The Project World School Family Summits are designed as temporary hubs where worldschoolers gather in the spirit of community and co-create valuable learning experiences.
The summits are designed as a forum for all; from veteran worldschoolers to those who are just starting out as a place to add to our collective wisdom, share experiences, challenges and triumphs and support one another.
Now community connection is more important than ever. Most worldschoolers have struggled throughout 2020 and 2021, faced with the inability to travel, some being unable to return to their home countries after long lockdowns and restrictions. Most families have felt isolated from one another, some have faced health & mental health challenges and every single worldschoolers has dealt with so much uncertainty in the world around us.
In 2021 Project World School broke the cycle of isolation, committed to maintaining a sense of connection for our worldschooler community. We hosted a small Project World School Family Summit in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
Understanding the value of community and connection, we are proud to be hosting the next Project World School Family Summit in Guanajuato, Mexico in the Spring of 2022. We will be layering cultural learning and rich immersive experiences both before and after the summit with pop ups, gatherings, meetups and more! Stay tuned for more information, sign up for our newsletter and join the dedicated Project World School Family Summit Facebook group here.
March 7 - March 11, 2022
The Project World School Family Summit will take place for 5 days from March 7th, though March 11th, 2022.
The Summit will take place in Guanajuato, the capital of Guanajuato state, Mexico.
The Summit will take place for 5 days at JAV’s Centro de Eventos. The space is centrally located, about a 10 minute walk from the city’s central market, Mercado Hidalgo Market Guanajuato
Guanajuato, GTO - Mexico
Nestled in the mountains of the Sierra de Guanajuato is the picturesque city of Guanajuato. Its name originates from the word Quanax-juato which, in the indigenous dialect of the region, meant “Place of Frogs” – because the indigenous tribes thought the place was fit only for frogs!
Little could they have known that the Spanish would later find rich veins of silver and extract from them vast fortunes to build a magnificent city and such beautiful churches as Iglesia de San Cayetano (or Valenciana, built between 1765 and 1786) on the outskirts of the city.
The Valenciana mine located here was one of the richest silver finds in history. In the 18th century this one mine alone accounted for 2/3 of the world’s silver production.
Guanajuato is a city of incredible charm, as is almost immediately obvious on entering it by way of its subterranean main street. The street follows the original course of the Guanajuato River, running beneath the city for almost 3 kilometers.
The river used to flood the downtown area with alarming frequency until a dam was built in the 1960’s to contain it. This is one of only two major streets in downtown Guanajuato – this one coming into town, the other going back out.
To navigate the city, you have to go on foot. It’s criss-crossed by hundreds of callejones (alleyways), the most famous of which is, undoubtedly, Callejón del Beso. The local romantic legend has it that this callejón is so narrow that lovers, each standing on a balcony of either side of the alley, can reach across the alley and exchange a kiss! The alleyway also is part of the route of the popular traditional callejoneadas of Guanajuato when student choral groups stroll the alleyways of Guanajuato at night, strumming their guitars and serenading the local populace.
After marching from Dolores Hidalgo to San Miguel de Allende, then on to Celaya and Salamanca, they entered Guanajuato through this portal with a force of 20,000 men to engage in their first real battle against the Spanish garrison, which was holed up in a granary (Alhóndiga de Granaditas) in the center of the city. The granary was almost impossible to assault, but the ragged rebel army prevailed when Juan José de los Reyes Martínez, “El Pipila”, strapped a paving stone to his back to shield himself from the bullets of the Spanish guns, made his way to the front door of the granary and set it afire so the troops could gain entrance. A colossal statue of El Pipila stands high above the city.
Location for the Summit
ADDRESS FOR THE EVENT:
The event will take place at Jav’s Centro De Eventos
Miguel Hidalgo 1, Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto.
This location is centrally located. Please see the map below. There is no official lodging for this event, but there are ample hotels in the general vicinity.
There are hundreds of hotels located in the state’s capital. Please refer to the map above to see hotels close to the event venue, but wherever you are in Guanajuato you will be able to easily get to the event via taxis or collectivos (local busses)
Travel to Guanajuato:
The closest airport to Guanajuato, GTO is located in Leon, Guanajuato. The airport is about a 45 minute drive to the state’s capital. The airport is an international airport, often times referred to as Bajio, and BJX. More info can be found here.
To Our Community
We understand that many may not agree with our choice to organize a community gathering at this time. We totally understand that. Many considerations went into the decision making process. We believe everyone has the right to choose if travel is right for you and your family at this time and make decisions that are best for you.
We are here to serve the community and you have asked for these opportunities to connect with one another. We have once again decided to support a local family run businesses as we chose our venue and will support local businesses as we continue to plan and prepare for this event. We are organizing with safety in mind, in compliance with the laws of our host country while meeting the requests of our worldschooling community.
Again, not all will agree, and if this event doesn’t feel right for you, please opt out and wait for a future event or a time that feels better for you.
As the hosts of We Are Worldschoolers, a community that includes more than 10 thousand families, we have listened to the feedback. Over the last two years, we have watched many families organize pop up communities around the world and even witnessed worldschooling communities host month long retreats for upwards of 20 families. We understand the desire to connect and the desire to be in community is strong.
Many families within our community are already here in Mexico and / or are planning a trip to the country and are asking for information in order to connect with other worldschoolers.
We believe in community.
Space is EXTREMELY Limited For This Event
The earlybird cost per person for the 5 day event is $125 USD, if purchased before November 1st. After November 1st, the cost per person goes up to $150 USD.
Tickets are non-refundable (but you can transfer them to another person)
Please reserve early as we anticipate reaching our capacity quickly.
We have 2 very important announcements!
As always, we are also seeking teen volunteers to help us with the kids camp. Over the history of the Project World School Family Summits, we’ve always engaged and empowered the teens in our community to step into leadership roles, being service to our community and working with the younger kids to organize and facilitate a truly fun Kids Camp! The teens who have participated over the years will tell you that our team is skilled at fostering a sense of camaraderie, cultivating trust, and creating a truly fun and rewarding experience! If you have a teen interested, please message us here.
Just Announced: The Week following the 2022 Project World School Family Summit, we will be hosting a Project World School INTRO COMMUNITY Guanajuato!
Is your teen 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!