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Adventure and Environmental Awareness Group

The Adventure and Environmental Awareness Group was established at a landmark conference in the English Lake District in 1984. It is made up of a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts and representatives of educational, environmental and recreational interests. The Group’s aim is to encourage awareness, understanding and concern for the environment amongst those involved with adventure, education and recreation. It acts as a catalyst in bringing diverse interests together to raise environmental awareness and sustainable practice. The group has produced codes of good practice for use in the outdoors and encouraged management agreements between outdoor users, conservationists and landowners. AEA is now a Professional Discussion Group of the UK Institute for Outdoor Learning.
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AECO Romania

The Outdoor Education and Culture Association (AECO Romania) is a Romanian
non-profit organisation created in 2006 to promote the educational values of
outdoor activities for all ages.
For us, walking in nature means education, good sense and respect.

Our main directions are:
1. Mountain literature – Read and Walk.
We publish our own books and translate awarded international books but not
only in Romanian language.
2. Nature without Barriers
We created and maintain the first and the only one Romanian database for
mountain walking special dedicated to families and disabled ramblers (Brasov
area at the moment).
3. Walking infrastructure
We work with mountain guides and local authorities to maintain the walking
paths in different mountain areas along Romanian Carpathians (mostly
Southern and Eastern Carpathians)
4. Outdoor Education
We work closely with local authorities and some public schools (a pilot
project in Brasov area) to develop an outdoor education curricula for
primary and secondary schools.
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Alun Morgan

Alun Morgan is currently Lecturer in Education at the University of Plymouth where he leads courses on Environmental and Sustainability Education, Global Education and Outdoor Learning. He has worked in a variety of contexts over thirty years including as a school teacher, teacher advisor and lecturer and researcher in a number of Higher Education Institutions. His work focuses on the interface between geography and science education, environmental education and education for sustainability and global citizenship; and Outdoor and Adventurous Learning. He works across educational phases (primary through to Higher Education) and formal-informal learning sectors, and promotes intergenerational, lifelong and community-based learning. He has a long-standing research interest in Place and Landscape as integrative concepts for learning; and has a particular interest in Citizen Science and Ocean Literacy.

Anglia Ruskin University

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education at Anglia Ruskin University is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses across the East of England. We offer a wide range of education courses in teacher education, education studies and early years as well as a CPD module about comparing outdoor learning experience.
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APCC is a private institution of social solidarity and a non profit making organisation, created in 1975, to face the needs of  people with disabilities and special needs.The APCC has taken over many services as Rehabilitation services which includes several Departments (Clinical , physiotherapy, speech therapy, psychology, social workers, sports, etc), Kinder Garden and a School that belongs to the Ministry of Education ,Vocational Training ,Occupational Activities, Residential Units, Job Placement, Accessibility consulting services and a Centre of New Opportunities of Adults Education , International Projects between others
The outdoor activities and experiencial learning  are use for all services in the organization.
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Ben Gilbert

An outdoor wilderness guide with worldwide experience in remote and diverse terrains. Founder of TheBlueSpace Outdoor Guides’ Co-operative. Specialising in coaching trips for small adult or solo groups, usually in challenging environments, and mentoring challenging youth in an outdoor experiential education setting. Although based in the UK, I work mainly in Europe. Qualified Canyoning guide and instructor, Bushwalking guide, instructor and instructor, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

bsj e.V. Marburg (Germany)

bsj Marburg is a non-profit youth organisation that works with the physical aspects and potentials of life styles. Body, movement and physical expression are the foci of our social work programmes. Outdoor Adventure Education and experiential learning activities are central aspects of our working agenda.
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Buckinghamshire New University

Institute for Sport, Exercise and Recreation -Outdoor Education and Nature-Based Sport Research Uni.
The organisation is a university and is involved in teaching, research and development in the area of outdoor education and nature-based research.
It partners a number of groups working in outdoor learning and outdoor education, particularly the Breaking Barriers group promoting outdoor activities for people with disabilities.
Professor Barbara Humberstone was chair of the European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning (EOE) 2004-2008.

