Academic Lectures @home with Next Steps

About Next Steps


Next Steps is a small educational agency, started in 2020 in Frankfurt, to work with and for young people (and their parents) who are interested to go into the world and experience it.
Throughout my years in education, abroad and in Germany, I have learnt to cherish an all-rounded education with good language skills.
I try to guide and advise young people to find the right and fitting place for a short-term stay, a summer camp, or even a long-term commitment in their educational careers. The right place for the right person, is my motto!
My pedagogical impact and expertise as much as my insight looking into English speaking countries and the German school system, help me to understand the needs of students.

About Academic Camp

Academic Camp is a team of experienced professionals who are passionate about offering inspiring and challenging academic camps for adventurers, explorers and engagers aged 7-17. Our camps are accredited to guarantee quality, and enjoyable with an amazing mix of the academic with trips, sports and activities. You can study in the UKCanadaSwitzerlandGermany or Greece or enjoy year round one to one tuiton in any subject. 

Our methodology is centred around CLIL - Content and Language Integrated Learning. You study the content of academic subjects and at the same time develop your communication skills, academic language proficiency and higher order thinking skills.
From January to April learn from inspiring speakers, who have succeeded in their area of expertise. We have a  Principal, Head of Academics,  a teacher trainer, a director of studies, a deputy principal of a prestigious IB school, a business manager, an engaging economics expert,  a university professor and a doctor of social sciences lined up for our series of lectures. They can’t wait to share their expertise with you, help you prepare for your future and start thinking out of the box. ...and the best thing... these lectures are FREE OF CHARGE!

Different topics to broaden your horizons

What are you interested in? 
  • CLIL - coming through Covid stronger than before: Nobody wanted Covid and we will all be happy when face masks and social distancing are things of the past. Nevertheless, COVID has changed the way we live and learn - and sometimes, change is for the better. Content & Language Integrated Learning has become stronger because of the pandemic; in this presentation, we will explore how this has happened and how CLIL is empowering learners and teachers.
  • History - a window to the past or a passport to the future: We live in present... we plan for the future... Let's study the past and develop a better understanding of the world!!! History is the key.
  • Insight to Leadership: Gain insight into the skills it takes to become a great leader! We will dive into the different areas of leadership and examine different approaches, methods, and skills needed for you to be the best leader you can be, as no two leaders are the same.


Vincent Smidowicz - Vincent is principal of Academic Summer. He has spent the last 32 years in academic management, teacher training and teaching. He has examined for International Baccalaureate and designed and run pre-IB courses. Throughout his career he has inspired many students to think, discover, analyse, explore different angles and pursue their dreams.

Anastasia Vasileiou - Anastasia is the Director of Studies at Academic Summer. She is also a deputy principal at a prestigious IB school in Greece, her homeland. She has more than 30-year experience in teaching and she holds a Master’s Degree in School Management. She has just successfully gained her PhD in the University of Cambridge. Anastasia loves teaching and working with people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities.

Tabby Rogers - Tabby is an experienced primary teacher and the Academic Summer Bristol director. She has developed the accredited Be a leader programme for Academic Summer Camps. She has discovered a way of learning through practical application of theory to real life model.

Paige Phillips - Paige is the Human Resources and Business Manager for Academic Camp Canada. She has her degree in Human Recourses Management and 5 years of experience in the field. She is primarily based in Canada, and has also directed UK half-term courses. She enjoys training and onboarding staff and is fasinated by the what motivates and incentivize people in the workplace.