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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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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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World Snow Day!

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:

  1. “Best World Snow Day”: for events over 500 participants.
  2. “Best Small World Snow Day”:for events under 500 participants.
  3. “The Innovation Award”; for the most creative actions
  4. “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:

Europe:

  1. Spain
    • 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.
    • Sierra Nevada: it offers sledge and paraski activities.
    •  Madrid SnowZone:  different kind of activities, available all year.
    • Grandvalira: it has a variety of activities and suitable packages depend of the needs and interests of each family.
    • Baqueira Beret: you can rent the equipment or the Package that incluyes classes and the accommodation. It also includes activities for kids.
    • Espot: it has an exclusive fortair, tubbing tracks and sledges and snow garden. Offers a Package that includes the food, so is more comfortable.
  1. United Kingdom:

2.1 Snow Factor : offers plenty snow activities, it has familiar packages as it shows in the final video.

  1. Germany:

3.1 Skischule Neuastenberg : it has classes specially for kids.

3.2 SRC Heimbach weis: it has activities such as hiking and family activities.

  1. France:

4.1 Comité des Sports de Niege du Dauphiné: it has different activities such as shot with laser rifle.

4.2 Val Montjoie Telemark: it has activities focus on kids.

  1. Switzerland:

5.1 Airolo: ski activides: free style, ski tour or free tour.

5.2 Zermatt:  located in Swiss Alps, it offers activities and accommodation.

5.3 Skii-suize: special in Swiss ski zones

  1. Austria:

6.1  OSV: alpine ski, ski jump, cross country skii and freeski.

  1. Italia

7.1 SCIvolare: located in Milan, it offers alpine and nordic ski and freestyle.

Rest of the world:

  1. 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.

  1. Japan:

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.

Happy World Snow Day!

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Family, World,

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

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International Human Solidarity Day

December 20th is the day that the General Assembly proclaimed as the International Human Solidarity Day which promotes to focus on eradicating poverty, maintaining the hope of a better world, enhancing the protection of the dignity of people, the defense of the environment and the planet.

Days like today we celebrate our diversity, we take awareness of the importance of solidarity, we encourage the debate to achieve common goals, as well as the eradication of poverty. In the same way, we promote 3 actions to improve human solidarity. The first is assistance, facilitate basic services to all people. The second action is the help of development, we lay the foundations for communities to work for their own development. The third is cooperation; this is not only to empower vulnerable communities, but to generate an ethical bond between donor communities and beneficiaries.

 

May all our actions be humanitarian, let’s take our arms to help!

The Charities Aid Foundation, made a study that evaluates the solidarity behaviour of 153 countries, it focuses on 3 main values: the financial donations, the time had spent as volunteer and the time spent helping other people. Spain is number 83 of 153.

The top 10 countries most solidarities are:

  1. United States
  2. Ireland
  3. Australia
  4. New Zealand
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Netherland
  7. Canada
  8. Sri Lanka
  9. Thailand
  10. Laos

Now, we can also help as a personal label, some actions you can do are:

  1. Give your time (volunteer)
  2. Donate (specific objects, food, medicines, clothes)
  3. Make a financial donation.
  4. Organize a solidarity activity (non-profit fund raising, charity events)
  5. Solidarity education (teach to the kids the importance of being supportive through movies or stories)
  6. Fight for the human rights of all the people.

Remember that our mision in Via Families is to contribute in young education and their future to eradicate the poverty and inequality for a better world.

The following video will make us think about the daily actions in which we can collaborate.

Source of reference:

http://www.un.org/es/events/humansolidarityday/

https://www.campodecriptana.info/fechas-celebres/1555-20-de-diciembre-dia-internacional-de-la-solidaridad-humana  

http://www.worldvision.es/noticias-ayuda-humanitaria/los-10-paises-mas-solidarios-del-mundo?gclid=EAIaIQobChMImPqn36Su3wIVReh3Ch3JJwNAEAAYASAAEgJ6kvD_BwE

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.

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.

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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THE POWER OF YOUR BRAND IDENTITY

What the companies do for their employees, and for their families?

HR departments are becoming more relevant due to the big problem many companies have: the talent leak: how to retain that employee? How could a company give something to their employee that he would not get out of it?

Conscious Companies are a new paradigm, they are those companies that are responsible for improving the world around them: ecosystem, society, sustainability …

Each company is unique, although there are equal or very similar products, companies are distinguished: each has its philosophy, values, history, principles … and a logo or seal that identifies them in the broad consumer market.

To belong to a company, situates us and verifies our identity as well as giving a personal reference.

But, what does it mean to belong to the community of a company, besides being able to add it to your CV?

The seal of an entity is the guarantee of belonging, of current location, of reference to an stranger, a guarantee of your truthfulness and identity, something very important in the world of collaborative economies in which we trust so much people online .

Through Via Families we have created this system of validation of identity.

Corporations that validate the identities of people to make cultural, linguistic and sporting exchanges.

Via Families offers companies:

  1. International platform visibility for your employees and other people on the platform
  2. It is a tool to make your company a compromised company.
  3. Fidelize your employees
  4. Transmit the values ​​of your brand beyond the company
  5. Emphasizes the needs of the market

The companies manage to do much for very little, interfering positively in the mobility and international student education, thanks to its own community and seal of its brand, logo.

Enjoy the video of  Fred Kofman: Conscious Companies vía Linkedin Youtube

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education, Travel, Uncategorized, Voyage,

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

 

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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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education, Family,

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)