Burren Outdoor Education & Training Centre

The Burren Outdoor Education and Training Centre is a purpose built residential centre located in the heart of the Burren and only a few minutes from the Wild Atlantic Way. We provide high quality outdoor and adventure activities to people of all ages but especially to those in the education and youth sectors. Burren OETC is run under the aegis of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and is approved by the Department of Education and Skills.

Charly (Charlotte) Crump

She has been facilitating environmental education programmes for wildlife conservation charities since 2010 and delivering Forest School programmes as a freelancer since 2014. Previous positions include the role of outreach officer for The Wildlife Trusts and RSPB in the UK where she worked with schools to deliver nature education and offer support for them to improve opportunities for wildlife to co-habitat their outdoor spaces.


CENTRE FOR SCHOOL AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION is the largest institution in Slovenia that carries out outdoor programs for kindergartens, primary and secondary schools. It is a network of 14 centres for non-residential programmes and 23 centres for residential programmes with teachers and other staff. The centres are spread throughout the territory of Slovenia.

Derwent Hill

Derwent Hill is Sunderland City Council’s Outdoor Education and Training Centre, situated in the English Lake District.  Derwent Hill works with children and young people to help them develop awareness of and respect for themselves, other people and the natural environment.  Derwent Hill also provides outdoor management training for companies, and recreational opportunities for groups.
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Experiential Learning / Outdoor Education France

“Expérientiell” was founded by  Alain Kerjean – counsultant, writer, explorer, member of the Société de Géographie. He is the founder of Experiential Learning/Outdoor Education in France (1986), Hors limites – Outward Bound France (1986-1994); Apprendre par l’expérience (1994-2011); Expérientiel – Outdoor Management Development (1999-2012). He designed many youth and management programs: INSEAD, French Red Cross, European projects (France and Romania); he has been the French partner of the European project Non-formal education through outdoor activities (2003-2006).
Contact: kerjean.alain(at)

Forest Research

Forest Research is the research agency of the Forestry Commission in Britain. The Social and Economic Research Group carry out research to develop a greater understanding of the ways in which trees and woods benefit society and how to improve the delivery of those benefits. A key aspect of this is the role of trees and woods in education and learning for all age groups.
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The School Of Active Recreation “FRAJDA” focuses mainly on the youth recreation. Our educational methods, practiced since 15 years, are targeted at the stimulation of the natural needs and interests of young people. Our aims is to encourage young people’s abilities and make them develop various useful skills.
Our idea is to create The Skills Centre where a young person may learn summertime sports as well as gain knowledge about the surrounding world.

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)

The Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) is a multi campus institute. The Outdoor Education Department of GMIT is based at Castlebar on the west coast of Ireland and offers three and four year Degree programmes in Outdoor Education. The Institute is located between a landscape of mountains and sea, which is rich with cultural heritage and has shaped the type of programme on offer.

« Grandeur Nature » or « The Fair Words of the Children »

Our association is a non-profit organisation created in 1991, situated in SETE (France) on the Mediterranean Sea. With our catamaran (15m by 9m) we organise every year a Transatlantic Sailing Expedition with 7 or 8 youngsters. We cater for a social mix with 3 or 4 youngsters, with behaviour problems, being conferred to us by the Social Welfare Services. The other ones being entrusted to us directly by their families. Two professional sailors and two educators compose the managing team, the latter ones having a very large experience for this very specific educational work. Since 1996 we have covered 15 transatlantic crossings with a total of approximately 100 youngsters.. Several working periods of our youngsters with local populations in Africa, and South America as well as hiking during most or our moorages are part of the program. The expedition covers a continuous period of 10 months and is based on a full outdoor adventure learning procedure.

