Worldschooling Communities & Hubs
One of the great things about worldschooling is that no matter where you are almost never alone. Sometimes we travel with the specific intention of meeting up with other worldschoolers. They might be friends we’ve met around the world, or they might be strangers that we want to get to know. One great way to meet worldschooling folks is to go to worldschooling community.
There are two basic types of communities: Temporary and permanent. Temporary communities can be conferences, pop-up communities, retreats, short term learning communities, or even worldschool school. Permanent communities are ones that can always be found in a certain location. These have some worldschoolers that use it as a base of operations and some that come for a visit. Most often, the people in these communities stay for a longer period of time.
This compilation of communities around the world is separated into the two basic types with links to help you get to know what each community is like and whether or not it will be a good fit for your worldschooling family.
Project World School Family Summit
Project World School hosts a number of different types of temporary communities.
These are designed as temporary community hubs where we gather in the spirit of community and co-create valuable learning experiences. The summits are designed as a forum for all; from veteran worldschoolers to those who are just starting out as a place to add to our collective wisdom, share experiences, challenges, and triumphs and support one another. The summits are a twice-annual event taking place in the early part of the year in or around Mexico and in the latter part of the year in or around Asia or Europe.
Family Summit Hubs
Project World School community members host a temporary worldschooling hub before and after the Project World Family Summit. There, families plan excursions, get together for playdates, and travel together. This pop-up community typically starts a week before the summit and lasts for about a week afterward and is coordinated by the summit attendees.
Teen Learning Communities
Teens and young adults collaborate in rich experiential and social learning. During the retreats, both natural and academic learning occurs through immersive cultural experiences while encouraging social learning, teamwork, and leadership. Participants create strong connections to other participants, the world around them, and the community through a rich collaborative environment.
Worldschooling means to learn through and about the world as the driving force of curiosity. Worldschooling is a lens through which to view learning; it is reaching for a better understanding of people and places beyond us. They organize worldschooling travel/learning experiences with small groups of families. Community-building and learning exploration begins before traveling with group workshops
Stone Soup Family Pop-Up Communities
It can be lonely as a traveling family. Traveling families need community. We provide opportunities for families on extended travel to come together as a community, to create powerful experiences. Together we build knowledge, skills, friendships, and especially memories, that give families a sense of place in the world.
The World School
The World School started in January 2020, with the intention of creating a community for families who desire an alternative to the traditional schooling experience for their children. The way families are choosing to raise and educate their children is shifting and we are pioneering a new model of education to complement this change. We have been inspired by Peaceful/Respectful Parenting (RIE), Democratic School, Forest School, Waldorf, Sudbury, Reggio-Emilia, and worldschooling philosophies. These philosophies direct our staff in how they interact with our students.
This is a regional and international meeting center that offers space for seminars, workshops, summer camps, and language holidays. They are part of the forefront of the unschooling/Freilerner movement in central Europe embracing the belief that education and knowledge acquisition and is completely independent of age, level of education, and income.
Victoria Unschooling Project
The Victoria Unschooling Project is a community of unschooling families living outside of Victoria BC, Canada. We’re pro-vaccination, screen-positive, body-positive, LGBT-positive, and pro-childrens’ rights. Our primary motivation is to create a children’s’ paradise, in which our kids can play freely with each other and enjoy their childhoods, and where adults united in a shared belief of peaceful parenting can make friends and build community. This community is open to worldschoolers.
Manitoulin Worldschooling Community
Based outside of Toronto, Canada, this hub hosts travelers and volunteers during the warmer months. They have formed a stable group of regulars and have a learning environment friendly to unschoolers. This community emphasizes harmony with nature and stewardship of the earth. Contact: ManitoulinWorldschooling@gmail.com
Sharing our Home near Quebec City on Ile d’Orléans
A private family that hosts worldschooling families in their home. They are motivated by the desire to share their values of learning, evolution, connection, collaboration, authenticity, simplicity, and openness with families who share these values. They hope to build inspiring relationships with their children by welcoming travelers into their home.
Worldschooling Costa Rica
Coming in 2021. This will be a new hub operated by the dame fabulous folks who bring you Worldschooling Andalucia. Watch this space for more info as it becomes available next year!
THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Prague worldschooling started in 2016 as an initiative to bring together the many worldschooling families that have their base in Prague or that pass by here on their worldschooling journey.
The aim is to create a platform for us homeschoolers of many kinds, regardless of nationality, to be able to explore the world together locally from Prague, to create learning experiences, and to make friends that share our values in the process.
World School Hub – Cabrera
We believe in the power of community, bringing people together who share similar values and interests is very important to us. They envision our hub building connections by sponsoring local students and providing them affordable access to an alternative way of learning and being, providing local, expat, and worldschool students a safe space to play, follow their curiosity, and simply be children, giving parents a space where they can meet other worldschooling families and members of the local community, offering a space to host workshops and extracurricular events, and constantly expanding based on the needs of those within the community.
Punta la Barca Nomad Community
This community is founded by a Belgian/Ecuadorean family who started in 2015 this nomad community in a small fishing village and kitesurf beach at the Ecuadorean coast. Since 2019 they’ve been helping villagers to renovate unused houses, so they are able to host nomad families. They believe in the value of diverse perspectives, nature and cooperation in order to support a sustainable community and greater peace in the world.
The community is welcome families from 10 days to a couple of months, in camping, room rental or small houses.
Family camp is for anyone who wants to do something good for themselves. It is for families who approach others with joy and openness and would like to make new friends. They are geared towards worldschoolers who are interested in nonviolent communication, conscious peaceful eating, health for body and mind, slow down, slow living, yoga, and meditation. They offer families the opportunity to network, go on vacation together, and attend courses and workshops.
Die Lernwerkstatt Berlin
Free-learning and interested people meet, get to know each other, ask questions, and play with each other. The learning workshop is a growing community of young learners who educate themselves in or outside of school and adults who share their interests, educate and discover new things. Learning becomes a co-constructive process when people can contribute their own perspective, experience, and skills at all levels of the learning workshop. Participation is free of charge.
Porto Grana Worldschoolers Hub
Porto Grana Worldschoolers Hub was created to cater to the special needs of homeschooled kids and their families who follow a nomadic lifestyle by choosing road schooling and worldschooling. Their goal is to offer a hub that nurtures the innate curiosity of all children. There is a studio space that is available for recreational purposes with free wifi access, a library, basic gym equipment, musical instruments, an audiovisual lab, a mini-cinema, and free bicycle rentals. The space is available for every traveler/visitor and especially for worldschoolers and homeschooling/unschooling families.
Anahata Worldschooling Community
This is an intentional community that welcomes worldschoolers. Their goal is to inspire and empower people to build lives of fulfillment for themselves full of community, love, learning, health, culture, and adventure. They believe that it takes a village to raise a child and that this to be key to raising resilient, compassionate, and engaged kids. They welcome families from all walks of life and worldschoolers from around the globe.
Based in Guanajuato this school offers classes to worldschoolers all year long and has short-term rental apartments for worldschoolers who want to spend time in Guanajuato. In the months leading up to Dia de los Muertos, they offer a comprehensive schedule of classes including art, music, theater, language, and math classes that constitutes a seasonal world school academy focused on learning through the arts. Students can participate in one or many classes based on their interests and schedules.
Homeschooling and Unschooling Your Tweens and Teens in Mexico
This is a social group for homeschooling and unschooling families of Expats and Locals traveling or living in Mexico. It is a space created for families to connect with other families that homeschool or unschool their teens and share highlights of their journeys and learning experience.
Homeschooling and Unschooling Families in the Riviera Maya
This is a social group for homeschooling and unschooling families of Expats and Locals in the Riviera Maya or planning to come to the area. This group is not age-restricted. Children of any age and their parents are welcome to use this as a space to connect and plan activities. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/757690267675292/
Homeschooling and Unschooling Families in the Puebla
This is a social group for homeschooling and unschooling families of Expats and Locals in the Puebla or planning to come to the area. This group is not age-restricted. Children of any age and their parents are welcome to use this as a space to connect and plan activities.
