Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
Each program, called a Chapter, is based in one location and lasts for 4 weeks. The Chapters each have a theme that is relevant to that destination like Fashion in Paris or Design in Stockholm.
We arrange accommodations, work spaces (with wifi), a local host, and a "curriculum" of activities to fill your free time (plus some other great perks.)
The curriculums are designed to help you learn more about that the Chapter's theme through creative exploration. Unlike college study abroad, there are no classes or tests and definitely no homework.
Please note: Sojrn does not offer any form of employment while participating in a chapter.
What is Sojrn?
We like to think of it like a study abroad for adults.
Logistics are sorted. A friend group is waiting for you. And we've vetted a month's worth of activities designed to help you learn a new skill or explore a new passion.
In a nutshell, we make it seamlessly easy to live abroad for a month, while continuing to work remotely at your current job.
Who is Sojrn for?
Sojrn is for anyone who has ever said "I would love to spend a month ."
We believe in the power of cultural immersion and creating space to pursue your passions so we combined the two to create Sojrn.
Most Sojrners will be remote workers but if you want to take four weeks off and just devote yourself to learning, we think that's great! (and we're super jealous)
In college, study abroad allows students to continue their academic experience in another cultural setting. Sojrn does the same for people who are out of school, but want to temporarily experience life through a different cultural lens without giving up their career, home, etc.
We call it “modern” study abroad because there are several key differences. In the college version, most learning happens inside a classroom. With Sojrn, we’ve intentionally paired destinations with themes that allow for the local culture to function as the “teacher.” Thanks to this, learning is done through experiential activities and immersion rather than confined to the four walls of a classroom.
A second key difference is that when you’re studying abroad in college, you have all the time in the world to go to class, study, etc. With Sojrn, we recognize that most people will be bringing their work with them, meaning their ability to participate in activities is constrained by their work commitments. With that in mind, we decided not to include everything you could possibly do in the bundled program price. Rather, we set the base low, included the basics, and then allow you to add on the optionals that best fit your time, schedule, and interest level.
How is it like college study abroad? How is it different?
What is the set up for working remotely?
As a fully remote travel company, we know a thing or two about working from anywhere :)
If you plan to work while on your Sojrn, you’ll have the opportunity to do so from afar while immersing yourself in the local culture. With a complimentary high-speed WiFi hotspot, your desk can be anywhere you like, from your own apartment to the cute coffee shop around the corner. Sojrn has also partnered with a cafe to create a Sojrn Space, so you’ll always have somewhere nearby to get work done or meet up with Chaptermates whenever you like. Think of it as your friendly neighborhood hangout.
We’ve found that this setup is ideal for the majority of people who join Sojrn. However, if you have more specific work needs (Zoom all day, very specific hours, an additional monitor), we can help get you set up at a co-working space with all the modern amenities for an additional cost. Just be sure to choose this as an optional add-on when you book.
Why are co-working spaces no longer included in Sojrn?
Over the past year and a half of running Sojrn Chapters, we’ve found that only 10% of Sojrners use a co-working space enough to justify the cost of the month-long membership. So instead of making you pay for something you may not use, we’ve made it an optional add-on and instead provide you with a WiFi hotspot to keep you connected wherever you want to be throughout your time abroad.
We’ve also partnered with local establishments to create a Sojrn Space for each Chapter, cafes where all Chaptermates can meet up to work or hang out—think of them as local hangouts where you’re always welcome and more than likely to bump into a friendly face.
How can I convince my company to allow me to do a Sojrn?
Check out our guide on “how to convince your boss”.