Are you looking for a unique location to explore in the shadows of Spartans and Romans? Looking for Worldschooler events to meet up and spend time with your fellow travels? Then this weeks Worldschooler of the Week, Evangelos Vlachakis, might just have the location for you. Evangelos and his family run Porto Grana Worldschooler Hub in the southern part of Greece, in the Laconia region of the Peloponnese. They host Worldschooling families and produce summits, de-schooling events and camps throughout the year. If you would like to know more, please reach out to Evangelos. Without further ado, 8 questions with Evangelos Vlachakis.
How long have you been traveling?
Since homeschooling/unschooling is considered illegal in Greece, we decided to follow a more nomadic life by taking a year off from schooling to travel around Europe. Now we are back in our base and to tell you the truth we miss like minded families who can appreciate all that this superb location has to offer and that’s why we make every attempt possible to connect. We even organized the first Worldschoolers summit in January 2016 and we had a great time with our visitors.
What does the term Worldschooling mean to you?
Personally I like to think of worldschooling as a means to exlpore life in all its abundance and holisticity. My view on worldschooling does not nessecarily adheres to the idea of actual travelling but to the notion of being open to absorb all the tiny details that are overloooked by our modern western life style. All these interesting places around this world offer so much ‘food” for learning, that if they are combined with live experience , an ideal situation is developing for expanding our horizons by learning to live and living to learn, in some extraodrinary ways.
What made you take the leap and begin Worldschooling?
It was more a spontaneous decision to leave our home behind and move to another country at first and then to various places whithin Greece. But it was certainly influenced by our wish to give our daughter the chance to live and experience other cultures and get to know children that follow a variety of life styles.
What is one tip you would give an aspiring Worldschooler?
I think that once you get on the road , then the whole mindset is changed in ways that we can never envision at the beginning. So , I would say to be open minded and take a step back whenever you feel that you are overwhelmed by the multitude of experiences. It is nice to take it easy and try a slower travelling pace.
What do you think the future of Worldschooling looks like?
I suppose that as long as there are families that may live off remote jobs and the digital nomads keep increasing in numbers, it will be easier to actually unschool by road schooling. Learning happens everywhere and the more people start realising that , the more families will embrace worldschooling and build free learning communities around the globe, that will offer the stations for both starting a journey and acting as possible destinations in a web of locations that offer special care covering the needs of families on the road.
What would you tell your pre-Worldschool self?
I would probably be frank and say “this classroom is not your world. Make the whole world your classroom!”
What words do you live by?
Prosperity, sustainability, trust , collaboration, love.
Where can people find you?
We would like to invite you to visit us in Lakonia, part of the Peloponnese in Greece. Our tiny town with a modern harbour built on the ancient coastal town of Asopos, that served as a commercial port for the Spartans and the Romans up to 370 AD (ruins of which are still visible today even underwater, as the ancient city was submerged) is the ideal place, that may welcome new inhabitants.We are looking for interested international families to join us in order to create a stable community around a new self-directed learning centre in Greece. We provide the space and facilities, a unique location plus affordable housing options. We are trying to set up ” a vibrant eco-community for us to get settled in and create our own garden of eden and live in absolute abundance in line with nature”. We are still at the start but we certainly need like minded people. Hope to hear from you soon!
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