“Inclusive Adventure Education – From Theory to Practice”, Capacity Building Project

‘Inclusive Adventure Education: From Theory to Practice’ is a long term project supported by Erasmus+ programme through its Key Action 2 Capacity Building in the field of youth.

Project partners:

Obzorart (Bulgaria), JuBuk (Germany), System and Generation (Turkey), Volunteers Initiative (Nepal), Volunteer Spirit Association (Thailand), Asociația Școala Inovației (Romania), GREAT (Indonesia) and OSVSWA (India).

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Main aim of the project is to develop capacities of partner’s organizations to apply inclusive adventure education at their work with young people with fewer opportunities and through applying the methods and techniques of adventure education to foster empowerment of young people and facilitate their social and emotional development.
Inclusive adventure education has positive effects on interpersonal relationships, personal growth/challenge, self-awareness, and change in relationships with others, level of satisfaction, and social/socialization abilities. Through the project activities, the partners will increase their understanding of inclusive adventure education and will develop their competencies to deliver activities based on it.

Main results of the project:
strengthen partnership between the partners and new project ideas for local, national and international projects; develop abilities of the partners to deliver activities based on inclusive adventure education aiming to increase competencies and foster
empowerment of young people with fewer opportunities;
raise awareness of local communities of the partners on the importance and
benefits of adventure education; new training modules for youth workers interested to use inclusive adventure education at their work.

Video Tutorials:

  1. What is Adventure Education
  2. The Role of Facilitators in Adventure Education
  3. Briefing & Debriefing in Adventure Education
  4. Name Games & Icebreakers
  5. SpiderWeb Game (Adventure-Based Activity)
  6. Mine Field Game (Adventure-Based Activity)
  7. Out of Comfort Zone
  8. Body Movement Games (Adventure-Based Activities)
  9. Risk Management in Adventure Education
  10. Closing Activities

Brochure on Adventure Education: Booklet-Adventure-Education-with-cover-as-rollup

Project Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/387902755357428/

Project General Webpage: http://obzorart.com/category/inclusive-adventure/

Activities: 

Training Course in Varna, Bulgaria, 05-11.03.2019

Video of the training course: Video_Varna

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Report of the German participants:

From 5th until the 11th of March we participated in the training course “Inclusive Adventure Education – From theory to practice” in Varna, Bulgaria. The participants came from 8 European and Asian countries. We were very grateful that we were selected for an Erasmus+ project of the Key Action 2 to not only build our capacity, but also to meet a group of amazing people who came from different countries with different cultures, languages and pile of experiences. The tools which have been used in this training were very effective and applicable for the current situation of our living. During the training, we have learned very productive methods and skills how to overcome with our life’s obstacles.

At the beginning of our training course we tried to learn all the names from the participants of the group. Everybody should present themselves and we played some name games. To get to know each other better and to explore the city, we got some tasks that we solved in small groups. We had to ask locals for information about Varna and look for certain buildings. On the second day our trainer Ilona shared with us information about the Erasmus+ program, non-formal education as a whole and the methods of inclusive Adventure Education. As an example, we would like to mention here the Stretch Zone Experience which implies an advance from a comfort zone towards stretch zone, and a widening of a stretch zone at the expense of a panic zone. We learned how to facilitate this process that could help us not only in our work with young people, but also in our private lives.

Divided in our national teams, we presented to the others how the topics inclusion, integration and adventure education are situated in our countries and on local level. After the theoretical input we went to the practical part of the training course. We got to know the basic methods of adventure education that are quite simple and can be applied almost everywhere without bigger preparation.

We started with a team exercise. Our hands were tight to each other and the task was to build the highest tower out of wooden spits, plastic cups and other materials. We continued with some trust exercises like blindfolded leading or letting us fall in the arms of a partner. An exciting and challenging exercise was the spider web: The organizers spanned a rope between two columns and the whole group had to cross it without touching the ground. At the end we didn’t succeeded, but we had a lot of fun. After all the exercises we had the debriefing sessions when we had time to discuss our thoughts and feeling during the tasks and the skills that we gained. The next day we had again some group challenges. Using the app “Action bound”, we had to solve missions outside. The group members had to proof their teamwork abilities to complete the tasks. Later we again discussed how it went and the group dynamics. At the end of the training course we had time to plan out local activities in our national groups. Every country presented their ideas in front of the whole group, so we could get and give feedback from and to each other.

