Tsolife:FAQ

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This is a restored version of the old wiki.tsolife.org website. Information on this page is several years old and outdated.
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The Travelling school of live was a skillsharing network for moneyless travelling and learning. The website tsolife.org hosted a multi-lingual wiki where hosts and travellers could register themselves and publish skillsharing events. Before those workshops participants mutually agreed on the conditions of their endeavor on which base they want to share knowledge and at which cost guests are hosted. The basic principle was to keep costs as low as possible by means of recycling, swapping, free giving and fundraising. No one should be excluded from learning because of money.


Fairly aged questions

Contents

Links would be more friendly, but these are outdated anyway.

Why wiki?

-> Intro

What do I find where?

-> navigation bar

how to create pages, how to edit pages

-> general wiki intro

WHERE do I write things?

-> TSoLife wiki structe

How do I write my profile?

-> User Profile

How can I announce an event?

-> Events

How do I write a report?

-> Reports

How do I find skills?

-> Skillsharing

How do I find places?

-> Locations

How do I find / start a learning group?

-> Groups

How do I offer a place as TSoLife location?

-> Locations


What is the age limit for students?

There is only age-limit (18-25) for events that are funded by EU youth program, such as the summer 05 pilot course. Summer projects are only one part in the Tsolife-network. In general, I think TSoLife should be for everyone ...

Who are the teachers in Travelling School of Life?

The objective of the Travelling School of Life is to help the students to learn by themselves what they want to learn, and what they need for facing the challenges of our time. Therefore, TSoLife facilitates the learning process by offering the conditions for these three ways of learning, rather than trying to ‘teach’ something to students. These conditions can be found where people are living and working according to what the students want to learn. Such places are for example ecovillages, communities, eco-centres and similar projects, as they have been developing useful skills and knowledge in different areas. We call these places the “hosts” of the Travelling School of Life. They are the ‘classrooms’ of TSoLife, spread over many countries. The self-motivated students can visit different hosts and learn what’s on their self-designed curriculum. Furthermore, TSoLife creates additional conditions for self-organized learning and for daily-life learning through the methodology.

What do you mean by 'nothing can be taught'?

Nothing can be taught, because learning is an action, happening on the student's own initiative. Forcing somone or yourself to do something is ineffective and fatal. Taking ones own responsibility for the learning proccess and joy are important factors for successful education (where successful includes individual satisfaction). The objective of the Travelling School of Life is to help the students to learn by themselves, to facilitate the process by offering the space and the tools they need.

Why 'learning in ecovillages'?

Ecovillages and similar projects are an ideal space for learning, as they are innovative and creative places with people living consciously a more ecological, social, cultural and spiritual lifestyle. There is such a huge amount of concentrated knowledge and experiences in ecovillages (and similar projects), that it is only logical to use these resources for education! In fact, they are already very “educative” places, as you can learn just by being there, taking part in daily life and doing practical work.

What do you mean by 'school'?

The Travelling School of Life is not a stiff, old-fashioned 'school' inside a building (filled with tables, books, teachers who teach and students who have to learn). The Travelling School of Life is an evolving, living system with creative 'classrooms' all over Europe. The self-motivated students can decide what, where and when they want to learn. The travelling itself is an extra subject of the 'course'

How many students are there in TSoLife?

When this manual was being made, the first group of students had absolved the Opening Course and started travelling. For 2006 there are two Opening Courses planned in the first half of the year, each of them for about 15 new students.

How can I prevent conflicts as much as possible?

Communication, clarity, transparency. As many details as possible on internet.


  • use NVC principles
  • make everything as clear as possible before
  • etc.
  • box of complaints




What is CIC?

The Opening Course was named 'CIC' during a while, that's why you may still see or hear it sometimes.


What is an Opening Course?

  • intro to group
  • personal presentations
  • usw.
  • Learn about self organisation


What is special about students of TSoLife, compared to other visitors?

Even if you don't know them individually and everyone is different, they have some things in common. Students of TSoLife are usually prepared for visiting your place. They have participated in an Opening Course where they learnt some basic things about community life. They agree to the statutes and give their best to realize them. They are learning about community and self organization, by directly experiencing group dynamics and group processes within the 'community' of TsoLIfe students.


  • they bring practical skills


Special opportunitiy: Invite a group of TSoLife students. Self-organized groups can be a big help with work, because:


  • more effective (needs less input from host) if visitors come as a group, rather than individuals dropping in one after another and everything needs to be explained over and over again
  • the group is able to take care of itself. The host only has to supervise the work but does not have to take care of social and personal processes within the group (although help is welcome, as they are still learning...).


