We've collected the most common questions and answers we get for you below.
Do you offer courses to study?
How much time can I expect to spend studying on the program?
You should expect to spend between 4 and 6 hours a day studying. This varies day to day, depending on whether we have activities planned or not. Some days we might do no studying at all, and others we might spend all day on our laptops. The schedule that you study on is completely up to you, although people tend to break up study sessions with fun activities with the rest of the group, of which there are plenty
If you want to know what a typical day looks like on an Edumadic program, you can read the weekly newsletters from our last program which including a "Day in the Life" feature where we follow round an different Edumad for a day each week. They'll give you a great insight into life on one of our programs.
Why is there an application process?
A few reasons:
Firstly, we want to make sure your expectations of what the program will be, are in line with reality. If you want to backpack around the world and are just looking for a group to do it with, we're not really for you.
Secondly, most of our programs travel to locations that have vastly different cultures than those you'll find in Western Europe and North America (where most of our applicants are from). When you experience these differences in cultures and simple realities of daily life, it can come as quite a shock, and will probably take some getting used to if you haven't done much travelling in the past. People either relish the chance to experience new cultures and ways of life, or get on the next plane home, horrified by what they've seen and craving the western comforts that they took for granted before. The application process helps us figure out which camp you're in.
And finally, we've travelled extensively as backpackers in the past and know that the people you travel with are as important, if not more so, than the places you travel to. We select people with this fact at the forefront of our minds. By the end of each program, more than just happy Edumads, we want a new group of lifelong friends. By filtering applicants, we're able to significantly increase our chances of both.
Can I apply if I'm not from the US?
Absolutely! We are actually a British company and only list our program fees in USD for simplicity. We have applicants from all over the world and strive for a diverse community on each group from lots of different countries and backgrounds.
How long will the process take, and what does it consist of?
It'll usually take us around a week to review your first round application. If we think you're a good fit, we'll ask you to book a slot
What are you looking for in an applicant?
First and foremost, we are looking for people that are devoted to the educational aspect of the program. Education must be the number 1 priority, with adventure and exploration a close second.
Second, we know that spending 12 weeks with someone can build lifelong bonds between people. We want as many of these bonds to be created as possible in our programs, so we curate our groups with that in mind. It's hard to objectively define the people that we think fit this bill, but the adjectives fun, interesting, adventurous, and kind, are a good start.
How many people are accepted into each program?
We aim for around 15 people on each program. We feel this is big enough to foster a sense of community, but small enough that you can get to know each one of your fellow Edumads on a personal level. We will never have less than 10 on a program, or more than 20.
Yes and no.
You could probably
However, what we're certain you can't do is find a group of like minded individuals who are all on the same journey of self-directed online learning and world travel as you are. The community that we bring together is the most valuable part of our
What will we be doing whilst we're not studying?
You are free to do as you please with your time once you are on our program. We share information about activities and excursions in each location. None of these are included as part of the tour, although we do assist in
In the past, people have chosen to devote themselves to "extra curricular" activities as well as their studies, and include these in their weekly goals. Previously these have come in the form of general fitness,
How do you make sure we're studying?
The short answer is we don't. Once you're on a program you a free to spend as much or as little time as you want on your educational pursuits. We do send out a weekly accountability and review form which asks you what your goals are for the week and whether you achieved your goals for the previous week, but this is more to keep Edumads accountable to
What we will say is that if you're not studying, then there isn't much value in you remaining part of the program. If you just want to travel then you're much better off travelling solo rather than part of a group and staying in hostels rather than private rooms. You'll have the chance to see far more places if you're not tied to one room for 4 weeks.
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