The Road Scholar Project

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Why We Started It

My wife and I starting floating around the idea of homeschooling our daughter. We have other friends, who have found homeschooling a better alternative to traditional education. However, we also realized the amount of personal time that we would have to dedicate each day to enhance our daughter's education.

Since I have been traveling for most of the last 30 years, and my wife also liked to travel, we began to explore the possibilities of providing education for our daughter while on the road. This is how the Road Scholar Project began to take shape.

My wife died in 2011, but her memory shall live on through our project.

What the Road Scholar Project is About - Year One

On February 23, 2013, my daughter and I will be in Ecuador to begin the first leg of our one year trip around South America with our Road Scholar Project.

In addition to teaching my daughter general studies, such as math, Spanish and English, reading and writing, I will focus on South American culture, with a special emphasis on Afro-Latin culture. This includes its various forms of music and dance.

Educational Aspect for Teachers and Students

I will create a lesson plan each week that can be used by English and History teachers. Or, it might be helpful for anyone involved in teaching or studying current and cultural events. All lesson plans will be in English, and focused on South American culture, history, and general travel. These lessons will be suitable for junior high and high school levels, but could also be rewritten and adapted for lower levels, too.

It will be my personal goal to create cultural links for students, teachers, and adults.

Where Will We Stay?

 To learn as much about local cultures as possible (and to reduce our travel costs), we want to stay with as many local families as we can. We will also stay in hotels and do some camping when possible.

In exchange, I am willing to provide free conversational English lessons, or help students with their English homework from school. I taught English privately, and with numerous language schools for more than 25 years.

Why This Project is Important to Me

My most important history lessons didn't happen in a high school classroom. They first occurred while stationed in Germany as a Military Policeman in the U.S. Army. I'm not saying that high school history wasn't important, because it was. However, I never understood the significance of world history at that time. I also didn't see why it would be of any use in my life.

By introducing as much culture and history to my daughter as I can at her young age, I hope it helps her develop a better understanding for people of many races, nationalities, and culture. She will learn that although many cultures are different in some ways, we still share many of the same beliefs, likes, dislikes, and fears.

Book and Documentary Film

My goal is to write a book and create a short documentary film of our experience. We would like to showcase the joys and challenges of participating in such a trip. We will also highlight the educational rewards of my ten year old daughter, as she discovers more about African-Latin American culture, and other cultures, traditions and ethnic groups of South America.

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