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Here We Are & There We Go: Teaching and Traveling With Kids in Tow

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  38 reviews

A heartwarming travel memoir filled with temper tantrums, disorienting jetlag, and zany, once-in-a-lifetime family adventures. Who says you can't travel with kids? Dan and I find out we can do just that as we set off with our two very young kids, first to live and work on an island far out in the Pacific, then on to the continent
Paperback, 188 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Orange Hat Publishing (first published May 1st 2012)
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Jill Dobbe
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Just finished reading HERE WE ARE & THERE WE GO by Jill Dobbe. Loved it! Made you feel like you were there, in many different countries, with the Dobbe family. I truly enjoyed reading about all of their adventures and can't wait to read the sequel!!!" ~Karen ...more
Joshua Grant
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who has travelled with young kids knows that it’s nuts! Now tack on numerous countries, years, a few lions, and a typhoon and you’ve got Jill Dobbe’s travel memoir Here We Are & There We Go. I loved the spirit of adventure in this book and just seeing where the Dobbe family would go next. This one’s all around perfect for anyone getting that old bit of wanderlust! ...more
Riley Banks
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to review this book for my website and knew before I read this that I would love it, simply because my family have shared so many of the same experiences. True, the Dobbes did it a little tougher than we did, acclimating and living among the locals whereas we did live the very privileged life of fully subsidized expatriates. That being said, I found myself laughing at so many of Jill’s experiences or nodding my head sagely, saying ‘Yes, I remember that feeling.’
Landing in a new coun
Maria Beltran
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This is a true to life story of a couple, both teachers, who raised their two children, Ian and Ali, while traveling around the world. Author Jill Dobbe and her husband Dan did not let their two young children stop them from traveling around the world. From their native Wisconsin their first stop was the island of Guam, in the picturesque village of Inarajan, where they endured not only the unruly behavior of their students but also the wrath of hurricane Yuri. This was just the start of a life
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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How many of us have considered selling our homes, packing up our belongings, and traveling the world? For many people this is a dream. (At least it is for this girl!) The Dobbe family made it come true.

This was a delightful book told in a conversational style. I felt as if I were sipping a cup of coffee with a friend while she told me about her shenanigans across the globe. And shenanigans there were!

It was lovely to read
Dee Paisley
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a mom/educator who's also from the Midwest and has traveled to more than 20 countries with her kids and husband, I am reassured that many of The Memories We have from our family aren't completely bad or a way to scar our children for their whole lives. I am grateful for how she sums up the relationship that the parents and kids have today as adult, and the kids are adults and are making their lives in the worldwide job place. what a wonderful story and life they've lived.
Amanda Lauer
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting book about a husband and wife teaching abroad while raising young children.
Tanya (mom's small victories)
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
After graduating college, I dreamed of where our world travels would take us. We made a list of all the countries we’d like to visit. We honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico and went to Spain during our first year of marriage. Spain was magical and wonderful but the end of my trek around the world. Sadly, my travel wish list is still unfulfilled. I use the excuse that it would be harder and more expensive to travel now as a family of 5.

When Ms. Dobbe approached me to read her book, I wanted to see how
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Educator Jill Dobbe, along with her husband Dan, recount their journey to live and teach and visit all over the world. Thirty countries later, Jill shares this not-quite-over memoir of life abroad.

Beginning in 1991 in Guam, Dobbe discusses the culture, tidbits tourists would miss about living among different cultures – for instance, although tourism is a major trade in Guam, the beaches are dangerous. The first ten years and four countries of working overseas, Jill taught elementary school and D
Kathleen Gamble
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jill and her husband were school teachers in Wisconsin USA when one day they moved half way around the world and their lives changed drastically.

Like Jill’s children, I was born into the nomadic life of the serial expat. I lived in West Africa, Mexico, Asia, South America, and Europe, so I can identify with many of her experiences. I grew up speaking different languages, like her children did, and I continue to have the travel bug today. Like her children do.

