where emperors and kings lived. Similarly, in its corridors and courtyards, you can take incredible photographs, as well as in its beautifully decorated rooms, whose domes, tiles and perfectly preserved ornamentation await you. Keep in mind that you should get your ticket in advance because such a beautiful place is usually crowded with tourists.

Cave of Altamira

Next, we went from architectural opulence to the beginnings of civilization: the Cave of Altamira. There you will find a photo gallery where you’ll witness a sample of the European cultural heritage. Also, you must visit the mythical cave, where you can enter every Friday and recreate yourself with the pictorial creations that are there. On the other hand, you can visit the library and appreciate the rock art that is on display in this magnificent museum. Request information through the official website and get ready for an out-of-this-age experience.

Teide National Park

Teide National Park

Now’s the turn for the sensational National Park of Teide, in Tenerife, where you will find Spain’s highest point. Visit it to breathe pure air, walk along trails where volcanic lava made its appearance, and feel tiny in this place, declared as cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO. You can go up the cable car and reach the upper station at 3,555m and see a spectacular view. But this is not all; you must follow a path to ascend the crater for about 40 minutes. Once on the top, you’ll be able to watch up to 4 islands. To live this experience, you must request a special permit on the park’s website.

Hanging Houses of Cuenca

Speaking of heights, the Hanging Houses of Cuenca have a record for their beauty and particular location: they’re on a cliff. You can get to that place from the Bridge of San Pablo, which is by a stone bridge through which you must walk a bit to see these impressive houses whose interior is filled with various relics of a still-alive past.

Municipal Market of Vallehermoso

To close with a flourish, we can’t leave aside the best places to eat in Spain. In this nation, the culinary offer is very extensive, with Mediterranean, coastal and countryside environments. Tapas and other exquisite foods are the order of the day in establishments like the Municipal market of Vallehermoso, where you can find a wide range of fresh foods such as greengrocers, butchers, fishmongers and, of course, the best meats and sausages. Also, there are foreign gastronomic proposals such as Argentine cuisine, Thai, and even Japanese, combined with a range of recreational activities that will amaze both adults and children. Do not think twice and travel to Spain as soon as possible.

delicate-arch-896885_1920

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.

Enjoy the video!

  

 

Captura de pantalla 2017-06-15 17.47.44

9 Rules of courtesy and good manners to be a good guest?

You have surely have had guests at home and you know what you liked and what you didn’t like about them. But there might be times where you  get lost, this is why we leave you 9 recommendations that will help you when travelling to a foreign host family home that you don’t know.

Here are a few tips we suggest you when being a guest to make a good impression:

  1. SMILE: is the key to success. If you don’t understand the language very well, do not isolate, try to follow the conversation and smile. It is a universal language.

 

  1. THANKS: First of all, you have to stablish contact with the family, introduce yourself and thank them for having you. They are going to include your in their home routines and in their lives so you must let them know how thankful you are.

 

  1. GREETINGS: Not every country greets or has the same proximity or trust. In the Anglo-Saxon countries they shake hands, while in the Mediterranean countries they give two kisses. The best thing to do if you don’t know the rules is to offer your hand.

 

  1. GIFT: A small detail or a souvenir from your country or your hometown or some chocolates, a book… Could be a good start. Giving a present to someone is a very elegant way of thanking for the invitation. The gift must never be a sign of superiority or ostentation.

 

  1. BE POLITE: Education and courtesy is the key to everything. It is important to be sincere and to ask the questions we want in a very clear way, remaining polite and trying not to hurt or make thing uncomfortable. Remember: please and thank you, is the number one rule.

 

  1. ADAPT TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES: The situation changes depending on the country, the culture and the family. You will probably find yourself in a new environment surrounded by new people, new food, a new language… Accept it, take it in and make it yours too.

 

  1. HOME INTEGRATION: As a new member of the family you must respect their home culture and adapt to it; their routines, their eating and sleeping hours, tidiness, noises… Act as they do to make the situation comfortable for both of you, so that you are not a stranger anymore.

 

  1. DO NOT ISOLATE: If a family is willing to host you it means they are interested in you. They want to know you and make you part of them while your stay. So avoid staying alone in your room alone, isolating with your headphones, and try sharing more time with them.

 

  1. GOODBYE: When it comes to the end you should thank them again for having you and tell them it’s being so nice to meet them. It is important for you and for them to cause a good image because it may lead to other possible exchanges, as you will get a good review, or you might want to go back in the future. So keep all doors open.

 

We found an interesting article from The Guardian “The 11 step guide to being a good  guest” about guest behavior when invited to lunch/dinner, that might complement our information.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/dec/24/the-11-step-guide-to-being-a-good-guest

Overall, we could say that the key to be the best guest anyone would like to have are RESPECT, EMPATHY and GOOD MANNERS. But remember always to be yourself, no matter the circumstances, you must remain sincere, people will appreciate it very much and will take you as a trustful person.

Take a look at this video from the blogger Amy Anoibi in which explains how to be a good guest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXdNJrqou4I