HUMAK University of Applied Sciences

Humak University of Applied Sciences (Humak) is a Finnish nation-wide university specializing in Community Education, Cultural Management, and Interpretation. In the field of Community Education, Humak UAS offers degree programmes in Youth and NGO Work, Workplace Development, and Adventure and Outdoor Education (Bachelor of Humanities).
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The National Institute for Agrarian and Veterinary Research (INIAV) is the Portuguese State Laboratory for Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development competencies, which carries out research activities in agronomic and veterinary areas. Among INIAV competencies are the preservation and management of plant germplasm’s databases and collections. Some tree collections are visited by students and interested citizens in outdoor experiential learning and outreach activities. INIAV cooperates with related scientific and technological institutions, both at national and international levels.
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Institute of Technology Tralee

The Institute of Technology Tralee (ITTralee) is a higher education college on the Atlantic coast in the south-west of Ireland. The Health & Leisure department offers degree programmes in Health, Fitness and Leisure; degree programmes in Physical Education studies; a blended learning degree in Outdoor Learning and bachelor & master’s degrees in the area of Adapted Physical Activity (APA). In 2014 ITTralee was awarded an UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Physical Education, Sport, Recreation & Fitness
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IOA embodies two organisations. First, IOA (Initiative Outdoor-Aktivitäten. Verein für natur- und bewegungsbezogene Person-, Gruppen- und Organisationsentwicklung) was established in 1993 as a non-profit association. The association institutionalised initial and further education for outdoor trainers in Austria at university level. Nowadays, IOA offers a Master’s course of studies at the University of Vienna (Master of Science – Integrative Outdoor Aktivitäten). IOA organised the first conference of EOE in Spital am Pyhrn/Austria. Second, the association IOA – Outdoorprojekte für Bildungsinstitutionen was established in 2002, which represents a voluntary pool of IOA graduates, who accompany persons and groups in educational organisations (schools, adult education) by applying the concept of IOA.

John Crosbie

John is from the UK and has specialized in including people with disabilities into outdoor and adventure education. He managed the Lake District Calvert Trust (a centre specifically for disabled people) for 17 years and was involved in designing modifications and making adaptations to equipment to enable people with a wide range of disabilities to participate in adventurous activities. He has advised the UK National Governing Bodies for Sailing, Canoeing, Mountaineering, Orienteering and Paragliding on their policies and instructor training to include disabled people. He is currently studying for a PhD in the value of outdoor education for disabled people.

John Stevenson

John is based in the UK and has been working as an outdoor educator since 2010. He has worked for a wide variety of organisations including outdoor centres, higher education establishments, national park authorities and conservation charities, mainly in the planning and delivery of outdoor activities to a diverse range of participants and groups. He has studied and researched outdoor education up to Masters level and is hoping to pursue a PhD within the field in the near future. His research interest is in understanding how other broad fields and areas of knowledge (particularly psychology, anthropology and sociology) could potentially contribute to outdoor education theory, content, practice and pedagogy.

Linköping University (Sweden)

The National Centre for Outdoor Education (NCU) is a part of the Department of the Faculty of Education since its foundation in 1993. NCU is a resource for postgraduate and doctoral studies, international master programme and undergraduate courses, In-service training within schools and child-care/preschools in outdoor education. In the Nordic country the centre is one of the leading providers of outdoor education connected to the teacher training sector and has an international reputation for EU-project (Comenius). NCU is active in national and international outdoor-education networks and working for increase Scandinavian and international exchange of teachers and students.
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Mercian Bushcraft & Outdoor Skills

Simon Elms, the manager of Mercian Bushcraft & Outdoor Skills has been involved in the outdoors for nearly 40 years. His passion for being outside has evolved with experience and now he provides experiential education to people of all ages on Bushcraft and outdoor living skills. He has lesson plans that are directly mapped to the British National Curriculum for Maths, English and Geography for 12-14 year olds, which support children’s experiential development in an environment that is not a classroom.

