You are here because you think that traveling is a great thing for your children and you have already heard about world education and would like to try it. Right? I would like to help because the Global School (Global Homeschooling, Travel Schooling, Road Schooling, Nomadic Homeschooling) has been my full-time job since 2012. We love learning while traveling and we want more people to try it. My boys are now almost grown up, we are a full-time digital nomadic family and have brought them to about 50 countries on every continent outside the Antarctic to continue their education there. Before the travel adventure we were regular homeschoolers, the older child went to school for a short time, the younger one never.
I have tried school, homeschooling, unschooling and worldschooling and know which lifestyle I prefer and what works best for us. If, like us, you think it's a great way to bring your kids to the source for learning, here are some of our ultimate ideas, tips, and goals for teaching the world. World lessons have to start at home, there are tips to help you learn to travel before you travel, and to teach the world on the go. Do not forget that worldschooling or nomadic homeschooling is an active process. It's not just about bringing the kids on vacation, you need to dig deeper and do your research wherever you go.
The ultimate guide to worldschooling or nomadic homeschooling
World Teaching requires long trips with children and I wish I could write a definitive post by name How to travel with children and answer all questions on this topic in 500 words, unfortunately I can not, no one can. (But I tried, we have now, How to travel the world as a section of this blog). We made it, it finances and I liked it, but to say how to do it would require a book, because the possibilities are endless. There is no right way. At the end of this post you will find some useful links that try to treat this great topic just for you. Do you have questions about As To do this, write them in the comments. Thank you so much!
Worldschooling – finding opportunities
I think this is the most entertaining part of nomadic homeschooling or worldschooling, looking for opportunities for your kids. Forget about the school curriculum for a moment and think about what your kids could do if they were able to try their spare time without giving up the school or father's work schedule. Among the possibilities that our children have enjoyed include:
- Cooking classes in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Sri Lanka
- High diving lessons with world champions in the Crystal Palace, London
- Learn to kayak on calm, clear waters in Thailand
- Discovering your inner and physical strength, trekking in the Himalayas
- Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef
- Stonemason lesson with a master in India.
- Pottery courses in Hoi An Vietnam
- Week-long ski course in Romania
- Climb climbing walls on 2 cruise ships
- Experience Forest School in London
- Learn the basics of languages by living them.
- Experiencing meerkats up close. A dream came true for my younger son at ZSL London Zoo.
- Become a qualified diver.
I'm sure you could think of that loads more Experiences and places that would benefit your children could make you the ideal place to learn horse riding, Thai boxing, circus skills, diving or surfing. Likewise, there must be a perfect place to learn to weave baskets, make paper, pottery or paint. You can also find better, cheaper, more varied, and fun activities that you can try or master by moving around the world. Follow their interests, what do you want to try and what new experiences can you give them?
Do not forget that these opportunities cause them to meet passionate people with incredible abilities. These people are amazing and diverse mentors and really open their eyes to the opportunities in life. This is the real socialization of the world, the exact opposite of the institutionalized socialization of public schools of the same age.
Of course, you also have to find an opportunity to hang out with other children, just for fun. We think that's pretty easy, just take them everywhere where kids gather. Most playgrounds do the job, or sign up for kid-focused groups or classes that they like the idea for. Do not fall into the trap of thinking that children must be kept in large groups, as is the case in schools. From experience, my two often prefer to stay away from other children or hang out with young or old adults. They like to be friends with people they like, not people of the same age.
World class at home
If you're home for a while, you can still learn a lot by stepping outside your front door, watching and asking questions. Do not take your corner of the world for granted, think about why it is.
- Visit every museum you can find. Give everyone enough time and let the kids explore the areas that interest them. They can not force learning. As they grow older, they find more and more interest in museums. Trust me, do not turn them off when they are too young by making them boring. When they are old enough, the audioguides for kids are awesome.
- Visit all historical buildings, monuments, temples, galleries or UNESCO sites. Find out about everything in books, videos and travel guides before you get started.