What truly amazed me about this book
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an unusual read for me. But it appealled to me because I have two children, I travel with them in developing countries every year (usually for about 4 weeks) and I am also a teacher. I've often thought about living and working overseas. I thought I would find it interesting, and I certainly did.

Jill Dobbe's memoir is well written and engaging. It is divided into rather long chapters, each dealing with one of the locations they lived in. The first four chapters relate to a decade spent ov
Indie Kindle Blitz
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, travel
Have you ever wanted to chuck it all and just travel the world? That’s what Jill Dobbe and her husband Dan did, going from country to country, teaching in schools.

From their first stop in Guam to the last stop in Mexico, Here We Are and There We Go chronicles the adventures of a globe-trotting family. The book reads as if the author is sitting at a friend’s kitchen table, telling about the amazing vacation she took. It has a folksy charm about it.

Their initial stint as teachers in Guam was peppe
Christina Bertrand
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you're considering traveling the world, or have simply always dreamed of it, then Here We Are & There We Go is the book for you. Jill Dobbe took the time to tell some of the many stories that, too often, forever go untold by countless numbers of people who live and serve abroad. Her book is filled with unique experiences she and her family have lived during their numerous years of travel. Whether you are reading about her husband, Dan, asking her to please stop shopping, Jill, we don't have e ...more
Scott Spotson
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book feels authentic. The author wisely does not exaggerate, does not unleash criticism, and does not preach. The tales of the family's travels are lovingly recounted in a very real way, neither too brief nor too detailed. In short, this book is just right for the casual observer: one who has not been to these countries, is not an international teacher, or has the travel bug.

I confess I have been to a few of the countries, especially Singapore where they did stay to teach. Their recollectio
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book will appeal to both travellers and non-travellers alike. Those who have experienced this lifestyle will recognise the humour and the sheer unexpectedness of life in another country. As an expat myself, the stories resonate with me and I couldn't help but chuckle along - with empathy of course. For those who haven't travelled yet, then this may come as a stark warning, potentially putting some people off. However, for those people who have the same wanderlust, then this book will both a ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Review: This book deals with a family teaching abroad for several years while raising their two young children. The adventurous parents, who wanted something different, had the courage to do what most of us only dream of. They made their dreams come true. What better life education could two young kids ask for than to grow up traveling the world and learning different cultures and languages. From their first experience on the island of Guam to exotic Singapore to the vast continent of Africa ...more
Elly Michaels
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The writing is so refreshingly straightforward and conversational, you feel like you are sitting with a friend, drinking tea and chatting about her recent adventures. You feel an envy that seduces you into recognizing that, with little effort, that could be you. And why not? You fixate on the unspoken two-suitcases-per-person rule and imagine what you would pack in those two small squares of space. You see yourself driving along the ocean, staring inland as much as safety will permit, to avoid t ...more
Tony Fitzsimmons
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has uprooted my immediate family and deserted friends and family to scratch the itch of “doing something different” on more than one occasion, I couldn´t wait to read this story of someone who was as mad (and some would say as irresponsible) as me! I was not disappointed.
From Guam to Ghana and Singapore to Cairo the book takes the reader along for the ride and I felt I was constantly watching in the background as Jill and her very young family uprooted from the safety of Wisconsin
Dermot Davis
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really felt like I was visiting all the countries that the Dobbe family travels to and works in; her descriptions were very real. Working in foreign countries, especially in poorer areas of the globe is a very different lifestyle to most and although I can admire their adventurous spirit, I have to admit that it's not for me! Having to deal with a foreign language, customs and people that will always see you as a foreigner is not for the faint of heart... and oh, yeah, there's the snakes that ...more
Julie Morey
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a world traveler and writer I often find myself struggling to accurately describe my experiences and adventures overseas. It is so hard to convey the wonderful craziness that is travel and yet Jill has managed to do it in a way that transports the reader into her experiences with her family teaching in Guam, Africa, and Mexico and then perfectly describes the tough transition back to "normal" life.

