Outward Bound South Africa operates in the following areas: Sedgefield along the Garden Route (our home base); Robertson, outside Cape Town; Takwasa in Venterskroon and finally Harrismith. Both Takwasa and Harrismith are easily accessible to Gauteng Schools as well as the North West Province and the Free State. The Garden Route has recently been designated as South Africa’s ninth UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, recognized internationally for its potential to be a learning place for sustainable development, where biodiversity conservation is reconciled with the sustainable use of natural resources.
Outward Bound is an experience unlike anything else that you will have done, or will possibly do again. It is YOUR personal Journey of Discovery where you will spend time with a group of people taking part in adventures while learning about your real potential and capabilities.
At Outward Bound you will come into contact with new challenges where the outdoors are your classroom, and all the activities are designed to promote interests that can be transferred back to home, work and school. The Biosphere Reserve presents exciting new opportunities to link outdoor adventures to the identification and articulation of programs and plans (involving local communities) which can help to make the designation of this area a sustainable reality.
Mission of Outward Bound
The mission of Outward Bound South Africa is to transform individuals and groups to achieve their best. We equip people with the character, will, values and self-belief to live their lives to the full and to consistently make the right choices. We aim to uplift communities through the influence of empowered individuals.
There are millions of disadvantaged youth around our country who feel that they have no hope and have given up on society, have usually dropped out of school and then become involved in crime and drugs. In order to stop this scourge we need to get to these young people when they first drop out of school, help them to rebuild their self-esteem, teach them that they are able to achieve so much more than they believe, and encourage them to return to school. Unfortunately in order to touch as many lives a possible, we need funding. This is why we are turning to you and hoping that you will help us turn our youth into contributing members of society.
26 880 students have attended Outward bound South Africa programmes since inception.
The average course is 5 days but others range from 3 to 14 days.
This makes a total of 134 400 student days over the years.
60% of the programs are run for Schools
10% are run for Rehabilitation Centres
5% have been run for Corporations
25% are run for disadvantaged youth
What you had to say…
“I was able to challenge myself beyond any other way I could’ve ever thought possible and tried and participated in activities that I would have never ever tried at home or under normal circumstances.”
“I thought I wouldn’t be strong enough physically, I remember even warning my team that I might be a liability, but I proved myself wrong. Being selfless and learning to compromise is a huge challenge, especially for me. I am someone who always prefers to do things on my own but teamwork really does strengthen us.”
“Tired, hungry, exhausted, dirty, and yet at the same time you feel accomplished, proud and have more confidence than before. Outward Bound has been one of the most amazing memories ever in my life.”
“Uphill that never seemed to end. Tenacity comes and at the end when you’ve pulled through, the feeling joy and happiness overwhelms you.”
“I learned that the size of your achievements are measured by your attitude and approach. I learned that failure is a serious disease caused by doubt.”
“Lying on a wet sleeping bag and mat while hurricane Katrina is blowing outside your tent and where your only entertainment was watching a shongololo crawl across the tent ceiling!”
“I am so proud to go home and tell my family about all the obstacles I finished and thought I would NEVER be able to do. I also bonded with girls in my grade that I thought I would never get to know.”
“In my personal journey of overcoming addiction it was the perfect ‘course’ to test my resolve and I feel very confident in my abilities.”
“I learnt that I can do things if I just believe that I can. After this camp I feel very sore and tired but I have gained memories and an experience that will last me a lifetime and I will never forget the fun I had in between the tougher moments.”
“In my experience I feel that being able to lean on people is a quality that I have lacked, and have found in less than 3 days.”
“It has to do with patience, trust, compassion and believing in yourself. It’s not just a matter of you being alone and being bossy but all you need is to put pride aside as it needs partnership even though at first you feel like it’s the end of the world but then as you try and see other people going even if they are not strong, you are being encouraged and start to have the power of going.“
“I conquered intense internal tumult and distress, the beckoning path at war with my exhaustion and hopelessness. I nearly careered off cliffs but my shaking legs held fast, I nearly broke down into tears and begged my group to carry my backpack but one foot followed another and with gritted teeth I forged on.”
“After the course you will see that you are the only one who’s setting the limit for yourself for you to achieve its all in your mind. You need to be positive and face every challenge that comes your way and you need to overcome it.”
“My experience was something new and different to anything I have done on previous camps. The hike we did with Outward Bound was enjoyable and challenging at the same time. During this hike I learned a lot about the other people in my group and how it is important to help people in your group who are struggling. After the hike I felt proud, relieved and extremely exhausted.”
“I have learned that you must push yourself hard, you must believe in yourself no matter which circumstances you come across and also you must tell yourself that in life you may conquer because you are a conqueror.”
“It was mind blowing doing something so new for the first time, learning how to co-operate with everyone, enduring pain. It is just an unforgettable experience.”