Up International Education coordinates the introduction of conversation assistants that are native speakers into Spanish schools.
At Up, we are convinced that it’s the person that is the most important to be able to provide high quality service.
"We are architects. In 2009, we found ourselves working on a project in Dubai just after graduating from university and we came to realise that none of us were actually able to talk on the telephone in English with those in charge of the project.
We had to hire someone to speak in English to the people of Dubai; and pay them, obviously, even when we weren’t getting paid for the work we were doing.
So, we wondered: how is it possible that, after studying English for nearly 20 years, none of the three of us could hold a telephone conversation in this language?
We realised that there was something wasn’t working in our education system.
After thinking it over, it came to us that the problem was in the lack of practice of English in real-life settings, far beyond just ordering a coffee in London.
What solution was offered to us at that time?
Going over to spend a year studying in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada...
A good solution if it weren’t for the economic recession that made it more difficult for many of us to go through with this".