My husband and I are finally realizing a long time dream! Both of us spent some time living out of the country before we were married and found it extremely beneficial. We wanted our children to have some of those benefits and always dreamed of the chance to live in, and not just visit, a country that had a lower standard of living than our own.
My husband had lived in Guatemala, and I had lived in Uruguay, so we planned on moving to a place that would give us a chance to use our Spanish and help our children learn Spanish as well. Work opportunities in foreign lands never panned out, and our children were getting older, so a few years ago I started searching online for any ideas that could help us realize this dream.
Eventually I found an opportunity, and it’s all going to happen this fall! We are going with the service organization Eagle Condor Humanitarian to Peru! We will live outside of an Andean city in an agrarian village where the people are stuck in a cycle of poverty with little opportunity for education or even what we would consider adequate nutrition. Eagle Condor has a center there where they give school children a meal and tutoring each day and looks for ways to give these kids and their families a hand up by developing their self reliance. We get to be part of that!
Meanwhile, my husband will continue to work full time online. Part of each day I will be helping to home school and online school four of my children–two elementary level and two in high school. (That’s my family in the photo above, but it’s a few years old and missing our youngest and me–I was taking the picture.) We know that the best part of their education will come from getting to know these Peruvian children and their families and becoming part of their lives.
That’s all exciting, but the logistics are overwhelming. And that’s where I need your help. I know many of you out there have experience that can help our family realize this dream better than if I just use my current knowledge. I haven’t traveled internationally since any of my children were born, and we have been attending public school. If you have any experience with any of the following things, could you comment or send me an email? I will compile your input and put out posts on these things to help others who may have similar adventures ahead of them. (If you send an email and don’t mind me using the name you sign with or your website, let me know. Otherwise I will keep you anonymous.)
- Taking your own passport pictures (or anything else helpful about the U.S. passport experience).
- Homeschooling or the various online public schools that are out there, including coming back to public school after that and receiving credit and kids blogging.
- Visiting foreign countries with children. Long flights, learning a foreign language, new foods, safety, how others see Americans and what should I do about it, etc.
- What to bring or not bring. Such as water purifiers, cell phones, electrical adapters and converters.
Thanks ahead of time for your help. I’ll let you know how it goes!