Hola! Language Learning was set up in January 2014 by friends Sam Dunbavin and Laura Schubert to share their passion for languages. Laura and Sam went to Exeter College together, where they both studied the International Baccalaureate, and then went on to take a gap year from September 2013-October 2014, and have subsequently gone to Cambridge university, where Sam is studying Modern and Medieval languages, specifically German, Spanish and Portuguese, and Laura is studying Human, Social and Political Sciences. Due to family reasons, Laura is now no longer based in Devon so Sam will be leading the 2016 courses.
Hi, I'm Sam and I'm the founder of Hola! My inspiration for founding Hola came from a volunteer placement in Austria between September and December 2013 in Austria, teaching English to native German speakers. The organisation I was working with used Active Learning techniques to teach English, and I fell in love with teaching in that way! By the end of my 3 months, I realised that I was hugely jealous of all the kids I was teaching, because I had never been taught foreign languages in that way when I was at school and I wished that that opportunity had been available to me!
The founding moments...
On my return I spoke to Laura and decided to start up Hola, to give children in North Devon the chance that I had never had! We began planning in early 2014 and, in July 2014, we ran our first to weeks of camps!
A bit more about me...
On a personal note, I am 20 years old and I have had a passion for languages since I started secondary school at 10 (I was a year ahead of my peers!). Over the years, I have studied German, French, Portuguese and Spanish to a good level and I have also learnt bits of Arabic, Greek and Latin! I have now completed two years' study at Cambridge University, where I have rediscovered my love for German history. In 2016-17, I will be on my year abroad, in Stainach, Austria, teaching English. As a language student, I am truly passionate about Hola and I always love helping other people discover their passion for languages!
Plans for 2016?
I'd like the camps in 2016 to be bigger, better, and even more interactive! That's why we've teamed up with Two Tarts Cookery School, and why we have moved to Prospect House-so we can go and explore the green spaces, the world of cookery, and do lots of sport, all in the foreign languages!