Inside AVA: New staff

One of our newest members of the AVA support team is the quirky Alexey. He describes himself as ‘sunshine mixed with a little hurricane’, yup his words not ours! I personally would describe him as a thoughtful and extremely helpful and caring young man who brings a ray of sunshine laughter and chaos to the office. Born in Russia, Alexey lived there until he was 8 years old. He then moved to Spain where he lived until 2012 when he came to the UK.During Alexey’s 12 years in Spain he became fully fluent in the language and the culture. Alexey was fortunate enough to move around Spain, absorbing the delightful Spanish sunshine and various different regional cultures. Many of Alexey’s homes in Spain were rural and perhaps this inspired his love of nature and wildlife. Being an outdoor person, Alexey also started to enjoy sports and activities, such as Mountain biking, hiking, running and football. Alexey reports that when he was a child he had very high energy levels and was always kicking a ball around with his friends. When you meet Alexey you will see that these energy levels have remained and he certainly keeps us all on our toes! Skateboarding is the another sporting interest that Alexey has maintained up to present day. Other hobbies that Alexey enjoys with his friends are long walks and photography. As a multi linguist, speaking fluent Russian, Spanish and English, Alexey believes that instead of just learning a language, it’s also important to absorb the culture. Look out for Alexey, he will be the one with the helmet on balancing a ball on his skateboard and bouncing off the walls!




Julia is another very bright new AVA recruit who has brought a beautiful beaming smile and an array of language skills and charm to the AVA team. Having grown up in Kidderminster, West Midlands Julia is a loyal girl who’s a strong supporter of her hometown team Kidderminster Harriers FC. Although her football heart may be at home, Julia, like many of the AVA staff, has spent her time travelling the globe and experiencing all kinds of wonderful places and cultures. Being half Scottish, Julia also has a keen interest in the Scottish premiership and Celtic football club, but more importantly she has a love of the finer Scottish cuisine and drinks- Irn bru!!

Graduating from Bath University in 2014, Julia left with a degree in German and French European studies. Before joining AVA Julia used her language skills liaising with clients in Germany as an IT recruiter.

Having a love for the German language, she also spent 6 months living abroad in Saarland, Germany working as a foreign language assistant in a local school. Julia loved working with children of all abilities, teaching them English and inspiring them daily; some of the children even modelled themselves on Julia, adopting her latest hair style!

Ever the traveller, Julia spent her year aboard in both Germany and France, including 5 months living in the Alps near Chambéry, France, improving her spoken French by working at a call centre for a holiday company. After a few hectic months away Julia returned to the UK in 2013 ahead of her final year at Bath University before moving to the south of Manchester in 2014.

Unsurprisingly, Julia has a wide range of activities, hobbies and talents up her sleeve. In her spare time Julia enjoys regularly playing the piano, exerting some energy going to the gym, or catching up with friends, eating out at some of Manchester’s many restaurants.

So watch out for our Julia who will inspire you with her language skills but also keep you on your toes with her love of music from classical to hard rock. One smile from Julia will certainly brighten up your day. I am sure you are looking forward to experiencing it.

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