EGYPT'S FIRST WORLDSCHOOL HUB
Egypt's first Worldschool Hub project was birthed in 2021 during the pandemic when traveling families were looking for extended stays in places with a community too.
We birthed Egypt's very first Worldschool learning hub as an opportunity for Worldschool families to come and stay in the local villages of Luxor and the learning hub gave the children an opportunity to come play, learn and make friends.
Before 2021 Luxor was not a destination where large groups of traveling families would come to live for 6 weeks, so we opened up this beautiful village for extended family immersion trips and were happy to have hosted around 50 families in the past year.
We have created a winter community here in Luxor, Egypt for 3 to 4 months where families can come and experience an extended immersion experience in rural Egypt.
DAILY LIFE AT THE LUXOR LEARNING HUB
How Do The Learning Hub Sessions Work?
Daily Activities for 3 to 14 Years.
Our day starts at 9.30am with a touch base team exercise or daily circle.
Then the children are free to dive into their extended projects.
Workshops will be available, as will lots of free time to play and make friends. Older children are given the freedom to explore the monthly theme and take on a leadership role within the community.
Our learning environments are for project-based learning for children who have previously been homeschooled or from an unschooling self-directed learning environment.
Our new home will be an outdoor learning center in the West Bank village, which will be home for nature and ecological learning, working with local facilitators and forest school-trained staff.
We are trying to cultivate an environment that is enriching for young people to come and learn and socialise, while also being in touch with nature, arts, crafts and animal care.
Once a week we will go on a field trip and parent volunteers are welcomed to attend.
Our lunch is fresh and made on site daily and served around 12.30pm, plus fresh fruit and water is available throughout the morning.
Children will board the bus to go home at 1.30pm and be back with you in the village by 2pm.
The site is on a farm and so children will be very active, possibly tending to our rescue animals on site. We will also go on walks around the farm, so being easily mobile is essential.
THE VISION & ENVIRONMENT
Our learning hubs are spaces for children to come together as they travel and build a learning community, with self directed and hands-on project-based learning.
Our 4-week workshops explore themes that embody skills that children can carry into their everyday life.
Each session is immersive in nature so children can explore what it means to care for themselves and the community they belong to here in Luxor and in the wider world.
Our sessions revolve around the core principles of respect for each other, our community members, and the planet as a whole.
Our education space is at a new site that is 100% outdoor in nature, where children will also be given the opportunity to grow their own food and care for our rescue animals in a 1 day a week workshop led by a local charity staff member.
Your child's learning hub fee will go towards helping fund Egyptian students to attend the learning hub to create a diverse cultural exchange for both Egyptian and International children who attend.
WEST BANK LUXOR
WHERE IS LUXOR IN EGYPT?
Lots of people ask "are the pyramids near Luxor?" 🤔
So here is a great overview of the main historical and ecological locations you may want to visit.
My suggestion is that in a month's trip to Egypt, especially with children, you should visit Cairo, Aswan, Red Sea and possibly Fayoum Oasis.
When in Cairo you can plan trips to stay overnight in the White Desert or a trip to Fayoum Oasis.
More than a month, you can plan extended stays at the Red Sea with our beach camp and diving provider in an untouched part of Egypts Red Sea.
You can also go to off the beaten track temples near the Sudan border or a Nile cruise to Aswan.
TEMPLES AND TOMBS
Luxor is an open-air museum of tombs and temples and a gateway to travel North to Cairo for trips to the Pyramids or south towards Nubian Aswan and the coastal Red Sea areas.
GREEN VILLAGES AND FARMS
The West Bank of Luxor is the village through and through.
Green pastures, mud brick houses, and a step back in time with men in traditional dress and donkeys and carts are aplenty. The pace of life if slower and the environment slower than on the East Bank of Luxor.
THE RIVER NILE
The Nile River is the longest river in the world and runs through the heart of Luxor. You can take a boat ride to the East or West bank via moto-taxi or maybe a cruise further afield to Aswan or Cairo.
WEEKLY CULTURAL TRIPS
Weekly village walks, temple visit days, cultural trips and community dinners are organised as an optional extra activity during your stay.
REAL COMMUNITY IMMERSION
We are the very first provider to open up Luxor as a destination for International families to come and live and enjoy local community life here in Luxor Egypt.
We started this project back in the lockdown of 2020, when we put together a Facebook group for families who were interested to come to Luxor Egypt for 6 weeks or more. It was set up as a not for profit project, not like a tour company, because our main aim was to create a bond with the local people and also bring money into the village during a huge tourist recession.
During this time families have come from the Uk, Europe, the USA, Australia and Canada to enjoy an extended stay with us in Luxor and attend our learning hub.
Every week we host FREE walking tours in the village, community meals and visits to charity organizations and local community events, which normally a tourist would not get the chance to see, as my husband has a very good relationship with his home village people, so we enjoy spontaneous invites to weddings, Iftar meals, parties and community events.
What myself and my husband have created is beautiful connections and most families leave our community really feeling like they were part of something special and our feedback for our first 4 learning hubs can be found on our business Facebook page.