About The Urban Camp

The Urban Camp offers Technology and Entrepreneurship camps, workshops, and courses.

Our primary mission is to prepare younger generations for “the now” and the future.

At the same time, we also empower our more “mature” learners to keep their skill sets fresh, relevant and future proof.

We welcome students from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests for inter-disciplinary exchanges and inter-cultural experiences.

We emphasize the fundamental principle that having a dual skillset is most beneficial. To that end, our students learn about entrepreneurship and technology, while also practicing a language. We believe these skills promote innovative thinking, which in turn empowers learners to navigate a world undergoing constant technological evolution.

To make this happen, we partner up with local startups, small businesses and entrepreneurs to provide unique experiences.

When designing our logo, we wanted to make sure the idea of duality was present. The Urban Camp lives in the middle symbolizing its role as the connector of everything.

The Urban Camp, where conscious mind and education meet. Into the future, together.

The Urban Camp's Mission

Our Vision

Our vision to create a safe place for learning was born out of the desire to create positive change and innovation through projects using tech and entrepreneurship. We believe that great things happen when students are given the right tools, environment and opportunity to express themselves.

Our Mission

Our mission is to draw out the stories and voices of our students in a way where they feel seen, heard, and empowered. We love to innovate, reinvent, and we move forward at all times. We’re creating a vibrant community and we can’t wait for you to be a part of it!

Our Mentality

Based on education, awareness and a “think outside the box” approach, we constantly encourage students to develop their creativity, share their ideas and turn them into reality. We believe that students connect and engage better with hands-on courses and a learning setting that differs from the typically structured school environment.

Our Values

The Urban Camp is diverse and inclusive, everyone is welcome to participate in any of our camps, courses, workshops and events. We are committed to providing a supportive and collaborative environment where all ideas and points of view are respected. Our goal is to define the future of education.

The Urban Camp's Team

Edna

Founder & CEO

Languages: English, Spanish

Edna’s first “abroad” experience was at nine years old. She spent 8-weeks with a host family in Germany to practice the language and learn the German culture. At 13, she experienced her first English Program at Southbourne School of English in Bournemouth, UK. Slowly she became a Group Leader for Mexican students and organized the activities and excursions. In time, she was part of the family business promoting and selling ESL programs and tours to the Mexican market. She took groups to the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and Italy. Before Edna moved to Canada in 2009, she studied at Swiss Hotel Management School in Montreux, Switzerland and worked for big hotel chains such as Four Seasons Hotels and W hotels.

Both hotels shaped Edna to acquire exceptional customer service skills, greater attention to detail standards, and excellent event organizing quality. These skills are perfectly reflected in her camps. While in Canada, Edna also studied programs such as Arts and Entertainment Management at Capilano University and Product Management and Digital Marketing at BrainStation. The sum of all her skills and life experiences made Edna come up with the unique idea of launching The Urban Camp. With the present and future in mind, Edna wanted to create a fun, hip space to bring international students to Vancouver to learn innovative topics and start new and healthy habits with a wellness program. When Edna was ready to host her first summer camp in Vancouver, the pandemic hit and she had to pivot, coming up with the big idea of providing an online summer camp. Edna and her team has been educating students from México, Colombia, Venezuela, Uruguay, Ecuador, the US, and Canada for two years. In April 2022, Edna hosted her first camp in Vancouver; the rest is still being written for history.

When Edna is not working, she can be found discovering coffee shops and unique brunch spots, at the beach in the summertime or walking the seawall. Edna loves food and watching good international movies. You can also see her attending the city’s technology, entrepreneurship and networking events. She likes to support the local community and can’t wait to start giving back to it. These days The Urban Camp collaborates with some local startups and small businesses. At the same time, campers enjoy their products and services. Edna’s best ideas come from bus rides and walking in nature (believe it or not).

Mariana

Entrepreneur & Writer

Languages: English, Spanish

Mariana’s story is one of overcoming obstacles and pursuing happiness. From bouncing back after a failed marriage, raising her daughter alone and opening several companies to uprooting her life in order to move from Uruguay to Canada to be with her true love, Mariana’s story is bound to inspire and captivate.

Retiring in 2015 after selling her accessories company, she journeyed to Barcelona to write a book of her memoirs. With an incredible amount of heart, a healthy dose of soul, and a huge scoop of passion, she is finally about to release her incredible new book to the world. After three years of nomadic lifestyle, Mariana and her husband decided to settle down in beautiful Vancouver since April 2018.

Tomoko

VR coding Instructor & CEO of C3d

Languages: English, Japanese

Tomoko is passionate about making introduction to coding engaging, addressing gender equality in tech industry and creating new and innovative solution to make coding accessible.

She is a resourceful, committed, and friendly leader, educator, scrum master, developer with passion in education, with experience in program management and web and mobile development.

She co-founded C3d, which is a web VR coding platform making introduction to coding exciting and engaging. The platform is also used by teachers and help them teach coding for the first time or help them make coding lessons engaging.
With C3D, students can learn to code while creating their own VR world, and with one click, explore their creation with a mobile phone and a cardboard VR headsets.

Adiba

NFT Instructor & Other Realities (English) Instructor

Languages: English, Hindi

Muzaffar is a Content Strategist (with a special focus on video content) currently working for a con-tech startup. She has a demonstrated history of working in the field of non-fiction film, journalism and new media art. She completed her MFA in New Media Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2018.

Lorne

FinTech Instructor & CEO of Mini Money Management

Languages: English

MMM is an app that helps parents and teachers educate their children about the importance of financial literacy using everyday experiences. Lorne turned a childhood game that his mother played with him growing up, into an app to help teach the lessons he learned to children across the world. Lorne is the original graduate of Mini Money Management !

Lorne wants to teach kids, young adults, and adults the importance of financial awareness and offers classes offering a quality money education. Lorne also teaches you about the current financial landscape and the role of history, habits, emotions and purpose in your relationship with money.

Lorne is also driven by his wish to close the racial wealth gap that is setting up people for failure and that is especially affecting people of color. He explains everything in this article.

Connie

Cybersecurity and Digital Marketing Instructor

Languages: English, German, French

Throughout her live, Connie has always loved supporting the underdog and in line with this principle, she has been offering her advanced digital marketing expertise to nonprofits and small-to-medium-sized businesses as a strategist, analyst, advertiser, developer, IT support, and trainer for over a decade.

Whether she is working with a small startup or a socially responsible multi-million dollar corporation, she loves bridging the technical divide, combing through data, and finding solutions that will help her clients grow.

Connie is also a compTIA-certified cybersecurity professional who loves teaching, supporting, and mentoring organizations and families across the globe in establishing safer online habits.

JP Millan

English Instructor

Languages: English

JP is an ESL teacher with a CELTA certificate with 15 years of teaching experience working with people from all over the world. He is currently located in Vancouver, Canada, where he teaches online and occasionally examines IELTS candidates in person. JP’s lessons are engaging, hands-on and most importantly useful for everyday challenges.

JP works as an ESL teacher at OIEG and now owns his own company EH Canada Language School where he teaches adult students from around the world.

Who The Urban Camp Works With