Bath City picture we travel there through this interview to know how they are dealing COVID-19

How is COVID-19 changing the world? We travel to the UK!

Is COVID-19 changing our lives? Let’s think about the way we play, learn, work…

From Swap Family we want to know how are we dealing with it and what are the changes that we have had to apply in our lives. That’s why we want to talk with different people around the world through that interviews. To know and specially to learn from all of them.

Today we are going to Bath, the largest city in the county of Somerset, England. There we’ll speak with Vero of Spanish with Vero. And see how she is living this world phenomenon that is COVID-19 and how she deals with it.

Hello, Vero, first of all I wanted to thank you for accepting this interview. I am very happy to talk with you about how you are living in this situation and what you are doing to “survive” in the personal and professional spaces.

Can you please introduce yourself in order to know a little more about you?

Hi, thank you too.

My name is Vero. I am a Spanish native speaker from Spain, I am living in Bath (UK), I have been living in the UK for seven years.

I do Spanish private tutoring to people of different ages from young children to adults one to one sessions and group ones, and I also teach in a Primary school and in Bath College for adult learners.

What is the current situation in Bath regarding COVID-19?

In the current situation the advice from the government is to stay home. We can go out for essential food or medicines shopping and we also can go out for exercise once per day that includes jogging, cycling, walking etc. always with people who you live with and keeping the 2 meters distance from other people.

The advice from the government is to stay home.

So, you can go out … at least for the essentials…

Yes, and we are still going to the shops for food because we found it quite difficult to do shopping online due to the high demand and we thought that this service should be used by vulnerable people who really need others to bring their food now with COVID-19 risks.

True, there are more vulnerable people for which leaving home can be a greater risk. And your family? How do you cope with the distance from your family, because they are also living in another country, right?

I feel fortunate because one of my friends from Spain got married at the beginning of March before the lock down and I was lucky that I could fly there so I could see my family for a few days.

Obviously, I don’t know when I will be able to see them next, but I try to do video calls once or twice per week and stay in contact with them. I try not to think about it very much and be positive😊

I don’t know when I will be able to see them next, but I try to do video calls once or twice per week and stay in contact with them.

Really? Well, it was a trip at the most opportune moment! How good!

Yes. My family in general are coping well. My parents are still working because their jobs are considered essential. Other members of my family are finding it a bit harder because they live in a tiny flat but they found their way to keep themselves busy doing different activities like exercise, reading etc. Obviously, they are concerned about the situation, but they try not to overthink it too much and keep going with their lives.

Regarding my house the lockdown situation caught us in the middle of our move to our new home that we bought a few months ago.

Really? And have you been able to move?

Fortunately, we could finish the move and enjoy our new home having the time to do some renovation.

Great, that’s good… time at home is not a normal thing in normal conditions …

Yes! And I do online exercise classes through Instagram, Zoom, Microsoft Teams or YouTube. It is a good experience. I found these online exercise classes from home a few years ago when I moved to Bath because my budget was not very high to pay a gym or pay for group exercise classes. So nothing has changed for me in that aspect, but now I realise that not many people knew about online sessions which you can do easily from home, you just need a bit of motivation and a positive attitude

And what about your job? As Spanish teacher, is COVID-19 and the lockdown altering your work?

I feel very lucky because I could adapt my daily work into an online format and I was very impressed that almost all my students wanted to carry on even with this change.

Currently I am doing my private tutoring online and in addition I started a Spanish singing sessions group remotely for parents and children from different places in the UK.

At the beginning, I was a bit worried about the sessions, especially the ones with the young children, but it has ended up being a success. I have very good mummies who encourage them to keep going in the sessions and have fun together.

I try to be very dynamic and fun through songs and games that we can play from home 😊

At the beginning, I was a bit worried about the sessions, especially the ones with the young children, but it has ended up being a success.



So you have had to adapt to the new situation…

Of course! I had to adapt my sessions to this new situation.

The positive thing of doing online classes is that I can reach more people from different places so I can extend my number of students.

What about your students? Have they adapted to the new COVID-19 class format?

My students adapted themselves brilliantly and they look very happy carrying on with me.

Some of them told me that these sessions are essential for them to keep a routine and give them something to aim for.

I think it is important to try different things and keep ourselves busy learning and doing different activities in our daily routine.

My students adapted themselves brilliantly and they look very happy carrying on with me.

And how do you feel?

I am very happy finding that this way also works so if in the future I had other things and I don’t have the time to go to people’s houses this would be a very good option to consider.

As said, I was a bit scared at the beginning because all my lesson plans were activities that I thought they needed to be done in person but with some help from my students’ parents I could manage to follow my planning remotely with success.

I am very happy finding that this way also works so if in the future I had other things and I don’t have the time to go to people’s houses this would be a very good option to consider.

How do you see the future? Will it change the way we? What implications do you think COVID-19 will have?

I think in the future people will value more the moments that they spend with their families and friends.

People also will value facilities that we took for granted before this lock down situation. Those things like travelling, being with our friends and family and enjoying every moment that the life gives to us.

I want to believe that people will act less selfishly and care more for the planet and the environment. Take this lockdown situation as an example of how the environment affects us and how life can change from one day to the other.

Do you get any positive learning from this situation?

As a person I learn to value more these little things that I didn’t value very much before like enjoying my life with the things that I have, spending time with my partner, friends, family and the most important one being grateful for all I have.

And as a teacher I learned that it doesn’t matter very much the place that I do my lessons. Therefore the important thing is the way that you teach. For instance, showing a positive attitude, giving 100% in each session, transmitting your passion and your teaching in a way that your students will remember. Not feeling the difference if they are next to you or 1000 km away.

As a teacher I learned that it doesn’t matter very much the place that I do my lessons. Therefore the important thing is the way that you teach.

And the last question…What is the first thing you will do when all this happens?

After COVID-19, I would like to meet my friends and go for a dinner or some drinks to a restaurant or a pub 😊

Street and Pubs in Bath

Many thanks, Vero!

We hope that COVID-19 will give us a truce and you can do it soon!

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