"If Mohammed does not go to the mountain, the mountain will go to Mohammed", goes the famous saying. And precisely in this time of pandemic uncertainty, this quote has become very meaningful. Although health conditions seem to be gradually allowing for mobility between countries, virtual classes have taken over in recent times. And not only individual classes; during this year we have had group classes, classes for children, for exam preparation, etc.; in short, everything that we have traditionally been teaching in person, but in a virtual way.
Although, at the beginning, both teachers and students were somewhat uncertain about this new situation, the truth is that all the experiences have been absolutely positive, since, thanks to the availability, the continuous training of our teachers and the constant innovations and launches of apps and educational programmes, the transition from the face-to-face world to the virtual world has been a natural and even enriching experience.
The last challenge - which we have also successfully overcome - has been to be able to attend and service all the international schools and institutes that have traditionally been doing study trips with us. These schools did not want to miss the opportunity for their students to live an immersive language experience, so we decided to create what are known as "virtual trips for groups", in which students could have classes with native teachers, learn first-hand about the culture and idiosyncrasies of our country and even visit, albeit virtually, the most emblematic places in our city.
Teams, Zoom, Skype, etc., are just some of the platforms that have allowed us to connect with students from all over the world, being flexible in relation to the "preferred" platforms of each country, as well as in the contents or topics to be covered. The teachers of these schools, who sometimes could even join the classes, even if they had initial doubts, ended up being delighted and emphasised how the students had no problem adapting and were surprised by the large number of activities and projects they were able to carry out in the language of study.
It was clear to us from the beginning that it would be precisely the young people or digital natives who would experience this new teaching method in the most natural way; and so it has been.
We do not know what the future holds, but what we do know for sure is that in this changing and increasingly globalised world, virtual trips for groups will become another option for all those institutions that wish to offer something new and enriching for their students.