- When the kids are old enough, make trips. In my experience, there is little point in dealing with young children
- Visit any type of environment in your area, coast, coniferous forest, deciduous forest, freshwater lakes, rainforests, swamps and wetlands, hills and mountains. Go outside and see what grows there, what lives there and how these environments feel. Research before you leave, read or watch videos and play treasure hunt to see what they can detect.
- Take a look at the local agriculture and industry. What is growing in your area? Which animals are raised? What happens during production and where do the raw materials come from? Why are you doing this?
- How are houses built in your area because it is hot, cold and windy? Are locally available materials and traditions a factor?
- What do people eat? What is available and what are the staples? Why?
- What's the weather like? Are there 4 perceptible seasons or just the wet and the dry ones. How are the temperatures? Why is that? Are you close to the equator, on a mountain or at sea level?
- What are the people you live in? Are they all of a race and nationality or do you have a wonderful mix? Why? Are you rich or poor? What is the prevailing religion? How did this religion come into existence and what other religions can you find?
Just watch and ask questions. Be a learner. You will see that all the subjects they learn in neat boxes at school are actually intertwined.
World class on the way
Once you leave the familiarity of your home, the things you see above will change. Since you have noticed and thought about them, you will see these changes more clearly and understand why things are so. Just do all the above and do it wherever you go.
If you select travel destinations to maximize educational impact, you should choose as many places as possible. So, if you live in the tropics (like us), you go somewhere with snowy winters. If you live in a busy city, you will find villages and landscapes. If your kids never see the ocean, find a coral reef. This little piece is so much fun that the world is a great playground that you and your kids can explore.
There is so much to learn around the world. Here are a few top pictures on topics that can be explored in a variety of ways through travel, just a few ideas to encourage you to think about the infinite possibilities.
Learning about world wars
Wars, my boys always ask for them. Dad is the expert here, I'm not at all. They conducted in-depth talks about events that led to both world wars and how they ended up on four continents at supper. They have also visited several places of warfare, from the shattered buildings in Kensington to the Vietnamese Cu Chi Tunnels, the bridge over the Kwai in Kanchanaburi. We talked about poppies and their war-union when we saw them growing in abundance throughout Europe and scattered over the Tower of London in the last century.
We found the World War I medical exhibition in the London Science Museum absolutely mesmerizing and recently spent an incredible day on the battlefields of the Somme.
I think it's great that the same topics keep coming up in the world class, and every place we visit adds another piece to the puzzle and deepens the children's knowledge.
This audiobook was our constant companion around the world. We have the disc for cars and D copied it to his Nintendo 3DS to play it on headphones. (Prices and models can be found here)
Other reading suggestions: The boy in striped pajamas (buy here), The Diary of Anne Frank (Diary of a young girl) (buy here). Miserable World War II (buy here).
Local attractions include the Canberra War Memorial and Museum in Australia. Churchill's War Rooms and the other Imperial War Museums in the UK. The Museum of London, Canary Wharf, has a section dedicated to World War II.
Learn about the Vietnam War
You absolutely have to go to Vietnam. Take them to the Cu Chi Tunnels and the War Museums. Remember the adequacy of age, the tunnels are fun, the museums can be staggering.
In Laos, they learned among the amputees and victims of cluster bombs that the effects of this war continue to this day. Laos is the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. The US has tried to break the Ho Chi Minh Way. The children have seen the devastation and caves in which the people of Laos hid during the endless raids.
See this post in the COPE Visitor Center in Laos, it's brilliant and a must see.
Learning Art & Great Artist
Great artists come from all over the world. At home in Australia we did not have an art museum we could visit. That's why we looked at local artists and Aboriginal art. On the way you have many more options: The Dali Museum in Spain, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Louvre in Paris, the free art museums in London, the Tate Modern and the National Gallery offer audio tours for children. Take a look at the local, traditional art styles on your journey. Islamic art and calligraphy are fascinating and very different. Why is that? London's V & A has a good collection of Islamic art.
