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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.
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.
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.
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
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.