Training or Adventure Learning is a branch of the Experiential
Learning Concept (ELC). In short the ELC is the learning method
of "learning by doing with reflection".
It is based on the belief that people will learn more effectively
by physically and actively participating in the learning process.
It is based on the theory that experiences may not necessarily
result in learning however experiences, which are reflected upon
and analyze in a positive and structured manner will result not
only in learning but also growth. Hence Adventure Training is
a learning process that encourages Active
Participation and results in effective learning and positive
growth through Synthesis and Reflection.
Training focus mainly on interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships. The process involves the use of adventurous activities
that provide groups and individuals with compelling tasks to accomplish.
These activities can range from land to sea, from group project
work to individual challenges. The activities will expose the
participants to situations that may give rise to confusion, conflicts,
disagreements, doubts and fear. Through these experiences they
will learn about adapting to change, planning, decision-making,
teamwork, communication, leadership and trust. Individually,
the participants will learn to overcome self-imposed perceptions
of their capabilities and how to turn limitations into abilities. Participants will learn more about themselves and at the
same time they will learn how to relate and work better with others.
are done primarily outdoors though some activities can be done
indoors. As with other outdoor activities, the elements of risk
and dangers, human and environmental, are prevalent in
all the activities. However most of this risks and dangers are
structured in such a manner that participants will perceive them
as being enormously high while in actuality they are much lower. The activities are designed to appropriately challenge the
participants. Adventure Training advocates that people
will change when placed outside their positions of comfort and
positive and appropriate challenges will bring out the best in
people. The activities are not just physical challenges but total
challenges that requires creative, careful and mature thinking,
determination, teamwork and leadership.
Another unique feature of Adventure Training is the use of the Challenge-by-Choice ethic. The participants are responsible
for their own decisions and actions and are given the right to
decide for themselves their level of participation. Participants
are allowed, without the intervention or manipulation of the trainers
or instructors, to decide for themselves how they wish to participate
in the program. The focus is not on winning or losing, right
or wrong, the focus is on what positive lessons the participants
can get from their participation and experiences. Being
given the freedom to decide liberates the participants from self-imposed
doubts or peer pressure and will eventually motivate them to push
themselves beyond their normal boundaries.
Training can be used for almost all types of programs that focus
on teams and individual growth. This includes Team building programs,
Leadership programs, Motivational courses, Corporate Executive
training programs, Therapeutic programs, Family Counseling programs,
etc. Adventure training courses provides learning opportunities
that are lasting and relevant in almost all situations in life.
They bring people together creating bonds among people who are
unique and memorable. Adventures rejuvenate, liberate, change
and strengthen us. Adventures teach us to appreciate life, to
appreciate people around us and to appreciate ourselves. Adventures
make us strive to push ourselves forward and beyond our limitations.