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“There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less.”

Kurt Hahn

Experiential education is simply defined as, "learning by doing." Our meaningful, customized programmes will engage your students physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Research shows that, through experiential education programmes, young people can learn significant things about themselves, including new personal and life perspectives, attitudes and a better understanding of themselves and how they relate to others.

All of our outdoor education programmes are customized to suit your school’s specific vision and goals. All programs are structured to ensure success for all participants, both as individuals and team members. We strive to build united communities where young people feel that they are the authors of their own lives.

While the purpose of our experiential opportunities will vary, rooted in each one of our trips are the goals of increasing communication skills, enhancing group cooperation, improving problem-solving skills, enhancing personal leadership awareness, and increasing respect and trust for oneself and for the group.

One of our main focuses in all of our programs is an emphasis on teaching students about Personal Leadership. We really feel that too many students only see themselves as "leaders" if they hold a role such as Student Council President, Prefect, or a sports team captain. Too many students believe that popularity means leadership. We plan on helping change that belief!  
Personal leadership is the desire of an individual to take charge of his or her own life. Personal leaders realize that leadership is not a position or title, but an outlook on life and their role in the world.  This requires a commitment to balance, a sense of purpose and values. Similar to Gandhi's quote, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world," personal leadership aims to help young people see that before they can seek change or motivate others, they must first learn to change and motivate themselves.

“Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better.”

Bill Bradley- Retired NBA Basketball Player & Senator

 Through our workshops, debriefs and role modeling we aim to help students recognize and acknowledge their personal strengths, and to start thinking about how they can contribute to their communities-with or without a leadership position or title.

Trips outside of the classroom often allow young people the opportunity to see themselves in a new and remarkable way. We feel that these experiences beyond the classroom walls will help provide your students with the building blocks needed to continue to move forward as connected, resilient, competent, confident, and self-aware young people.

“The ALIVE camps have made such a tremendous impact on my life that words cannot explain. I have learned the true meaning of respect, leadership, teamwork and passion. I have also learned so much more about myself. If it wasn't for these camps I wouldn't be the person I am now.”

Ricky Liorti- St. Michael’s College Graduate 2008
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