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Your Child’s Education and What You Should Do About It? Homeschooling, is it right for you? … While in an Overseas Expat Life Context? Is it worth it? This blog will explore some of these ideas … By CPO, From the Far Side of the Planet

Somewhere in Switzerland – Mountains – No international school here! 🙂 – You never know where your travels may take you and what opportunities there are for outreach … :), By CPO

So you have decided to travel the world?

So you have decided to travel the world doing outreach with kids and now what? Education?

Okay you are sent off as an international expat to some far hidden corner of the planet, and so where do you park the kids in school now?

Wife!!!: “Well dear, if we go overseas, where should we educate our kids? “

Impish looking husband: “Um good question honey …” 🙂

It is perennial question for newbie expats with kids or newbie newlyweds with babies? … on the horizon. The usual avenues are international schools, local schools or homeschool.

This article will focus on homeschooling seeing the other avenues for your child’s education will be explored in other posts.

A new environment

Wife: “But what were you expecting? What is wrong with pizza with squid on it? It is perfectly normal here!”

Husband: “Hmmm well at least they have pizza, ummmm that is pizza? Isn’t it?”

The smiling local says 🙂  “Well we call it … विद्रूप पिज्जा vidroop pijja (Hindi)”

Usually newbie expats or parents have no idea of what they are getting themselves into when going overseas. You hop on the plane zipping around the world, jump off the plane with your luggage and kids in tow or expecting wife and expect America? Canada? Australia, Britain?

But it isn’t!

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Yo ho, ho! A CPO Diplomat’s life for me?  Life as a diplomat ….? By CPO, From the Far Side of the Planet

Around Lake Geneva, Switzerland  – You never know where your travels may take you and what opportunities there are for outreach … :), By CPO

A CPO Diplomat’s life for me?  Life as a diplomat ….?

Yo ho, ho  – and a bottle of orange juice?  …. Oops I mean, a CPO Diplomat’s life for me? Hmmm maybe or maybe not? But there are different options… but before we go exploring plan B options let’s also look at how difficult it is to get into the diplomatic core.

I remember my first awakening to this world. We were at a university bible study meeting for the Navigators and a fellow named Scott started chatting with me … I come from a fairly small town along the beaches of the Great Lakes … which I mentioned to him and he said,  “Oh I will be swimming in the Indian Ocean for Christmas.”  I said what? In confusion … looking out at the snow ( … and dreaming of tropical beaches far away) … seeing my small town mind had never come against such a being …. India???? I said??? Ocean??? I said. And he said, “Yes my parents work for the embassy as diplomats and we have lived all over the world” … He said matter of factly, “We were in Russia on our last posting!”  Well it was a world I didn’t even know existed except distantly as the background of some adventure movie.

My imagination was piqued.

Continue reading Yo ho, ho! A CPO Diplomat’s life for me?  Life as a diplomat ….? By CPO, From the Far Side of the Planet

Targeted International School Job Searches – A Job Affair? – Your 2 Best Job Finder Friends – Series # 2

Black Forest, Germany – Apples Free to Pick – You never know where your travels may take you and what opportunities there are for outreach … :), By CPO

(What if I said you could get a ticket to virtually ANY OF THE 195 COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD by becoming a CPO … – … And it  is relatively easy … ??? Well that is what this website endeavors to help you to do.)

***  Clueless in Asia???

By CPO, From the Far Side of the Planet! 🙂

Yes that was me when I first arrived on the international scene so many moons ago… I found a job via this new fangled thing called the Internet in the 90’s and have never looked back…. but did wonder how to go forward.

I Remember it Well!!!!?! 🙂

I remember it well …. getting off the plane in a run-down airport, masses of bicycles swarming the streets, meandering dark ally-ed village like ancient streets and housing, maze like labyrinths of convoluted byways with wafting smells and odours from refuse, cooking or outhouses, coal burning heaters and cookers with smokey haze rising … scenting and coating everything with coal dust … strange foods that surprised with delight and street food with food poisoning … it was a different world for me …

The Dark Side????! 🙂

Continue reading Targeted International School Job Searches – A Job Affair? – Your 2 Best Job Finder Friends – Series # 2