You might have heard of worldschooling: the combination of education and travel, and the intentional effort to provide their children with an incredible opportunity to learn from the world. While some families have the financial means and freedom to travel the world (either by working remotely, creating a new career in a new locale, or by saving beforehand), not all families want to or are able to travel for long periods of time. Many families choose to have their kids in traditional school or to homeschool them from August to June, and then travel during the summer break for language or cultural immersion.
Summer family travel is a brilliant opportunity to spend time in a new culture either for language immersion, to learn how families live in a new culture, to visit historical or natural sights, or even to increase their kids’ familiarity with their heritage culture. We save up every year to travel during the summer: slow travel, where we immerse ourselves in the language and culture as much as possible (read about our adventures here!). If you follow my instagram, you know that last year we took an amazing trip all over China, so my son could reconnect and get to know more about his own birth culture. The year before, we spent 6 weeks in Peru for language and culture immersion, learning about Andean culture and having Spanish classes with a tutor. And this whole school year, we have moved to Mexico, so the kids can really be immersed in Spanish at a local school, and experience the incredible traditions and every day customs.
In thinking about our summer 2018, we knew we would just be finishing up the school year and packing up to go home. And then we got a message from two incredible mamas, who were going to be traveling in Latin America and wanted to meet up.
Vanessa Bell, founder of De Su Mama, and Rebecca Bernard, of Family Go Global, have been longtime on-line friends of mine. We are all raising multicultural, bilingual kids, and we strive to teach them about both their heritage cultures and cultures around the world. And this summer: they’re coming to Merida!!! In between visiting Mexico City, and attending Family Go Global’s “Costa Rica Pura Vida Peace Camp” (bilingual summer camp), we will dive into language and cultural immersion as we explore Merida and the Yucatán.
Vanessa talks about her traveling dreams coming true here: “as it relates to my family’s travel mission statement, we’ll be fully immersed in Spanish for the summer, exploring cultures that expand our identities as Latinos and making big investments in friendships that I hope will be lifelong.”
Rebecca founded FamilyGo with the goal of making international travel more accessible to families. She hoped to create opportunities to show them the world and have diversity experiences as a family. This trip to Mexico is an extension of her family travel goals.
Together we have 9 multicultural, bilingual kiddos, and we are ready for adventure and cultural immersion! Really soon we’ll do a facebook live so you can meet all of our kiddos, and then we’ll look at itineraries!! We’d love for you to follow our adventures on instagram using #kidsgoglobal, and tag us in your own escapades!