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.
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:
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
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)
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)
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
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:
Exchanges, whether simultaneous or not
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.
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:
Overcome fears, therefore enhances security, personal growth and self-esteem
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.
Since 2007, the World Snow Day, thanks of the International Federation of Ski (FIS) that has had interest to promote the white sports and enjoy the nature.
This year, it will be January 20th, the celebration is going to be all weekend, 3 days full of winter activities and sports. The president of the FIS, Gian Franco Kasper remarked the stadistic that shows that the eighth Edition again overcome the 400 registered events around the world and they expect to have 500 in the future, with a strong foundation.
When we think about snow we probably related only with ski, but there are many different activities to do enjoying the snow and the family.
Some sports are: snowboard, hicking, alpine ski, cross country ski.
Some activities are: dog sledding, snowmobile, snowsegway, ice skating, sled Racing.
Some stations have an interesting and fun igloo specially for kids.
This huge celebration come with big promotions, free classes and unique festivals. The events are located in differents places including urban areas.
There will be 112 events in China, 50 ski and snowboard schools in Poland, giving free classes for kids; 7 events in South Africa, Peru an Brazil, discounts in Austria, free sessions in the Engadin Valley in Suiza, a show for kids in Stockholm, Tallinn (Estonia) and Ullanbaatar (Mongolia). These events are planned to do it with family, there will be activities for adults and also for kids and that is thanks of the “World Snow Day Awards”; this year a prize will be given to the event that makes the most effort in realizing activities focus on kids regardless of what circumstance they are.
At the moment the prizes that are given are of 4 differents categories:
“Best World Snow Day”: for events over 500 participants.
“Best Small World Snow Day”:for events under 500 participants.
“The Innovation Award”; for the most creative actions
“Line Honors”: for the first event to register.
Remembering that the main goal of this celebration is to participate in snow activities, some ski stations have good family programmes, some of them are:
La molina:: offers a familiar forfait, it has sports cop creche, adventure parkm tubbing and a track called Fun Park, where your kids will not want to go.
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:
U.S. and Canada:
8.1 Whistler Blackcomb: located in Canada, is one of the most known stations of the world and also the most visited of Latin America.
8.2 Park City: it is located in the western of U.S. (Utah), the station offers more than 300 tracks of all the levels.
8.3 Big Ski: located in Montana, it has one of the best ski infraestructure of North America.
8.4 Vail: it is in Colorado, is one of the first ski station.
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.