Project World School | Scotland – Castles and Haggis – 23 Day Teen Learning Community
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Scotland – Castles and Haggis – 23 Day Teen Learning Community

 Scotland Retreat

July 15th – August 8th, 2019

This 23 day learning community takes place in Scotland with an emphasis on cultural and customary exploration. During our stay in Scotland we’ll experience local history, cooking, agriculture, tradition and crafting, all while exploring the Scottish countryside.

The 2019 Scotland Retreat is a temporary learning-community, utilizing the landscape and culture of Scotland as a means for immersive discovery in history, crafting, local tradition, and mythology. Project World School is not a typical study abroad program as it takes advantage of the power of a learning-community to produce collaborative goals, knowledge acquisition, personal development and changes in global perspectives.

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  • 01 WHEN

    July 15th – August 8th, 2019

  • 02 WHERE

    Edinburgh, Findhorn - Scotland

  • 03 WHO

    8 or more participants (ages 13-25) self-directed learners, unschooolers, homeschoolers & worldschoolers

  • 04 COST

    $4200 USD - before February 1st, 2019
    $4500 USD - after February 1st, 2019

  • 05 STATUS

    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).
•  Fun!


•  International airfare
•  Laundry
•  Snacks
•  Souvenirs
•  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 Scottish 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 ScotlandCastles and Haggis – 23 Day Teen Learning Community, we will stay in several locations including one hostel in Edinburgh and a campsite in Findhorn. 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.


Packing List

What to Bring?

You’ll be gone for a month, 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. 

Packing List:


1 Long Sleeve Shirt
1 Long pants (I would recommend wearing this on the plane)
4 T-shirts (one should be a formal shirt)
2 bathing suits
3 shorts
1 raincoat
1 sunhat with a brim

personal items / toiletries

tooth paste & toothbrush
shampoo & conditioner
insect repellant
travel towel


small flashlight
laptop computer
mp3 player/iPod
Thai outlet convertor


copy of passport
water bottle
day pack
anything you will need to lead a session
tiny first aid kit
duct tape
laundry bag
small padlock
ATM card
small journal or notepad and pens
musical instrument
costume, wigs, funky hats, etc. (if you are into that sort of thing)
sketch book





Schedule for Scotland

Day 1 – Arriving to Edinburgh Airport
Day 2 – Travel to Fort William, Icebreakers and Teambuilding
Day 3 – Local Nature Walks
Day 4 – Local Exploring in and around the town of Fort William.
Day 5 – Boat Trip and Whiskey Workshop
Day 6 – Hike the Ben Nevis
Day 7 – Travel to Drumduan School
Day 8  –Drumduan School Activities TBA
Day 9 –Drumduan School Activities TBA
Day 10 –Drumduan School Activities TBA
Day 11 –Drumduan School Activities TBA
Day 12 –Drumduan School Activities TBA
Day 13 – Travel to Loch Ness from Drumduan School
Day 14 – Travel to Edinburgh from Glasgow 
Day 15 – Spooky Cultural day visit to the Edinburgh Dungeons
Day 16 – Day trip to either Linlithgow Palace, Stirling Castle or Falkirk Wheel
Day 17 – Arts Festival in Edinburgh
Day 18 – Free Day in Edinburgh
Day 19 – Travel to East Lothian
Day 20 – Visit Yellowcraigs Beach and the North Berwick Seabird Center
Day 21 – Highland Games Day
Day 22 – Haggis and Kilt Class
Day 23 – Teens Travel Home

*Schedule is subject to shift