WorldSchool Isla Mujeres
WorldSchool Isla offers children an experiential-based learning program that is bi-lingual, art and project-driven, and focuses on hands-on experience as a means of teaching and expanding children’s minds in the course of study. While reading, writing, and arithmetic through repetition are still present in the curriculum, it is not the focus. This school believes that children’s education presents an opportunity to cultivate in them a passion and desire for knowledge and individual growth, now and in the future. They request a minimum enrollment period of one month.
Worldschooling Morocco Hub
Located near the foot of the Erg Lihudie Dunes of the Sahara Desert, in and around Tagounite, the little desert town where the Draa Valley begins/ends is where this Worldschooling adventure takes place. The Sahara Sunrise Desert Camp is an amazing natural enclave that welcomes friends with typical Moroccan hospitality. They look forward to sharing the simple life and hospitality with you. Travel with an open mind a big smile and the world is yours! Although Covid-19 postponed the opening of this hub, they hope to be up and running in 2021. Check back for updates.
Nica World School
Coming soon to the quaint village of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The property is located just 30 minutes from the border of Costa Rica and based on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. They cater to traveling families wanting to learn Spanish and Nicaraguan culture. They offer several local trips to explore sea turtle sanctuaries, beaches, volcanoes, crater lakes, salsa dancing, horseback riding, boating, surfing, and language classes. Stay long or short term in one of our cabañas. Five lush tropical acres on a mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean! Breaking ground on building the Cabañas in November, 10 minutes from the beaches and turtle reserve. Site has mangos, avocados, limes, bananas and more grow aplenty on the farm which also includes a big communal kitchen. https://www.facebook.com/
Tribodar Freedom Learning
An eco-community near Nisa, Portalegre that welcomes unschoolers, homeschoolers, and worldschoolers to visit them in their intentional community that centers around permaculture gardening, music, yoga, meditation, and living freely. Guests and volunteers are invited to participate in ongoing workshops and events.
Launched in September 2017, in La Herradura, to provide a space for worldschooling kids to meet, create, explore and adventure, learn and play with like-minded friends from all over the world and a place for parents to exhale, rest, catch up on work and meet up with other families. They offer a selection of workshops, classes, cultural adventures, and regular meet-ups all over the region.
Sharing My Home in Tanga
Come and explore a small Swahili town life on the Indian Ocean in Tanga. There is a three-bedroom house in a residential neighborhood where monkeys hang out in the mango trees in the garden and as you walk around the neighborhood and get a real sense of community. There is also have a two-bedroom beach house with its own private beach that you can be rent as well. We have lived here for 7 years and my children, ages 5 and 4, learn mostly at home. They spend lots of time outside exploring and playing with neighborhood kids as we have a school across the street with a large football field that is full of life in the evenings. This area is not very touristy but that’s not because of its lack of charm or things to do! We love sharing our life with other families especially those looking to stay for a month or more. Weekend trips to the lake, islands, beaches, or markets are all within an hour’s drive. Further afield there are national parks where you can go on a safari, hike in the mountains or discover local waterfalls. We work for a local non-profit children’s charity that always has administrative jobs that you could come and help out with or just come and sample life in Tanzania.
Lanta Global Village International School
A school that welcomes both long-term adn short-term students including worldschoolers. They use a Canadain-based K-12 curriculum base on the seven Cs (Compassion, Collaboration, Citizenship, Computing, Critical Thinking, and Learning Skills, Creativity, and Communication). They believe that children are not just the seekers of knowledge but also the creators of it.
While there is no formal worldschooling group here, the northern city of Chiang Mai has been a favorite with worldschooling families for a while now. Expats and digital nomads have been going to Chiang Mai for years, it was inevitable that it would also become a worldschooling hub.
Good Earth School
Located in Deleon Springs, Florida the Good Earth School is a hands-on, experiential, nature-based learning community. They offer a developmentally appropriate, child-directed educational environment. They believe that all children deserve an earth-based, hands-on, developmentally appropriate, child-led education. They hold conservation, environmentalism, and earth stewardship as their guiding principles, along with grace, compassion, kindness, and trust. They also host the Sweet Land eco-community that supports personal, medical, and religious freedom.
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