Outward Bound Hong Kong is a registered charity established in 1970.
The Outward Bound organisation is the world leader and originator of outdoor
experiential education which, after some 60 years, is now operating more
than 50 schools in over 30 countries.
With a mission 'to help people discover and develop
their potential to care for themselves, others and the world around them
through challenging experiences in unfamiliar settings', Outward Bound
provides training for people from all walks of life. Participants include
executives, managers, professionals, civil servants, general staff, students
and teachers as well as the underprivileged and people who need special
attention. The training aims at fostering confidence, responsibility,
independent and creative thinking, leadership, teamwork, problem-solving
skills, interpersonal relationships and social responsibility.
Outward Bound uses the experiential learning model
that is 'learning-by-doing' through the process of 'plan, do, review,
apply'. The outdoors is the classroom, resembling the changing and unpredictable
world. Through involving close-knit teams in different learning activities
and problem-solving situations, participants experience a series of physical,
mental, social and emotional challenges. As a result of these real personal
experiences and continuous reviews and reflection under trainers' guidance,
participants are able to gain insights and learn skills that eventually
can apply to work and real-life situations. Every year, more than 6 000
people join the courses.
The Tai Mong Tsai headquarters in Sai Kung and the
Wong Wan Chau training base in Double Haven, Mirs Bay, have a total capacity
of 174. Training facilities such as sailing boats, kayaks, ropes course,
rock wall and a jetty are maintained to international standard to ensure
Public courses designed with different training objectives
have been run for 30 years to serve people of different ages and needs.
International courses covering the Mainland's 'Silk Road', Japan, Sabah
and Nepal are also organised for those who wish to engage in cross-cultural
In cooperation with schools, universities and various
charitable organisations, Outward Bound continues to deliver programmes
for students, teachers, social workers and many others. Such programmes
are gaining in popularity as they can contribute to the all-round development
of individuals, helping to create motivated, caring and competent community
Two courses subsidised by the Government's Continuing
Education Fund with the objective of strengthening employees' capabilities
and developing their teamwork skills are provided for the public. The
courses emphasise the development of important skills and attitudes that
enable employees to deal with today's challenges, and to become more capable
and better working partners.
A wide variety of customised programmes are also designed
for groups from corporations, government departments and special groups
including the mentally and physically disabled, the socially deprived,
youth at risk and former drug addicts. These programmes aim at helping
the physical, mental and social development of individuals.
Outward Bound Hong Kong continues to support the
corporate programmes and activities of Outward Bound China, by providing
professional trainers and resources.