In general, the training included different type of new games, energizers and useful tools. The training methods seem like really understandable and productive, and might be used for our future projects.

Beside the training content, we met as a group of young people from different countries and exchanged our ideas and experiences together. We also discussed the living conditions in our countries spread across Europe and Asia. Some of the most beautiful and interesting moments happened during the intercultural nights, when different countries introduced their music, dances, food, drinks, customs and costumes, and could eat, dance and play games all together.

After 5 days of training we left Bulgaria with a pile of learning, new ideas and our own plan for a future project. The training ended with a nice closing ceremony and the distribution of the Youth passes to each participant.

At the end we would like to thank JuBuK e.V. and especially Natalia, who selected us for the training course and helped us with different kind of questions.

Anna, Homayoon and Irina


Training Course in Istanbul, Turkey 04-10.05.2019

Video of the Training Course: Video_Istanbul

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Report of the participants:

The second in a series of three training courses entitled “Inclusive Adventure Education – From Theory to Practice was hosted in Istanbul, Turkey from 04th to 10th of May 2019. Where the first training course focused on the foundations of adventure education, this second workshop shifted focus towards principles of facilitation. The third training course in the series will be held in India in September. Between the conclusion of this second training and the third training in the fall, each national team is expected to implement two local trainings using the skills and tools that the trainings have thus far encompassed. The participants of this second training course represented Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia. Unfortunately, there was a team from India who due to natural disaster could not participate as planned. Participants came from a variety of professional and educational backgrounds and reflected a wide age range as well, which set the stage for a diversity of perspectives and approaches. Further, about half of the participants had attended the first training in Varna, which meant that about half of the participants were new to the topic and the group. By the end of the training course, participants were empowered to facilitate activities and had formed robust connections with one another, reflecting a week of productive intercultural exchange.

The content of this second training course in Istanbul mainly built on and extended the knowledge that we already got in Varna in the first training. After getting to know each other we summarized the basics for the new participants. Then, at the first day we talked about the role and characteristics of a facilitator. We tried to imagine the perfect facilitator and what he or she should have in mind during conducting Adventure Education activities. We also spoke about the three zones comfort zone, stretch zone and panic zone. The aim of adventure education is to bring the participants into their stretch zone but still not push them too much so that they reach their panic zone.

We also gained some communication skills using the “mind field activity” Afterwards we discovered the meaning of Risk Management concerning Adventure education. The main three points are environment, equipment and participants.

After the theoretical input in the first days we had the opportunity to create and facilitate our own adventure education sessions. In groups two to four people we set up some activities and conducted them with the whole group. It was interesting to see, which ideas every group had. After this training we feel ourselves prepared to facilitate groups for adventure education activities.

Inclusive adventure education involves the active use of skills for the integration, engaging people, and team building, therefore, the ability of facilitators themselves to effectively socialize is also very important. That is why free evenings in the program of our training were alternated with organized activities designed to help us work out our skills in practice.

We had a dance competition night, where people from different national teams were randomly mixed, and during the day had to create the choreography for the song selected from the list. Of course, the main award of this competition was better getting to know each other, and a lot of fun and memorable moments during our dance night.

After that, our intercultural night was easy going, informative and pleasant, when we not only treated each other with dishes typical for our countries, but also discussed stereotypes associated with our countries, the current problems, especially affecting young people, talked about traditions, traditional costumes, must-see places and norms and rules of polite behavior that need to be followed, and it was especially important, as the participants came from Asian and European countries, so, we really had a lot of to share.

And in the few free hours we had, we were lucky to visit the historical part of Istanbul, to see important mosques and bazaars outside and inside, and admire the panoramic view of the city, sipping black tea from traditional glass tulip-shaped cups. So, the experience shows that a properly organized educational and social program, and motivated participants lead to excellent results in the uptake of the theory, and the implementation of the theory in practice.


