Educational Travel

Travel with Village Home

Each year, Village Home brings travel opportunities to our families. Trips are planned based on direct feedback from the community. A variety of trips will be planned, but they all include opportunity for educational experiences or cultural experiences or adventure. Trips are designed to be family-friendly, but in some cases it is possible for teens to travel with a Village Home chaperone. Watch this page for news of past and upcoming trips.

Upcoming Trips

Homeschooler Trip to Europe June 2015

As homeschoolers, we know that the world is our classroom. We are excited to provide opportunities to experience the global classroom first hand and give our kids the chance to develop into global citizens.  International travel gives students (and adults) new perspectives of the world around them, as well as new perspectives about themselves and their unique and special place in the world.

EF is the world leader in affordable, educational travel and we are proud to be partnering with them to create safe, educational, affordable trips. EF trips include options for earning high school or college credit, through a  new, innovative project-based educational program  at no additional cost to enrich the experience.
Upcoming Trip:
AP European History 12 Day Tour June 2015
(Cities: Rome, Florence, Paris, Normandy, London – must be 14 by Sept 1 2014 in order to join the trip)

Click here for the tour website with itinerary and videos:

This trip is designed for high school students who will be 14 by September 1, 2014, and who can travel independently.  Of course, parents and siblings are always welcome too, but keep in mind, this is a fast-paced, educational adventure that covers Rome, Florence, Paris, Normandy, and London in 12 days packed full of fun and learning; not a family-style vacation! The trip includes professional tour guide, accommodations, breakfast and dinner, transportation and flights,  tours and admissions. Tips, insurance, lunches, snacks, and optional excursions not included. Monthly payment plan (interest-free) available.


Past Journeys

Battleground Lake Family Camping 2014

Village Home families had a wish list of things they wanted for camping and we were able to oblige! Battleground Lake is conveniently located less than an hour from Portland, it’s warm and dry with on-site group activities and water play. Campers were swimming, boating, tubing, rafting every day, all day long! Families not able to camp were able to join the group for an easy day trip.

South Beach Family Camping 2013

We returned to South Beach for the amazing beach experience and educational opportunities available in Newport. From early morning clamming when the tide was low, to a bike ride and visit to Hatfield Marine Science Center, everyone bundled up and enjoyed their Oregon Coast beach experience.

Tumalo State Park Family Camping 2012

Nestled in the heart of sunny central Oregon, Tumalo rests along Oregon’s spectacular Deschutes River. The campground is simultaneously close enough to the town of Bend to make a quick jaunt to the grocery store, but far enough away to escape the commotion. Everyone spent hours floating in the river, and soaking up the beautiful scenery.

Nehalem Bay Family Camping 2011

Manzanita is a great beach town, albeit windy! The group enjoyed easy access to the beach and the town life. Watching the sun set over the ocean in the shadow of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain is a highlight. Some folks tried their hand at kayaking too!

Tugman Family Camping 2010

Tugman State Park is relatively unknown — a private hideaway on the wondrous south coast, approximately 3.5 hours from the Portland metroplex was home away from home for VH families this summer. Situated on Eel Lake, swimming, canoeing, sailing and boating ruled the day. We enjoyed the famous Oregon Dunes Recreation area, less than a mile away.

South Beach August 2009

Twenty-two Village Home families camped together at South Beach State Park. Together we played on the beach, explored tidepools, paddled in kayaks, swam across a fresh water lake, played field games, and sang around the campfire. It was the highlight of the summer for many!

Camping in Bend Oregon August 2008

About twenty Village Home families will explore the high desert together in August. Our adventure includes a day at the High Desert Museum, naturalist walks, and sketching classes. We even have a few brave souls who are white water rafting! Fun for the whole family!

Williamsburg and Washington DC June 2008

Forty-two Village Home travelers explored the roots of American History in a 10-day trip June 2008. We visited colonial Williamsburg, Pamplin Park, Jamestown, Yorktown, and Old Town Alexandria. In DC, we toured the monuments on bicycles, explored the Smithsonian Institution, and toured the US Capitol, among other things. Overall, it was a memorable trip full of laughs, learning, and fun!

Camping at the Oregon Coast August 2007

Village Home families ventured to Honeyman State Park on the first overnight family travel event in Village Home’s history. Together, we climbed the sand dunes, went swimming and kayaking, and ate a lot of s’mores! The start of an annual tradition!