Eli Gerzon writes and speaks about education and travel and leads Worldschool Travel Tours. Born and based in Boston, he went to school until the age of fifteen when he chose to homeschool strongly influenced by the unschooling philosophy.

He began travelling around the world at eighteen, always venturing off the tourist path to experience the cultures. The beauty and challenges he discovered through this inspired the new word and philosophy worldschooling which simply means:

“The whole world is our school: school isn’t our whole world!”

You can read back issues of his Stranger in Strange a Land Newsletter where he has chronicled his adventures, cultural observations, and parallel inner journey as he explores the world.

Please feel free to contact him with any questions: eli@eligerzon.com

Check-out the Worldschool Travel Tours Eli Gerzon is leading with his step-mother, Tomoko Shibuya, to Japan in August and November, 2009: Worldschool Travel Tours.

What’s the difference between homeschooling, unschooling, and worldschooling?


4 responses to “About

  1. Hi Eli,

    Found your site via the Unschooling group on Facebook, and look forward to exploring it further. I’m especially excited to read about your worldschooling experiences, because I think traveling & immersing yourself in other cultures is one of the best, most enriching (& most fun) ways to learn and grow. I’m just now working on getting my son ‘released’ from high school. We live in California so he has to be 16 & pass a h.s. equivalency exam to legally leave school (unless we set ourselves up for homeschooling, which isn’t possible for us). He’ll receive the results of his equivalency exam within days of his 16th birthday!

    Anyway… would love your ideas on great things to do once a kid is free of school: http://www.prettygoodday.com/2009/07/free-at-last-now-what.html


    • Bethany, I just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS to your son and your family! It really is a wonderful path you’re going down.

      What to do when free? Well, travel is my #1 recommendation but sounds like you’re already going to encourage him to do that. Otherwise, I hope he can really explore whatever big or little things catch his interest.

      Course, keep in mind that when he just starts he may not be interested in much! I spent a lot of time sitting in my basement, reading subversive literature when I left school. It was exactly what I needed then but be prepared for the decompression time.

      Then maybe with a little encouragement or none at all, when he’s ready I’m sure he will thrive!

  2. Jamie

    Hi Eli!

    How wonderful it is to read your blogs! I am home educating my 10 (almost 11) year old son Jake, and what you are doing is very much what I would love for Jake to do. I love your philosophy. Let me know if you have plans to travel to Russia.

    • Hi Jamie, thank you! I just got your e-mail: that’s so cool that your son is getting so into Russia and its culture! No, plans to lead a tour to Russia yet, mainly because I’ve never been there myself! But it seems like an amazing place and culture. He’ll learn so much from his own exploring at home and of course exponentially more when he visits…. And maybe by the time he is in his mid teens I will be offering trips there: I’ll keep you posted!

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