Re: Interested in learning more about school bus conversions.
Like Smitty said, I think if you researched a good bit your self about what you wanted in a conversion, and then hired out for help- I think you could get a great conversion for a slice of what you'd pay a "professional".
Speaking for myself, if I saw a request for help installing various aspects of a conversion on, let's say, craigslist, I'd be willing to contact that person. Though my own bottom dollar wage is a bit more than $10/hr- I'm sure there are people that would enjoy the opportunity to help with such a project and could contribute more than just their back, if you follow me.
Anyhow, I think your whole goal is a noble one, and I wish you the best in your pursuits.
I home school my son, and have since the first grade. We live an average of two to three months of the year on the road, and without going into my own personal ideals too deeply, I think that my choices have helped shape a well adjusted and tuned in "to the good stuff" human being. Not only that, but he is free to get up and urinate anytime he pleases! Doesn't even have to raise his hand- imagine that!