What can I give to the student(s)?

  • add to creating the culture: games, songs,
  • give input for further reading (book tips)
  • be a mentor
  • help with conflicts (if you have good tools and experience)
  • skills (practical, social, …)
  • infrastructure like library, computer, internet, telephone, silent room if possible if wanted


Space for Groups (10-20 Leute) includes:


  • sleeping rooms or camping place
  • extra selfsufficiancy-kitchen
  • meeting and workshop rooms
  • sufficient sanitary possibilities


contact to people who make presantations, showing films


  • acces to Literature and informations about the learning subject
  • silent room for reading and orking
  • acces to internet and computer




What can I receive from the students?

  • help with work
  • if necessary for exchange: money
  • youthful energy, fun, joy, happiness, inspiration
  • personal relations, sharing of emotions
  • the opportunity to spread values and lifestyle to the youth (the future, not only of the planet but also of ecovillages…)
  • sharing of ‘cultures’ and skills
  • interesting talks & exchange




What do I give to and receive from TSoLife network / other hosts?

  • help with fundraising
  • tips and tricks
  • exchange of skills (on meetings; and through the students)


What should I know about the TSoLife culture and the students traditions

The students of TSoLife are developing their own culture and traditions, perhaps using some of the tools described in methodology (evening circle, morning circle, sharing, evaluations, writing, etc.). That means, they need time for cultivating this -> also in order to be a self organized group. Exchange of culture: sharing songs, games, languages etc. Learn from you and bring with them when they come to visit.

How does a host benefit from the network?

  • get young people to the place: young energy, new inspiration and maybe interested people to live there
  • get young people interested in this lifestyle
  • dialogue about values and lifestyles
  • get help with work
  • support the students in doing their personal learning path
  • spreading the ideas of your community


What can a host receive from the students?

  • help with work
  • if necessary for exchange: money
  • youthful energy, fun, joy, happiness, inspiration
  • personal relations, sharing of emotions
  • the opportunity to spread values and lifestyle to the youth (the future, not only of the planet but also of ecovillages)
  • sharing of 'cultures' and skills
  • interesting talks & exchange


What do I give to and receive from TSoLife network / other hosts?

  • help with fundraising
  • tips and tricks
  • exchange of skills (on meetings; and through the students)




How many students can I host at a time?

Depends mostly on your capacity. A useful for a selforganised group size is between 5-15 people. Groups, who are wanting to make a modul its better to host not more than 5.

Was bringt es mir mitzumachen, statt alleine zu reisen?

Maybe accreditation be part of a community: exchange experience of being part of a group. Meeting likeminded people, connect easily because of common culture/background/ground learning about being in a group: great space for experiments! What works, what doesn't? How to self-organize as a group?


I do not want to travel around, but I want to make my own curriculum. Can I also join TsoLife? Travelling is an attitude... maybe inner journey... can be in one place doing your learning plan as well.


Is TsoLife for me?


How can I find money for my studies?

How can I travel for low budget?

First you can travel by hitch-hiking.. it works!! There are hundreds of people who travel by this way each year! You can travel for free and meet people! Then when you look for accomodation try [Club</a>, <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130620095223/http://www.couchsurfing.com/" class="external text" title="http://www.couchsurfing.com" rel="nofollow">CouchSurfing</a>, or <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130620095223/http://www.globalfreeloaders.com/" class="external text" title="http://www.globalfreeloaders.com" rel="nofollow">Global Freeloaders] ! There are hundreds of thousands of people who give hospitality for free all-over the world! Previous notes:

travelling itself: hitchhiking, weekend ticket, travelling together, writing EU applications, … (see old website from andrea)

What about an official accreditation?

Beginning: do it yourself, do what you believe in; the results will speak for themselves. In the future: Gaia University is another educational project that is developing right now, where it will be possible to get bachelors' and masters' degrees for life-learning (as in TsoLIfe). We are working on cooperation and coordination, so that it will be possible to do a two years learning path with TsoLife and the third year with Gaia University, where the two years of TsoLife get accredited for the bachelor. More about Gaia University: www.gaiauniversity.org


how many hosts can I visit?

As many as you want.


What can I (or we as a group) give to hosts and the TsoLife network?

Help with work Sharing about myself Sharing skills and experiences Games and songs Daily tasks Presents Workshops Presentation of TsoLife Find new hosts and get them involved Ideas for developing TSoLife


What can I give to other students?

Share what I know Be a buddy Myself Daily tasks YOU KNOW BEST! Creativity Songs Games Musik Art A lot of things.