Meet Alda Babi, PE Teacher, Judo Champion, and Culinary Enthusiast at LIFV

From international tournaments in Zurich, Pau, Tenerife, and Riga to activities like tree climbing, skiing, ice skating, and even juggling – these are just some of the remarkable projects led by our Physical Education and Sports (EPS) teacher, Alda Babi. Hailing from Andorra, she fulfills her dream of teaching EPS. However, what few people know is that she is also a national judo champion, and her culinary passion for pastry accompanies her daily life. Discover Alda’s inspiring story in this interview.
We would like to know more about you and your journey. How did you become a PE teacher?

I’m Alda Babi, originally from Andorra, a small country nestled between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains. I grew up there and attended a French high school in Andorra before moving to Toulouse, France, to pursue my studies in STAPS (sciences and techniques of physical and sports activities). Since childhood, I’ve been passionate about education and sports, which led me to choose this career path.

What motivated you to become a PE teacher?

Since I was young, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I was inspired by one of my teachers, and that calling only grew stronger over time. Being heavily involved in sports from a young age, including judo, skiing, and athletics, I saw teaching PE as an opportunity to combine my passions for education and sports.

Let’s talk about your judo career. How did you become the champion of Andorra?

I started judo at the age of four, encouraged by my mother who wanted me to be able to defend myself. I continued practicing this sport and had the opportunity to be part of the Andorran national team, which allowed me to participate in international competitions. Winning the title of Andorran champion was a great pride for me, and I also had the opportunity to represent my country in European Cups, world championships… I continue to practice judo in Lithuania, and I look forward to participating in the upcoming Games of the Small States of Europe to be held in Andorra in 2025.’

How did you end up in Vilnius?

I studied at a French high school in Andorra, which helped me master the language. As for coming to Vilnius, after working for six years in Andorra, I wanted to explore new horizons. I applied for a position in Vilnius, and I was attracted by the cultural change. Vilnius pleasantly surprised me. I appreciate its friendly and tranquil atmosphere, as well as its safety. Although the cultural shock was notable, especially regarding social interactions, I quickly adapted and discovered the charms of this city. The cold and snow remind me a bit of my home country, and I enjoy exploring local activities and traditions. Overall, I feel very comfortable in Vilnius, and I am delighted to have chosen this destination to continue my professional and personal career.

How do you see PE today in the French system?

PE has evolved significantly in recent years. We now focus more on evaluating students’ skills rather than their pure performances. We emphasize inclusion and adaptation, offering each student the opportunity to thrive at their own pace. Additionally, new sports and artistic activities are introduced to diversify students’ experiences.

Outside of work, what are your passions and hobbies?

I love engaging in various outdoor sports activities, such as hiking and skiing. I also continue to train in judo. My other passion is baking. I enjoy creating cakes and desserts, and it’s a hobby that allows me to relax and express my creativity.

Finally, do you have a pastry recipe to share with our readers?

Of course! One of my favorite recipes is a chocolate cake that I’ve perfected over the years. It’s a simple yet delicious recipe that brings back memories of my childhood. I’m always happy to share it.

Thank you for the interview!
Alda’s chocolate cake