Are you new to the idea of living in community? Nervous about being away from home for such a long period of time? Wonder what this whole worldschooling thing is all about? Then this retreat is for you!
Join Project World School for our first short-form retreat, which will introduce you to the concept of learning from the world, and co-creating community. Why is learning in community important? Please take a moment to read this article called Inspiration, Osmosis and Empathy: What Can We Learn From Each Other? written by researcher and unschooling advocate
Our unique 9 day learning community takes place in Mexico’s Maya Riviera with an emphasis on cultural and customary exploration. During our stay we’ll immerse ourselves in the local culture and explore the history and traditions of local Mexico all while practicing the principles of trust, teamwork and leadership. Ever thought about attending one of our month-long trips? This trip is a perfect introduction to the Project World School Teen Retreats!
February 21st – March 1st, 2019
Playa del Carmen - Mexico
8 or more participants (ages 12-16) self-directed learners, unschooolers, homeschoolers & worldschoolers
Open & Accepting Applications
Full accommodation for the duration of the learning community retreat
• All airport transfers
• All ground transportation
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinners during the retreat
• Entrance fees to all the included attractions
• All workshops, talks, guided tours, and classes throughout the retreat.
• Filtered drinking water to refill your water bottles (water bottle not included).
• International airfare
• Other personal items
• Meals on travel days (arrival & departure)
• International flights from your home country to each retreat location are not included
Many of our meals will be prepared by our team in our hostel. Breakfasts will consist of fresh fruit, juice, eggs, fresh yogurts, cheeses and local breads. Lunches will be a combination of local dishes, salads, fish and other local Mexican flavors. On the days we have full-day outings, we’ll prepare and pack lunches for our trip, including sandwiches, fruit, chips and juice. Dinners will be a combination of self-prepared meals in our lodging and dinners in local restaurants. We will make every effort to accommodate everyone’s diet restrictions including having vegetarian and gluten-free options. Please indicate any special needs on your application.
During the Mexico – PWS Intro Retreat – 9 Day Teen Learning Community, we will stay in one hostel in Playa del Carmen. Generally, we always occupy dorm rooms that consist of bunk beds, so between 4-8 of our teen participants will be sharing a room at any given time.
What to Bring?
You’ll be gone for a nine days, and for those of you who haven’t traveled for long periods of time, we’ve prepared this list in case you might need some assistance with deciding what you should pack. So here it is, our packing list ‘suggestions‘! Our recommendation to you is not to over do it. You’ll have to haul everything you pack around initially, and there are weight restrictions through all airlines. Also, keep in mind you will be living in shared space. There will be laundry available, and you will be able to purchase replacement shampoos, lotions, etc. during the trip, so no need to haul around ‘family size’ bottles of anything.
NOTE: Remember the list below is a suggested list! Feel free to modify, based on your own needs.
1 Long Sleeve Shirt
1 Long pants (I would recommend wearing this on the plane)
2 bathing suits
1 sunhat with a brim
sneakers or good walking shoes
personal items / toiletries
tooth paste & toothbrush
shampoo & conditioner
copy of passport
anything you will need to lead a session
tiny first aid kit
small journal or notepad and pens
costume, wigs, funky hats, etc. (if you are into that sort of thing)
Schedule for Mexico
Day 1 – Arrivals – Travel day
Day 2 – Teambuilding workshop
Day 3 –Full Day Excursion to Valladolid
Day 4 – Cooking Class + Sessions
Day 5 – Cenote exploration + Storytelling
Day 6 – Day of Service
Day 7 – Trip to Chichen Itza
Day 8 – Storytelling and Sessions
Day 9 – Travel Day
*Schedule is subject to shift
Lainie Liberti, is a Project World School co-founder and facilitator who has organized and run over 15 international retreats since 2013. She is passionate about learning, archaeology, community and empowering young learners. To read more about her, click here.
Miro Siegel is a 19 year old Project World School co-founder and facilitator, who specializes in writing, mythology, history and cultural studies. Miro acts as both a mentor, and a friend to all. To read more about him, click here.
Cricket McGriff is an unschooled world-traveler teacher, mentor and jeweler. Her laugh is infectious and she’s brimming with positive energy. To read more about her, click here.
Gianna Cino is a 4 time Project World School participant and, being familiar with how the retreats are run, will be working on this retreat as a volunteer. She’s into just about everything and is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. To read more about her, click here.