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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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Bicycle: Transportation, health, sport and friendship

Without any doubt, bicycle is experiencing a stage of splendor, everyone is up for it: whether it is alone, with friends, or family … to do sport or as a mean of comfortable and cheap transportation.


  • Bicycles for all groups, depending on the lifestyle, many have several types, because people who are fond of it are fans in all of its modalities:
  • Mountain biking for weekends
  • Foldable bikes to move around the city
  • Hybrid for weekends and trips in the city
  • Urban or so called dutch bikes, comfortable and adapted for the city
  • Or, the latest fashion: ultra-light and minimalist bikes for the city.


There are countries that already offer, as one of its tourist attractions, their bicycle routes or their cities without smoke and noises thanks to this of 2 wheeled transport.

Cities such as Amsterdam (Holland), where more than 60% of the trips are made by bicycle or Copenhagen (Denmark) where even politicians move in this means of transport, are becoming more attractive. In Barcelona, for example, you can see more and more groups of tourists touring the city by bicycle.

But routing options aren’t exclusive to cities of course. We have roads, excursions, routes for mountain bikes, each time there are more alternatives offered by countries that have joined the new wave of the bicycle. For example, you can go from the Danish capital to the German capital through a route of 620km destined to bicycles and without cars.



Traveling, meeting countries, people and enjoying this sport is something that already joins many people in many countries. Brands like Brompton are already typical in many cities and have many communities of fans have been created around the brand. Brompton has become an icon of a modern, healthy and practical type of person who enjoys the day-to-day pleasure of riding a bicycle in the city. A whole revolution.

Other alternatives are pleasure trips made for cycling routes, websites such as offers you endless possibilities to travel around Europe with family and friends, in, easy routes, difficult, urban or mountain.

Via Families encourages you to find, in our web community, students or families like you, fond of bicycles, to make sporting, cultural and linguistic exchanges between you.



For your health, bicycle is a good ally, here are some advantages and benefits that cycling can give you, do as you do, each one has a level and pace:

  1. It is an activity that helps us increase lung capacity
  2. It helps us burn general and specific fat.
  3. Indicated for people with ligament problems
  4. Does not load joints (hip, knee, ankles) as it does in running
  5. And the best: you segregate endorphins! Thru that, you generate optimism and a more positive attitude towards life

So, know you know! Get on a bike, you have many to choose. Which is yours?

Enjoy the video! From the Netherlands Translating the World’s Best Bikeway Designs