The flow of the year

Recommended: Welcome Home Workshop

A two day workshop where you’ll experience Knowmads and your Tribe in a very special way. You’ll be hosted by the two present Tribes and the staffNews

Tribal Leadership – The Beginning

  • Tribal Trip (3 tribes and running team having fun)
  • getting to know your own HQ (getting keys, finding your way, getting practical)
  • team-building skill-set
  • collaboration skill-set
  • project and event managing skill-set
  • inspiration by seeing the FINAL presentations of the Tribe that’s leaving
  • organizing and hosting your own event or group project at the end of this period

Tribal Leadership

  • more workshops on team building, communication, collaboration and shared decision making
  • making your own co-created programme 

Personal Leadership

Blank space for co-created and self-directed learning
(apart from weekly Tribal meetings)

Tribal Leadership – half way through

  • Harvest and Reflection via the Half Year Presentations
  • Tribal Trip
  • Welcoming and hosting the New Tribe as ‘the experienced travelers’ in their Welcome Home Workshop.
  • Organize the Goodbye Party for the Tribe leaving
  • The GRAND Evaluation and Reflection together with your Tribe.

Personal Leadership

  • Blank space for co-created and self-directed learning
  • (apart from weekly Tribal meetings, optional is Nature Quest)

Tribal Leadership – The end & the new beginning

  • Big Tribal Reflection
  • FINAL Presentations
  • Celebration of your Year
  • Tribal Trip
  • Public final Presentations, share your more tangible outcomes with our and your bigger network.
  • We will ask you to share your story. both in the middle as at the end of your year.
    In whatever creative, touching, authentic, professional, joyful, honest way….

Your are open and positive towards:

  • uncertainty
  • taking initiative
  • perseverance,
  • risk taking
  • positive action,
  • care for community
  • spending time with others, in good & bad times
  • having a goal, moving towards something
  • learning and change,
  • feedback and self reflection
  • self-development for your own & your peer’s sake
  • questioning the status quo

Full Time Programme

Team learning

Our programme is based on action learning in a team setting. A team is a group of international students that start and end their year together.


The tuition fee for one year starting september 2015 is €6950.
Some additional travel costs may appear during the year. You will have to find and pay for your own accommodation and living costs.

For this money you’ll get

  • a full time, one year programme
  • a life changing experience in Amsterdam
  • a Tribe with awesome, and probably some challenging, like-minded people
  • many many workshops and lectures (with a commercial value of around €15.000)
  • guidance on your personal – and group process
  • possibilities to work for inspiring clients
  • a huge network
  • a key to the Knowmads HQ
  • coffee and tea
  • free membership to our co-working space ‘the Greenhouse’


Our programme is based on four questions:

  • Who am I and what do I want to do?
  • How can I contribute to our world?
  • What do I want to learn/ develop in order to reach that?
  • How do I get my ideas into the world?

Our programme is implemented by Knowmads staff, and by the lecturers that we invite in. Our lecturers are always experts in their field. Our programme has a few basic workshops and tools that we offer; the other workshops support the assignments or group process at that moment.

Partners & assigments

Throughout the year students work on assignments for our partners. Knowmads staff bring in assignments during the year,  after one is pitched by the partner, the students create a working plan together with hem/her and add a proposed value exchange, like money, a certain percent of the turnover or exchange of goods, services.

Once an agreement has been made with our partner, the tribe starts working, coached by the staff and by their peers. The aim is to create a win-win-win situation, for the students, for the partner and for society.


Besides the programme, we stimulate our students to work on their own projects and businesses. Every student is encouraged to find a coach within our extended network during their year at Knowmads. To see the startups that followed after Knowmads click here.

Interested in this life-changing experience?