Who is behind Blab?

“I was tired of seeing amazing people with great potential missing out on great opportunities because they couldn’t speak English. I saw very talented people in the UK working in service jobs because of the language barrier. As I documented my trip on Instagram, many people would come to me showing a desire to travel but also a huge fear due to their inability to express themselves in English. During my travels, I also saw people feeling lonely and unable to fully appreciate the places they were visiting because they couldn’t join the conversations in English.”

Hi there, my name is Andrea and I’m a 29-year-old digital nomad from Brazil. I left my home country in 2012 to go to university in London where I studied Public Relations at the University of Westminster. Music is a huge passion of mine and during my time at university I did internships at several music companies in London. However, due to visa restrictions, I had to change industries after graduating. I ended up getting hired as a Data Analyst for a company in Manchester which manufactures cosmetics and personal care products.

After 7 years of living in the UK, the company I worked for started struggling financially and they had to let me go. As I was on a work visa which was linked to my job, that also meant I had to leave the country. This was a difficult time for me but during the time I was waiting for my visa curtailment to be processed, I ended up getting a freelance gig which could be done online: I started proofreading Mystery Shopping questionnaires for a French company. Pretty random, right?

This is how my digital nomad life started. Having a fairly regular income stream and being able to work online made for the perfect circumstances for me to hit the road and live a nomad lifestyle. I also started volunteering in exchange for accommodation in hostels and eco-projects in order to save money, of course, but also to gain new skills and find a new career direction.

After 1 year as a nomad, Covid hit and I saw myself unemployed for the second time in 1 year. This was when I knew it was time to start my own online business. After researching the market and searching within myself what I truly believed in, I decided to create Blab. I was tired of seeing amazing people with great potential missing out on great opportunities because they couldn’t speak English. I saw very talented people in the UK working in service jobs because of the language barrier. As I documented my trip on Instagram, many people would come to me showing a desire to travel but also a huge fear due to their inability to express themselves in English. During my travels, I also saw people feeling lonely and unable to fully appreciate the places they were visiting because they couldn’t join the conversations in English.

I used to teach English in a school in Brazil before moving to the UK and I know for a fact how inefficient these formal courses can be to teach you real English that you can actually use in life. So Blab was created from my desire to change this picture and to show people they can learn a language in a more enjoyable and natural way.