NATURE [Ourdoor Training & Education]

Throughout an experiential approach, NATURE  facilitates the personal and social development of youngsters and adults. Since 1996, the organization has developed a special affinity with youth ‘at risk’. In 2012, NATURE started designing adventure therapy programs. NATURE also aims to promote and disseminate technical and educational practices in the field of outdoor activities and experiential learning. In order to reach this objective, NATURE organizes trainings for youth-workers, educators, teachers and so on. Since 2008, NATURE is actively involved in a post-academic program, “Adventure Education”, at the KHLim high school. Furthermore, NATURE offers experiential programs for teams and organizations, focusing on themes like team development and personal growth, leadership or organizational change.
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Nature Rock

Nature Rock is an Italian group that provides basics and advanced programs (Private & University Courses) for educators and teachers who wish to apply Experiential Learning and Outdoor Education in their practice.  We try to empower participants to facilitate and lead individual and group processes and to support to enhance their authentic style in facilitating groups and leading teams. We aim to train participants in facilitation and leading skills, such as: reflecting, active listening, mirroring, giving and receiving feedback etc.
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NC Future now

NC Future now is a non-governmental organisation in Bulgaria. It has been established in 2006 and for 12 years now it has been working in the field of non-formal education and outdoor learning, youth work, volunteering, sustainable development, eco-friendly farming, etc. It works with children, youth and adults. For children they organise summer camps and educational adventure programs. For youth, NC Future Now 2006 organises programs for responsible citizenship, active citizenship, self-awareness, cultural awareness, etc. NC Future now also works with teachers, trainers and educators training them in using the methods of non-formal learning, experiential learning, holistic learning, etc. NC Future now runs the learning center “School in Nature” in the Rhodopi mountain in Bulgaria.
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Outward Bound Netherlands

Outward Bound® Netherlands is an educational charity that uses the outdoors to help people develop valuable skills for education, work and life. We run adventurous and challenging learning expeditions that strive to foster a sense that, with the right support, challenge and encouragement, anything is possible. Participants learn a deep appreciation of the balance between risk, reward and responsibility and leave our expedition programmes with renewed optimism, raised aspirations and improved self-esteem.
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Pracownia Nauki i Przygody (Manufacture of Science and Adventure), Poland

Our goals are very simple: we want to change the world through education. We are inspired by experiental, adventure,  outdoor education and moder science comunication. These theories are not very well known in Poland and a few teachers, educators, leaders are using  methods based on experiental education. We want to change it!  We organize trips, workshops, conferences and projects for youth and adults.
Our biggest projects are a series of  “Meeting the Explorers” – classes for children with experiences of physic, chemical, biological;  conference “Adventure Education” and “Academy of Adventure Education”. Our team consists teachers, tourists, popularizers of science, scouts, sailors and scientists.
Contact: pracownia(at)
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Priory School

The Priory School works with students who have complex learning difficulties. We have 130 students age 8 to 18 in the school and are working with more in mainstream school. We recognise the importance of Outdoor Learning to help develop self-esteem, confidence, team work and independence skills. We are using orienteering, biking, initiative challenges, canoeing, sailing and  residential experiences in the UK and Europe to structure this learning. We run the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme completing expeditions in canoes. As well as generally growing what we do we also plan to start work on a “Forest Schools” project in woodland on our site. We hope to be part of the Breaking Barriers project and support to the EOE.
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Richard Irvine

Richard is an independent outdoor experiential educator based in South West
England.  He has worked in the field for over 20 years and for the last
decade has run hundreds of days of Forest School programmes across northern
Devon as well as professional training courses for educators in the UK and
Europe. Outside the formal education sector, he has worked as a forest
educator and as Head of Centre at a local authority outdoor education
centre.  His knowledge of woodlands and experiential education is born from
a love of woodland and the outdoors and many years working for forestry and
education organisations. He currently delivers accredited Forest School
Practitioner training and is particularly interested in critical pedagogy
and social change through education in the outdoors.
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Sailingship the Tukker

Sailingship the Tukker, offers an intensive trainingprogram for young people (15 till 27 years old). Using an activating-sailing-learn-work traject, with an authentic sailingship (1912) in the North- and Eastsea, the following items stand out: activation, confrontation, getting to know yourself and new goals in life. Sailingship the Tukker challenges young people to self-reliance.
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Savo Consortium for Education

