Worldschooling means “Learning from the World”

If you read my blog because you are interested in Worldschooling, then this post is for you. 

I cannot say I am the greatest Worldschooling parent because I’m not, a lot of the time life just gets in the way and I don’t really teach my kids anything new or exciting for days on end. 

BUT; we live in a place that isn’t our hometown, surrounded by languages we cannot speak and learning of a culture that isn’t ours. Our kids are small enough to think that this is not something out of the ordinary. But I do have to admit I am a bit of a lazy Worldschooler. There is also this thing about traveling and how my husband and I have totally different styles. He lives for travel and I’m the tag along.

When I feel inadequate I look at other Worldschooling blogs for inspiration. There are plenty of families around the world that inspire me to do more, be more, live more like Worldschoolers instead of just expats. The family that inspires me the MOST is Alyson Long’s World Travel Family.

I have been following their adventure around the world for a couple of years and I love how they take things slow and never rush. Alyson, the mom of the family educates her kids in her own way. Before taking off to tackle the world she used to homeschool her boys with a set Australian curriculum and as they started traveling, the education started taking a way of its own. The worldschooling started. 

I can relate to this because it is how I fell in to worldschooling too. I am not an educator or a great homeschool teacher but I completely appreciate the idea of schooling with the world, through experience and by having an open mind.

Alyson´s family has visited 16 countries in one year and that is pretty impressive. The year 2015 was a bit different for them though, out of sheer coincidence and fate, they bought a house in rural Romania and set up camp. Now when they travel the kilos of legos and books can stay somewhere safe awaiting their return.

I have really enjoyed watching how their little Romanian village went from autumn colors to deep snow and ice. While I sat at my computer sweating it out in Bali, they were making holes in the ice that covered the creek so they could flush the loo.

As I write this little feature about them, they have taken off again to visit Sri Lanka and Nepal. Alyson wrote this post about planning for the trip. I’m sure they will enjoy the heat after all that ice!

I am so inspired by this family that I decided to interview Alyson to learn a little more. I was pleasantly surprised that she isn’t a compulsive planner and likes to take things in stride. 

Their instagram account is also really nice! Be sure to follow.

It turns out she has 6 blogs but it is only two of them that I follow;
World Travel Family
Simple Life in Romania


Interview with Alyson from World Travel Family

Why did you decide that you needed a home base instead of staying “on the road”?

It just became attractive again. We love backpacking and love the lifestyle, but when we thought about having a base and being able to buy the kids bikes, not carry 10 tonness of Lego with us all the time, having books, a printer and all the things we missed, it just seemed like a good idea.
Constant travel takes a lot of organization and research, we wanted to be able to take a break from that too.

How did you pick Romania?

We didn’t really pick it, it was just the first place we’d visited that we loved where buying a property would be practical or possible. We weren’t looking for somewhere, it just happened, Romania is also a great travel base, close to London, yet close to Asia too.

What made you fall in love with the area / the house.

It’s totally different to anywhere else we’ve been. I adore Asia, but it would be difficult to live there with visa and property ownership laws. The kids love it here too, they particularly enjoy having their freedom, here they can roam the village and fields without fear of traffic or random nutters.  They couldn’t do that in London, Australia or Asia. It’s wonderful to be surrounded by nature and smallholdings and the villagers are simply awesome. This is billed as THE last peasant culture in Europe, the Lonely Planet describes it as medieval. It’s just amazing.

What is the one thing each of you take in your backpack without fail?

Me, my laptop and jeans, I live in jeans, every climate, every continent. Little Boo has his bear, it’s been to around 30 countries. D is never without his Kindle and something to play music and Chef loves his penknife. He’s usually got everything bar the kitchen sink in there, he carries 90L +.

What book / books have traveled with you since the beginning of your journey?

None. If we buy books we give them away when we’re done if we’re on the road. We all have Kindles, they’re more practical.

Is there a word in a foreign language (meaning not your own) that you or someone in your family still uses on a regular basis?

Thank you is always “multumesc” now, hello is “Buna” ( said with the correct village accent) For a while we used a lot of Spanish words after being in Guatemala and El Salvador but now they’re mostly Romanian. We often slip in words like “dhobiwallah” for laundry or “kaka de vaca” for cow poo ( useful in this village!) 

Do you have a hard time maintaining all three of your blogs?

I have 6! And yes. I can’t possibly keep them all up, I only do what I feel like doing. The small ones grow very, very slowly, World Travel Family is a bit of a monster now, it’s huge, but I don’t put the work in that I should or could. I don’t treat it as a business,  I tried for a while to really make it pay, but it just takes too much time. I’m a mum an educator and a traveller first and that’s the way it should be.

How do you manage your time between homeschooling, the blogs, the house, travel? 

I don’t. We just go with the flow. I tend to get up very early, around 4am, so I have lots of time to work before everyone else wakes up.I’m a morning person, I love being up for dawn. We never have a schedule unless we’ve got to catch a plane, we’re very spontaneous, some would say disorganized.