An 8-day course for teens aged 13-16 years with a physical disability, and their parent or caregiver. The maximum group of six pairs will learn about themselves and each other in a supportive environment. You and your teen will develop trust and respect and a more meaningful relationship. Experience working in partnership as part of a wider team.
You'll take on eight days of outdoor adventure together, spending your time at the school in Anakiwa, and out amongst the bush, mountains and waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. Activities can include camping, sea journeys, water challenges, and height activities.
Not only will you be working with each other, you'll team up alongside up to five other caregiver & teen duos and three expert instructors, all bringing their own mix of stories and personalities!
Able to communicate clearly and have no intellectual disability
Experienced spending time away from home
Able to participate in a full day of physical activity with rest breaks
Comfortable in and around the water, including having head under – lifejackets available
Able to meet general Outward Bound screening guidelines
Willing to give things ago
Disabled participants must:
Have had at least a 1-year adaptation period since becoming a disabled person
Caregivers/parents must be:
Able to walk/run 3km in 30 minutes
Able to support the personal care of their teen
Willing to fully participate in all aspects of the course
Participants in a wheelchair must be:
In a manual wheelchair (electric wheelchairs are not suitable for a course)
Able to transfer from the ground to their wheelchair
Be under 85kg
NB: Due to technical equipment requirements, the course can take a maximum of two wheelchair users, two participants using crutches/frames and one participant who is blind or visually impaired. Participants could include those with both congenital and acquired physical disabilities eg. muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, amputations, arthritis.
Kia ora, I grew up in Upper Hutt, Wellington, swimming in the Hutt River and collecting blackberries. After study in New Zealand, some overseas adventures and raising 3 children, I was lucky enough to find a role with Outward Bound New Zealand.
I worked in the fundraising team for 2 years before more recently (in what I think is the best job at OB) moving to the role of Adapted Course Manager.
To me Outward Bound is all about empowering people, allowing individuals to find their own voice and connect with our beautiful environment. I love that I can be the starting point for someone’s Outward Bound journey.