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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

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  December 2023
    Buenos Aires, Argentina  |  December 2023
    Sun, Dec 10
    Buenos Aires
    Dec 10, 2023, 12:00 PM – Dec 16, 2023, 12:00 PM
    Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Dec 10, 2023, 12:00 PM – Dec 16, 2023, 12:00 PM
    Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Buenos Aires, Argentina December 10 - 16, 2023! We'll see the street art in La Boca, Sunday market in San Telmo, parks, ecological preserves, museums, the largest bookstore in South America, and hope to catch some tango dancers!
  • Lisbon, Portugal  |  December 2023
    Lisbon, Portugal  |  December 2023
    Fri, Dec 29
    Lisbon
    Dec 29, 2023, 12:00 PM – Jan 04, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
    Dec 29, 2023, 12:00 PM – Jan 04, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Lisbon, Portugal, from December 29, 2023 - January 4, 2024. There's so much to do in the area, including interesting museums, beautiful parks, breathtaking beaches with cliff-side hikes, rich history, and so many wonderful people.
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  |  January 2024
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  |  January 2024
    Tue, Jan 02
    Kuala
    Jan 02, 2024, 12:00 PM – Jan 08, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia
    Jan 02, 2024, 12:00 PM – Jan 08, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from January 2 - 8, 2024. We'll visit museums, botanical gardens, temples, the tallest twin towers on Earth, and walk around the street markets. So much fun!
  • San Diego, California, USA  |  January 2024
    San Diego, California, USA  |  January 2024
    Mon, Jan 22
    San Diego
    Jan 22, 2024, 12:00 PM – Jan 28, 2024, 12:00 PM
    San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA
    Jan 22, 2024, 12:00 PM – Jan 28, 2024, 12:00 PM
    San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore San Diego, California, USA, from January 22 - 28, 2024. Explore the city with a local and discover lesser known hikes, caves, beaches, and fun!
  • Penang, Malaysia  |  January 2024
    Penang, Malaysia  |  January 2024
    Sun, Jan 28
    Penang Island, Penang, Malaysia
    Jan 28, 2024, 12:00 PM – Feb 03, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Penang Island, Penang, Malaysia
    Jan 28, 2024, 12:00 PM – Feb 03, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Penang Island, Penang, Malaysia
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Penang, Malaysia. Our itinerary includes Georgetown UNESCO World Heritage Zone + murals, Clan Jetties, Penang Hill, eat at a Hawker Centre, Kek Lok Si Temple, Balik Pulau - Saanen Dairy Goat Farm, and more!
  • Yakumo, Hokkaido, Japan  |  February 2024
    Yakumo, Hokkaido, Japan  |  February 2024
    Tue, Feb 06
    Yakumo, Futami District, Hokkaido, Japan
    Feb 06, 2024, 12:00 PM – Feb 12, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Yakumo, Futami District, Hokkaido, Japan
    Feb 06, 2024, 12:00 PM – Feb 12, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Yakumo, Futami District, Hokkaido, Japan
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Yakumo, Hokkaido, Japan, February 6-12, 2024. We will explore this small northern Japanese town while enjoying winter sports and the Yakumo Samuibeya Winter Festival.
  • Khao Sok, Thailand  |  February 2024
    Khao Sok, Thailand  |  February 2024
    Wed, Feb 07
    Khao Sok
    Feb 07, 2024, 12:00 PM – Feb 13, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Khao Sok, WG8H+75M, Khlong Sok, Phanom District, Surat Thani 84250, Thailand
    Feb 07, 2024, 12:00 PM – Feb 13, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Khao Sok, WG8H+75M, Khlong Sok, Phanom District, Surat Thani 84250, Thailand
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Khao Sok National Park in Thailand, February 7-13, 2024. We'll enjoy hikes, lake activities, incredible nature, temples, and maybe even find a corpse flower (the world's largest bloom).
  • Val Venosta, Italy  |  March 2024
    Val Venosta, Italy  |  March 2024
    Sun, Mar 03
    Val Venosta
    Mar 03, 2024, 12:00 PM – Mar 09, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Val Venosta, 39027 St Valentin auf der Haide, Autonomous Province of Bolzano – South Tyrol, Italy
    Mar 03, 2024, 12:00 PM – Mar 09, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Val Venosta, 39027 St Valentin auf der Haide, Autonomous Province of Bolzano – South Tyrol, Italy
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Val Venosta, Italy, from March 3 - 9, 2024. Enjoy a winter wonderland with skiing, ice skating, sledding, hot springs, and more!
  • Yogyakarta, Indonesia  |  March 2024
    Yogyakarta, Indonesia  |  March 2024
    Tue, Mar 12
    Hyatt Regency
    Mar 12, 2024, 12:00 PM – Mar 18, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Hyatt Regency , Yogyakarta 55581, Indonesia
    Mar 12, 2024, 12:00 PM – Mar 18, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Hyatt Regency , Yogyakarta 55581, Indonesia
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to hang at the Hyatt Regency Resort & explore Yogyakarta, from March 12 - 18, 2024. We'll visit Borobudor and Prambanam Temples, museums, markets, and enjoy the resort (water slide, jungle pool, and obstacle course... day pass available).
  • Suva, Fiji  |  March 2024
    Suva, Fiji  |  March 2024
    Sat, Mar 23
    Suva
    Mar 23, 2024, 12:00 PM – Mar 29, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Suva, Fiji
    Mar 23, 2024, 12:00 PM – Mar 29, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Suva, Fiji
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Suva, Fiji, from March 23 - 29, 2024. We'll hike to waterfalls, swim in Fijian beaches, visit museums, and even have a Lovo dinner with a local family.
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia  |  March 2024
    Siem Reap, Cambodia  |  March 2024
    Sun, Mar 31
    Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Mar 31, 2024, 12:00 PM – Apr 06, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Mar 31, 2024, 12:00 PM – Apr 06, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Siem Reap, Cambodia, March 31 - April 6, 2024. We plan to visit the stunning ruins of Angkor Wat, traditional markets, temples, lotus and silk farms, visit the countryside for a swim, and even learn about the landmine sniffing rats!

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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