Her honest personal antidotes and revelations of her less than perfect parenting moments made m
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
I laughed and I cried... then I chuckled and cried some more. As someone who spent several years, myself, teaching abroad in a foreign country, I totally related to so many of the author's stories. The way that the stories are written, you can't help but feel like you are traveling alongside this beautiful family. It makes you appreciate the blessings we have, living up here in North America. It also makes me want to one day share the world with my little family in order to share the lessons tha ...more
Tania Ramos
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I never knew about teaching abroad, but Jill tells about it and making a series of moves to far off places with her young children and husband. Reading this book was like sitting over a cup of coffee with a friend and listening to stories. This book is light reading, but tells great stories of what the Dobbe family actually went through, and it wasn't all fun and exotic. It was great to read about their relationship and just how they survived as a family and to learn about where they ended up ye ...more
Linda Kovic-Skow
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jill Dobbe's memoir details her teaching experiences abroad with her husband and two children, mostly between the years 1991 to 2001. I especially enjoyed reading the first three chapters when this young family visited Guam, Singapore and Ghana (Africa). On more than one occasion, I shook my head in disbelief as Jill recounted her intermittently fascinating, humorous and gut-wrenching story. I felt that the ending of the book was a bit rushed, but perhaps she will recount this trip in more detai ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book for parents considering living abroad with children and want to get an idea of what it might be like. This family had some fun, wild, and scary adventures as their children grew up in countries around the world.
T.R. Robinson
‘Here We Are & There We Go’ is a personal account of the author’s experiences whilst, together with her husband and children, on teaching assignments in a variety of countries. During the reading of this tale you may well agree with some of their relatives, who thought them crazy to undertake such a lifestyle with their two young children; one and two years old at the start.

Complete review may be read at:
Rik Ravado
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This autobiographical travel book is a great read on many levels. Nicely illustrated, it tells how Jill, her husband Dan with two children in tow, traveled the globe as educators. Jill is an accomplished storyteller and paints realistic and enjoyable character descriptions. Hers is a very honest picture of planet Earth from beach paradise, majestic mountains, historic buildings and ethnic hospitality to urine smells, nasty parasites, throwing up, poverty and death. Jill describes the whole spect ...more
Elizabeth Krall
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a light account of the ten years an American family spent abroad while the parents worked as teachers in developing countries. I was about to write “a typical American family”, but Jill and Dan Dobbe’s interest in other countries and willingness to embrace other cultures make them far from typical.
The involvement of their very young children – aged two and one when the Dobbes left the US, for Guam – brings an unusual perspective to the genre of “travel memoir”. Not only are many of
Fay Guilian
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jill Dobbe’s book, Here We Are & There We Go – Teaching and Traveling with Kids in Tow is a delightful book that had me reminiscing about all my own travels overseas.
Ms. Dobbe brings the life of an international educator up close and personal by real sharing adventures her family had in Guam, Singapore, Ghana and Mexico.

It is a wonderful insight not only from the perspective of the traveling teacher, but the last chapter of the book which talks about reverse culture shock is equally important
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Normally I try to write reviews as objectively as possible, taking into consideration readership as a whole and not just my personal opinion. However, because Here We Are & There We Go is such a personal account of the Dobbe Family’s trials and tribulations as they move across the globe, it seemed only fitting that I make an exception. As a die-hard chick-lit romance kinda gal, memoirs, autobiographies and anything based on geography does absolutely not float my boat.

Surprisingly though, I found
Jane Blanchard
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Here We Are & There We Go – Teaching and Traveling with Kids in Tow by Jill Dobbe is a memoir of an American couple who taught for a decade in foreign countries while raising a family. From the blurb, I expected a humorous book; though there are a few chuckles, the book is more informative than funny. I found it fascinating to read about what foreign teachers do and how they live in various countries. I loved the descriptions of the places they visited (over thirty countries) while living abroad ...more
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Jill is an international educator, travel writer, amateur photographer, and author of three travel memoirs. She enjoys writing about her experiences living and working in schools and countries around the world. Making her home in Honduras, Jill continues to travel and write about the beautiful countries of Latin America, while also muddling her way through the Spanish language.


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