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Global Guide to engaging Project Adventure services

International context: In 1971 Project Adventure emerged from the Outward Bound movement creating the modern challenge (‘ropes’) course and  integrating innovative adventure learning methods within the Hamilton-Wenham High School (Massachusetts) Public School Physical Education and Science curricula. 43 years later PA programs and/or methods have become active in all 50 states in the US impacting millions in almost every country on earth. Programming outside the United States, described as ‘Global’ given our US headquarters and origins, is expanding rapidly. This is due in part to technology advances but perhaps more the universal appeal for learning in a group setting through engaging, active, challenging play and reflective processing. Project Adventure methods are expressed and pursued in a variety of ways globally… from integration of adventure curriculum at an elite international school ; to corporate leadership training on a challenge course; to ice breakers in a refugee camp.

Major sectors served by PA in the US and globally: K-12 schools and higher education; Corporate for-profit & non-profit; Camps and expeditionary programs; Therapeutic and counseling agencies; Faith-based organizations; Armed services; Community organizations and after school programs; International development agencies.

Sector applications: PA educational models have been developed and adapted for most areas of public service, business and civil society. Those wishing to adopt PA methods are invited to identify their specific area of service and connect with PA client service representative or trainers and consultants. They can help you clarify goals, assess resources and develop a plan for PA assistance. Client motivations to engage PA are varied and range from a desire to improve quality of education or training to gaining advantage in the market by affiliation with the Project Adventure methodology and brand.

Those interested in advancing, applying and adapting PA in another country and cultural settings may consider several options and entry points. The approach is consistent with US-based engagement though there are some distinctions.

Basic services:

  • Direct service: PA trainers travel around the country and the world to provide direct service team, leadership and community development programming
  • Open Enrollment workshops: Attend a workshop in your area of interest at our headquarters or others sites around the US and the world.
  • Custom training: Allow us to custom design a training for your staff in your country at your site or at a neighboring facility.
  • Challenge course design, installation and inspection (CCDI): These services are either provided directly by the PA US-based team or by one of our international affiliates that specialize in these services. In all cases we build and train to meet or exceed ACCT standards.
  • Consulting services: Training or challenge course work are often accompanied by consulting services which help you assess needs such as program design and training as well as to integrate PA methods with existing programs.

Affiliation definitions:

  • Partnership: A negotiated, mutually beneficial agreement to collaborate around adventure services in a specific region/country often in specific sectors. Partnership is generally pursued with organizations that provide training and consulting services and/or challenge course design installation and inspection. These partnerships are generally defined after a working relationship has been well established then through good faith agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Licensing: There are several international affiliates registered as PA often with exclusive rights to use of the PA brand in their country or region. Licensing is granted for specific PA models, contingent on periodic refresher training, and payment of royalties. Agreements are customized and generally formalized by a legally binding document.
  • Program accreditation: PA accreditation generally follows a licensing or partnership agreement. It involves a thorough program review with consultation and indicates a high level of fidelity to PA models and methods
  • Trainer technical skills verification & certification: A rigorous credentialing process to verify an individual’s  challenge course facilitation competency and at the highest levels, ability to train or trainer and possess program management competency. Facilitation skills certification will be offered in 2015. Organizations with staff holding PA certification offer quality programming and can inform prospective clients of this status.
  • Lead Trainer Credentialing: These individuals have sufficient experience and demonstrated competence to lead specific PA train-the-trainer model(s). Possessing an institutional license implies and requires that there are staff within the affiliated organization who possess this level of competence for at least one PA model.

Networking and Professional Associations:

PA has assumed a lead in establishment of several professional associations including the Association for Experiential Education (AEE), Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), and Independent Schools Experiential Education Network (ISEEN). These are all international in scope and have significantly advanced the scope and quality of experiential learning.  We have the expertise and professional affiliations to help imagine and build local or national associations and networks anywhere that support experience-based training and development.

  • Building Networks:

Publications Translation:

  • Translation of training materials and publications: PA materials and publications have been translated into several languages to facilitate dissemination of our models and methods. We work with interested individuals and organizations to translate selected publications in a manner consistent with US and host country copy right laws.

Managing Licensed Affiliate:

This organization has the authority to deliver PA T3 models but to represent PA in the designated nations. It also advises and collaborates with Project Adventure, Inc. on country-based and regional strategy.

  • Project Adventure Asia Pacific (PAAP) – Singapore (office), China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand. Contact: Yew Cheong Tham (thamyewcheong@hotmail.com)

 Global licensed affiliates:

These organizations have trainers certified by PA to deliver train-the-trainer workshops for specific Project Adventure models as well as the rights to utilize the PA name

Global partners:

These organizations have engaged in formal dialog with Project Adventure affirming compatibility in respective missions and agreed to collaborate in the advancement of PA methods and programming in their countries, country or region. They publically acknowledge their PA affiliation though operate entirely under the name of their respective organizations and generally do not, under this designation, retain credentials to provide PA model train-the-trainer (T3) services.