Friends Overseas? – Q&A Sept-Oct

HEM’s Questions & Answers – September-October 2010

Homeschooling Friends Overseas?

Both of our children are very active in our homeschooling community. In a few months we will be leaving for what may be a few years in Japan while my husband and I teach at a graduate school there. I don’t want to put them in school but I also know there’s no homeschooling community in Japan. How can I replace their favorite part of homeschooling while we’re gone? -Amee

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3 Responses to Friends Overseas? – Q&A Sept-Oct

  1. Donna on June 29, 2010 at 10:51 am

    In fact, there are more homeschoolers, and more Americans, than you might expect in Japan, and there are networks of homeschoolers who get together and support each other much like coops here in the US. Good luck!

  2. Cheryl on June 29, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    You shouldn’t find this to be as much of a problem as you fear. Foreigners living abroad tend to quickly make very good friends with other ex-pats–much closer friends, much faster than would happen in your own homeland. If you are near a military base, try to contact other Americans there; some of them are likely homeschooling.

    Also, if you are smart, you’ll spend a lot of time exploring Japan, getting acquainted with its people and culture, visiting interesting new places and probably making friends with people who want to practice their English speaking to native English speakers. Your children will learn much more from this than from any textbooks.

    And don’t forget to work on learning the local language. You might even find a local person who’d love to trade language lessons, teaching you and your children some Japanese in exchange for helping him improve his English.

    From someone who has lived overseas, including a couple of years spent in Asia

  3. Luisa on July 10, 2010 at 6:04 am

    I’m very encouraged to read this. I’m just embarking on homeschooling my children, living in Kuala Lumpur, and I’ve been searching for a support community. I think I’ll try to find other expats who are homeschooling in my community