The project world school family summit is not:
a formal conference
Come to the Project World School Family Summit with the expectation of a co-creative community event, rather than a formal conference. The experience is different every year, based on the community and the content that it shares. This is not a corporate or commercial venture. This is a community gathering.
Through community we find solutions. Through community, we are inspired. Through community, we feel supported. This not only for families who have already figured out how to make it work. You don’t have to come with all of the answers, just the dream.
not catering to only people with money
This is something that we created as a vehicle to explore alternatives for all kinds of families with all kinds of economic situations and travel preferences. We aim to keep the summits affordable as a way to create community in the spirit of inclusivity, and facilitate sessions that are relevant and adaptive to your needs.
not a class room setting for children
We make the distinction between offering activities and forcing ‘classroom learning’ here. However, ultimately we leave the choice to participate up to the kids themselves. Either way, kids are supervised based on their individual preferences. If a child chooses not to participate in the Kid’s Camp, that is their choice and we will not hold them there against their will. Project World School is not responsible for children under the age of 5.
not within most people’s comfort zone
The PWS Family Summits are not luxurious and extravagant, nor is this a retreat. Roll up your sleeves because you’re in the world and things can get messy out here.
not the definitive authority on ‘how to worldschool’
We do not believe in such a thing as a worldschooling expert. Everybody has expertise in their own experience with their own families and travels. Everybody’s experience is valuable and everybody can learn from one another. Do not come to the Project World School Family Summit and expect to learn one expert’s program on how to worldschool. There are as many ways to worldschool as there are families. The point of the summit is to help you pave your own way that works for you and your family.
not following some hidden agenda
Even though the summit is run by unschoolers, we are not pushing any one agenda, nor do we believe that there is only one way to educate, parent or worldschool. We all agree to come to the summit with an open heart and mind.
not religiously affiliated
Project World School is entirely secular and does not have any religious affiliation.
not an unschooling conference
We are accepting of all kinds of educational and lifestyle modalities. This is not just a conference for unschoolers, or for homeschoolers, but instead is open to anybody interested. Please see above.
the project world school family summit does not:
we do not fly in professional keynote speakers to ‘dazzle you’
As described above, all of our talent comes from within our own community, and our community is very talented. That’s you! Since there’s no such thing as a worldschooling expert, bring your knowledge base and share your own specific part of the equation that is the ‘worldschooling puzzle’.
we do not force your children to take “classes” or be scheduled
Even though during the kid’s camp we offer activities, crafts, and cultural explorations, no child will ever be coerced to participate. All participation is non-compulsory and we extend the co-creative philosophy of our summit to the children as well.
we do not release the schedule beforehand
And the reason for this is that we believe in flexibility and practicing showing up without expectations. It prepares you for real world travel. Sometimes, we won’t have all of the information and we need to learn that that is okay.
we do not offer a babysitting service
Project World School Family Summits do not provide baby sitting services. However, we encourage you to bring a grandparent to help support your family (see above). Children are allowed to accompany you in the main conference space, but if they are too loud or disruptive to the sessions, you may be asked to go outside. All children under the age of 5 must be attended to by a parent or guardian.