Outward Bound Vietnam hosts second Asia Regional Staff symposium

February 11, 2020 | 11:17
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Being hosted on a rotational basis by Outward Bound schools in the Asia region, the biennial Regional Staff Symposium aims to promote continuous professional development for outdoor education professionals within the Outward Bound network.
outward bound vietnam hosts second asia regional staff symposium
The Outward Bound Asia Regional Staff Symposium 2020 has been kicked off with participants from different countries

Outward Bound Vietnam (OBV) organised the second Asia Regional Staff Symposium for the Outward Bound International network, on February 7-9, 2020, at the Outward Bound Vietnam interim basecamp and the adjacent Singapore International School in Quang Ninh province’s Halong city.

This symposium promotes continuous professional development for outdoor experiential training and will be attended by 100 delegates. Over 50 delegates are foreigners, travelling to Vietnam from more than 10 other countries, including Singapore, Japan, and India. The OBV team will have the total participation of 35 staff and 10 board members.

This biennial Regional Staff Symposium is hosted on a rotational basis by Outward Bound schools in the Asia region. Concurrent Regional Symposia are also being held in Mexico for the Outward Bound schools in the Americas and in Germany for the Outward Bound schools in Europe.

Presentations during the symposium will include safety and risk management, curriculum, facilitation, and games leadership, research and evaluation of programmes, and environmental education. Various outdoor adventure activities will be discussed, on top of regular Outward Bound activities. Other activities will also occur off-site, including kayaking, caving, and hiking. Also, there will be opportunities for networking, further regional collaboration, and partnerships.

OBV acknowledges the generous support of Singapore International School, Halong for providing an excellent venue for this symposium.

outward bound vietnam hosts second asia regional staff symposium
Outward Bound Vietnam specialises in organising life skills training activities

Outward Bound Vietnam was established in 2016 and is licenced with the Department of Education and Training as an educational provider of life skills. It has a permanent purpose-built outdoor education centre on the coast near Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh province, and operates an interim basecamp in Halong, Quang Ninh province.

Outward Bound Vietnam provides five-day outdoor education courses that seek to build valuable life skills such as resilience, teamwork, communication, and leadership. These are conducted for school groups, often as part of an international school curriculum, as well as running corporate team-building programmes. It is a non-political and non-religious movement and is registered as a social enterprise in Vietnam.

Outward Bound Vietnam is a fully licenced member of Outward Bound International network of schools. The Outward Bound global network was established in 1941 and operates in over 30 countries around the globe. Over 200,000 people complete an Outward Bound course every year.

By Ha Vy

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