For the Love of Learning Episode #3
Travel as Education
Monday February 16, 2015 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
Tuesday February 17, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am GMT
Tonight, we’ll be speaking with 3 amazing families, each who have transformed their family travels an educational experience. Each of these families have their own tales to tell. Nancy and her family spent 3 years cycling the Americas, starting from Alaska ending up in Argentina. Rainer, a former National Geographic exec gave it all up to travel with his family around the world for a year. Having traveled to over 60 countries and counting, Rainer is an authority on the subject of family travel and how it can be used as a learning tool. Now he has dedicated his life to bringing this message to the public, far and wide through founding the Family Travel Association. And finally Greg joins us to share his experiences traveling and living abroad as a family of 8. Since 2007. Greg and his family have traveled or lived in British Columbia, the Yukon, India, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Costa Rica and many states in the United States.
Bios of Tonight’s Guests:
After spending 21 years as a schoolteacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel made the decision to leave her classroom in favor of a very different path. Together with her husband and children, she spent a total of four years traveling the Americas on her bicycle, including a jaunt from Alaska to Argentina. Raising and educating her twin sons on the road was a challenge not many have undertaken and many questioned but, in the end, was a successful endeavor. She now lives in Boise, Idaho where she works as a writer and metalsmith while helping her sons prepare for college.
Link to Nancy’s book: Roadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel
& Nancy’s Amazon author page
Rainer Jenss is the President and Founder of the Family Travel Association. Before putting his professional expertise and personal passion to the ultimate test by traveling around the world for a year with his wife and two young children in 2009, Rainer Jenss was a Vice President and thirteen-year veteran of the National Geographic Society. As Publisher of National Geographic Kids from 2002-2008, Jenss helped transform the publication into the most widely read consumer magazine for children throughout the world. Prior to National Geographic, Rainer worked for CNN International and Business Traveler International.
Since returning from the yearlong trip around the world with his family in 2009, Jenss has dedicated himself to be an advocate for family travel as an essential part of every child’s education. Having traveled to over 60 countries and counting, Rainer is an authority on the subject of family travel and how it can be used as a learning tool. During his family’s around-the-world journey, Rainer reported for National Geographic Traveler’s award-winning Intelligent Travel Blog, recognized as one of the Top 25 Family Travel Blogs by Babble.com in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Rainer founded Smart Family Travel, Inc., an interactive media and marketing company dedicated to helping families enrich their children’s lives through travel. In 2012, he joined forces with Scholastic to direct a new family travel initiative and content development for the “Smart Family Travel” feature in Parent & Child magazine. Jenss has also spoken at numerous travel conferences around the world.
Rainer Jenss lives in Nyack, NY with his wife and two sons, ages 17 and 14.
From an early age, Greg faced some challenging circumstances. He grew up in a tough situation and left home by the time he was sixteen, where he was often faced with homelessness, hunger, loneliness and depression. Yet as a result, he became firmly committed to creating a better life for himself — one filled with learning, love and meaning. Greg was able to make it happen through self discipline, voracious reading and hard work. He received a Bachelors Degree from the University of Utah in English Literature, but more valuable to him is the self-education he’s received since graduating from college, through personal study and travel. Greg has been traveling and living abroad with his wife and children (now 6) since 2007. They have traveled or lived in British Columbia, the Yukon, India, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Costa Rica and many states in the United States (including one year in Alaska). He and his family are currently living in Costa Rica, for the second time. Greg and Rachel world-school their children, and Greg is an educational mentor for youth and adults, providing mentoring to further their educational and life goals, in both group and one-on-one settings.