What’s it like studying at Learnlife Barcelona? Two parents tell their educational success story

December 15, 2022 | MumAbroad Life Video Channel

“No curriculum, no grades, no exams” – that’s how David Martí explains Learnlife Barcelona when asked.

But of course, it leaves a lot unanswered.

In this MumAbroad Life interview, two parents tell the story of how their children fell in love with the innovative educational hub Learnlife in Barcelona.


‘Learnlife was a relief’

Kresta Tyler Johnson moved to Barcelona in 2019 with her American husband and 3 children, after having previously lived in Johannesburg for 7 years.

Kresta’s children are 16, nearly 13 and 10. It’s her middle son who is at Learnlife. Kresta tells us he was ‘frustrated’ and not thriving at an international school in Barcelona.

That all changed when they found Learnlife.

Kresta says her son felt ‘seen and heard’ to the point where he ‘wanted to go to school again’. She said that stimulating his critical mind was most important, and didn’t matter that Learnlife is still applying for accreditation which would help advance access to higher education.


‘Learnlife listens to students’

David Marti – born and raised in Barcelona, David lived in the States, Amsterdam and Madrid as a young adult. He now lives in a small village of only 50 inhabitants in the Montseny Natural Park 60km north of Barcelona with his Catalan wife, 17 year old son and 2 daughters who are 15 and 13.

David’s son quickly outgrew the limited secondary school options in their small town. The family stumbled upon Learnlife, where David said his son ‘felt ready’ for the challenge despite not speaking English fluently.

David says Learnlife helped open a ‘space for conversation about passions and interests’ which has since rubbed off on his daughter, also a Learnlife student.

“The system listens to students when they want to make a change,” says David.


What is Learnlife Barcelona?

Learnlife is an innovative educational hub in Barcelona that offers a self-directed approach to learning for 11-18 year olds.

You can read more here: https://www.learnlife.com/

Kresta and David are members of the Urban Hub Parents Group at Learnlife in Barcelona.


More information

You can read the MumAbroad profile page for Learnlife Barcelona here.

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