Some things are timeless; friendship, the freedom of the open road, the confidence of self sufficiency and the wisdom that comes from exploring at your own pace. In this apprenticeship, students are guided through repairing and maintaining a classic air-cooled Volkswagen microbus and beetle. Along the way they learn tool use, engine repair, and How to Keep their Volkswagen Alive.
Once it is ready for the open road, our Trackers Adventure Bus becomes their vehicle of discovery. Driven by their instructors, they embark on road trips to the wild places of Oregon, where they practice their skills, find new ones, gather materials and shape the story of their journey.
The Trackers VW Apprenticeship goes above and beyond shop class. While mechanical capability are develops, VW apprentices treat the open road as their classroom, and create a culture of support, adventure and self-sufficiency.
Vehicle Repair and Maintenance
VW Apprentices learn the use and care of tools, how a classic air-cooled VW works, and how to build and repair systems such as the fuel and ignition system, brakes, electrical and wiring, interior and paint. They learn how to adapt and customize their vehicle to suit their needs, and the flexibility and confidence that comes from being able to perform your own roadside repairs.
Freedom and Self-Direction
When the Trackers Adventure Bus is ready, the apprentices choose the direction, destination and goals of their road trips. Guided by their mentors, they plan routes, meals, fuel and gear needs, determine travel times and carry out their expeditions!
Tales of Friendship
Road trips have long been an avenue where lifelong bonds are forged and grown. Together VW Apprentices face the adventures, and challenges from which legends are made. They shape and share those stories with each other, and the culture around them. With dust at their heels, and wind in their hair, they set their gaze toward the horizon and exclaim “There, we will go home there”.
How it works
Mentoring Weekends One weekend a month for ten-months Apprentice train with expert instructors at our epic outdoor locations. We provide transportation. Apprentices Grade 1-4 do nine field days. Apprentices Grade 5-12 do four overnight expeditions, two in the fall, another two the following spring, along with five additional field days. See below for class schedule.
Skills Evenings & Open Archery Range There are also learning opportunities every week. Apprentices and their immediate family get free admission to our Skills Evenings (every Thursday) with a chance to share in related activities such as acorn processing or weaving gathering baskets. During this time we work on the Trackers Adventure Beetle and Bus. They can even choose to expand into other new skills or participate in our Open Archery Range (every Thursday, Friday, Saturday).
- 3 Single Field Days
- One Saturday every month, 9am-5pm.
- 4 Weekend Overnights Friday Evening to Sunday
- See below for class schedule