The boys became interested in Van Gogh for the first time through Doctor Who. Over time, we have built this interest through books such as the following coloring book and through his works in galleries. If they did not know anything about Van Gogh IN FRONT they saw his sunflowers, they were totally "Meh!" because of just one more painting.
Van Gogh coloring book, check price here
Learn about slavery
Slavery has changed the world and is an important topic. In Australia, we began to learn about slavery as we studied the history and evolution of modern music (with much help from You Tube). Since then we have visited the plantations of the deep South and seen the African influence in Charleston. Last month, two museums focused on the slave trade, the Museum of London and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. I hope to bring the kids to West Africa soon to see where the horror started.
Information on earthquakes, volcanoes and fault lines
As an unexpected "bonus" for the trip, the children have now experienced half a dozen small earthquakes and tremors. Luckily, nothing big. You know what it feels like. They also saw the damage caused by the big quakes, in the streets of Kathmandu and in the landslides of the high Himalayas. You have seen human suffering. Quake victims are not inconceivable on the other side of the world. If we spend those days opulently, such as in the glittering shopping malls of Dubai, we keep thinking of the Nepalese, who still live under plastic wrap. The imbalance and lack of care in the world is something very evil-smelling.
You are also familiar with the events in Sri Lanka. The tsunami is an inevitable topic there. You have spent a lot of time with a British tsunami survivor and know how deeply affected he is by what happened that day and how lucky he and his three children were to survive.
In Guatemala we spent a month under a smoking volcano and then for a few weeks on a (hopefully) extinct crater lake.
I'm trying to say that they are familiar with plate tectonics and the associated natural disasters. They have stood at the top of the Himalayas, knowing that the ground used to be the bottom of the ocean and was forced into glorious snow-capped peaks. You have seen the fossil shells that are sold on the streets. We have dealt extensively with this topic.
The London Natural History Museum offers a great section on earthquakes, the structure of the planet and natural disasters, including a simulator and tsunami footage.
National Geographic Kids Everything Volcanoes and earthquakes: earth-shaking photos, facts and fun! Check the price here
Get to know ancient Greece
We have just taken a tour of the Greek mainland with a view to history and mythology. This was requested by my 12-year-old, he has a deep fascination with his own reading, click through to find out more about this topic.
Learn about The Romans
They will find their tracks in every country touched by their empire. I think our most interesting encounters with the Romans were in Romania, the Romanians are very proud of their origin and the language shows their influence very clearly.
We meet again and again with the same emperors, statues and their works. The extent of Roman influence on the world is amazing, which I only noticed when we started this journey.
Learn about world religions
These children of mine have visited temples and churches of all great and some very small faiths. They have lit Ganesh, Bhairab, Jesus and Shiva candles, visited mosque mosques that are respectfully covered by a hijab, sat and chatted with Saddhus in Kathmandu, hang out with the Amish in Pennsylvania and watched the incredible Easter processions in Guatemala have seen the grave of a voodoo queen and were blessed by a Buddhist monk on a mountain in Cambodia. Beat the RE class at the school!
The wonderful thing about these places is that people always want to share, they encourage children to get involved and tell you a little bit about what's going on. You probably also need to do additional research on world beliefs. There was a wonderful television series titled Around the World at 80 Faiths, presented by a British Christian minister. If you find it on You Tube, it's a perfect, fun introduction for older kids.
Next on our list is the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, the holiest place for Sikhs. It would be cool to bring them to the Vatican and, of course, to Israel.
Learn about rainforests
An average child will never see a tropical rainforest. You may learn something about the forest floor, the undergrowth, the canopy and the emergence of why the forest is so structured and which creatures live in each stratum, but to actually see one and feel the craziness … wow!
There are also temperate rainforests that we met in Guatemala. They are very different and it is interesting to compare.
A visit to a research is a great thing. You can also visit guided walks or rainforest centers with exhibits and interactive displays to help your family learn more about these ancient biomes. We highly recommend the Rainforest Discovery Center and Canopy Walk in tropical Queensland.
