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Worldschool Pop-Ups

Welcome

...to a place of connection, camaraderie, exploration, and encouragement

During our worldschooling ventures, we've crossed paths with numerous families living this non-traditional lifestyle... and honestly, there is nothing more refreshing than sharing time and experiences with you! 

Worldschoolers are unique:

  • We prioritize travel and experiential learning

  • We live and learn outside of the box

  • We're willing to step out of our comfort zone 

Others may call us fearless, courageous, inspirational, crazy or even foolish...but all we know is we are unequivocally drawn to travel. However, a life of wanderlust is not without its challenges.

 

Sometimes we hit a rut; sometimes it gets lonely; and sometimes we need reassurance and guidance from others who know what it's like to live unconventionally.

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Join our Mobile Communities

Though we are a resilient bunch, perfectly capable of traveling on our own...doesn't it sound wonderful to access a portable community designed for worldschoolers by worldschoolers?

Pop-ups are the perfect platform to connect with like-minded individuals while exploring the planet together. Our week-long, casual itineraries allow you to engage in local offerings, immerse in nature, and forge lasting friendships...ideal for those beginning their worldschool adventure as well as seasoned travelers!

Welcome home. 

What's a Pop-Up?

Our pop-ups are temporary, mobile, week-long gatherings designed to bring worldschoolers together to develop community and explore our planet. Pop-ups can happen at any location, at any time.

These get-togethers bring some expected experiences: visit the museum, swim at the beach, stroll the farmers' market... but also leave room for unexpected, spontaneous adventure.

 

Our flexible schedules allow the group to create impromptu adjustments as they desire. Maybe everyone wants a day to sleep in or a family game night or even a grand-finale-hair-dying-extravaganza...that's a shoutout to you Madison 2021 Pop-Up Crew!

