• Advanced Training of Trainers Level 2


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Testimony

Many times the trainer’s sentences from the water days come back to me and I am able to note when I need to ask for help. It is true also for corona times.

Júlia, Hungary

For me the biggest learning was: when you don’t know where you are and where you’re heading, just keep moving forward. And also the concept of “we’re all together in this” so “no one should be left behind” it was a big learning that helped me to be even more empathic than usual with my clients and my team.

Ines, Tunisia

“For me the biggest learning was compassion and support… we must face a problem as one. Together we can become unbeatable, helping one another.”

Antonio, Portugal

Next period: 

To be defined in January, 2022

Description

The Outward Bound Advanced Training for Trainers course – Level 2 is a 10 days long  intense development program, designed for people who would like to gain professional in-depth experience and knowledge on various communication and facilitation-sustainability methods and techniques that can be implemented in the practices of non formal education and outdoor education. Our aim through the program is to offer a safe environment and a well-segmented time to experience certain selected approaches, practices and theories in an extended time period. These methods need a longer duration to observe, experience and practice the key elements and tricks that make the method efficient. 

Through AToT/2 our intention is to offer advanced knowledge from the field of non-formal education and corporate education in a practical format. During this discovery / rediscovery you have the chance to watch closely emerging patterns in your professional attitude and you will be offered support to enhance your strengths and work on your opportunities in an honest, direct and supportive environment. All the tools involved in the processes of the training aim for fine-tuning and expanding the vast knowledge that you already possess as a professional.

THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR:

  • trainers

  • facilitators

  • coaches

  • teachers

  • instructors

  • educators

  • guides

  • youth workers  who seek outdoor education instructional training and professional skill development

  • other professionals who work with people

  • everyone, who would like to implement sustainable and efficient processes in their everyday life, that enhances their quality of life 

 

Be mindful! The AToT/2 is an exclusive program – this means that since involves a high amount of trust (on both ends: the participants and the facilitators), Outward Bound Romania offers this exquisite training course only to those who have taken part in the AToT/1, or the predecessor of this professionally enhanced program, the ToT Basic. If you are an Outward Bound practitioner anywhere in the world, then this restriction doesn’t apply to you. 

The course uses the outdoor environment to offer all sorts of context for the trial of the methods. At the OBR International Youth Center you have the chance to experience the approaches outdoor and indoor and you can prototype and test activities around the methodology according to your own context and your target group. We use a multi-day expedition in order to stimulate a deeper understanding of  the functionality and dynamics of these methodologies through a challenging frame of the expedition.

The program is designed to bring awareness to professional sustainability in the work-systems that you are using: the offered methods are there to create support systems through you can optimize your work, create a shared sustainable communication-culture in your professional environment, that brings awareness to things that have to change and actions that you can take. We will reach this through offering communication-systems that are scalable, measurable and broken down to steps to reach your group’s goal. All these systems are developed for and around teams, so group work will be an essential part of your training experience. At the heart of this process is ‘experiential education,’ or learning by doing. If you already use the Outward Bound Method you will have the chance to experience the extended version of it, and if you haven’t managed to use the OB Method yet, you will find practical tools and approaches with which you can combine it. 

We will work with situations that are unfolding on the spot or with concrete situations brought by you from home. We make sure that during the AToT/2 you will often switch between the roles of the participant, of the observer and of the facilitator and we pay extra attention to translate all your learnings and insights to your own context. This way you can start practicing the newly acquired skills and competencies that you unlocked right away! 

HERE ARE SOME OF THE PERKS OF THE AToT/2

  • Support system of the AToT/2 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 psychological safety to the participants of the AToT/2.

  • Professional support system of the AToT/2 will be there to offer you instant support and stimulate your agility in times of need. We intend to intensively utilize this system throughout the whole AToT/2 program.

  • AOF (advanced outdoor facilitator) – a position open for every participant during the 3-day expedition, where you can experience the position of the expedition-facilitator, with all the logistics & responsibilities – supported in this process by the trainers. In this position the AOF you have the chance to experiment with actions & reactions, and you will receive valuable feedback from participants and trainers. Since the construction of the outdoor expedition is significantly different to the AToT/1, this will also top up your game as an outdoor facilitator.

  • The challenge offers you a purpose in the training: it is an opportunity to design a program based on your context and for your context. You will facilitate a short taster of your program, since AToT/2 is the best environment for feedback and additional support.

