On January 21 we commenced the implementation of CIE Coach Academy. Our Academy comprises methodology trainings for applicants wishing to become Outdoor Education Coaches. All Coach Academy participants will receive professional training. We have divided the project into three parts, lasting 3, 7, and 4 days respectively. Having undergone the first part of the trainings, our coaches have already had a chance to get acquainted with the essential areas of the Outdoor Learning method at a micro level.
What will the participants of CIE Coach Academy learn?
The opening part of the Coach Academy encompassed an extensive introduction to Outdoor Learning. It included elements of CIE’s methodology devoted to personal development issues in woodland environments. We have based our approach on the Edinburgh Model, thus drawing from over 20 years of experience in the field (Outdoor Learning has been successfully used in Scotland for over two decades).
Additionally, the training will include sections on:
- CIE structure,
- project range,
- standards followed by our organization.
Applicants have also been trained on health and safety procedures as well as on how to properly prepare their team for the trip. The first part of the project was brought to a close after completing its final, practical stage outdoors. For 24 hours, we camped together, making a point of using the equipment we provide for our groups during our treks in the wild.
Outdoor Learning Principles
Outdoor Learning is a special form of personal and social development work. Our operations are based on the foundations of soft skills, and a week-long trek in the woods. Therefore, our staff is required to display multidimensional expertise.
Working as an Outdoor Learning Coach requires a broad spectrum of technical, organizational, and camping skills. Moreover, our Coaches must display sound people skills and be able to serve as active listeners in a variety of situations.
All the above mentioned aspects work in a complementary manner to create a proper environment for the Coaches to carry out their tasks without relying on some abstract theories, but based on tangible, practical methods. Thus, Outdoor Learning participants gain experience both as a team and individually.