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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

  • Sevilla, Spain  |  April 2024
    Sevilla, Spain  |  April 2024
    Sat, Apr 27
    Sevilla
    Apr 27, 2024, 12:00 PM – May 03, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Sevilla, Seville, Spain
    Apr 27, 2024, 12:00 PM – May 03, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Sevilla, Seville, Spain
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Sevilla, Spain, April 27 - May 3, 2024. We plan to visit museums, cathedrals, parks, walk around the centro, and more!
  • Langkawi, Malaysia  |  April 2024
    Langkawi, Malaysia  |  April 2024
    Sun, Apr 28
    Langkawi
    Apr 28, 2024, 12:00 PM – May 04, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Langkawi, Langkawi, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
    Apr 28, 2024, 12:00 PM – May 04, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Langkawi, Langkawi, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Langkawi, Malaysia from April 28 - May 4, 2024. Beaches, waterfalls, mangroves, night markets, and so much more!
  • Brasov, Romania  |  May 2024
    Brasov, Romania  |  May 2024
    Mon, May 06
    Brașov
    May 06, 2024, 11:00 AM – May 12, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Brașov, Brașov, Romania
    May 06, 2024, 11:00 AM – May 12, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Brașov, Brașov, Romania
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Brasov, Romania May 6 - 12, 2024. We plan to visit museums, hike up the hill to see Brasov from above, stroll the old town, and even do a treasure hunt!
  • Tashkent & Khiva, Uzbekistan  |  May 2024
    Tashkent & Khiva, Uzbekistan  |  May 2024
    Tue, May 07
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan
    May 07, 2024, 12:00 PM – May 13, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan
    May 07, 2024, 12:00 PM – May 13, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan
    Join us in Uzbekistan. We'll explore two different cities from May 7 - 13, 2024. We'll visit Tashkent, Uzbekistan's capital, and Khiva, the first ever UNESCO World Heritage Village! Along the way we'll see silk road history, fortresses, palaces, bazaars, park, museums, and so much more!
  • Bukhara & Samarkand, Uzbekistan  |  May 2024
    Bukhara & Samarkand, Uzbekistan  |  May 2024
    Fri, May 17
    Bukhara, Uzbekistan
    May 17, 2024, 12:00 PM – May 23, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Bukhara, Uzbekistan
    May 17, 2024, 12:00 PM – May 23, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Bukhara, Uzbekistan
    Join us as we explore two different towns along the silk road from May 17 - 23, 2024. Bukhara and Samarkand were two of Uzbekistan's most famous destinations, packed with silk road trading domes, madrasahs (Islamic schools), palaces, parks, museums, and so much more!
  • Oaxaca, Mexico  |  June 2024
    Oaxaca, Mexico  |  June 2024
    Sun, Jun 16
    Oaxaca, Mexico
    Jun 16, 2024, 11:00 AM – Jun 22, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Oaxaca, Mexico
    Jun 16, 2024, 11:00 AM – Jun 22, 2024, 3:00 PM
    Oaxaca, Mexico
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Oaxaca, June 16 - 22, 2024. We'll visit temples, river walks, national parks, street art alleys, specialty food shops, museums, and more!
  • 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 time, 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Helsinki, Finland + Tallinn, Estonia  |   September 2024
    Helsinki, Finland + Tallinn, Estonia  |   September 2024
    Thu, Oct 17
    Tallinn, Estonia and
    Oct 17, 2024, 1:00 PM – Oct 23, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Tallinn, Estonia and , Helsinki, Finland
    Oct 17, 2024, 1:00 PM – Oct 23, 2024, 5:00 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!

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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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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