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Pop-Ups

  • Almaty, Kazakhstan  |  July 2024
    Almaty, Kazakhstan  |  July 2024
    Mon, Jul 01
    Almaty, Kazakhstan
    Jul 01, 2024, 11:00 AM – Jul 07, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Almaty, Kazakhstan
    Jul 01, 2024, 11:00 AM – Jul 07, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Almaty, Kazakhstan
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Almaty, Kazakhstan from July 1 - 7, 2024. We'll visit museums, parks, the world's second-largest wooden building, Kok Tobe Hill, shop the bazaars, and more!
  • Los Angeles, California USA  |  July 2024
    Los Angeles, California USA  |  July 2024
    Fri, Jul 26
    Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Jul 26, 2024, 12:00 PM – Aug 01, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Jul 26, 2024, 12:00 PM – Aug 01, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Los Angeles, CA, USA
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Los Angeles from July 26 - August 1, 2024. We'll visit beaches, hike up to the Hollywood sign, go swimming, visit an observatory, check out Santa Monica Boulevard, and more!
  • Baku, Azerbaijan  |  August 2024
    Baku, Azerbaijan  |  August 2024
    Sun, Aug 04
    Baku, Azerbaijan
    Aug 04, 2024, 11:00 AM – Aug 10, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Baku, Azerbaijan
    Aug 04, 2024, 11:00 AM – Aug 10, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Baku, Azerbaijan
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Baku, Azerbaijan from August 4 - 10, 2024. We'll visit Highland Park, famous mosques & palaces, Heydar Aliyev Center, walk the old town and the waterfront, and even visit the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum (the building is shaped like a carpet)!
  • London, England   |  Sept 2024
    London, England   |  Sept 2024
    Sun, Sep 01
    London
    Sep 01, 2024, 11:00 AM – Sep 07, 2024, 3:00 PM
    London, London EC3N 4AB, UK
    Sep 01, 2024, 11:00 AM – Sep 07, 2024, 3:00 PM
    London, London EC3N 4AB, UK
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore London from Sept 1 - 7, 2024. We can't hit it all in a week but highlights include: British Museum, Sky Garden Viewing Platform, Changing of the Guard, Street Performers, plus Museums and Bridges and Monuments and Cathedrals and more!
  • Tbilisi, Georgia  |  Sept 2024
    Tbilisi, Georgia  |  Sept 2024
    Tue, Sep 03
    Tbilisi, Georgia
    Sep 03, 2024, 11:00 AM – Sep 09, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Tbilisi, Georgia
    Sep 03, 2024, 11:00 AM – Sep 09, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Tbilisi, Georgia
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Tbilisi, Georgia from Sept 3 - 9, 2024. We'll explore the old town, shop the flea markets & bazaars, visit museums of all sorts (history, arts, etc), swim at the lakes, take cable car & funicular rides, gardens, parks, and so much more!
  • La Porte, IN, USA  |  September 2024
    La Porte, IN, USA  |  September 2024
    Sun, Sep 08
    La Porte, IN 46350, USA
    Sep 08, 2024, 12:00 PM – Sep 14, 2024, 4:00 PM
    La Porte, IN 46350, USA
    Sep 08, 2024, 12:00 PM – Sep 14, 2024, 4:00 PM
    La Porte, IN 46350, USA
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore La Porte, Indiana from Sept 8 - 14, 2024. We'll explore Indiana Dunes National Park, Bailly Homestead, Garwood Orchard, a trip to South Bend's museums, Lake Michigan, and more!
  • Pays d'Enhaut, Switzerland  |  September 2024
    Pays d'Enhaut, Switzerland  |  September 2024
    Tue, Sep 10
    Château-d’Œx
    Sep 10, 2024, 11:00 AM – Sep 16, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Château-d’Œx, Switzerland
    Sep 10, 2024, 11:00 AM – Sep 16, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Château-d’Œx, Switzerland
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Pays d'Enhaut, Switzerland from September 10 - 16, 2024. This area boasts hikes, mountain tops, alpine coaster, local crafts, riverside walks, playparks, and cheese- and/or chocolate-making!
  • Helsinki, Finland + Tallinn, Estonia  |   September 2024
    Helsinki, Finland + Tallinn, Estonia  |   September 2024
    Tue, Sep 17
    Tallinn, Estonia and
    Sep 17, 2024, 1:00 PM – Sep 23, 2024, 2:00 PM
    Tallinn, Estonia and , Helsinki, Finland
    Sep 17, 2024, 1:00 PM – Sep 23, 2024, 2:00 PM
    Tallinn, Estonia and , Helsinki, Finland
    Join us for a week long gathering in Helsinki, Finland & Tallinn, Estonia from Sept 17 - 23, 2024. We'll explore museums, the town hall, sauna, sea fortresses, parks, castles, gardens, and take the ferry from Finland to Estonia together!
  • Seoul, South Korea  |  September 2024
    Seoul, South Korea  |  September 2024
    Sun, Sep 22
    Seoul, South Korea
    Sep 22, 2024, 11:00 AM – Sep 28, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Seoul, South Korea
    Sep 22, 2024, 11:00 AM – Sep 28, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Seoul, South Korea
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Seoul September 22 - 28, 2024. We'll visit temples, river walks, national parks, street art alleys, specialty food shops, museums, and more!
  • Rapid City, S Dakota, USA   |  Oct 2024
    Rapid City, S Dakota, USA   |  Oct 2024
    Thu, Oct 03
    Rapid City, SD, USA
    Oct 03, 2024, 11:00 AM – Oct 09, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Rapid City, SD, USA
    Oct 03, 2024, 11:00 AM – Oct 09, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Rapid City, SD, USA
