We are excited to announce the Shikshantar Unschoolers Winter Camp for November 28 - December 18, 2018.

Check out this film on the Shikshantar Unschoolers Winter Camp that was held during Nov-Dec 2017 in Udaipur.

Unschoolers winter camp



Q: What can I expect from the camp?

A: The camp is a 3 week long engagement for free learners involving working on projects, workshops, mentorships, service learning, travelling, community living/decisionmaking and lots of fun with other self-designed learners. Projects like filmmaking, music, farming, cooking, art and crafts, trekking, cycling, etc. would be examples of things which could be explored. The teenagers attending the camp will decide what learning projects they would like to take up depending on their interests. Most of their time would be spent at Shikshantar and with its ecosystem of partners and activities around Udaipur. A few days would be spent with khojis at Swaraj University. The free learning kids will also get a chance to volunteer at Creativity Adda Dungarpur (an unschool in a government school) and stay in a tribal village for 5 days.

There would be no exams, textbooks, competition, compulsion, syllabus, classrooms, etc. The program would be emergent and co-created with the participants. There will be mentors and facilitators to host and support them throughout the duration of the camp who will ask kids to try new things outside their comfort zone.

Q: Who is this camp for?

A: This program is primarily for unschoolers, homeschoolers, natural and free learners, school dropouts, kids on a gap year, self-designed learners ages 11-18.

Q: Is there an arrangement for food and lodging?

A: Yes, we will provide clean and comfortable stay for all participants. The living spaces however are shared and there are no separate rooms for individuals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. The meals will be healthy, vegetarian and home cooked.

Q: What is the fee for the camp?

A: This is a gift culture project and we encourage you to contribute from your heart what you can. The suggested contribution, pay as you wish, for 3 weeks (including food, lodging and local travel) is Rs 13,000 per individual. If you need a partial scholarship, please get in touch with us. You are most welcome to contribute more to help sponsor someone else for the camp.

Q: Is there an age limit?

A: We would appreciate it if the kids are not younger than 13 years or older than 18 years in age. Having said that, children independent enough to live without the company of their parents would be more suited to the camp. We would also like to get to know the kids and their interests and needs better before the camp. Please get in touch with this regard.   

Q: What kind of clothes should I bring?

A: Udaipur gets pretty chilly winters. The temperature can go down to about 10º Celsius at night. We suggest that you pack your clothes accordingly. Sweaters and jackets would be needed. Thermals are recommended.  Also pls bring a blanket or sleeping bag.

Q: Can parents accompany their kids?

A: The purpose of the camp is to let the kids discover their own multi-potentials and learn to live co-operatively in a group in the spirit of tribal gotuls. Due this reason we strongly encourage the parents to trust their kids and us for the duration of the camp. Parents are most welcome to drop their kids off at Shikshantar and stay for a few days to make them comfortable and co-learn with the kids. They can come for 2-3 days to share a short workshop with the kids.

Q: Can my child prepare for his exams while s/he is attending the camp?

A: No, we want the kids to use the 3 weeks as an opportunity to learn what they want free from any kind of academic compulsion or expectation.  

Q: Can you provide coaching/tutor for an exam that my child is preparing for?

A: No.         

Q: Is it necessary to stay for the entire duration of 3 weeks? Is there a minimum stay duration as well?

A: We strongly recommend that you participate for the entire duration of 3 weeks. 

Q: I won’t be able to join from the 28th of November, can I join later?

A: No.

Q: Can I join sometime in the middle of the program?

A: No, unfortunately not.

Q: What is the size of the program? How many slots for participants are open?

A: We are expecting their to be about 15 teenagers in this program. 

Q: Will this happen again next year?

A: We hope to have some learning journey in Orissa immediately after the Learning Societies Unconference in Orissa Jan. 15-20, 2018.

Q: Is this going to be super fun?


We would be happy to address any other questions that you have. Write to Vidhi Jain - vidhi@swaraj.org.

Find below a form for registering for The Unschoolers Winter Camp 2018


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