The History of Pilgrims
An overwhelming desire to create an environment that would stimulate and inspire their students is what drove Mario Rinvolucri and James Dixey to open Pilgrims in 1974.
Concerned by the fact that teachers in traditional schools focused more on the course books and a method, they identified that a more immediate result could be achieved by putting the learner at the centre of the learning process.
Their ethos – Pilgrims does not teach a language but teaches people.
This pedagogic philosophy is now celebrated throughout the world as the 'Humanistic Approach;' it inspires thousands of Children & Teenagers, Business Professionals and Teachers. Indeed Pilgrims has published over 50 Teacher's resource books on the subject and continues to guide teachers worldwide through the Pilgrims pioneering online magazine ‘Humanising Language Teaching.
People come to Pilgrims not just to focus on their English, but to focus on their relationship with their English: this transformation at a deep personal level empowers them to take responsibility for how they learn and how they can communicate powerfully in the global language.
Why we do what we do
In every moment we are…
Being people that live values that attract positive attention throughout the world. “Pilgrims is a company we love to work with and for”
Being so vibrant that new ideas and innovations arise one after another through co-operation and creative energy.
Being the most inspiring organisation where trainers, participants, colleagues and peers aspire to work and be.
We stand for the possibility of personal and professional transformation through our own continually transforming leadership, inspiration and coaching.
Our ‘doing’ flows from our ‘being’.
We promise to fulfil on being the essence of Pilgrims – and our essence drives every action, communication and engagement with the world outside and inside Pilgrims.