  • The plan is your master plan for action, once you go home. You will have the chance to design it from the beginning of the training, and all the activities regarding the plan have the aim to translate your experience and knowledge gathered during the AToT/2 into something tangible. The plan will work hand in hand with the challenge and you will have the chance to receive feedback on it and additional support if needed.

 

 

The AToT/2 program has been created to focus on the professional experience - the atmosphere is professional & collegial, inviting, acknowledging & honest. You will have the chance to refresh and expand your knowledge on:

  • introducing supportive systems in your professional practices in order to increase cooperation

  • understanding the bigger picture of the communication-economy

  • understanding the importance of shared communication-culture and the building blocks of it

  • introducing tools that scale and measure impact and efficiency of your communication and cooperation 

  • planning nature in your programs

  • handling unexpected situations as a facilitator & co-facilitator

  • learning new facilitation and training tools

  • staying professional & performing even when out of your comfort zone

  • learning ways to approach phenomena in your professional life 

  • you will have the chance to understand the importance of well-implemented complex methodologies in your company, organization or your work-life in general

  • you will have the chance to experience & learn complex methodologies during the training

    • on communication (scales of cooperation, communication styles)

    • state management (mindfulness, mindset theory)

    • context management (based on Galan and De Winkelaer)

  • you will have the chance to translate these new complex methodologies to your own context – in order to implement it sustainably back home – we will support you in this

  • the professional practices of OBR and the OB mentality

  • the Outward Bound methodology that we use as outdoor trainers at OBR and the reason behind them

  • doing proper risk assessment & the importance of it

  • OBR diploma of participation

 

 

About our open call programs are:

  • multicultural

  • using simple English

  • outdoor-oriented

  • experiential learning oriented

  • focused on using the group for development

  • focused on developing 

    • leadership skills

    • mindfulness skills

    • state management skills

OUTCOMES: DURING THE AToT/1 PROGRAM YOU WILL HAVE THE CHANCE:

  • to understand the outdoor education process & how to implement the theoretical knowledge of experiential education

  • to learn new ways to approach work-phenomena in your professional life

  • to extend your knowledge having hands-on outdoor experience in land expedition & water expedition

  • to  extend your knowledge to do proper risk assessment & the importance of it

  • to learn to plan nature in your programs

  • to learn new activities

  • to learn new facilitation and training tools

  • to facilitate workshops & processes

  • to facilitate expeditions on land & water

  • to learn to deal with challenges in a sustainable manner

  • to learn to stay professional & perform even when out of your comfort zone

  • to handle unexpected situations as a facilitator & co-facilitator

  • to gain valuable experience on the professional practices of OBR

  • to learn the Outward Bound methodology that we use as outdoor trainers at OBR and the reason behind it

  • to experience the OB mentality at OBR

 

Conditions to participate:

  • Must be able to participate during the entire period of the training

  • Readiness for physical and mental challenges, including a 3-day expedition

  • You already took part in our AToT/1 program, or the predecessor of this, the ToT Basic

Minimum: 20 years old by the start of program

Place: Outward Bound International Youth Center, Sovata, Gurghiului Mountains – Romania

Language:  Basic English

Individual investment: 

  • If you come to the AToT/2 funded by Erasmus+, the price of the training is 1040 €.

  • If you are from Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Danemark, USA & Canada: the investment for the AToT/2 is 840 €.

  • if you are from Central and East European countries or outside of Europe please contact us for more information about scholarship opportunities!

 The cost covers:

  •  the program costs

  • equipment

  • training handout & materials

  • accommodation

  • all meals

Type of certification of attendance awarded:

Outward Bound certificate of attendance for „Advanced Training of Trainers in Outdoor Education – Level 2

PROGRAM OVERVIEW OF THE TRAINING

1st day

Arrival (until 5PM)

Introductory activities 

2nd day

A quick recap on Outward Bound and the OB Method

Models used in outdoor education

Introduction of the advanced methodologies of the course

3rd-5th day

Advanced Methodologies – theory and practice

6rd-8th day

Outdoor Expedition

Gurghiului Mountains: 3 days hiking, using an innovative program frame that utilizes all the knowledge that you have accumulated during the training

9th-10th day

Evaluation of the expedition and closing the expedition experience

Planning the challenge and the plan, feedback on them

11th day

Final debriefing

Departure (after 3PM)

Please take in consideration that this is a generic program draft, some parts of the program can change and some elements can switch place based on the actual context of the program (weather, corona-regulations, other influencing elements.

Persoană de contact:

Barabás Tünde

tel: 0365-407 673
tel/fax: 0265-250 939
mobil: 0769-224 290
e-mail: info@outwardbound.ro