We Curate Educational Experiences All Over the World
We help families create their own, personal world school.
Our kids and parents tell us what they are curious about and what they want to learn. Maybe it’s —-
Looking closely at architecture (You would be VERY surprised to discover how many columns and fountains there are around the world!)
Collecting data on a specific animal to learn about its habits or its care
Exploring WWII because they have family members who were personally involved
Volcanoes —- Roman/Greek gods —- Or maybe comparing all sorts of transportation around the world?
Armed with these specific interests, we help devise a plan for exploring and discovering as much about them as possible. Then, we set about to make these experiences actually happen—whatever it takes!
We’ve done lots of research and have made some really great connections that allow us to introduce families to local folks in authentic ways that uncover some very interesting information and experiences! Sometimes local professionals are our best experts and sometimes everyday citizens doing everyday, real things are the best resources —
The local optician in Buenos Aires who is an avid astronomer and runs the neighborhood star gazing club was perfect for inspiring and working with one of our families.
The curator in an art museum in Venice who is passionate about contemporary sculpture provided just the right personal instruction another family was seeking.
Our families learn globally - together.
We Welcome the Opportunity to Work with A Child's Educational Team
Our goal is to embellish a child's learning with real world experiences and discoveries. We curate these experiences based on a child’s interests, passions and personal projects. We really welcome and greatly appreciate the opportunity to coordinate these experiences with her/his educational team.
We are always seeking ways to give our exploring students credit for work done in the real world. We love to help them demonstrate new skills, knowledge gained or proud discoveries. This demonstration can take many forms --- a video, a short story, a new design, a presentation, etc. We’re constantly amazed at what our exploring students accomplish!
We Also Create Our Own Educational Materials
It’s great fun to create personalized educational materials related to a family's itinerary—work assignments, special activities, leading questions, predictions, challenges, silly puzzles, etc.—that help a family think through sites they are exploring in a different way. We often use our materials to set the stage for investigating a specific site or as a summary after discoveries have been made.
We have been known to use our materials to make something that seems very serious a bit more humorous or to add some meat to things that might seem too fluffy.
We like to create materials that lead families to discover the art in science or the music in history or the math in literature.
Things just change when you look at them differently!
WE MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOUR EXPLORING
PLANES, TRAINS, BOATS --- TO GET YOU THERE
We are not travel agents but we have a cadre of agents with whom we work that we think are wonderful and very sensitive to the ins and outs of traveling with children!! We rely on these agents to book long distance planes, trains and boats to get our families to their destinations and back home.
However, some of our families prefer to make these arrangements themselves. We are fine with this and will work as requested with the person who books this travel for them.
HOTELS, APARTMENTS, IGLOOS ---- SO YOU HAVE A PLACE TO REST
Oh, yes! We do have our own favorite places around the world for families to rest their heads each night. Families must be comfortable! In addition, where you stay can be a very important part of your immersive experience. So, we definitely have thoughts and suggestions about in which castle, tented camp, tree house, igloo, yurt or ryokan you stay. We think our favorite places are absolutely wonderful for all kinds of reasons. But ---
We realize, of course, that our favorites might not be right for every family. So, we are happy to work with you to find appropriate lodging that fits your family’s personality, interests and needs.
DETAILS OF EXPLORING --- SO YOUR DAYS GO SMOOTHLY
We take care of the arrangements for exploring at the destinations our families explore. How you get around a destination, whether it’s via a car and driver, mule train, camel caravan, bicycle, tut tut or dugout canoe, is an important part of your learning experience. And how your day is organized can make exploring exciting and wonderful or dreadfully boring and totally miserable.
These arrangements are possible because we have a trusted team of partners, on site, in each of the destinations where our families are exploring. These partners get to know how your family likes to explore and what makes a day really good for you. And, most importantly, they are on top of the day-to-day conditions in the local area. Their knowledge allows your days to remain flexible.
We Almost Always Arrange For Private Guides to Accompany Our Families
We think of your guide as your organizer, compassionate nudge and chief tutor at each destination you explore. We choose guides who especially like to work with families and are willing to give them more than just facts and figures. Our guides must be willing to share their culture or expertise in a hands-on way. They must be willing to help our families gather data and seek answers. They must have stories to tell and be really good at bringing kids and their parents into these stories. They must be as interested in exploring as they are in guiding!