Have you heard about the worldschool movement?
Well, it’s not a movement as such, more like an amazing way of homeschooling.
It’s all about homeschooling and travelling.
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Imagine showing your children the world so they can learn about different countries, cultures and lifestyles by being totally immersed in them.
History and Geography would come alive in a way never imaginable in a ‘mainstream’ school or even a regular homeschool.
So, how do you worldschool?
And who are the people actually doing it?
1. Full-Time Worldschool
The ultimate in worldschooling.
Full-time worldschoolers travel the world, learning by seeing and exploring different cultures. Living in the communities they travel to, totally immersing themselves in the culture.
But, how do you earn a living while worldschooling full-time?
A lot of full-time worldschoolers blog about their travels which earns them an income to support their lifestyle.
2. Part-Time Worldschool
Even if your job and lifestyle make it difficult or impossible to worldschool full-time, it doesn’t mean you can’t worldschool at all.
You and your children don’t have to miss out on the amazing experiences worldschoolers have just because you can’t do it all the time.
If you can only travel for two weeks out of a year, you and your children can still get all the benefits of worldschooling.
All you have to do is choose a destination and learn all you can about it:
Then plan your trip:
- Length of trip
- Best season to travel
- What to see
- Where to stay
- What to take
But, what do you do if you are unsure about travelling to a foreign country with your children on your own?
3. Worldschool Adventure Groups
For those of us who would prefer to get a taste of worldschooling but are uncertain about going it alone, Worldschooling Central is arranging a Komodo trip in 2019.
Their Facebook Group says:
‘Join us for an incredible adventure as we travel through the gorgeous islands of Indonesia. From exploring local villages, meeting locals, swimming with Manta Rays, visiting Komodo Dragons, and snorkelling some of the most stunning locations in the world, we’ll travel together as a community giving plenty of time to get to know other Worldschooling families.
The trip will take place in late March/early April to make the most of the weather and to visit at the best time of the year!
The trip will be an incredible learning opportunity for kids and parents alike and will also include extra activities before and after a 4D/3N boat trip. We expect the full trip to be between around 14 days depending on group interests. Participants will be welcome to join all or part of the trip.
Over the coming months, you will be asked for your thoughts on what you would like the trip to include to ensure that it is fun for all.
We look forward to having you join us in Indonesia in 2019!’
4. Local Worldschool
Perhaps not exactly worldschooling, but a great way to get a taste for travelling and learning about different areas, try going on short trips to a different state.
Once you’ve seen and done everything in your own town and state, pick a different state and learn everything about it.
- Cultural Importance
And plan a trip:
- Best way to get there
- Best time to travel
- Things to see and do
- Where to stay
- What to take
It’s amazing what you and your children will learn. After all, not all places in the one country were settled at the same time. Some states have different laws. Even accents and language can differ from state to state.
Local worldschooling is the perfect way to get an idea of whether or not travel is something you can incorporate into your homeschool on a regular basis.
Not all of us are cut out for travel and going local means you’re not that far from home if you discover your family are not good travellers.
There are so many wonderful, yet different, ways to homeschool. Adding travel, whether going only a couple of hours away from home or to the other side of the world, will be a valuable experience for both you and your children.
Whatever you decide – if you decide to go at all – let me know how your trip goes.
And, as always, remember,
Enjoy the Journey,
P.S. Check out these books for some Worldschool inspiration.
Author: Lara Galea
Lara is a freelance writer, blogger, photographer and homeschooler. When not helping others with their journey, she is either reading, binge-watching Netflix or creating havoc in the kitchen.