Start with a daughter who loves Asia. Lauren (18) has studied Japanese for a few years, and last summer headed off for three week to Japan. She came home even more delighted with Asia, and more anxious to explore it. Add a friend who has been to Thailand. My friend TC has been to Thailand a couple of times, and is closely affiliated with a group called Power of One, that organizes trips for teens from around the world to Thailand, for volunteer projects. We went over for dinner with TC and Myn, and by the time we left Lauren was excited to head to Thailand after Christmas, 2010. Mix briskly with a jealous mama pining away at home. Lauren is not a caller. She goes away to a foreign country, and she ENJOYS that country. She doesn’t think about home. So mama sat at home....and read a travel book about Thailand.....and checked it out on the internet....and plotted her daughter’s course through the country....and found a link to teaching English in Thailand....and read it...
I should back-track a bit here. Paul and I had been talking about quitting our day jobs and taking off for a few months before this. We are an unschooling family of 5--Lauren, 18, Otto, 13, Miranda, 2 1/2, and mom and dad. Paul works as an IT guy, and I’ve been a coffee roaster with my own company for the past 7 years...but lately we felt we'd been spending too much time working, and not enough time hanging out as a family. Sooooo....when we started reading about teaching English in Thailand, and looking at pictures of warm, white beaches, and imagining swimming and caving and shopping and eating and boating and exploring....well, it seemed like a no-brainer that THAILAND is where we would go, to have an adventure together as a family.
Stay tuned for further adventures from the rabid unschoolers!