Update- Our second assignment in Peru is over now and we are back in the states (for the time being; you never know with us!), but if you have any questions about overseas living and expat life, I’m happy to share our experiences.
Right now we are living in Lima, Peru because my husband’s job is here.
Homeschooling abroad has been a piece of cake so far. Peru has no homeschooling laws, either for or against it, and because we are Americans we can educate our children as we like. Some American families put their children in the international schools here, and we did that before, years ago when we lived in Arequipa, but homeschooling is what is best for our family at this time, and we love the flexibility of being on our own schedule, following our own routine and being free to go out and about during the day.
It’s a cultural experience which is an education in and of itself. Fieldtrips are a must. We have been to the zoo and an interesting science museum, to a chocolate museum, to a beach, to parks, and to Lima’s Plaza de Armas (the historic center) where we toured a cathedral with catacombs. We also volunteer at an orphanage. There are activities and programs available here, such as scouts, youth groups, swim lessons, sports, and of course, Spanish lessons.
There are other homeschooling families here so that has been a bonus for us. It’s nice to have homeschooling support as well as friends with more flexible schedules.
On the negative side, there is no library available to us. The book stores carry very few English books and the ones they do carry are expensive. This is where an e-reader comes in handy. We did bring some of our home library in our shipment (we wish we had brought more). We also swap books with other expat families.
There is kind of a mail system here, but it seems unreliable so we don’t use it. DSL is pricey, but did work to order my daughter’s Saxon math books (we had them sent to my husband’s office) and they arrived within a couple of weeks. Otherwise, everything came in our shipment or we bring it in when we travel to the U.S. or we do without.
Sometimes we can’t find some of the materials or ingredients we need for science experiments and craft projects. Finding food coloring was like going on an egg hunt, and we cannot find alum, but we can find basic school and art supplies.
The internet here is not the best, but for the most part we’ve had very little problems using it for our distance-learning. Marcus and Marissa are distance-students through Liahona Academy.
All in all, we are happy to have this unique opportunity to live in another country and see another culture in action. It gives us a true appreciation of the world around us.