2. Expedition and opportunity
The path to developing great leadership skills is often forged through resilience, and critical thinking and problem-solving skills for students are an important part of this journey.
Giving young people an opportunity to build these skills early is critical to the strong development of social and emotional wellbeing. And while student leadership in schools is an important focus for education, expeditions, in particular, are about living the challenge and learning how to step into true leadership – for both the self and the community.
Expeditions provide a safe and challenging context for learning in the outdoors, where students can learn to recognise and nurture lifelong skills through practical ventures and student wellbeing activities such as paddling, hiking, bush survival, camp cooking, and sustainable living practises.
Traveling the Ord River and camping in eco camps dotted along the river is an experience of a lifetime, and the perfect opportunity to push personal barriers of resilience. Students can also hike the Carr Boyd Ranges and explore gorges and waterways, develop skills in navigation, and learn how to build a campfire.
3. Cultural experiences of a lifetime
Connecting with culture has a significant impact on understanding and appreciating the importance of community.
Through expeditions in the Kimberley, students are given the chance to connect to culture and the land through stories. Likely for some students, this may be the first time they get to be immersed in the Kimberley community and hear stories of local Aboriginal peoples, see 17,300-year-old rock paintings, go on bush tucker walks, and visit local art galleries.
Students can learn how to contribute to developing sustainable projects and businesses in remote and regional communities, undertake service projects and give back in meaningful ways, build lifelong connections, and develop sustainable living skills.
4. Fostering focus with immersion
Immersion is an opportunity for self-focus, and to reflect on capabilities, seek support, and become part of a close team. Being ‘immersed’ is about experiencing something beyond the surface level, and outdoor learning in the Kimberley is a perfect example of how immersion can translate to a deeper and more meaningful experience.
Immersion is best facilitated when treated as a dedicated experience separate to the everyday, and usually involves about 12 days of decompression to allow students to become more comfortable and familiar with where they are, and normalise the challenges of the expedition.
By dedicating time and space to being fully present, students can focus on their experience in a more meaningful way, and absorb everything that learning outdoors in the Kimberley has to offer to help build a better connection with themselves, nature, and community.
A well-designed, research-driven outdoor education program serves a hugely important purpose: to foster student wellbeing and ensure that our young people are developing the social and emotional skills they’ll need to transition into adulthood.
If you’re an educator with an interest in one of our expeditions, feel free to get in touch with us for a chat.