DELIBERATE DETOUR

WORLDSCHOOLING HUBS FOR TRAVELING FAMILIES

LATIN AMERICA

WORLDSCHOOLING HUBS

OAXACA, MEXICO

May 12 – June 9, 2024

June 16 – 30, 2024

CUSCO, PERU

August 11 – 25, 2024

September 1 – 29, 2024

ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA

January 5 – February 2, 2025

February 9 – March 9, 2025

ABOUT OUR HUBS

Deliberate Detour Worldschooling Hubs welcome traveling families to deeply impactful two and four-week experiences in some of the world’s most beautiful, culturally-rich cities. Intimate groups of 16 children, ages 7 to 16, build connections while exploring the art, history, food, and natural environments of a place together. Whether at the dedicated hub space, out in the community, or on weekly field trips, participants learn together through hands-on cooking or crafting workshops, neighborhood walks, visits to awe-inspiring sites, interactions with educators and experts, and so much more.

More than merely an opportunity for socialization and play– though those are vital components too– we prioritize the spectacularly rich, gorgeous cultures in which our hubs exist. For example, one day, children in our Oaxaca hub may learn about Mayan cacao customs while crafting chocolate from seeds, and the next, they may climb the ruins of the Zapotec Empire’s capital city.

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HUB COMPONENTS

At each international location, our hubs are structured similarly so you know what you’re getting! Each experience includes:

  • 2 or 4 full weeks of programming including:
  • 4 hub-based days per week, filled with learning activities and play
  • Friday Field Trips, optional full-day outings for the whole family
  • 4, 6, or 8 optional hours of one-to-one language tutoring weekly
  • All transportation, materials, snacks, and lunches 4 days per week
  • Experienced, caring, vetted facilitators, guides, drivers, and cooks
  • Gatherings and play time with local chidren and teens
  • English-speaking staff
What We Do

HUB COMPONENTS

At each international location, our hubs are structured similarly so you know what you’re getting! Each experience includes:

  • 2 or 4 full weeks of programming including:
  • 4 hub-based days per week, filled with learning activities and play
  • Friday Field Trips, optional full-day outings for the whole family
  • 4, 6, or 8 optional hours of one-to-one language tutoring weekly
  • All transportation, materials, snacks, and lunches 4 days per week
  • Experienced, caring, vetted facilitators, guides, drivers, and cooks
  • Gatherings and play time with local chidren and teens
  • English-speaking staff

UPCOMING HUBS

Oaxaca, Mexico

May 12 – June 9, 2024

June 16 – 30, 2024

Explore…and fall in love with… brightly-painted, alluring Oaxaca 

  • Stand in awe beneath the widest tree in the world, El Gigante Arbol del Tule
  • Tie on an apron to flatten tortillas or stir up agua del dia
  • Explore the ruins of the Zapotec Empire and unearth its traditions
  • Visit a small village famous for its weaving and try out a loom
  • Wander labyrinthine local markets and purchase exotic fruits
  • Try out traditional printmaking techniques and produce a souvenir
  • Practice local crafts like loom beading 
  • Delve into Mayan cacao traditions while making tasty treats
  • Paint a spirit animal in the birthplace of alebrije art
  • Forge connections across cultures with local children and teens

Cusco, Peru

August 11 – 25, 2024

September 1 – 29, 2024

Explore the awe-inspiring sacred land of the Incas

  • Play in the shadow of 20,000 foot Andean peaks
  • Wander perfectly-engineered ancient Inca farms and villages
  • Craft your own chocolate from bean to bar
  • Grasp some truths about colonialism, its legacy visible all over Cusco
  • Play and connect across cultures with Peruvian youth
  • Pet your way to understanding the difference between alpaca and llama
  • Run your fingertips along ancient Inca stone walls
  • Understand how Cusco is shaped like a puma by standing it its jaws
  • Stir up and taste a jug of chicha morada derived from purple corn
  • Try your hand at traditional Quechua loom weaving
  • Add on a trip to majestic, mind-blowing Machu Picchu

Antigua, Guate.

