My parents have pictures of me at three months old laying on rainforest leaves big enough to be a cradle in Puerto Rico. With my Dad in the military, we were on the move since I was born. This is partially what prompted them to home school. However, when Dad got out of the Navy, they decided that kind of education lifestyle was something they wanted to carry on. Although we lived in Missouri for thirteen years, we never stopped traveling when Dad’s work would allow. In my first year of traditional high school, my parents made the step to sell their home, purchase an RV and begin traveling full time.
Officially, I graduated from high school while we were traveling, but I feel like my education has never really stopped. In fact, I believe it never will stop.
The reason for this is because, on the road traveling, education wasn’t so much a nine-to-five children’s version of a full-time job as it was a lifestyle. My mother taught me that learning is something that should be natural and 24/7 – not just limited to books or a classroom. It’s something we never grow out of, never exhaust and never find the end of. There is always something new to learn just by keeping eyes wide open.
Six years later, I’m a reporter at a newspaper in Missouri, and I can say in all honesty that world-schooling has changed my life. As a reporter, I’m always working with people and love it. I know it was world-schooling that fostered that appreciation for all kinds of kinds. World-schooling made me curious, adventurous, intuitive, aware of my surroundings, open to new ideas and more observant of my impact on the world and what I can do to better it.
World-schooling isn’t all that different than home-schooling. If you’re willing to take the road less traveled – and if you’re a home school parent, I’m guessing you’re are – than by all means, don’t hesitate. Maybe not everyone can pack up all their belongings and travel like my parents did. However, anyone can implement world-schooling into their education. And now it’s made easier than ever.
When my parents started traveling, it was something very divergent from “normal” homeschoolers. What we didn’t realize was that we were not as alone as we thought. Come to find out, years later, there were plenty of other families who were taking the road less traveled just as we were. As the years have gone by, children raised on the road are not so few and far in-between. There is community for world-schoolers now and that’s something I wish I had known about when I was a fourteen-year-old traveling.
If you’re interested in implementing worldschooling into your child’s education, check out Project World School. Founded by mother-son worldschooling duo Lainie and Miro host retreats for homeschooled teens throughout Latin America, soon to expand to other parts of the world. Their retreats are designed as month long immersive learning communities that include social and experiential education. Learning through the host countries’ culture provides a real world entry into living academics. For example, visit Ecuador’s coast and experience the vibrant marine biology in person, while understanding the issues surrounding conversation and economics within a global perspective. Studies show that combining social and academic learning by immersion is the most effective learning method.
Here are some great photos from the last Project World School retreat which took place in Cusco, Peru and the surrounding areas.
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