JAPAN LAND OF THE RISING SUN
JAPAN LAND OF THE RISING SUN
his 21 day learning community takes place in Japan with an emphasis on cultural and customary exploration. During our stay in the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ we’ll experience local history, artistry, agriculture, tradition and modern day pop culture, all while exploring the Japanese countryside. This trip is perfectly timed for the cherry blossom season!
CENTRAL EUROPE – BACKPACK
This 26 day learning community takes place in Central Europe, launching in Berlin, exploring Poland and finishing the tour in Budapest. This trip was designed to explore plights throughout the ages which resulted in acts of extreme human resilience. During this trip, we will explore the nature of human resilience as reflected through history, nature, culture, adversity and triumph. This is Project World School’s first Central European backpacking trip, traveling via trains and coaches, and staying in local youth hostels.
THAILAND CULTURE & ADVENTURE
A 23-day learning community retreat taking place in Thailand complete with world-class adventure sports, Thai cooking, massage, tai chi and exploration of the Thai culture in both the north and the south of the country. We will give back to the community by volunteering at an elephant rescue in Chiang Mai for a full week.
Project World School was born from an inspired idea: co-create temporary learning communities around the world with teens and young adults, in order to collaborate in rich experiential and social learning. During the retreats, both natural and academic learning occurs through immersive cultural experiences while encouraging social learning, teamwork and leadership. Participants create strong connections to other participants, the world around them and community through a rich collaborative environment. Teens who participate are inspired to continue their worldschooling explorations (and most return for other retreats).
I can honestly say my cultural horizon and worldviews have been expanded because of everything we did and experienced during the retreat.
After the retreat, I realized that learning in a group was Way more fun then I thought it was going to be. It was amazing how all of us would go into that particular learning experience with all of are different interests and opinions, then at the end of the day share our opinions and viewpoints with the group, therefore expanding the learning experience even further. I liked learning in community more than I could have imagined.
About learning: I know that it is a lot more complex than it's given credit for and that it's easy to get anxious/scared when in a new situation. So one key thing I learned in the retreats is to stay relaxed and openminded. I got to practice this during the retreat and realized afterwards, I learned so much!
My experience with Project World School has given me a much needed spring in my step! I have a significantly higher level of confidence coming off the retreat. Easier for me to confidently say YES now after watching myself excel as a volunteer, especially on the days when I was feeling down, on the days where self doubt crept up on me the most. I still did what I needed to do. And did it well.
Before I left to come to Thailand, I've never been outside the US and now after a 22 hour flight I was on the other side of the world! Before the retreat I didn't know I could do a lot of the things we did. Now I feel much more capable. As a teen I am always trying to figure out the world. And it just got a lot bigger.
During the retreat I felt both supported and that I was among a group of equals. It was incredible to work with a group that was so ready and willing to say yes, no matter the task. In the end, we build a house together and that showed me what what possible with teamwork.
Before the retreat I didn't feel at peace with myself or the world. But after the retreat I feel great. I feel more at peace with myself, who I am and my life choices. Also more in control of my emotional self.
My experience at Project World School was very enlightening. I left Peru having learned many things including, how the Incans setup and performed their rituals, how to prepare guinea pig. All in all I feel that I really grew from my time in Peru with Project World School...
I just realized, in the past year, every time I have completely stepped out of my comfort zone is when I have been my happiest and have felt confident. And I can confidently say, I am pretty proud of myself. I went to Peru for almost 3 weeks and I met the most amazing people and saw the most amazing things. Stepping out of my comfort zone resulted in some great things happening for me. And I am so grateful.
After coming home from the Ecuador retreat, I had a heightened sense of pride in who I am and what I do. It became apparent to me what is important in my life and what isn't; something that was murky to me before. Project World School really opened my eyes to the world.