Savo Consortium for Education is a joint municipal board which provides vocational education and training at Savo Vocational College. Savo Vocational College is a regional vocational institute located in the heart of the beautiful lake district in Eastern Finland. Savo Vocational College arranges vocational and general upper secondary education and training for comprehensive school leavers and adults. It also provides apprenticeship training. Facilitator of Outdoor Adventure Education is one course of our adult education and outdoor adventure education is used as means of education in many fields of education.
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Telemark University College (Norway)

Telemark University College, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sports and Outdoor Life Studies, works with sport and outdoor education / science. Outdoor Life / Outdoor Adventure / “Friluftsliv”, and experiential learning are central aspects of our studiy program.
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The Ashley School

The Ashley School uses the outdoors to develop self-esteem, self-confidence, team work and independence skills. The school is a special school for pupils with moderate learning difficulties. As part of this the school also provides the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme completing expeditions by canoe and kayak. Breaking Barriers projects  have involved links with schools in Europe and further details are on the EOE project pages.
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The Finnish Adventure Education Network

The Finnish Adventure Education Network is essentially built up around the annual conference for Adventure Education and regional training events. The Network is composed of professionals, researchers, students and other interested parties who practice or promote Adventure Education and Experiential Education methods as members of the public administration, organisations and the public and private sector. The Network functions informally, encouraging collaboration, professional development and networking and provides a channel for learning about Adventure Education.
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The Finnish Youth Centre Association

is a nationwide organization promoting youth centres in Finland. Finnish Youth Centres – acts as a series of regional support points for national and international youth work. The primary task of the Finnish Youth Centres throughout the country is to offer services that support the growth and development of young people for children and youth and also for organizations focused on young people and education. The Finnish Youth Centre Association is the official national centre for the development of youth services. The most important areas designated for development include the expansion of participatory education in youth education camps, environmental and adventure education and youth activities emphasizing social empowerment.
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The Institute for Outdoor Learning

IOL is a charitable membership organisation with two primary objects; develop standards in outdoor learning and increase access to outdoor learning.
IOL members have a wide range of interests in outdoor learning.  Specific special interest groups within IOL include Outdoor & Adventure Therapy, Bushcraft, Higher Education, Forest Schools, Spirituality, Employers Group.
IOL provides a wide range of services including professional accreditation, workshops, conferences, influencing & lobbying and publications as well as access to commercial services such as insurance and legal advice.

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS)

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS) is a specialized University. NSSS holds a national responsibility to provide higher education and scientific research in its corresponding fields, including Outdoor Education – Friluftsliv on Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral level. The outdoor Education – Friluftsliv studies were established in the early 1970s as the first of its kind in Scandinavia to provide students for work in school, social youth work, volunteer associations, rehabilitation and tourism. Research in Outdoor Education at NSSS at doctoral- and post-doctoral level has its strengths within a phenomenological hermeneutic approach concerning philosophical, environmental, educational and social-cultural issues.
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The School of Education at Bangor

The School of Education at Bangor university has a long tradition of providing initial teacher education (ITE) courses specializing in outdoor and adventurous activities. The school is currently the only provider in the UK to offer ITE in outdoor activities leading to Qualified Teacher Status in the secondary sector. With a range of other ITE courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, all delivered in a completely bilingual environment, the school is also well placed to be at the forefront of research into bilingual education, and in particular the delivery of cultural education through the language and environment of Wales. The school works closely with a wide range of local schools, residential outdoor education centres, and regional consortia to provide high quality ITE.
The university also provides a number of undergraduate and postgraduate outdoor activities focused programs through the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science which connect sport science with the outdoor sector, again working in close partnership with local providers and producing high quality research.
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The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences

The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences was founded in 1813 by Pehr Henrik Ling. The University College offers degree programmes and courses preparing for the teaching profession in Physical Education as well as for a carreer in Sports coaching or Preventive health.

