Hola People is approaching its 5th year of age. Either if you have been following us since our early years, or you knew recently about this brand, you may be curious about how all this started.
We then must go back to the beginning of 2016, when Elena and Esteban Tejedor, two siblings from Madrid (Spain), headed to Liverpool to take part in a programme for entrepreneurs organised by the Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce.
After an application and an interview, they were successfully admitted along with several other young entrepreneurs.
Since 2009, Elena (the oldest of both) had already been managing —tirelessly and eventually successfully— her Spanish company called Aula inglés. Aula inglés helps Spanish speaking people to learn English (both in-person and online) and to travel and work abroad.
Esteban, in the meantime and during the previous years, had had a stimulant digital nomad life all around Southeast Asia, and had recently decided to take another step in his life by moving to the UK.
With the valuable support of this entrepreneurial programme in Liverpool, they decided to open a British branch of Aula inglés, doing —so to speak— the other way around, that is to help British and other English speaking people to learn Spanish and to find jobs in Spain.
As local people seemed not to understand what “aula inglés” (English classroom) meant, they had to look for a different name, more suitable for the UK branch. After an intense brainstorming session, Hola People was born.
Soon after, Elena went back to Madrid to keep focusing on her Spanish company, while Esteban remained in Liverpool, owning the British one. To work independently, yet collaboratively, was the best decision… if you have any brothers or sisters, you will know that it is not always easy to agree on things, not to mention managing a business together!
So, Esteban found himself on the mission to make brand-new Hola People grow. Since most British do not show great interest to learn Spanish (fairly speaking, due mainly to lack of necessity), Esteban had to re-adjust the business model. Here is when he started to organise a variety of events in Liverpool, from language exchanges to Salsa classes, Spanish parties, day trips and eventually, personal and professional development courses and workshops. For this last category of events, Esteban created a different brand, QLU Project (QLU stands for Quantum Life University).
By today, Hola People and QLU Project (both brands contained by Atlas & Cosmos Ltd., the official name of the company) have organised hundreds of events, first in Liverpool and currently online, due to the current exceptional circumstances.
Our vision for the future is to be an international reference in the Education sector, not only by teaching languages and personal and professional skills but also providing worldwide travel and work opportunities.
If you have liked the story of Hola People‘s origins, or if you want to know more, please leave us a comment below!
Also, you can listen to Esteban’s encouraging story in this podcast in which he has been recently featured and where he explains more in deep the special personal journey that led him to found Hola People: Digital Nomad to Successful Entrepreneur Abroad. Esteban explains how traveling benefits you, and the way all of us can make our dreams come true.
Acquiring knowledge is considered an art. Language learning by acquiring language skills is assuming more important in learning. Motivation is one of the most important factors in determining successful second-language acquisition so we’ve collected ideas that will help you on your journey to learn a language and find your motivation.
Liz studied up to the Ph.D. level in the UK, working across a range of scientific and social science
disciplines. After completing her Ph.D., Liz lectured in higher education on a range of subject
areas and undertook several roles in student support. Liz then moved into the commercial mining
sector travelling extensively and participating in a range of forums for the UK government and in
the private sector. In 2015 Liz founded Uni Direct which she has grown year on year through
offering highly personalised and supportive services to help students at every stage of their
Uni Direct overview
Uni Direct works with students to help them identify and apply for English speaking degree
courses around the world. We help students apply for foundation degrees through to Ph.D. and
MBA programmes. In addition to our core university application support services, we also provide
academic mentoring services to existing university students.
Approximately 375 million people have English as their first language, and today it is the third most spoken, native language.
Currently, it is probably the most important worldwide, both for natives and for those who speak it as a second language. This means that it is the main language spoken by many, and is considered an essential language for communication between cultures.
Why learn English? There are many various reasons.
Did you know that the word e-learning was coined back in 1998?
A little earlier than that, in 1995, only approximately 4% of US corporations used online learning. In 2017, this had increased to 77%, and 98% planned to incorporate it in their program by 2020 (source: eLearning Industry, Small Business Trends)
Little they know that, when this year came, those intentions would turn into an actual necessity. Now, practically, or they are online, or they are out!
Moreover, the worldwide e-learning market is projected to be worth $325 Billion in 2025, says Forbes magazine.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted almost everyone’s daily life to an unprecedented degree. All the countries are taking precautions day by day more for all circumstances. Today, we will inform you about a situation in which is students who are unable to leave the UK before their visa expiry date.
On 24th March, The UK Ministry of Interior has announced visa extensions and other arrangements for students affected by travel restrictions.
These days, we stay at home more than usual and try to find activities and ways to improve ourselves. Otherwise how long can you lie down in a bed and literally do nothing? We have to motivate ourselves and accept all these things will pass eventually.
In this period, we’ll try to help you to spend your time efficiently. Hmmm yes, HOW?
With online courses, delicious and cultural foods’ recipes, yoga, meditation, handcrafts… in brief everything you need.
You just need to STAY AT HOME and FOLLOW US, we are all in this together!
Your education shouldn’t stop at 16, once you get your dream job, or because you can’t afford it.
Discover why continuing education is for everybody, and financial resources available to make adult learning achievable for you!
A 2019 report from Learning and Work found that 38% of adults have not studied since they left school, and 8% said they could not afford learning courses. Regardless of your age, employment status, or income, continued education is an important part of keeping upskilled for the job market, developing professionally within your current role, and developing personally in your life.
In this article, you will learn how to go out of your comfort zone. First, we will define what a comfort zone is for you. It is a space, a place, a domain, in which you feel comfortable, you know how it works, the sensations you feel or go to feel are not unknown to you.
Now you will have to ask yourself if in your life, if you have ever been outside your comfort zone. If so, how did you experience this situation, what did it teach you about yourself or about this unknown area? Does that make you want to do it again? Have you started again? If you haven’t had the chance to leave your comfort zone or even had the courage to do.
So, you will know that this is a great opportunity to leave it. Are you going to say why? Because simply, if you step outside your comfort zone, if you learn something new, your comfort zone will simply be greater, and you will feel in your comfort zone in situations that you have previously disturbed. As the image of this post illustrates. …
Before we understand how important they may be, we talk first about the difference between a mentor and a coach. So, a mentor is a person who has already been where you want to be. So, he can be just one, two or three steps ahead of you. He doesn’t need to be an expert already, although this can be a plus but more complicated to find. If it is already several steps ahead. This will be enough because he can help you in the steps he goes through and make it feedback that can help you.
He can give you a map, the steps to follow to reach that point. It could be very useful because you gain time on research and the mistake he did before you could do. Now the coach, who is a person that doesn’t tell you what to do, but through questions makes you realise what you need to do in your life or for your goal.