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Creating a Successful Life Abroad Course Launch

Over the past few months, Kimberlee Thorne of Expat Mama and I have been working on designing online courses for ex-pats. I’m delighted to announce that the first of these courses, Creating a Successful Life Abroad, is now open for enrollment. 

This course is designed to help new and struggling ex-pats transition to their new lives in a different country by addressing common obstacles in perspective many have without realizing they have them. 

I had the pleasure of taking the Online Expat Course by Kimberlee Thorne and C.E. Flores. It is rich with compelling content, which I found quite interesting and on-point, especially the personal anecdotes, worksheets, and self-reflection prompts. I would highly recommend this course to future AND current ex-pats.

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Until April 15, you can get a 30% discount on the course price single payment option with the code: COURSELAUNCHDISCOUNT. Furthermore, enrollment entitles you to a free 15-minute coaching call with Kimberlee Thorne and the PDF version of Becoming A Happy Expat Journal: Write Your Way To A Successful Life Transition.

If you aren’t living your best life abroad, then what are you waiting for? Enroll today!

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Ultimate Bundles Flash Sales for October

Boy oh boy! Just wait until I lay this one on you. Ultimate Bundles is filling October with one flash sale after another. This will be your LAST chance to get these bundles before they disappear into the nether. Let’s go through them one by one.

First, on October 4-5, it’s The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2021 Flash Sale. As part of the promotional material, you can sign up for the free webinar 5 Essential Herbal Remedies for Cold and Flu Season scheduled for October 4 at 3 pm EST without any obligation to purchase the bundle.  

However, the bundle is awesome. This set includes 20 eBooks, 18 eCourses & Summits, 5 Printables & Workbooks for $37. But the fun doesn’t end there. You will ALSO get the chance to purchase the Herbs + Essential Oils Super Bundle with my book, Traditional Mexican Herbal Remedies, included!  

It includes 20 herbs, or rather 19, and miel sagrado (sacred Melipona honey) and their medicinal use by Mexican healers as well as scientific research on their effectiveness in treating a variety of ailments. This little book is ONLY available through Ultimate Bundles and after this flash sale, it will no longer be available. With the Herbs + Essential Oils Super Bundle, you’ll get 18 ebooks (including mine), 11 courses, 6 printables, and workbooks, worth a total of worth $684.36 for $37.

Also available as a purchase option with the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is the Gardening & Sustainable Living Bundle, back for one more hurrah.

Then on October 11-12, it’s The Ultimate Homeschooling Bundle Flash Sale. This bundle has 2 eBooks, 17 eCourses, 29 Workbooks, and Printables & 2 Membership Sites, 50 products worth $1875.22 for $37. 

I know the uncertainty surrounding the protective measures in place for children has prompted many families to homeschool again this year, not an easy task at all. This set of goodies is certainly a helpful batch of advice, tools, and activities. The free webinar is 6 Fail-Proof Tips to Make Your Homeschooling Journey Less Stressful with Ana Willis scheduled for October 11 at 3 pm est.

The third flash sale is for the Ultimate Productivity Bundle on October 18-19. It has 29 products worth $1291.98 for $37 including 16 eCourses, 10 Planners, 3 Printables & Workbooks. There’s no time like the present to start preparing for 2022!

And finally, to round out the month, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Flash sale is October 25-26. It has 48 products worth $2377.81 consisting of 8 eBooks, 25 eCourses, 15 Printables & Workbooks. The free webinar will be Productive Homemaking: 5 Steps to a Chaos Free Home with Susan Cramer of Motivated Moms on October 25 at 11 am EST.

I expect fall and winter activities to be restricted in many areas over the next few months until we see where this virus thing is going. I know I really enjoy having bundles of courses and ebooks and the like to keep myself occupied when staying indoors and socially distanced. How about you?

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Homeschooling in Mexico

The other day I wrote about how my son finally finished his online preparatorio studies. The same day as his Zoom graduation, SEP announced that parents will need to sign a “carta de corresponsabilidad” before their children return to in-person classes. AMLO, the Mexican president, has made it clear that despite rising COVID infections and poor vaccination efforts, school will begin on August 30. This “carta” affirms that the parent has checked their child for symptoms of COVID or illness in general before dropping them off for school. Then AMLO changed his mind and said the carta responsiva will not be necessary. Who can keep up with these constant changes?