Threshold (England)

is an international consultancy for personal growth, community development and organisational change especially in matters of ethical practices, environmental relations, empowerment and transformation. Our purpose is to help people be fulfilled, communities and environments sustained and organisations and ideas evolve. Our philosophy is based on the premise that it is individuals that make the difference and through their thoughts and actions enable groups, communities and organisations to develop in a way that is connected and dynamic.
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University of Cumbria (England)

Based in the heart of the English Lake District on the Ambleside campus of the University of Cumbria the Outdoor Studies staff have been providing undergraduate and postgraduate courses preparing people for careers in the outdoors and conducting research for over forty years. We currently participate in the EOE project TEOS.
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University of Edinburgh

For four decades the Outdoor Education section of the University of Edinburgh has been at the international forefront of providing postgraduate degrees in all aspects of outdoor education. Our teaching is carefully articulated with practice, and informed by our pre-eminent position in research, consultancy and advisory work in the field.

University of Marburg (Germany)

The Department of Sport Science and Motology is part of the Faculty of Education at the University of Marburg. The academic field of outdoor and adventure studies is rather new in Germany. As one of the first universities in Germany the department started in 2001 with an additional qualification in outdoor education for physical education teacher. In 2006 the first students applied for a two year master course in Adventure and Experiential Education (Abenteuer- und Erlebnispädagogik). Since 2011 the department is also offering an international master course called Transcultural European Outdoor Studies (TEOS).
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University of St Mark & St John (England)

Located in the beautiful SW of England, our campus in Plymouth is in the heart of Devon and Cornwall; adjacent to the wild majesty of Dartmoor National Park, the historically significant naval port of Plymouth as well as surfing beaches and river estuaries that are Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [AONBs].  The Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning staff have a wealth of experience and a passion for educating outdoors. Marjon (the University of St Mark & St John) has been providing undergraduate and postgraduate courses preparing people for careers in the outdoors, both formal and informal learning, and conducting research from our campus in Devon since 1976.
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University of St Mark & St John (England)

YMCA-University of Applied Sciences

Kassel-Bad Wilhelmshöhe, Germany

The Institute for Outdoor Education (Institut für Erlebnispädagogik der CVJM-Hochschule, IfEP) is part of the YMCA-University of Applied Sciences in Kassel-Bad Wilhelmshöhe. We provide three different offers

  • activities and programs for companies, schools and youth associations
  • professional training in experiential education and adventure studies
  • as well as research in the field of social sciences related to experiential education

The YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) is one of the oldest and largest Movements for youth in the world. Founded in 1844, it now operates in 119 countries, and reaching  58  million people. The YMCA works to bring social justice and peace to young people and their communities, regardless of religion, race, gender or culture.

CIE – Center for Innovative Education

Center for Innovative Education (CIE) was established in 2015 with the aim of creating and promoting social innovation, particularly in education. With these solutions we reach people from diverse environments, including those from disadvantaged ones. We operate mainly in Poland, but also coordinate outdoor learning programmes in Ireland and Spain. Our strategy for 2020-2025 provides for the development of training activities in all Polish regions and the expansion of cooperation with other countries, especially in the area of Outdoors Education.

Our Center has many years of experience in developing and implementing its own educational solutions. We focus on programmes that strengthen the social competences of our beneficiaries. We interpret education as that addressed to children, adolescents and adults, and including formal, informal and non-formal forms of education. Our programmes focus on transversal competencies and building individual educational and professional development paths of CIE’s beneficiaries. We have experience in working with various target groups:

  • Educators
  • People 50+
  • The unemployed
  • The excluded
  • Children and youth, including NEETs (youth not in education, employment, or training),
  • SME employees
  • Foreigners
  • People from disadvantaged and rural environments.

CIE’s main programs:

  • FOLM (since 2018)
  • MENTOR (since 2015)
  • VSS concern transversal competences (since 2016).

CIE is the founder of the New Education Forum (NEF), which unites representatives of cities and regions, academic institutions, companies and NGOs since 2015. We have a wide network of contacts in these environments and work closely with them.

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