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The origins of Hola People (and an interview with its founder Esteban Tejedor)

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.

Elena & Esteban - siblings entrepreneursSince 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.

Spark Up - Liverpool Chamber Commerce 2016

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.

We encourage you to accompany us on this journey by reading our blog updates, following our educative and funny posts on social media, and by trying our languages classes or personal development online courses.

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.

 

Avvinue - Esteban Tejedor - Hola People

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What to do at home: Online courses

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!

Okay, let’s start with online courses:

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7 reasons to Travel

Travelling will show you how small the world is, it will also help you grow your inner world. Because every person you meet, every city you see will come with you when you leave. When you go back home, you will realize that you put more things in your bag when you remember those moments again. When you realize that there are so many different cultures and thoughts in the world, you will realize how wrong it is to adhere to your own culture and mindset.

It is the best decision you can make that is going beyond your own walls and traveling around the world. So why is traveling important? How can traveling the world, studying abroad, meeting different cultures help us in life? Let me explain.

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The comfort zone

Challenging your comfort zone

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.

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The Business Model Canvas

How to start a business

In this article, we will talk about how to create a business. We will give you some tips that anyone who would like to have before starting their business. At first, if you have an idea, without paying attention to which country you are, just your idea. You will have to do a lot of research to find out if your idea has already been used. It should be noted that if there are competitors, it is not a bad thing, it means that there is a market. You’re going to have to make your place in this market for this, you’re going to have to tell yourself, why a customer will come to me rather than to my competitor, you’ll have to check that there’s still room in this market.

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The Habit of doing more than paid for

You know that people always put a price on what they want, but why not go further than that? If you do more than what was expected, you will give people the impression that you are not just a person who provides services for money.

These people can give it back to you in many other ways that will be much more useful to you than money. Or simply being a good person and doing a service for someone without expecting anything in return, can help you feel good. It is important to know that some people prefer to offer rather than receive, so they will take more pleasure in offering their services, simply to help people and be happy about it.

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Does the UK say goodbye to the Erasmus+ programme after Brexit?

The House of Commons ratified the agreement regulating the conditions for the country’s departure from the European Union (EU) (Brexit).

The proposal will be enacted after Queen 2 Elizabeth’s approval, and Britain will leave the EU on January 31, which he joined in 1973.

According to the agreement reached, Britain will pay the EU approximately 30 billion Sterlin, guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, and a customs point will be created in the Irish Sea.

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Coaches and mentors for students

The importance of a mentor and a coach

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.

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young leaders academy

The Young Leaders Academy

Are you struggling in life and studying a career without knowing what to do next? Would you like to do something great, helping people, but you don’t know where to start with?

Then this is the right place to be, the Young Leaders Academy!

We are offering scholarships, free places, to join this Academy for 9 months.

Let me explain to you what is this academia about, but, most importantly, what is not about. It’s not about giving you a job, but I promise you that after these nine months with us, you will have much more priorities to get that job or to achieve the goals that you want to achieve.

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