You’ll spend 50 days in the heart of Big Bend’s desert and canyon landscapes, following the Rio Grande and expanding your mastery of wilderness techniques across multiple environments. You’ll also be intensely focused on the skills needed to work in the field of outdoor and adventure education. You will be immersed in the history, tradition and teaching methods of Outward Bound, an organization that has long been a pioneer of wilderness and experiential education throughout the world. Designed specifically for individuals interested in pursuing instructional, guiding or teaching positions, this multi-layered course offers 50 days of in-depth learning in canoeing, backpacking, rock climbing, rappelling and first aid, while simultaneously exploring group dynamics, experiential education theory and methods and wilderness activity management. This course will provide you with opportunities to act as a student as well as an educator within a community of peers. Previous students are working in all facets of the outdoor industry as guides, Instructors and classroom teachers, and those who have taken this course feel that it gave them valuable relevant skills and knowledge to be better educators.
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Are you motivated by the never-ending discovery in the adventure of the outdoors? Are you passionate about sharing knowledge and helping future generations become comfortable and confident appreciators of the natural world and skilled wilderness wanderers? Working as an outdoor educator requires deep technical expertise in outdoor skills alongside hands-on training in the science behind experiential learning and how to create lasting impact for students. Outward Bound leads the outdoor education industry in both areas, providing a coveted foundation to jump-start an outdoor-involved career.
The Outdoor Educator course is the most comprehensive Outward Bound course available, allowing you to work in and through the widest variety of wilderness environments and develop high level skills in each. Beyond preparing you for career opportunities in the outdoor industry, you may also earn academic credit in the field of Recreation and Outdoor Education.
After first learning basic whitewater strokes in calm currents, students begin the expedition. Paddling as a group, participants spend 12 days traveling down-river through sections of calm currents and whitewater. The waters of the Rio Grande offer beginning and more advanced paddlers a progressive challenge and a perfect place to learn and hone skills.
Instructors assist students in mastering skills of paddling, scouting and running rapids. As there are only two students in a whitewater canoe, everyone has the opportunity to "captain their watercraft." Students learn to adapt to the river and desert environments and reset their internal clock to rise with the sun and sleep with the moon.
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Students explore the Chihuahuan Desert, crossing mountainous terrain and traveling through water-polished canyons. At altitudes of 2,000 to up to 8,000 feet, backpack the vast Chisos Mountains. The small group will hike both on and off trail, crossing mountain passes, exploring immense canyons and traversing a rugged desert where atmospheric clarity and wide-open spaces make distances deceiving and navigation challenging. The final four days of this section will include travelling independently from the Instructors (though within range for safety reasons).
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Regardless of their rock climbing background, students are sure to find something that challenges them and encourages the expansion of their comfort zone. Instructors teach the group about general rock-climbing equipment, safety and etiquette before learning how to belay.
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Near the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to work with local students and partners for two days to practice their educational and technical skills. Students will utilize lessons from throughout the course to design a specialized experience for our partners and will have two days of intensive practice prior to teaching. Students will receive coaching and assessment from Outward Bound Staff to prepare them for the practicum.
Four days of the course will be spent completing 40 hours of advanced backcountry first aid and evacuation techniques. Mornings are generally devoted to lectures and exams with afternoons devoted to practical hands-on sessions and rescue simulations. Expect many rescue simulations with made-up victims and stage blood that will be videotaped for enhanced learning. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. Successful completion of this section involves full participation in the field simulations and written exams that make up the assessment process. Students will receive WAFA and Adult CPR certification cards upon completion of the course. These are industry-standard medical certifications that are required for professionals in the outdoor industry.
Service is an integral part of the Outward Bound curriculum. Students are encouraged to practice service to the environment in the form of leaving campsites cleaner than they find them and practicing Leave No Trace ethics throughout the expedition. Preparing people to be of service to others is one of the core values of Outward Bound.
During the outdoor educators, students participate in two days of community service. Service in Texas is designed to offer as much interaction with local people as possible, as a way of exchanging cultural awareness. The specific type of service project will involve local students and be intertwined with the teaching practicum.
The solo experience provides an important break from the rigors of the expedition and gives students the opportunity to reflect on their Outward Bound experience. Many students use this reflection time to make significant decisions about their future, journal or write letters to friends and family. The duration of solo depends on the course length and type, as well as the competency and preparedness of the student group. Students on a Outdoor Educator course typically experience a 24-48 hour solo. Regardless of solo length, all students receive sufficient food, water and shelter to keep them safe and healthy. Students find that solo provokes profound and powerful learning in a short period of time and often becomes one of the most memorable parts of their Outward Bound experience.
While many of our students go on to pursue careers in the outdoor education field, there are an equivalent number who use their skills to pursue careers in social work, education, medical or other fields. The Outdoor Educator courses provide a robust classroom for gaining technical skills, wilderness skills and risk management experience. Students will also learn about educational philosophy, leadership, strategies for creating an inclusive environment, decision making processes, conflict resolution and mediation skills and group dynamics.
Big Bend State and National Park, Texas
The Texas course area is one of the most remote and geologically interesting in the Outward Bound system. Along the US-Mexico border in southwestern Texas, the Rio Grande River carves a huge, sweeping bend where Big Bend National Park earns its name. This 750,000-square mile wilderness is the eighth largest national park in the lower 48 states and a desert backpacking and rock climbing paradise. In this region, delicate desert flowers exist alongside fossilized trees millions of years old and mountain passes give way to steep-walled canyons and cliffs. Much of this rugged land has remained unchanged for centuries. Hundreds of species of birds and a healthy diversity of other animal and plant communities thrive within the splendid isolation of ancient limestone canyons, juniper and mesquite-covered mesas and coal-black night skies.
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