Sitting in a classroom isn’t always the best or most fun way to learn about the world. There is a more influential and interactive way to learn. It is called worldschooling. Worldschooling is when parents take their kids out of school and travel the world, learning about and experiencing different cultures as they go. It may not be feasible for most people, but I feel very lucky to be able to do this. Imagine seeing the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Eiffel Tower with your own eyes, instead of just looking at pictures or reading about it. I think worldschooling is something that changes the way people look at the world, making it a very big deal. It is beneficial and can lead to many great things.
When I worldschool, I learn more about the world around the world. Visiting places comes with a unique opportunity for me to not only learn about but also experience the culture and history of the region. More context comes with seeing all these neat places. I can really engage with the material. Back home I most often only use one or two senses to learn: sight and/or hearing. While I travel, I can not only see what I’m learning about, but also feel it, hear it, and maybe even smell it. It really enrichens my education when I can really use my mind and body to learn. It’s like learning in two dimensions versus in three. I find myself watching the sunrise over the dunes of the Sahara, or inside a cathedral inside of a mosque. Those kinds of moments stick with you forever. A whole new world of depth is unlocked when you learn around the world.
It also gives me more control over what I learn, how I learn it, and at what pace I learn it. I can sleep in and then get to work, while back where I used to live I would wake up at a fixed time for school every morning. I can focus on some subjects more than others. If someone were passionate about Science and the way the world works, than they could shape their education around that. Or they could try to learn an extra language. They could even study at the speed that is right for them. For example, I have been able to advance in mathematics twice as fast as in a classroom.
A third benefit of worldschooling is that it touches the heart. I usually take what I have back home for granted. By visiting other places around the world, I see what those people have to do every day to survive. Sometimes I even have to live in harder conditions, but what might seem horrible to me is normal for the people that live there. Many people don’t even have clean drinking water. At home, I have clean water just coming out of the tap. Worldschooling produces sympathy for other people and gratitude for the way I live.
Traveling is a new opportunity to make new friends and meet new people. I spend time with other traveling kids and adults who have had experiences similar to mine. We learn from hearing other people’s amazing experiences and life-changing moments. I have shared with other kids what it felt like to be inside of Angkor Wat, and they told me what it was like to drive through Central America. My education is amplified by the tales of other travelers’ adventures.
Worldschooling is memorable and special, no matter how people do it. One can learn, sympathize, and enjoy amazing experiences while traveling. Unfortunately, the majority of people never travel like this in their life. People would have a much more open perspective on life on our planet if they did, and the world would be very different. It changed me for the better. Very much for the better.