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ADVENTURE BASED OUTDOOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

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 Challenge produces endurance
and endurance produces character
and character produces steadfastness.

Western countries have long ago realised the value of OUTDOOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING and more recently Asian educational institutions have taken this as part of an alternative and complementary education and training through the means of outdoor adventure activities. It has also been suggested that modern traditional education was too concerned with delivering knowledge, and not enough with understanding students' actual experiences.

Adventure based outdoor experiential learning provides physical, emotional and spiritual challenges that result in the betterment of the learner individually and also as a member of a team. This is a learning process that draws upon experiences encountered during outdoor activities. The learner is equipped with foundation skills such as hiking, kayaking and cooking and decision-making (in the outdoor context), and is then presented with opportunities to utilise these primary skills during a challenging experience.

Wilderness Classroom
Learning in the outdoor provides conditions away from the distractions of modern civilisation and fosters self-reliance, judgment, respect, and a sense of responsibility for all your actions. It can also be a profoundly moving experience that leads to inspiration, joy and commitment to an environmental ethic.

Learning by Learners
Outdoor education follows the experiential philosophy of learning by doing. It takes place primarily, but not exclusively, through involvement with the natural environment. In outdoor education, the emphasis for a subject of learning is placed on relationships concerning people and natural resources. (Priest and Gass, 1997, p. 17)

Personal growth comes through the experiential learning cycle.

Courses can be tailored to meet specific objectives and needs, e.g., for personal excellence, for enduring challenges, moral, spiritual, team bonding and building and athletic goals.

In the Malaysian education context, outdoor experiential programme puts moral studies in clearer perspective as it addressed respect, compassion, cooperation, teamwork, consideration and relationships at the same time using feedback, reflection, imagination and creativity. Safety, risk taking, and personal challenges are other aspects that would also be brought up.

General Information
Programmes may be residential or none-residential and may very from a single day to multi-day. Residential program accommodations may include camping, hostel and guest house.

Expand your comfort zone by pushing beyond the norm.

Examples and OEL programme

  1. A group hikes from one point to another. Along the way, there is a thunder storm and it rains heavily. Besides, some of the people in the group are walking slower than expected. The group have to trek in the dark to reach the campsite. In this scenario, there are many lessons to be learned when the group review this activity.
  2. An individual reaches the top point of the abseil and fear comes upon him. He knows that the activity is safe and others have safely gone down the abseil line but he is having difficulties himself. The facilitator helps him through the thinking process of overcoming his fear. He abseil down and becomes victorious over his inhibitions.

Example of 3 day programme:

  • Day 1 – arrival and briefing, ice breaker, activity 1 – hiking to camp site. Day’s review and journaling.

  • Day 2 – morning exercise, activity 2, lunch followed by activity 3 in the afternoon. In the evening, farewell dinner and night activity 3. Day’s review and journaling.

  • Day 3 – morning exercise and activity 4. Final review, certificate presentation and journaling. Trainees return.

Activities may include:

1

Abseiling

6

Adventure multi-sport

2

Rock climbing

7

Caving

3

Raft building and pedaling

8

Community service

4

Kayaking/Canoeing

9

Environmental projects

5

Jungle survival challenge

10

Teambuilding games

Themes
Many different themes may be highlighted in the learning programme and some are: Culture, Local History, Environmental awareness, Flora and fauna, and Outdoor adventure skills.

Be like a martial arts expert and be able to deal with surprises in all situations

 

Service learning where trainees carry out community and environmental work may be incorporated in some programmes to reach desired objectives.

Our Company
Outdoor Treks is a local Sarawak based adventure company that is in the business of running outdoor recreation
, and experiential learning is one of its extensions. Our personnel have been trained overseas in running outdoor experiential learning and have successfully conducted them.

Facilitator to Trainee Ratios
Our facilitators are trained to provide a highly stimulating and interactive environment to engage trainees of all learning styles. They are also skilled in observing group processes and place emphasis on team building with the importance of having roles for all members of a team. Our programmes are highly diverse to suit all ages and levels of ability where trainees are encouraged to challenge themselves, learn the value of risk taking, and thinking laterally.

Critical to the success of outdoor experiential learning is the facilitator to trainee ratios. For active adventure activities, the ratio would be less to ensure safety to meet desired objectives.

Safety and Risk Management
All adventure activities are carried in accordance to international safety standards. Risk assessment management would be first carried out for all activities and locations, prior to running any programme and our staff are trained in First Aid and will be sufficiently equipped. Communication protocols would be set-up between the client and our key staff.

Further Information
Outdoor Treks would be very interested in a free none-committal presentation for more information on outdoor experiential learning. Please contact us.

 

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