Although some schools will be able to maintain social distancing, allow for ample hand washing, and enforce mask wearing, other schools in Mexico do not have the facilities for these precautions. With these uncertainties, many more families are considering homeschooling options and are a bit befuddled about how this process actually works in Mexico (and with good reason).

Legality

First, is it even legal to homeschool in Mexico? Well, that’s a bit of a fuzzy business. 

The Constitution of 1857 states that education is a right of every citizen. In the 1917 Constitution, Article 3 clarifies that free, compulsory, secular education is an obligation and right. However, there is no law, regulation, or code that penalizes parents who do not send their children to school. There are some municipalities that fine parents for truancy in Mexico. Parents can contest the fine by demonstrating that their children are receiving an education through other means, since the law says that everyone is entitled to education, but not obligated to attend school.

So, in a nutshell, according to article 31 of the Constitution, homeschooling is not legal. However, since Mexico signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 26 states that parents have the right to choose the kind of education their children receive, and that does include homeschooling options.

Options

There are basically two options for accredited homeschooling in Mexico, The first involves taking an exam, or series of exams and receiving a Mexican equivalency diploma. MEVyT 10-14 is the set up for an elementary diploma. INEA offers both elementary and secondary (middle school) diplomas. CENEVAL is the preparatorio (high school) exam.

The second way is to receive a diploma from a foreign country and have it accredited by SEP. For it to be recognized, the country must be part of the Hague Convention (like the United States). If you are homeschooling, then the country must be one where homeschooling is legal, not Spain, for instance.

Homeschooling

Homeschooling doesn’t mean parents can choose their children’s curriculum willy-nilly and it will be considered valid by Mexico. The key to getting homeschool accreditation by Mexico is to be registered with an accredited homeschool platform or an umbrella school. Umbrella schools help parents meet state requirements by providing curriculum guidance and will provide legitimate transcripts and a diploma. If you have documents that prove your residency in the United States and are choosing a homeschool or umbrella school platform based in the U.S., be sure to check the homeschooling laws of that particular state to make sure you would be able to meet them from Mexico. Hslda.org/legal is a helpful place to start for information on homeschooling laws.

There are also international homeschool platforms that might work for you. Remember, though, to choose one based in a country where homeschooling is legal (not Germany for example) and that is part of the Hague Convention (not Canada for instance).

The Mexican accreditation process isn’t complicated, surprisingly enough. You’ll need the Mexican birth certificate of the student. If your child is eligible for dual citizenship, you’ll need to register them at the local registro civil (civil registry) which is a slightly more complicated but not impossible transaction. You’ll also need the school transcript or diploma with a translation, but not an apostille. You then should contact the appropriate SEP state representative (you can find a list here) to set up an appointment and find out how much the accreditation will cost. For accreditation of university degrees, there is an application form as well.

Examinations

If there is some reason that you won’t be able to manage to homeschool through an international school, then you can opt to try to test out of mandatory school attendance with the INEA, MEVyT 10-14, and CENEVAL exams, mentioned earlier.

The Instituto Nacional para la Educación de los Adultos (Instituto Nacional para la Educación de los Adultos) provides a way for those over the age of 15 to get their elementary and middle school diploma. The preparation courses for the exams are offered online now. You can register here. CENEVAL offers the same opportunity to get a Bachillerato general (high school) diploma by taking prep classes online and then taking the exam. El Modelo Educación para la Vida y el Trabajo (MEVyT) allows children 10-14 to get their elementary degree by taking a series of 12 exams online

Online Study Options

Another option to traditional classroom learning available in Mexico at the preparatorio (high school level) is to study online through SEP or another educational establishment. For instance, my son received his diploma through the University of Guanajuato (UVEG). Although this might seem like the ideal setup since the fees are a fraction of the cost of attending a traditional school, be advised that there is little educational or technical support offered and lots of issues with these online sites. It’s a frustrating experience at times and since the topics covered are only what are offered at the traditional school, your student may feel they haven’t learned enough to navigate the real world when they have finished. 

Other sites that offer bachillerato en línea include:

Mexican education facilities that offer graduate and postgraduate degrees online include:

Conclusion

To recap, homeschooling in Mexico isn’t technically legal, but there are a few ways to get around the flowery language of the Mexican Constitution. You need to do what will work best for your family and if homeschooling is the way to go for you, then go for it. 

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