Learning about the spice trade
Malaka, India, London, the spice trade seems to follow us. They visited the museums, visited the ships, smelled the spices and saw how they grew. That is inevitable.
Learn about Space Exploration
Nothing is better than the Kennedy Space Center, but the London Science Museum also has a good space section and is free. The Smithsonian Aerospace Museum in Washington DC is a madness and do not forget to visit the space department in Epcot, Disney. Walt loved to teach and kids can learn a lot in his parks.
There is no place like space. Check here the entire assortment and the price.
Learning about biology and natural history
Dies ist mein Thema, ich war Biologe und Zoologe in meinem Leben vor Websites. Die beiden besten und größten Museen dafür müssen das Londoner Naturkundemuseum (kostenlos) und das New Yorker Naturkundemuseum gleich neben dem Central Park sein. Beide sind hervorragend, aber sehr unterschiedlich. Es lohnt sich, beide zu besuchen. Versuchen Sie, Gelegenheiten zum Anfassen zu finden. Viele Museen haben Exponate, die Kinder anfassen können, und Erklärungen in der Nähe, um Wissenslücken zu schließen.
Wo auch immer Sie hingehen, entdecken Sie die lokale Flora und Fauna und haben die Möglichkeit, sich an die Umgebung an der Quelle anzupassen, suchen Sie nach Naturparks, die die lokale Umgebung zeigen, Zoos (der Londoner Zoo ist unser absoluter Favorit) Besuch unten:
Das Grant Museum of Zoology, London. Kostenlos.
Welney Wetland Center, Norfolk. UNITED KINGDOM. Nur ein Beispiel, es gibt Tausende von ähnlichen Orten.
Australische Wildparks wie der Rainforest Habitat in Port Douglas, Queensland.
Ehrlich gesagt denke ich, dass meine Kinder durch das Anschauen von Steve Backshalls Tierprogrammen genauso viel gelernt haben wie durch einige Dinge, die er an der Universität gelernt hat.
Das alte Ägypten kennenlernen
So viele Kinder sind vom alten Ägypten fasziniert und es gibt viel, was sie aus Büchern und Museen lernen können, aber nichts kann sie nach Ägypten bringen, wo ihre Phantasien aufflammen und es so viel mehr gibt, um die alte Geschichte zu lernen. Die Jungs haben diesen Beitrag geschrieben, um etwas über Ägypten zu lernen.
Über Shakespeare lernen
Stratford-upon-Avon, Großbritannien, und Shakespeares Globe am Südufer der Themse wären meine Wahl. Ich habe meine Jungs durch Graphic Novels, die klassischen Geschichten und Wörter im Comic-Format für Shakespeare interessiert. Probieren Sie diese, wir haben sie geliebt.
Manga Macbeth. Check Price Here.
Learning About Great Explorers
I’ve talked about this book before, we loved it and carried it in our backpacks for months. Explore, the Greatest Journeys of all Time. Get Price Here.
As you travel the world you’ll cross the ancient paths of those early explorers time and time again. See where Captain Cook stopped to repair his ship and made his first contact with native Australians in Cooktown, Queensland. Vasco da Gama keeps popping up just about everywhere, we recently found his grave in Cochin, India.
This post is getting too long, I’ll stop with the examples, but here’s a question people ask:
Can Homeschooled or Worldschooled Kids Go to College?
Of course they can. Statistics show that generally, academic outcomes are better for homeschooled kids than for those in the public school system, If the kids later decide to take exams, they can.
(In the above study, unschooled kids did worse than public school tests. That is to be expected, unschooling families aren’t working towards testing nor following the standard curriculum so the data is irrelevant.)
