The Outward Bound Advanced Training for Trainers course – Level 1 is a 10 days long professional development program, designed for people who would like to deep-dive into the field of outdoor/adventure based experiential education. Our aim through the program is to combine the impactful methodology of experiential education through various theories, tools and approaches from the field with the healing and stimulating effect of the nature surrounding us.
Through AToT/1 our intention is to enhance the knowledge of the participants, leading them through a professional journey where they have the chance to experience outdoor and experiential educational tools & methods as participants, observers and as facilitators.
The program is designed for:
youth workers who seek outdoor education instructional training and personal skill development
other professionals who work with people
The course uses the outdoor environment and teaching activities to encourage interpersonal skill maturation, and keys to team development. We use a multi-day expedition on land and water to foster deeper understanding of how key learnings can be directly applied to the participant’s own context.
The program is designed to enhance your professional flexibility: our outdoor activities are unique and exciting, through inspiring journeys of professional awareness and involvement in the natural world, participants cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion. At the heart of this process is ‘experiential education,’ or learning by doing. The core of this process is the Outward Bound Method, which on top of the experiential learning cycle of plan-do-review uses the process of transfer during or after being exposed for an extended time to nature, teaching a valuable form of transcending experiences into real life learnings & actions.
You will have the opportunity to expand the knowledge of the trade, understanding the meta-level of a training. The situations are concrete rather than imaginary, and to be tackled “here and now”. Through these experiences the trainees learn self-awareness and discover insights about their own context and their character. We make sure that as a participant of the AToT/1 you will often switch between the roles of the participant, of the observer and of the facilitator.
Here are some of the perks of the AToT/1
Support system of the AToT/1 offers psychological support for all of the participants. This 3-layered system will be active throughout the whole event and it is there to bring safety to the participants of the AToT/1.
OJT (outdoor junior trainer) – a position open for every participant during the 5-day expedition, where they can experience the position of the expedition-leader, with all the logistics & responsibilities – supported in this process by the trainers. In this position the OJT has the chance to experiment with actions & reactions, and he will receive valuable feedback from participants and trainers.
The scenariooffers a safe space for all participants to design and deliver a program for the rest of the group. This is an opportunity to put in practice the course learnings and insights and to create a tailor made event that brings precious input for the facilitator of this program, that he can implement later on at home.
The AToT/1 program has been created to focus on the professional experience:
the atmosphere is professional & collegial, inviting, acknowledging & honest
experience of how to be a conscious participant
experience of how to lead while you follow
experience of how to facilitate sustainably
experience of facilitation without taking away space
we focus on learning from each other – we know we are each other’s resources
theoretical learning through accumulated experiences
you can experience the culture of OBR and what we mean under professionalism
you will learn to use nature as a non-formal educational tool