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Rapid City from Oct 3 - 9, 2024. We'll see Mt Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Jewel Cave, museums, dinosaur parks, natural areas, and more! A vehicle will be necessary for this pop-up.
  • Tokyo, Japan  |  October 2024
    Tokyo, Japan  |  October 2024
    Sun, Oct 27
    Tokyo, Japan
    Oct 27, 2024, 12:00 PM – Nov 02, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Tokyo, Japan
    Oct 27, 2024, 12:00 PM – Nov 02, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Tokyo, Japan
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Tokyo, Japan from October 27 - November 2, 2024. We'll experience how this megalopolis of 37 million people lives, works, and plays with a culture unique unto itself. Highlights include local foods, karaoke, temples, markets, museums, and more!
  • Krakow, Poland  |  Nov 2024
    Krakow, Poland  |  Nov 2024
    Sun, Nov 10
    Kraków Old Town, Kraków, Poland
    Nov 10, 2024, 12:00 PM – Nov 16, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Kraków Old Town, Kraków, Poland
    Nov 10, 2024, 12:00 PM – Nov 16, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Kraków Old Town, Kraków, Poland
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to expore Krakow, Poland from November 10 - 16, 2024. We'll visit historic castles, salt mines, medieval sites, nature areas, religious monuments, and museums.
  • London, England   |  December 2024
    London, England   |  December 2024
    Sun, Dec 08
    London
    Dec 08, 2024, 11:00 AM – Dec 14, 2024, 3:00 PM
    London, London, UK
    Dec 08, 2024, 11:00 AM – Dec 14, 2024, 3:00 PM
    London, London, UK
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore London from Dec 8 - 14, 2024. We can't hit it all in a week but highlights include: British Museum, Sky Garden Viewing Platform, Changing of the Guard, Street Performers, plus Museums and Bridges and Monuments and Cathedrals and more!
  • Agadir, Morocco  |  January 2025
    Agadir, Morocco  |  January 2025
    Sun, Jan 12
    Agadir 80000, Morocco
    Jan 12, 2025, 12:00 PM – Jan 18, 2025, 4:00 PM
    Agadir 80000, Morocco
    Jan 12, 2025, 12:00 PM – Jan 18, 2025, 4:00 PM
    Agadir 80000, Morocco
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Agadir, Morocco from January 12 - 18, 2025. We'll explore Agadir Beach, Agadir Oufella/Kasbah, museums, cooking classes, Crocopark, and even some trips to Taghazout and Souk El Had!
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE   |  January 2025
    Abu Dhabi, UAE   |  January 2025
    Tue, Jan 28
    Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
    Jan 28, 2025, 12:00 PM – Feb 03, 2025, 4:00 PM
    Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
    Jan 28, 2025, 12:00 PM – Feb 03, 2025, 4:00 PM
    Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Abu Dhabi and the Al Ain Oasis from January 28 - February 3. We'll explore the Al Ain Oasis, the Grand Mosque, beaches, palaces, museums, learning centers, and attend a desert festival!
  • Muscat, Oman  |  February 2025
    Muscat, Oman  |  February 2025
    Tue, Feb 11
    Muscat, Oman
    Feb 11, 2025, 12:00 PM – Feb 17, 2025, 4:00 PM
    Muscat, Oman
    Feb 11, 2025, 12:00 PM – Feb 17, 2025, 4:00 PM
    Muscat, Oman
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Muscat, Oman and the Desert Dunes from February 11 - 17. We'll explore mosques, forts, beaches, museums, and venture out into the desert for petroglyph spotting, hiking, sledding and more!
  • Vienna, Austria  |  April 2025
    Vienna, Austria  |  April 2025
    Sun, Apr 13
    Vienna, Austria
    Apr 13, 2025, 12:00 PM – Apr 19, 2025, 4:00 PM
    Vienna, Austria
    Apr 13, 2025, 12:00 PM – Apr 19, 2025, 4:00 PM
    Vienna, Austria
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Vienna from April 13 - 19, 2025. We can't hit it all in a week but highlights include checking out parks, museums, local architecture, and more!
  • Budapest, Hungary  |  May 2025
    Budapest, Hungary  |  May 2025
    Sat, May 03
    Budapest, Hungary
    May 03, 2025, 12:00 PM – May 09, 2025, 4:00 PM
    Budapest, Hungary
    May 03, 2025, 12:00 PM – May 09, 2025, 4:00 PM
    Budapest, Hungary
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Budapest from May 3 - 9, 2025. We'll explore many things - history, architecture, culture, museums, the arts, and nature. Plus, we're hosting Worldschool Prom 2025!!

Two Thumbs Up!

Something extraordinary happens when worldschoolers gather... it's hard to believe unless you've seen it with your own eyes.

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We are welcomed and strengthened in this unique mobile community. Because we all relate to the challenge of living an unconventional lifestyle, we allow ourselves to connect on deeper levels. 

  • Kids naturally play in multi-aged groups

  • Adults find a sounding board to hone their lifestyle strategies

  • Experiences are shared, respected, and valued

  • Families glean information from each other

  • Everyone belongs

Our past participants resonate with this welcoming, non-judgmental vibe. It really feels like you're meeting long-lost friends for the first time.

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Contact Us

Questions? Feedback? More ideas for us? Found a broken link? We'd love to hear about it! We will get back to you as soon as we can. ~The Carlsons

PS If you do have a question... please check our FAQs first, I answer lots of the same inquiries so it's likely your answer is already there.

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