Isabel is a blogger and mother. This week she is also our Worldschooler of the Week. Together with her partner Adrian and two children, they have been traveling through South East Asia, using the world as their classroom. Their blog, www.irabelas.com (In Spanish), focuses on education and offers a free course called “Work in Freedom”. Now 8 questions about worldschooling, travel and life with Isabel.
How long have you been traveling?
In December 2016 we sold almost all we had and gave up our rented house in Alicante (Spain). In January 2017 we flew to Bangkok and since then we have been in South East Asia.
What does the term Worldschooling mean to you?
The word worldschooling was for me like a door to family and education freedom. I first heard about it speaking with Katie Barnes (I even interviewed her), who was travelling around Europe with her family. Before that we didn’t think about traveling + learning. This possibility did not exist for us.
But it is pure logic. We believe that children can learn for themselves, following their interest and being accompanied by adults. And seeing the world provides lots of things to learn.
It is definitively a great term! 😉
What made you take the leap and begin Worldschooling?
We love travel but since we had kids we were really settled. We lived at a beautiful but small village in Spain, near a great free school. But we had the feeling that we were missing so much things of the world…
What is one travel hack you would pass on to fellow travelers?
I don’t know if you would say this is a travel hack, but there I go:
Always be aware of the needs of the whole family, in order to create the best experience for all of you.
What do you think the future of Worldschooling looks like?
Nowadays there are more and more location independent families. I think that in the future it is going to grow more and more. That is going to make things easier, because worldschoolers need other worldschoolers and communities on the road are the best.
I see a lot of communities around the world and many families interested in doing what we are doing:)
What is the most amazing Worldschooling experience your family has had?
The most amazing worldschooling experience since now is getting to know us better, individually and as a family. When you go out of your comfort zone you are really free. That does not mean that everything is fine and beautiful, but you grow up really fast.
Oh, and my kids are getting so confident with foreign languages and playing with kids they don’t know or don’t understand!!
What words do you live by?
Try it!! If it does not work for you, you can always go back!
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