 

3 Dissemination Activities in Germany in May, July and August:

The activities included presentations of the projects, hike, outdoor games, reflections, simulation games, trust-building games, practicing and creating of methodology.

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Study Visit to India:

Video Study Visit: Video_India

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Study Visit on Inclusive Adventure Education in Bhubaneswar, India

23rd– 29th September 2019

As the third and last part of the Erasmus+ KA2 Capacity Building Project on Inclusive Adventure Education, the study visit in Bhubaneswar, India started with the participants’ arrival on Monday, 23rd September 2019.

After a good night’s rest, the whole group of 25 people from four European (Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Germany) and four Asian countries (India, Thailand, Indonesia and Nepal) met for a welcoming session hosted by the Indian organiser, Dillip Pattanaik, as well as the city mayor and a member of the state parliament. Some insightful speeches were held, followed by a short round of introduction. Afterwards, everybody enjoyed the week’s first Indian lunch and got ready to depart for visits of local sites. We were taken to the old Khandagiri and Udayagiri caves, visited the Buddhist Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda) at Dhauligiri and attended a ceremony at a Krishna temple. To end this already very impressive day, we were delighted with traditional dance performances from Odisha and even got the chance to join into their dancing.

The second day started with a visit to a wastewater treatment plant, a unique project set up with the help of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and other investors. It underlined the effort India is making to reduce pollution and improve health and sanitation of its population. On the way back, we stopped at a local school where Dillip’s organisation has helped to build handwashing facilities for the students. We caught a glimpse of local school life and got the chance to interact with the students – a really great experience. The day ended with the first cultural night and country presentations from Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Germany.

On Thursday, we boarded the bus to drive to Puri, a holy coastal city. On the way there, we made a stop to visit the ancient Sun Temple in Konark which was built in the 13th century. The temple impresses with immense stone carvings of wheels, horses and males and females in various positions. After arriving in Puri, some of us used the free afternoon to swim in the ocean or to do some shopping in the local market. At night, we took a drive to visit the Jagganath temple, an important Hindu temple, which attracts a lot of pilgrims. Although only Indian Hindus are allowed access to the temple, we could still feel the special atmosphere all around the temple and enjoyed the sight of it.

The next day we left Puri and headed back to Bhubaneswar. On the way we made our first stop at the 11th century Hindu-temple Rajarani, where it was also possible to have a look from inside. The temple is not used for ceremonies anymore but impresses with its ancient architecture. The next temple we visited was the Lingaraj Nagar temple. We could only have a look on it from the outside, but it was already amazing to see the big temple complex. After arriving at the Hotel, we had the possibility to visit the local market. Mostly there were sold textiles and some of us bought some Indian clothes. But we also found cashew nuts and took some kilos of them. The day was closed with the second intercultural night with presentations and food from Nepal, Thailand and Indonesia.

Our last full day in Bhubaneswar was very special. We left the Hotel in the morning and went by bus around 150 kilometres to the north-west. After almost 4 hours we arrived and walked the last part from there through a beautiful landscape with vegetable fields and huge Mango trees until reaching our destination – the village of the Sidu tribe. The villagers welcomed us with music, singing and flower chains. The whole atmosphere was full of kindness and the people were very hospitable. When we arrived at the village centre, Dillip introduced us to the tribal leader and we got a delicious lunch. The people only use natural plates from leaves and food that they grow themselves. After taking some group pictures and interacting with the villagers, we had to leave again because of the long way back. It was an unforgettable experience. On the way back we made another stopover at Dillip’s hometown where his grandfather, Dasarathi Pattanaik, founded a library and a museum. The one man’s collection included various ancient items and currency from all over the world. After having some tea and snacks we departed again to Bhubaneswar. We arrived very late in the evening and closed the final day with the certification ceremony.

On Sunday, the 29th the study visit ended, and all the participants departed to their home countries. For us, this week in Bhubaneswar was full of overwhelming impressions and unforgettable moments. We want to thank the organizers, who made this possible for us!

 

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