“We have been sending students to Outward Bound for the past 17 years and see them return to school with a new self-belief. Overcoming fears and meeting challenges gives them confidence and they’re more driven and more focused.”
Luke says his time at Outward Bound has given him clarity about his future and an understanding of what is important in his life.
“Outward Bound came at the perfect time when I needed guidance and the experiences I had, all the things I learned and the people I met, have definitely helped me in setting my future plans. Mary agrees.
I don't think my time or experiences at Outward Bound have helped my future plans, I KNOW they have!
The Hiringa Outward Bound courses are made possible through the generous support of the Friedlander Foundation, Orion Plastics Ltd, Robin and Bill Kermode, ICIB, the Duncan Charitable Trust, Constellation Trust, FINDEX Community Fund, Pip Duncalf, Macpac and individuals who believe in young Aucklanders.
Kathy adds that Outward Bound gives young people a broader perspective on life.
“Many students discover there is a bigger world outside of their immediate community. Pushing themselves outside their comfort zone mentally and physically with strangers are challenges, as is getting on a plane and leaving family for three weeks. But getting to know other people and facing challenges together is invaluable.”
Hosting school students in Anakiwa is a “highlight” for Outward Bound school director Simon Graney.
“It’s wonderful to watch the students who arrive as strangers quickly become a family, supporting each other and working together to build courage and resilience. They learn to work as a team, identify their own values, develop an appreciation for the natural environment and experience being of service. It can be life-changing.”
After they arrive home, the students’ families also notice newly acquired independence and confidence at home.
“They tell us their children are more motivated and help out more. I see them stepping up and taking leadership roles. Not all of them are superstars but they have all come a long way in their own right,” says Kathy.
Outward Bound teaches our young people that anything is possible.
"We will send our students to Hiringa for as long as we are fortunate enough to have funding – it is definitely making a difference to their lives.”
Hiringa students celebrating the success of their courses with Outward Bound funders and donors.