Leaded by World Leisure Centres of Excellence the World Leisure international Field School is a learning opportunity that combines field experience with congress attendance. Initiated in the 2014 WL Congress in Mobile, Alabama (USA) it has now become one of the most successful and active programmes of WLO for the youngest leisure community. Previous field schools editions took place in Durban, South Africa (2016) and Sao Paulo, Brazil (2018). You can read more and learn about this opportunity from the past and upcoming field schools.

– Upcoming –

2023 WLCE Field School in Dunedin, New Zealand

The ‘Multiplicities of leisure: Seeing through other lenses Fieldschool’ will be based in and around the beautiful and vibrant city of Dunedin, Southern New Zealand, and will take place in the days leading up to the start of the 2023 World Leisure Congress. Aligning closely with the overall theme of the congress (to Learn Well, Live Well), and one of its social impact goals (to make leisure more inclusive), the fieldschool is a learning opportunity designed to provide participants with a greater appreciation of, and willingness and ability to act for, the leisure needs and interests of underrepresented and marginalised communities. As part of this, participants will engage in various leisure experiences and activities offered in and by local communities, including the Māori and Pacifica community, the queer community, and those working to support the leisure needs of people with disability issues.

Field School dates: From December 7th to 11th
Dunedin, New Zealand
2023 WL Congress dates: From December 11th to 15th

* Approximated costs TBC

– Past –

2018 – WLCE Douglas Ribeiro da Silva Field School (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

The 2018 Field School during the World Leisure Congress (São Paulo, Brazil) embraced the theme of “Leisure Beyond Constraints”, addressing leisure and access in its broadest sense.  The theme included three dimensions of barriers: physical, socio‐economic and symbolic, which must be recognized, discussed and overcome, to ensure that all people can fully enjoy and take advantage of leisure. Utilizing that theme, the field school offered students an opportunity to study and experience leisure constraints in the local Brazilian Perus for 4 days before attending the 2018 World Leisure Congress in São Paulo.

Download the WL Centers of Excellence Douglas Ribeiro da Silva International Field School Perus, Brazil, 2018 Case Studies Volume
2016 – WLCE Field School (Durban, South Africa)

During the 2016 WL Congress in Durban (South Africa), Durban Green Corridors welcomed young generations to discover the magnificent tourism products on the eNanda Route in Durban, giving them the chance to explore the township vibe, hike down to the stunning uMzinyathi Falls, and learn about the Rastafarian Culture.

Inaugural Field School in Mobile, Alabama, USA
September 6-13th, 2014 

Theme: Building a Liveable City through Leisure: A Global Perspective

The Mobile case study was built around the livable city concept which was also the congress theme and the course was called Building a Liveable City through Leisure: A Global Perspective

Located at the junction of the Mobile River and Mobile Bay on the northern Gulf of Mexico, the city is the only seaport in Alabama. The Port of Mobile has always played a key role in the economic health of the city beginning with the city as a key trading center between the French and Native Americans down to its current role as the 12th-largest port in the United States.