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Hi Ladies,

 

 

I just want to put my feelers out here on Mothering... To see if any of you feel the same way!

 

I dream of starting an International Homeschooling Academy where we get lessons online to teach our kids-- and have international group/class outtings to places to learn "In Real Life!"  So imagine, this month we are learning about animals in the Amazon and we, internationally, take a trip to Brazil, with an awesome teacher (and parents depending on the age of our kids), and explore and learn first hand!

 

This could apply to so many areas of the world and life (think NASA, pyramids, China, etc, etc), give us the power to be a new International community breaking borders and barriers- making amazing, life-long global friends- and truly experience and learn the world unlike our generation or generations before us.  We would even do community events inviting each global class room to places around the world- Think Prom at an international setting.  Our kids would be growing up with a set of friends, and sharing experiences with them, they would be in the same classes and have so much to share. 

 

Imagine what a group of children growing up in such an enirovnment could accomplish and envision? 

 

Combine that with today's technology, we could be creating something really great.

 

So I wanted to SEE and ASK if there are any of you out there, or you KNOW someone who would be interested in starting such a school- I need logistical help- Registrations, Management... first, then I would like to find some exquisite and inspired board members.

 

Oh Yes, It's Called:  The Oriion Academy

 

 

Love!

 

Filiz Dolar

post #2 of 7

I like the idea in theory but in reality I think this will get very expensive and very quickly (tickets, hotel rooms, etc.) Any plans on how you would mitigate the cost factor? Also, will the school charge tuition or what? It takes a income to run something like this successfully.  Reminds  me a bit of the gap year programs out there.  

 

Do you have a business plan?  I am def. intrigued.  

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I like the idea in theory but in reality I think this will get very expensive and very quickly (tickets, hotel rooms, etc.) Any plans on how you would mitigate the cost factor? Also, will the school charge tuition or what? It takes a income to run something like this successfully.  Reminds  me a bit of the gap year programs out there.  

 

Do you have a business plan?  I am def. intrigued.  


yeahthat.gif  I LOVE this idea.  I think it's awesome!!  I also wonder how in the world I would afford it with 6 kids, and possibly more to come.  That would be my only concern. 

post #4 of 7

Hey, I'm interested in talking with you more about it.

 

I have had some plans to start something somewhat similar though not on such a grand-scale...perhaps with a membership, yet a loose set of requirements to do everything that is coming up this could be doable...or if there was some way that the kids not only learn about the world, they use that which they've learned to fundraise for the trips, it would be even more possible?
 

post #5 of 7

Yikes, I can't imagine what the cost of such a program would be. I place a lot of value on travel and real-life experiences, but we live simply in order to homeschool, and the cost of travelling internationally with parents and (by necessity) younger siblings has been absolutely prohibitive for us. We've been able to fund our kids on such trips once they reach the teenage years and can travel without the rest of our family -- exchange trips, backpacking with family friends, on music tours and such. But they've had only one or two such trips each, since each one has cost several thousand dollars. For the most part we've opted for close-to-home adventure travel. 

 

I wish you luck, though. If we win a lottery we'd be interested!

 

Miranda

post #6 of 7

I would be more inclined to partake in something virtual.  There are so many ways to use technology to make 'visiting' places possible.  Yes, going to see the Great Pyramids is wonderful but a video chat and 'smart board' interaction is almost as good.  There is no way to afford travel for my kiddo, either financially or time wise for all the possible trips.  Technology is a much better option.

 

I would be willing to join a 'school' community, share in the expense of some technology (smart boards, video chat equipment etc).  I would not be willing to even consider the cost of international travel.  Even if the 'school' was able to fund travel I would still need to provide: clothing, insurance, passports, etc.

post #7 of 7

Carolina Homeschooler (http://www.carolinahomeschooler.com/atravel.html ) has been putting together trips for homeschoolers for years, and has recently expanded to doing international trips.  

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