Outdoor Leadership Program

Today’s competitive academic environment puts increasing demands on students to spend greater and greater amounts of time in the classroom, and less time pursuing other activities. Outdoor education helps develop life skills that cannot be gained in the classroom and contributes significantly to personal all-round development. In fact, these ‘out of classroom’ experiences can actually help increase the capacity for academic learning by encouraging different approaches for thinking about and solving problems. Outdoor programs instill in students a sense of responsibility, assist them in building trust, self confidence and a strong sense of team spirit. An additional benefit of outdoor education is that students learn to enjoy, respect and care for the natural environment.
I.O. has specific courses designed for different activities, durations and group age/ability. I.O. will also happily work with you to custom design a course to meet your goals/needs. Please refer to the following menu to choose your course or get ideas to custom design your own.

I.O. Outdoor Club
Start an extra-curricular outdoor club at your school. I.O. will help you organize it! Students join in regular weekly activities after school (1 or 2 afternoons/week) and venture out on multi-day or weekend courses when time permits (e.g.: once a term/semester).

I.O. Intensives
Enjoy a one-time course with I.O. From 1 day to 14 days, these intensives promise a fun-filled, educational experience your students will always remember.

Outdoor Leadership Courses
Incorporate outdoor leadership into the academic curriculum on a term or full year basis. Students receive academic credit and follow I.O.’s curriculum/testing in rock climbing & bouldering, hiking & camping, whitewater rafting & kayaking, navigation, first aid & basic rescue, cultural & environmental education.

Staff Training: Leadership & Team Building Professional Development Program

As with our first aid and rescue courses, Initiative Outdoor very much takes a hands-on approach with our staff training programme. We believe that personal skills such as leadership, problem solving, communications and teamwork are best taught by example, practice and scenarios, not in a lecture classroom. Making the exercises fun creates a positive learning environment for all participants, including our course providers. The long term impact is much greater this way – your staff will remember an I.O. training long after it has finished!

We use physical and problem oriented games and exercises to illustrate a point or discussion topic. We then facilitate a debriefing of the activity which is led by the participants themselves and encourage them to relate the lesson to their personal and professional lives. We also conduct role-play and scenarios where we relive common situations faced by the staff – these can be fully customized to meet your organization’s requirements, based on your industry and experiences to date.

We believe that we offer your organization one of the finest experiences to be found in the Himalayas. Changing the work environment opens the door to changing the way we solve problems and reach our desired goals. A company with a solid team of managers and employees is always positioned well to earn the respect that leaders in the industry deserve and will have a better edge at strengthening market share. A team building event is a safe place to test out new ideas and concepts of how to work together as a team. With our team events we believe it is important to use play and fun to illustrate the crucial nature of building teamwork and communication in the business environment.”

All our team building challenges have been designed to improve working relationships in a fun and informal way. The disciplines in each team building challenge are similar; however due to the different skills required the individuals who lead the team will differ on each challenge. Team building is the main aim of the day, but we also ensure there is an element of team competition with the announcement of the overall winning team at the conclusion of the day. This ensures that everyone will get involved.

When the day is finished and your teams stop to reflect on the day, they will realize there are people within their organization who have skills that can be implemented within the workplace.