My husband and I worldschooled our daughter, Lydian between 2000 and 2018 during a time before the concept of worldschooling was widely accepted. It was often very difficult to find language classes for kids during this time. I remember contacting a Russian language school while I was in Mexico about enrolling Lydian (who was 15 years at the time) in their programs, but they refused to sign her up, even if I took lessons with her. This was a common experience for us. I would try to get Lydian involved in classes in different countries of the world so she could meet new peers and develop her own identity, but it’s hard to find schools that accept traveling children.
Even today, every worldschool family must find resources to make their journey more comfortable and worthwhile. Traveling parents often feel like they’re giving their kids an amazing gift by taking them out to see the world, but at the same time, it can be hard to find other happy families who are also traveling. Indeed, local families may not understand the transience of worldschooling and how it can be valuable to move from place to place. So traveling families band together and do worldschool retreats and meet-ups to stay connected.
In Guanajuato, Mexico, we’ve created a Worldschool Hub as well as a worldschool-friendly language school where both kids and parents can learn Spanish as well as other languages from other areas of the world (learn more about our Burmese/Myanmar Language Lessons here, for example). The Devela Language School is affiliated with the Devela Worldschool Community. They both occupy the same building at this time in Guanajuato, Mexico with Spanish lessons scheduled during the morning hours and worldschool classes during the afternoon (visit our worldschool community calendar here). Worldschool families have the opportunity to get to know each other through this educational facility which also offers some pretty exciting volunteer opportunities during certain times of the year.
Our language school caters primarily to every worldschool family that wants to connect with other like-minded people who enjoy learning new things and immersing themselves in new cultures. We also provide classes and opportunities to digital nomads who are traveling solo or in groups because this gives us the opportunity to draw in a network of individuals who work remotely and who can teach each other new skills. Devela is a resource for people who travel for long periods of time (or nomadically) and who work remotely. Students at the Devela Language School, Guanajuato enjoy super-fast Internet, access to a printer, copier, scanner, and other tech tools that make their lives easier when they’re on the road.