Our staff are a vitally important element of an Outward Bound program. Their main function is to facilitate the learning of the group and the development of its individual members. In order to facilitate this learning they need to be able to do the following:
Create a physically and emotionally safe environment for participants to work in during a program.
Gain insight into the group's and individuals' developmental needs, not only before, but also on an on-going basis through-out the program.
Based on the evolving needs of the group and its members, select out of a wide range of activities the one which will offer the group an optimal learning opportunity at any given moment.
Facilitate group and individual processes in order to maximize the potential learning by group members and stimulate an awareness of the relevance of this learning to their life and work.
This professional combination of technical, theoretical and process facilitation skills is ensured by the way we carefully
Our diverse and carefully selected group of staff comes from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from adult education to psychology, physical education, social work and law. What they share is a love of the outdoors, their ability to gracefully facilitate group processes and their ability to connect with people through a blend of qualities: empathy, insight, sensitivity, and patience.
Training - both in technical and facilitation skills - is an ongoing process for us. Just as we invite program participants to be life-long learners, we ask our staff to regularly refresh and expand their range of skills and knowledge. Training takes place both internally and externally.
and keep our staff.
Our staff turnover rate is very low. Most of our trainers have worked for Outward Bound Belgium for more than 7 years and many for significantly longer.
The staff are a vitally important element in the Outward Bound environment. As courses may contain real physical and psychological hazards, the role of the instructor/tutor is crucial to the success and safety of the enterprise.