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Worldschooling: Learning by Doing

Updated: Aug 12, 2023

In recent years, more and more families have been opting for a non-traditional approach to education known as worldschooling. Worldschooling is essentially a form of homeschooling that involves traveling the world and using the experiences gained from these travels to educate children. While it may seem unconventional, worldschooling offers a wealth of benefits that cannot be found in traditional schooling.

One of the most significant benefits of worldschooling is the opportunity for children to gain a global perspective. By visiting different countries and cultures, children learn firsthand about diversity, tolerance, and empathy. They learn to appreciate different ways of life and develop an open-mindedness that will serve them well throughout their lives. Additionally, the exposure to different languages, customs, and beliefs helps to expand their worldview and create a more well-rounded education.

Another benefit of worldschooling is the ability to personalize the education experience. Traditional schooling often follows a one-size-fits-all approach, which can be frustrating for students who learn differently or have unique interests. Worldschooling allows parents to tailor their children's education to their individual needs and interests. For example, if a child is passionate about marine biology, a trip to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia can provide an unparalleled educational experience.

For me, one of the most difficult parts of having a child in school in the US was the inability to take my child to experience different things during the school year. Any time I tried to take my child out of school to go to a museum for a special exhibit or visit a new city during a cultural festival, it was not “approved” time out of school and I would receive letters about the importance of class time. And although class time if very important, it is also important to create opportunities for my child to explore more of what they love to learn about. Worldschooling can be the answer!

Worldschooling offers the opportunity for children to develop important life skills such as adaptability, independence, and problem-solving. Traveling to different countries often requires navigating unfamiliar environments, communicating in different languages, and managing unexpected challenges. These experiences help children develop resilience and self-reliance that can serve them well in all aspects of their lives.

If you're considering worldschooling for your family, there are plenty of resources available to help you get started. Social media pages and groups are an excellent place to connect with other worldschooling families, share resources and advice, and find support. Here are some examples:

  1. Worldschoolers Facebook Group: With over 30,000 members, this group is an excellent resource for parents interested in world schooling. It's a place to ask questions, share experiences, and connect with other families who are on a similar journey.

  2. World Schooling Central: This Facebook page is run by a family of world schoolers and is an excellent resource for tips and advice on all aspects of world schooling.

  3. World Schooling Families: This website is a comprehensive resource for world schooling families. It includes information on destinations, curriculum ideas, and practical advice on logistics and planning.

  4. Homeschooling Abroad: This Facebook group is a place for families who are homeschooling or world schooling abroad to connect and share resources and advice.

World schooling offers a unique and enriching educational experience for families who are looking for something different from traditional schooling. The benefits are numerous, including exposure to different cultures, personalized education, and the development of important life skills. With the abundance of resources available, world schooling is an attainable option for families who are willing to think outside the box and embrace adventure.

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