January 5 – Feb. 2, 2025

Feb. 9 – March 9, 2025

Wonder at lovely Antigua, standing in the shadow of volcanos

  • Learn about the strengths and meaning of your Mayan spirit animal
  • Clap your way to the perfect handmade tortillas… then munch them!
  • Roast marshmallows on the hot rocks of Pacaya Volcano after a hike on its flanks
  • Gaze up at the majestic stone arches of ruined monasteries and abbeys
  • Join Guatemalan peers for outdoor play and connection
  • Engage in the deliciously sacred Mayan cacao ceremony
  • Try your hand at a traditional weaving loom
  • Explore the winding local market with choco-banano in hand
  • Create strong friendships with children from all over the world
  • Wander fields of Antigua’s bounty: macadamia nuts, cacao, and coffee

2024 PROGRAM DETAILS

Ready to read more about what we’re facilitating in our first hubs? We’ve got our calendars dialed in for Oaxaca, Mexico, and we’ve got activities chosen for Cusco Peru! On our Mexico page, you’ll see detailed two and four-week schedules showing exactly what your child will do each day when they join a Deliberate Detour Worldschooling Hub. On the Cusco page, you’ll see the activities we’ve confirmed, though they’re not yet placed into a calendar. We’re working with vendors to understand their availability and to create a flow for each hub that makes sense for the group. Click below to be taken directly to those pages.

Oaxaca, Mexico Program Schedules

Cusco, Peru Program Schedules

UPCOMING HUBS

Oaxaca, Mexico

May 12 – June 9, 2024

June 16 – 30, 2024

Explore…and fall in love with… brightly-painted, alluring Oaxaca 

  • Stand in awe beneath the widest tree in the world, El Gigante Arbol del Tule
  • Tie on an apron to flatten tortillas or stir up agua del dia
  • Explore the ruins of the Zapotec Empire and unearth its traditions
  • Visit a small village famous for its weaving and try out a loom
  • Wander labyrinthine local markets and purchase exotic fruits
  • Try out traditional printmaking techniques and produce a souvenir
  • Practice local crafts like loom beading 
  • Delve into Mayan cacao traditions while making tasty treats
  • Paint a spirit animal in the birthplace of alebrije art
  • Forge connections across cultures with local children and teens

Cusco, Peru

August 11 – 25, 2024

September 1 – 29, 2024

Explore the awe-inspiring sacred land of the Incas

  • Play in the shadow of 20,000 foot Andean peaks
  • Wander perfectly-engineered ancient Inca farms and villages
  • Craft your own chocolate from bean to bar
  • Grasp some truths about colonialism, its legacy visible all over Cusco
  • Play and connect across cultures with Peruvian youth
  • Pet your way to understanding the difference between alpaca and llama
  • Run your fingertips along ancient Inca stone walls
  • Understand how Cusco is shaped like a puma by standing it its jaws
  • Stir up and taste a jug of chica morada derived from purple corn
  • Try your hand at traditional Quechua loom weaving
  • Add on a trip to majestic, mind-blowing Machu Picchu

Antigua, Guate.

January 5 – Feb. 2, 2025

Feb. 9 – March 9, 2025

Wonder at lovely Antigua, standing in the shadow of volcanos

  • Learn about the strengths and meaning of your Mayan spirit animal
  • Clap your way to the perfect handmade tortillas… then munch them!
  • Roast marshmallows on the hot rocks of Pacaya Volcano after a hike on its flanks
  • Gaze up at the majestic stone arches of ruined monasteries and abbeys
  • Join Guatemalan peers for outdoor play and connection
  • Engage in the deliciously sacred Mayan cacao ceremony
  • Try your hand at a traditional weaving loom
  • Explore the winding local market with choco-banano in hand
  • Create strong friendships with children from all over the world
  • Wander fields of Antigua’s bounty: macadamia nuts, cacao, and coffee

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ABOUT THE FOUNDER

Growing up an hour from New York City, Stephanie Tolk became fascinated at a young age by different foods, dress, customs, and languages and has been entranced by the world’s cultures ever since. She took her first solo trip at age 15 and has visited nearly 50 countries. Stephanie has spent nearly seven years of her life abroad, including living in an African village in Mali for two years.

In her 20s, Stephanie co-founded an organization in Portland, Oregon called The Pangaea Project, through which low-income teenagers developed leadership skills locally and internationally. Stephanie has extensive experience not only in planning international programs but also in leading a complex organization.

Inspired by the personal growth and expansive worldview she built through travel, she and her husband worldschooled their daughters for two years on five continents. Through Deliberate Detour, Stephanie joyously supports other families in finding life-changing world travel, and to provide the highest-quality hubs possible, she assembled a crack team of experienced, passionate local people, travelers, and worldschoolers.

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