What is Project Arizona?

In 2016, Liberty International conceptualized Project Arizona to provide a small group of selected students a chance to study, work with local freedom champions, and deepen their understanding of American history, culture, values, and effective ways of communicating these ideas to the world. In 2023 Project Arizona will be back with its 7th edition at Phoenix, Arizona. This six-week intensive academic program explores the mechanisms of free market economy and foundations of the American political and constitutional system and is suitable for both students and graduates from all over the world.

Participating students will enrich their learning through visits and volunteering in local organizations, which cater to a range of socio-economic needs. Project Arizona 2023 will take place between mid October until the end of November. Actual course start dates will be published soon. 

Described as a “program that any freedom lover should want to do at least once in a lifetime” by Jorge Galicia, a graduate from the 2019 class, Project Arizona inspires people from all over the world to consider the world in a new way, and return home with different and innovative ideas for their own countries. This edition will open admissions for a select group of 10 people from all over the world and will focus on 4 main branches: academic, volunteer, network, and cultural immersion. 

Studying in small seminar groups with a specialist tutor, enables participants to study their subject in meaningful detail. Students attend daily lecture programmes given by experts in the field and authors: the lecturers include justice Clint Bolick, Krystal Slavinski, Victor Oleynik, Jonathan Barth; as well as special invited guests and entrepreneurs who will enrich the students with practical experience and networking opportunities. 

Applications will have two main deadlines: January the 15th, 2022, and March the 20th, 2022. After these two dates pass, applications will be held on a rolling-basis for the next year’s course consideration. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible in order to increase the chances of getting a scholarship and to begin funding their trip early with the help of the project Arizona team and Raise Me to The Top fundraising campaign.

Meet the team

Jacek Spendel

Director

Jacek Spendel is President of Liberty International and Founder of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation. Over the years he managed many successful libertarian projects, including over a dozen Liberty Camps, the “Freedom under Fire” video series, Polish-American Leadership Academy, Project  Arizona. He studied social sciences at the University of Silesia, Jagiellonian University, and Georgetown University. Spendel is an Alumnus of Atlas Network’s Think-Tank MBA and two international programs of The Fund for American Studies. He lives with his wife Magda and son Leopold in Lower Silesia, Poland.

Natalia Rubio

Program manager

Natalia Rubio is an international cultural manager. She has organized festivals such as Festival Internacional Documenta Madrid 2022 and Festival Eñe and assisted in multiple cultural and film productions. Being a part of SFL since 2016, Natalia has shown a lot of involvement in the libertarian movement, creating the first liberal Reading Club in Colombia called Iluminerdos, Writing columns for ProLibertad Colombia, and speaking in multiple live and online events. She currently lives in Madrid, Spain, and manages both Project Arizona and Liberty International World Conference.
Organizers

The mission of Liberty International is to bring liberty to every corner of the world by engaging a thriving global network through conferences, camps, and curricula, in order to educate and instill within their constituents the spirit, motivation, and camaraderie to become change agents in their own countries as well as in the United States.
Liberty International was one of the very first liberty movement organizations to penetrate Eastern Europe, before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Because of its unique, compassionate messaging and ability to work within authoritarian regimes, Liberty International managed to ship books, pamphlets, and other publications into risky environments including Poland, Czechoslovakia and pre-reform China.

Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation is an independent non-profit organization whose aim is to create a new generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, and managers. FEF was established in September 2012 to provide students with new solutions in education.
Teaching in a spirit of individual freedom and responsibility is the core of our mission. But our new approach is not only about content; we aim to deliver knowledge and practical tools students can apply in their everyday lives. Thanks to the broad scholarship offer for the best graduates, we are helping them to advance their careers. By preparing them to become leaders and entrepreneurs, we want to make Poland, Europe, and the whole world a more free and business-friendly place.