By the International House World Organisation


Dear colleagues and friends,

2020 has been an incredibly challenging year and we are truly proud of the whole IH global community for their hard work in continuing to offer a bit of normality when nothing felt ‘normal’.

Like putting a smile on students’ faces when they weren’t able to meet their friends and being quick to adapt to online teaching to help their language skills progress.

In a year of change, our Christmas video is a bit different to previous years. Thank you for your contributions expressing what you are grateful for, the small and big things, that have helped all of us get through 2020. It was truly a gift to hear your wonderful words.

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A special thank you also to those of you who shared your news and stories with us this year as you adapted and innovated. The news section the IH World website and our social media feeds have been more active than ever and we would love to continue this into 2021!

We are also full of fond memories of the new online events which helped us stay connected this year.

Back in January this year, the AMT Conference was our last face-to-face event. After that, we had the Directors’ Conference in May where we shared ideas and best practices in these trying times (as well as having some Mexican fun!). The IH Teachers Online Conference and Modern Language Conferences brought together more IH teachers than ever with sessions covering many useful aspects of online teaching and learning.

We connected with agents from all over the world with the new Study Abroad online workshops held in June, July and October. There were also some brand new events, such as the Selling Online Conference, and other projects such as the Environmental Sustainability Review, the YL Conference, and our end of year online social for Directors where we remembered our friends and had some fun quiz time together! Thank you for your contributions which have made these events so special.

Please remember that all of these conferences and workshops are also available for you to watch any time you like. You simply need to log in to the Members Area here.

We can’t wait to see you again in 2021 and are already looking forward to our future events together, including the AMT Conference from 18th to the 22nd January, the free AMT training day on Saturday 23rd, and the Study Abroad Online Workshops on the 22nd and 23rd February… plus many more!

Our organisation is made up of individuals, but together we are a big family.

Enjoy your festivities with the ones you love.

We look forward to working with you in the new year!

Best wishes,