Traveling Families Share Their Best Worldschooling Moments

10
Jun

Traveling Families Share Their Best Worldschooling Moments

Travel can provide an amazing education for our children (and ourselves). Learning through real-life experiences allows a much deeper connection than learning from a textbook. This is why we worldschool! We’ve asked a few families to share their best Worldschooling Moments with our community at the Family Adventure Summit. This is what they had to say….

Michelle from And Off We Went

Living in Cusco, Peru for two years was a wonderful experience for our family. We connected with nature at every opportunity and participated in weekly nature walks with other families. While my kids aren’t naturally energetic, there is something about a beautiful backdrop and great friends that makes getting out and about so much easier. We got to see so many wonderful out of the way places that visitors to Cusco would not even know were there. We felt very humbled and blessed by the experience.

Jessica from WorldTowning

It is really hard to identify our best worldschooling experience because frankly, there have been so many! I would like to share one of the first experiences we had when we started WorldTowning in Costa Rica back in 2014.
We were fortunate enough to have found a group of shining stars at a time when our transition to WorldTowning was tough, to say the least. Our daughter who was 10 at the time saw a group of kids her age performing at the local farmer’s market. She was immediately intrigued by the loud and colorful dance which we later learned was part of the local culture in Costa Rica. As per her request, my husband approached the instructor and asked her if Avalon could join their dance troupe. Not only did the instructor welcome us with open arms, but she assured us that Avalon’s lack of command of the Spanish language would not affect her ability to grow within the group. And the rest is dance history!
We spent several days a week and many weekends at rehearsals/performances across Costa Rica with our amazing dance family. And I say family because the performances were always a family event. Moms, dads, siblings, dancers, we all rode together on the bus to the events. They treated all of us like family, shared their culture and embraced our differences. As a result, our entire family had a rich worldschooling experience as soon as our feet first touched the soil of a foreign land. And this is why we worldschool. The ability to immerse in the local community, make friends and learn is something that stays with all of us as we continue to travel the world and have additional worldschooling experiences.
Related full post- http://worldtowning.com/punto-guanacasteco-dancing/

Mara from Mother of All Trips

Although my children attend a (wonderful) traditional school and always have, I know that the traveling we have done has a family has had as great an impact on their intellectual lives as the things they’ve learned in the classroom. One experience that stands out is our visit to Oxford, England in 2010. I was an Anglophile as a child and one of my favorite books of all time was the annotated version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, whose author was an Oxford don and whose inspiration and namesake was the daughter of the dean of Christ Church College. When we arrived in Oxford I could barely contain my delight at how beautiful and evocative it was and how much it looked just as I had always imagined it.
I’m pretty sure my sons Teddy and Tommy (then 5 and 8) weren’t quite sure why I was so enthusiastic about Oxford or just why I kept waxing rhapsodic about how magical it was. But a visit to the Oxford Museum of Natural History taught them to love this most special of places too. This beautiful museum has rightly been famous since the nineteenth century as a treasure trove of all that is glorious in this great big planet of ours. We spent hours unearthing its riches and not only did we get to see the skeleton of the Oxford dodo bird that inspired one of the most famous scenes in Alice’s story, we explored every inch of the exhibits from brain coral to butterflies, meteorites to a megalosaurus. The way my children cried out in recognition on finding things they had previously read about in books is something I’ll never forget. The chance to visit a place I had dreamed of since childhood would have been deeply satisfying on its own, but to see my children learning so much from it only made the pleasure that much greater. Even if I haven’t ever gotten those two boys to read Alice’s story.
Thank you to our contributors! If you have a favorite worldschooling moment, please email us at hello@familyadventuresummit.com. We would love to feature you!

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