OK, so they haven’t spent year after year writing essays and solving quadratic equations but it’s a pretty simple process to intensively study for the particular exams they might need in a very short time. Also remember that exams may not be required as different pathways and entry criteria sometimes exist for homeschooled kids. Alternatively educated kids seek our further education because they really want it, not because all their friends are off to university so they should be self-motivated enough to get a few exams if they need to. ( In the UK the iGCSE system exists, kids can study in a year or so at home, then just turn up for the exams.)
My feeling is that my boys won’t want to go to university. I went, I had fun, but in the long run my degree didn’t bring me happiness beyond the gown and cap. Creating my own job did that for me. I think, I hope, that they will create jobs for themselves too, rather than having to be employed by an organisation. They have plenty of time to start thinking about that and no pressure to follow the conventional educational course. But if university and conventional employment is what they want, so be it, we can work together towards that outcome.
Learning Maths and English on The Road
Young children DO learn a lot of maths and even to read, naturally. I’ve seen it happen in my younger son, he was never “taught” to read and he adores his books now. They have both picked up almost all of their grammar and spelling from their reading, there is absolutely no need for memorisation of lists. My feeling is that they do, sometimes, need to write, numbers and letters, and that’s not something my two would EVER do naturally. Maybe it comes with age, but at 12 I’m still not seeing signs of him picking up a pen for pleasure. He taught himself to type using an online program, but writing, no. Lots of boys hate writing, it’s common. I was talking to a schools psychologist about this just yesterday, she said so many boys feel tortured by what they’re forced to do in school and that this torture starts way too young.
With this in mind, we do complete a few work books. We’ve always got a minimum of maths and English books in our packs on all but the shortest trips and from time to time we’ve carried Spanish, Handwriting, Coding and Science too. You can buy them in good book shops or online and we do them if we have some quiet time. It’s important to do a little fairly often because they do regress if they escape writing for months. Some worldscholers will suggest keeping a journal, well my two would rather have their teeth extracted than be forced to write like that, I’ve found that workbooks work far, far better. I have mentioned the workbooks we use ( after much trial and error) in our homeschooling and travelling post ( we’re #1 on Google on that topic!) . For now, I’ll just highly recommend the Carol Vorderman series,
Click though to find a work book to suit your child’s level and age.
We also use and have used online learning programmes such as Studyladder, Khan Academy, Minecraft Homeschool and Reading Eggs.
We can offer you a free trial of Reading Eggs, it’s available in UK, Australian and US versions and isn’t just for little ones learning to read, it supports language skills right up to age 13. Both my boys used it and it was a sound investment.
If we feel we need help from somebody with particular skills, we can find tutors or volunteers. We are now looking for a maths tutor to take some weight off my shoulders.
What Do You Need to Carry to Worldschool?
Really nothing special at all. Some bloggers will write shopping lists for you to boost their affiliate commissions, I’m going to be honest. You need nothing you can’t buy easily anywhere in the world. A notebook and some pencils.
Online learning programmes like those mentioned above have greatly reduced the need to carry books. You really can learn anything from the internet.
Our preference is to carry a few workbooks as above and the boys have their Kindles for reading. Other than that, nothing. Just use what is around you and keep your eyes wide open.
Those how to travel with kids posts I promised you:
Planning Travelling Around The World
What Do We Carry in Our Backpacks, Travel Gear
Did Travel Blogging Fund Our Long Term Travel
How to Travel Carry on Only
Problems of Travel With Kids
How to Find Bargains on Flights Using Skyscanner
Family Travel in London
Family Travel in Thailand
Family Travel in Sri Lanka
Family Travel in India
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This is one of those posts that will grow and grow, I’ll add more detail, more recommendations, more resources and ideas over time, but now I’m going to hit publish. My perfectionist gene has had this post in draft mode for over a week already. If you’re interested in this topic and would like more information, tell me in the comments what to add. Or do you have any worldschooling tips or ideas you’d like to share here? I started writing a guide to worldschooling or nomadic homeschooling but what I really wanted to share was an insight into how this works, how the real world has far more to teach than any textbook and how much understanding kids can develop through real-life experiences rather than being confined in a sterile and artificial classroom one. What do you think?
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