“The inspiration for The Little Voyager came when my son was a toddler and we went on our first holiday as a family. We booked a self-catering apartment that looked beautiful on the website… but when we arrived the reality was nothing like the photos. The bed was too small to co-sleep and the staircase was a constant danger to my son, who was just about to walk.” Ilonka Schaefer, Founder, The Little Voyager
Vanessa moved with her husband and 2 children to Nice in January 2016. She quickly found herself searching for activities for herself and the kids. But when dissatisfied with what she found she decided to join forces with 3 other mums and they founded LIFT French Riviera offering activities for kids including dance, theatre, sports, arts & crafts, cooking and language classes.
Steve Rogenstein talks to MumAbroad Life about BCN Honey Fest and Apicultura Urbana who is seeking partner schools to develop and implement its learning-about-bees program in English, Spanish, and Catalan.
“Having left my job in Brussels and with several small children it seemed to be my opportunity to escape office life and do something I really wanted to do so I looked for a course in furniture restoration in Barcelona and after a couple of years at the school of restoration I started out on my own.”
Diane Serra is a designer and creative director from San Diego, California now living in Olivella, Catalunya with her Catalan husband, daughter, Estel and white boxer, Ona.
“Whatever the age of your child, there are things that you can do to alleviate the strain of moving on your children and replace it with enthusiasm.”
“The weather is great – we wake up to the sun most mornings and that alone has a very positive effect. And we are all comfortable in a multicultural and multilingual society – hopefully our children will find it easy to adapt wherever they chose to live in the future.”
“Most of us don’t live close to friends and families as our grandparents and parents once did. You may be the first of your friends or acquaintances to experience parenthood. Let’s face it, the more supported we feel, the better we feel. So start by building your system of support.”
“They did have a special bond, when they shared a cot they would suck on each others head, once they were in their own room, they would stand up and chat and laugh at each other, it was funny and cute.”
“We focus on ACTIVE learning versus passive learning. Spaniards have been learning languages passively since school began, with a big focus on grammar, memorization, worksheets and test preparation, which has led to generations of people who have studied English their whole lives but still don’t feel comfortable communicating in English in social or professional contexts.”
“Key to a successful renovation, is finding a reliable and skilled team of workers, and getting expert advice on negotiating the local bureaucracy, which can be time-consuming and tricky to work out for newcomers.” Graham Collins, Interior Designer
“Diverse Learning has one mission: To be the top learning center in Europe for multilingual children who learn differently.” Emily Kunze, Founder Fundación Diverse Learning