One of the most common questions we get asked is “How to you educate the kids while travelling?” and “Don’t you all drive each other mad hanging out together all the time?”. Well this post helps to answer both of those questions.
So, What is Worldschooling?
Forget textbooks and classrooms; worldschooling is like a supercharged version of homeschooling with a passport. It’s all about turning the world into your children’s classroom and letting their curiosity run wild in the most extraordinary places.
Instead of learning about ancient civilizations from a history book, your little explorers are wandering through the ruins of Machu Picchu, feeling like real-life Indiana Jones or Lara Croft. It’s a blend of travel, education, and adventure that will make your family’s globetrotting dreams come true!
Lessons Beyond the Ordinary
With worldschooling, education becomes an immersive experience that stretches far beyond the ABCs. It’s about learning languages by chatting with street vendors, understanding cultures by sampling weird and wonderful local delicacies, and mastering geography by getting delightfully lost in vibrant cities.
Picture your kids calculating currency conversions at the bustling markets of Marrakech whilst attempting to haggle (we definitely haven’t quite cracked the conversion yet!) or becoming budding marine biologists as they snorkel through colourful coral reefs in the Gili Islands. The world becomes their playground, and every destination is a gateway to mind-blowing discoveries and priceless life lessons.
Sounds awesome right? Well help is at hand to get you on the right path
Life Skills on the Road
But hold on, worldschooling isn’t just about academics. It’s also about nurturing curious minds, fostering resilience, and cultivating a global perspective in your little globetrotters. As they navigate new landscapes, interact with diverse cultures, and overcome challenges on the road, they’ll develop essential life skills like adaptability, open-mindedness, and problem-solving prowess.
Worldschooling is a journey where textbooks are replaced by immersive experiences and where education and adventure go hand in hand. With worldschooling, you’ll not only give your kids an extraordinary education but also create a lifetime of cherished memories.
What is a Worldschool Hub?
A worldschool hub is a community-based center that provides educational and social opportunities for traveling families. It serves as a temporary base where families can connect with like-minded individuals, participate in group activities, and access resources to enhance their worldschooling journey. These hubs often offer a range of educational programs, cultural experiences, and community support to enrich the learning and personal growth of both children and parents.
In addition to the educational benefits, worldschooling also offers social perks for both children and adults too. A worldschool hub acts as a meeting point for like-minded travelers, providing a sense of community and connection. At these hubs, children have the opportunity to interact with peers from diverse backgrounds, forming friendships that transcend borders and cultures.
It’s a space where they can share experiences, exchange ideas, learn from one another or just play the days away. Simultaneously, parents can connect with fellow worldschooling families, sharing insights, tips, and support along the journey. This social aspect of worldschooling creates a support network that understands the unique challenges and joys of a nomadic lifestyle. Through these connections, both children and adults can foster lifelong friendships and create lasting memories of shared adventures around the world. So, not only does worldschooling offer an exceptional education, but it also allows for the cultivation of meaningful social bonds within the worldschooling community.
We have met up with many of the families we have met at hubs further down the line and the kids have maintained relationships with some of their travel buddies too through email and other social apps.
We also have a some fun stories of what the ‘adults’ get up to when the kids are at the hubs and they get to put their feet up, or let their hair down. But, I will have to save them for another time… 🤣
Here are some worldschooling communities that you may want to look into:
This one comes with a personal recommendation and a big thumbs up and 5 stars and all the other top review stuff. This hub is a very popular worldschool pop-up among families that we know and gets great reviews from everyone we know that has attended! Families can explore the ancient city of Luxor, learn about Egyptian history and culture, and take part in a variety of activities, such as boat rides on the Nile River, visits to temples and tombs, and cooking classes. Louise and her team do a fab job. Be quick though, hubs are filling up quick and there will be new adventures on the horizon!
Worldschool Pop-Ups focuses on affordable short-term gatherings around the world for families. These gatherings typically last for a week or two and offer a variety of activities, such as field trips, cultural experiences, and workshops. Read about our personal experience of the pop up in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Nature-Mind is an educational and environmental organization based in Krabi, Thailand. They offer a variety of programs for children and worldschoolers, all of which are designed to foster a love of nature and learning. We attended the Ocean Guardians Camp and can recommend 100%. Our kids left absolutely inspired to help save our oceans…and avid shark fans!
A new hub, these are focused on South America. Focusing on cultural experiences with options for more structured learning like language learning, this is on the pricier side than a lot of other hubs but looks well organised and interesting.
MISSION: we create a more empathic, peaceful world through immersive, culturally-rich worldschooling hubs in the planet’s most magnificent locations.
- Children aged 7-16
- Based in a beautiful hub space, with activities taking there and in the community
- Culturally-rich. Children do crafts, cooking, and art-related activities deeply connected to culture. They explore the city on walks and outings, volunteer, and have lots of time for play
- 4-week program
- Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 9:30-3pm
- Thursday: all day field trip with parents
- Optional one-on-one Spanish tutoring
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- Traveling Village is a worldschooling experience that allows families to travel together for four months as a group to multiple locations around the world. This experience is a great way for families to learn about different cultures and make new friends.
Open Flow Learning Centre, Bali is an experientially-orientated learning center that allows flexible enrollment for worldschoolers. This center offers a variety of classes and activities, such as yoga, surfing, and cooking.
Unschool Adventures offers tours for teenagers that are designed to help them explore their interests and learn in a fun and engaging way. These tours include activities such as hiking, biking, and rock climbing.
Boundless Life has permanent locations in Portugal, Greece, Italy & Bali (with more locations to come). They provide accommodations, an education center for kids and co-working hub for parents, plus a variety of community activities and a concierge type of service. This is a great option for families who want to live and learn in a beautiful location. It is definitely not a budget option.
The Hive is a permanent school option in Cabrera, Dominican Republic, which takes short term worldschoolers in 6-week sessions. They follow an unschooling approach and project-based learning. This is a great option for families who want to give their kids the freedom to learn at their own pace.
Wood School Bali offers a progressive and experiential learning environment for students of all ages. The school welcomes traveling worldschooling families for pre-booked weekly enrollments (1-5) weeks, as space allows.
Wood School Bali believes that education should be about more than just academics. The school’s curriculum is designed to help students develop these qualities through a variety of hands-on learning activities in a nature based setting.
We loved our time at the Wood School and the kids are counting down until we return!
Nomads with Kids
A map of flexible schools, childcare, co-working spaces with childcare and Worldschooling communities for travelling families. They update and add more places and events every week.
Website: www.nomadswithkids.org Instagram: nomadswithkidsorg
Homestays with Kids
A community for families to travel and connect around the world. Stay with other families with kids and meet like-minded people while travelling. Enjoy some meals together, explore the area, exchange cultures, have playdates and save money on accommodation!
Website: www.homestayswithkids.com Instagram: homestayswithkids
If you would like to add details of your hub or worldschool event, please get in touch.
The Remote Family
Has compiled a great list of worldschooling hubs with additional details if you need some extra information. This magazine for families living outside the box has a bunch of great articles on remote families, world schoolers, travel tips and an article on this amazing family 😉
So there is a great start to your worldschool hub research. Remember, not all hubs are created equally, its about finding the right fit for your family. Speak to The Worldschool Coach for finding the right path for your families world schooling journey.
Check out our blog post for finding the right worldschooling hub for you here, with questions to ask, what to look our for and more.
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