Geography, history, and cultures ignited Heather Child Benson’s interests at a very young age, and she went on to graduate with a degree in international relations from BYU. Benson and her husband Todd formed a connection with Hong Kong, while he clerked there during law school and have returned twice during his career with their children. She taught their four children at home and included travel as part of the curriculum. Together, they explored Hong Kong and Macau, and visited Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, the U.S., and Great Britain.

From Hong Kong, they moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and he accepted a six-month assignment in Belgium, covering Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Benson and the children joined him for two weeks,  taking day trips to The Netherlands, Germany, France, Luxembourg, and other cities in Belgium.

Their international experiences have carried on to the next generation. Their children by marriage are from Hong Kong, Japan, and the U.S./England with Turkish heritage. To utilize the family’s strengths and interests, they and their children are involved in furthering humanitarian efforts through education with friends who manage successful NGOs in Guatemala, India, and Cambodia.