Adventure Education for personal and group development

Course description

Course overview and purpose:
Outdoor Adventure Education is an innovative educational approach that promotes learning and development through adventure-centred experiences. Adventure means challenge, uncertainty, new experiences, nature immersion, involvement of head, heart and hand, and relationships with others. In a complex and uncertain social and cultural context, adventure education seems to be a great learning opportunity for both youth and adults. Adventure education differs from restorative or recreational outdoor activities in its crucial role of reflection and conceptualisation during the learning process.
Based in an outdoor training centre located in a rural setting, the course provides an immersive and experiential programme. The main event of this course is a two-day outdoor expedition, a great learning experience to experiment directly in the experiential process. We will hike in a natural area (Colli Euganei) and we will spend a night outdoors, exploring personal and group resources outside of our comfort zones. After the outdoor experience, we will reflect on and discuss personal insights, ideas, theories and methodology for developing outdoor adventure education in the school context. You will also receive some practical tools, participate in case histories discussion and have the opportunity for sharing and networking with passionate colleagues.

Learning outcomes:

  • Know the fundamental aspects of theory and method of adventure education
  • Discuss how to integrate outdoor adventure activities and processes in your own professional practice and community
  • Understand different models of using outdoor learning for students and groups development
  • Be able to plan specific activities connected with your context and objectives
  • Raise awareness about your personal relationship with nature and adventure education
  • Gain tools and strategies for providing learning experiences and reflection on those experiences

Admission information

  • Language : English
  • Language level prerequisites : B1/B2 or above
  • Duration : One week
  • Audience :

    Teachers of any subject, educators, and school administrative staff

  • General prerequisites :

    No specific requirements

  • Maximum number of participants : 14
  • Minimum advance reservation : 12 weeks

Course information file

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Available dates

San Martino di Venezze (Italy)

  • 30.06.2024 - 07.07.2024 - To be confirmed
  • 21.07.2024 - 28.07.2024 - To be confirmed
  • 08.09.2024 - 15.09.2024 - To be confirmed
  • 11.05.2025 - 18.05.2025 - To be confirmed
  • 08.06.2025 - 15.06.2025 - To be confirmed

This location is 40 minutes from Padova.

It is possible to book only the Full package – double room for this course.

Course dates are made available based on the availability of trainers but are “confirmed” only once the minimum number of participants is reached.

Course dates are usually listed Sunday to Sunday. The course usually takes place Monday to Friday and the full-day trip usually takes place on Saturday, so Sundays are arrival and departure days for those who book course, activities and accommodation. You can leave earlier if you book just the course.

If you are looking for dates either not listed above or “To be confirmed”, please pre-register to your favourite dates so we can track your interest, liaise with everybody to convey participants to the same dates and make them confirmed!

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