Family goes all around the world looking for learning
JOSH and Sarah Drummond don’t think it takes a village to raise a child – they hope the whole world will help their daughter Lena grow.
They’ve sold their home, packed a week’s worth of clothes and will on Wednesday set off with their 4-year-old to the United States on one-way tickets for a trip around the world.
The Drummonds are one of many families going on overseas adventures with children, part of a growing ‘‘world schooling’’ trend that sees parents try to spend more time with their children and discover new cultures and lifestyles.
Lena turns 5 in May, and her parents think creating learning experiences along the way will educate her about the world.
While the Ministry of Education says taking children out of school during term-time isn’t somethingit generally supports, deputy secretary sector enablement and support Katrina Casey said the ministry recognised that parents and schools are in the best position to judge the impact of in-term holidays on individual children when they are proposed.
‘‘We just decided we were going to do it about two years ago, and made a plan and stuck to it,’’ Josh said. ‘‘We know where we are going to up until July, where MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE / STUFF we will spend two weeks in Scotland. After that we will see how far our money takes us.’’
The couple have always enjoyed travelling, Sarah grew up in Asia and the couple met while she was visiting New Zealand as part of her travels.
After their travel decision was made, the Drummonds began ‘‘stalking’’ other travelling families online used Josh’s skills as a builder to subdivide their land and build a small house on an elevated sight which takes in views of Caroline Bay. They sold the home they owned behind the new build, and will possibly rent their home out while they are away.
The money from the sale has helped fund their world trip for which they have budgeted $50,000 for six to 12 months.
Josh, Sarah and Lena Drummond are on one-way tickets for a trip around the world.