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Sobremesa.Institute, redefining the concept of language school

Sobremesa.Institute, redefining the concept of language school

Lydia Iracheta, Founder & CEO of Sobremesa.Institute, the unconventional Spanish school.

What is Sobremesa.Institute?

Our Spanish Program offers a unique blend of online courses and exclusive linguistic immersions creating a two-way flow that provides a high-quality, modern, approach to language learning; while offering a glimpse into Barcelona’s vibrant and multifaceted creative community and the warm essence of our Mediterranean culture. It’s not just about learning; it's about experiencing.

When was it founded?

The launch of Sobremesa.Institute was on March 24, 2023.

What do you like most about your job?

I set out to develop a project that would transmit my values and beliefs, and Sobremesa.Institute is the place where all the things I care for come together.

I love my work and being a connector! Creating those special moments where people and creativity collide and spark beautiful conversations. I’m really happy balancing my profession between the digital realm and the real world.

And what do you like least?

I am positive, and creative, with a good sense of humor. For me, there's really no room for frustrations in my playbook!

What do you think your entity stands out for?

In a rapidly changing world, we stay at the forefront of language education: a one-of-a-kind, interdisciplinary approach to language learning. We don’t just follow the path – we create our own.

From our name, the term 'Sobremesa' is a declaration of love for our Mediterranean heritage, while we believe that ‘Institute’ best conveys the ideas of equality and community behind our vision. We’ve redefined the concept of language school and every aspect of Sobremesa.Institute embodies passion – for people, culture, quality, and the planet.

What is your main challenge?

Currently, we are developing our Inspirational Immersions program. A language immersion that reframes the way we live and interact, inspiring new paradigms in travel and learning. Our focus is on a more human-centric approach which encourages slowing down, and lasting connections with the community.

Where is your company located?

Sobremesa.Institute is located in the central El Raval neighbourhood, on a street that is part of the so-called 'Little Eixample'. Our building has long been linked to the city's creative community, hosting offices of renowned creatives like illustrator Jordi Lavanda and the architecture studio BIG.

What do you like the most about the neighborhood where you work?

Working in the center of Barcelona is inspiring, especially due to the presence of key cultural spaces such as the MACBA, the CCCB, La Virreina, and the Angels Barcelona gallery in our building.


How important is Barcelona for your company?

Barcelona has shaped the vision and values of Sobremesa.Institute, turning it into much more than a Spanish school; it's a place where we celebrate and share the essence of Mediterranean life. We reflect in every aspect of our work the passion and love for its rich culture and vibrant lifestyle.

With which city would you compare Barcelona?

Barcelona is unique and incomparable. 

What form of urban model should Barcelona adopt?

Berlin, a city that fosters entrepreneurship, creativity, and the concept of 'slowing down'. Berlin has achieved a perfect balance: it is a center of technological, artistic, and cultural innovation in an environment where people can experiment and develop at a more human pace.

What best practices from other cities would you like Barcelona to adopt?

All cities should adapt to the needs of their inhabitants, and in my opinion, Barcelona could greatly benefit from adopting practices from cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, which are leaders in sustainability and urban quality of life: integration of green areas, promotion of efficient public transportation, and construction of infrastructure that supports a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

What do you ask of the Barcelona of the future?

Creativity! Let it be a city that inspires people to feel, think, and act.

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