Learning is multi-dimensional. I imagine (and hope) some lessons are permeating subconsciously. Experiential learning is quite different than following a curriculum in a classroom. We have ideas about what we want to accomplish this sabbatical year, but there are not definitive objectives, besides learning Spanish. Unlike a normal school year where every learning objective is designed and outlined to the nth degree, the lessons achieved through travel are unanticipated and quite organic. There is plenty of self-discovery and global perspective awakening. At the moment, our boys are spending 4-5 hours per day on their homeschool subjects (geometry, algebra, US history, and earth science.) This is becoming laborious, knowing that American students at home are getting out of school for summer break. Nevertheless, we’ll press on and continue to thrive on the non-structured hours which offer other opportunities for learning. Spending time with new friends, (travelers from different parts of the world and Peruvians) is a valuable part of our learning. Interests in global perspectives, different languages and accents, and people from all walks of life, are common ground for sojourners – and quite fertile ground for rapid friendships. In all honesty, being out of the workforce is at times awkward and worrisome for me and Bob. But we truly value this opportunity we have taken to “worldschool.” We trust that each new day holds an opportunity to Go, Give, and Learn.
Lize-MarieJune 6, 2012
Adam, Benjamin- you are learning so much, and you will be able to share all of it with your friends when you get back home.
I had a little adventure of my own last week- only five days though! I went to Namibia with a friend and we walked the Fishriver Canyon ( second largest in the world after the Grand Canyon).
We slept under the skies near the river for 4 nights. a tough walk but a wonderful experience.
Love from a cold and wet Stellenbosch- Winter is here!
CarrieJune 6, 2012
Your trek sounds wonderful!Would love to see pictures. I imagine sheer and exotic beauty from Namibia. Love ya!
Teresa CollinsJune 6, 2012
I so relate to your comment of feeling “off” by not having my structure of working. My challenge is to live in the moment and hush that driving voice to “do, go, work”. There is much for all of us to learn. I trully appreciate the ability to sleep in and have no “must do’s”, and getting to know my girls even better. Enjoy; we will have lots to share upon our return.
Susan MimsJune 16, 2012
Thanks for sharing your experience through your blog. For those of us still in the daily structure of crazy American work life, I enjoy living vicariously through this venue and looking forward to our time visiting Ecuador. Can’t wait to see you!