Fam­ily goes all around the world look­ing for learn­ing

Sunday News - - NEWS - RACHAEL COMER

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.

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