EER123: When Journalists Have Children — Bringing Kids to the Developing World


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What happens when journalists have children. For Katharina Nikoleit, not much changed. They just brought their son with them on assignments. Listen in as we talk about what it's like bringing kids to the developing world.


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When Journalists Have Children

Meet Katharina Nikoleit. She and her partner are journalists who travel to the developing world for work. Their son Tim went to India for the first time when he was three months old. Wait, Katharina says. That's actually not true. In fact, her son had been to India twice before her womb.

Katharina and her husband spend about three to four months a year on assignment. They cover stories in India, Thailand and numerous countries in Latin America and East and West Africa. And they bring their son with them.

In this episode of Epic Education Radio, we talk about what it's like traveling in the developing world with a child. As extraordinary as it may seem, I was surprised to hear how normal it is in many ways. Aside from their camera gear, they don't carry that much in terms of specialized equipment. As they work, their son Tim makes friends with local kids.

Is it safe traveling in the developing world with kids? Katharina thinks so, and so do we. "We're not working in conflict areas, " she says. In fact, she continues, traveling with children in the developing world actually makes things easier. Everyone loves and relates to families more than individuals, she explains. Now you can talk about the child's health: what he eats, how he sleeps, etc. Working in the developing world with kids helps break the ice.

Listen in as we discuss traveling routines, education, recommended destinations and more details of what it's like bringing kids to the developing world.

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  • 02:16 Intro: When Journalists Have Children
  • 05:20 Incorporating their child into their work / easier with kids
  • 09:23 Habits routines - bringing kids to the developing world
  • 11:35 What's he doing while mom & dad are working?
  • 15:30 Safety routine - bringing kids to the developing world
  • 18:37: Education at home & abroad
  • 22:44 Resources
  • 29:37 Travel gear
  • 32:03 Recommended Destinations


  • Names: Katharina Nikoleit, her partner, Christian Nusch, and their son Tim (9 years old)
  • Hold passports from: Germany
  • Type of travel: Travel in the developing world for work 3-4 months a year (both mother & father are journalists).
  • A few places they've been: India and numerous other locations in Asia, including countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh. All around East Africa and Latin America.



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