The Language of Liberty Institute organizes Liberty Camps (aka Liberty English Camps) in developing countries, where we offer a unique combination of exploration of classical liberal ideas (in philosophy, economics, ethics, entrepreneurship) English conversation practice with native speakers
workshops on how to apply these ideas to solving problems in daily life back home
At each Liberty Camp, students expand their knowledge of classical liberal ideas, thinkers, and works. They also participate in discussions, debates, workshops, and presentations on these topics, thereby gaining more opportunities to practice speaking English.
We offer several types of workshops at our Liberty Camps, all emphasizing the application of classical liberal philosophy to solving problems now, in real life, and providing practice in giving a professional, business-like presentation in English to the entire group.
Our “entrepreneurship workshop” guides students to plan a new business, develop budgets and marketing strategies, and figure out how to raise money. Our “vision workshop” focuses on preparing a working blueprint for change in students’ home countries, emphasizing private, voluntary action to solve local problems such as pollution, unemployment, corruption, or poverty. Our “activism workshop” shows students how to apply effectively their desire to effect change through political processes.
Each Liberty Camp attracts 20-40 students, mostly from the local area, plus nearby countries. Our staff (teachers, organizers, and other visitors) typically numbers 6 – 10. Since our beginning in 2005, hundreds of students from over 15 countries have enjoyed the unique Liberty English Camp experience.
We owe much of our success to the efforts of our local partners, and to the ongoing support of the International Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL).
The Language of Liberty Institute organized its first Liberty English Camp in Lithuania in July 2005, modeled after the camps started by Stephen Browne, Jaroslav Romanchuk, and Virgis Daukas in 1997. After a second Lithuanian camp in 2006, LLI decided to expand to other countries. We opened a new camp in Slovakia the following year. In 2008, we added camps in Slovenia, Ghana, and Poland. 2009 brought a second camp in Poland and — expanding to the east — our first in central Asia, at a ski resort overlooking Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. In 2010, we added a camp in Portugal to our established camps in Slovakia and Poland. We expanded again in 2011, adding camps in Albania, Armenia, and Nigeria. In 2012, we opened camps in 4 new countries: Mozambique, Georgia Republic, Brazil, and Kazakhstan.
Much of our growth is due to former students who were inspired by their camp experience to organize one in their own country, in order to spread the ideas and tools of freedom, and to grow our international network of freedom-lovers.
Countries where we have held Liberty Camps: Albania, Armenia, Brazil, Georgia Republic, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia