Thanks @borowis … yeah, we’re definitely not homeschoolers. There’s many ways to put the kids in school - we actually put them in “international schools” (private schools) and we typically choose ones following the IB Program now. (There’s an awesome one here in Costa Rica called La Paz Community School that some parents have actually moved her just for the school.)
In our case, we more just ‘make sure there’s a good school’ or even better “make sure there’s a few good choices” in an area that we want to move to.
Here in Costa Rica, I’ve talked to one guy that moved here 15 years ago, put his kids in a local ‘public’ school (which let out at noon), then rented a cheap house down the block from the school, hired a tutor, and put his kids “in school” for 3 more hours in English.
Depending on where you decide to go, there will be varying degrees of cost to educate the kids. You can do it for free - cheap, expensive, etc. There’s a school here called “Tide Academy” that’s really a home school program with a couple teachers. There’s many of those around the world, too.
We’re moving to Barcelona next… after applying and being accepted to a more expensive international school … I was connected to someone who moved there last year from our current area. He said the public schools are good there. Although, my kids are only just learning Spanish … and know zero Catalan … so, I didn’t want to weigh them down too much; but there’s also kind of ‘in between’ public/private schools - I forget what they’re called, but like charters in the USA. They’re only, like, 150 Euros per month instead of 5x-10x that with a full blown International school in the city.
Anyway, thought I’d share some of the variables with you as well. The bottom line though is that it’s impossible to know the ‘best choice’ for your child without really exploring ahead of time. And, we figure we can’t screw 'em up too bad in elementary and (now) middle school.
Oh, and yes, here’s our family’s blog, Wanderlust Living - my wife does all the writing there. It’s more of a travel blog than “how to family nomad” blog at this point - but we’re likely shifting in that direction.