Course Prospectus

Wilderness-Based Experiential Learning

Personal Development & Leadership (6 – 10 days)

The Personal Leadership and Development Wilderness based interventions focus on both Intra-Personal (leader within) and Inter-Personal leadership (leader in relation to others) development skills. One day Pre-course preparation and post–course support workshops are included. These interventions are structured around self-esteem model and aim to build positive citizenship.

Outcomes

  • Self-awareness and personal vision
  • Environmental awareness
  • Tolerance in diversity
  • Communication skills
  • Judgment and decision-making
  • Reflection for learning
  • Self – esteem and confidence
  • Conflict resolution
  • Action – consequence

Intended Target Group

  • Adult: staff within organisations seeking to enhance development, motivation and performance.
  • Youth: course designed to best meet needs of specific group as guided and informed by partner organisation.

ARV (Anti-Retro Viral) Awareness & Adherence Workshop (5 days)

This course aims to teach HIV/Aids infected youth to take responsibility and be accountable for their personal health. They also learn the details of their medication and importance of taking ARV’s.

Content:

  • Addressing the realities of ARV’s and living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Providing a platform for issues, concerns and experiences to be safely held and discussed.
  • Exploring through experiential activities the day to day implications of using ARV’s and the dangers of defaulting.

This course can be combined with Family Integration Workshops (2 days)
This workshop is designed to encourage inter-generational communication between the youth and their parents/guardians. Intended Target Group: Young people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Practise of Living and Dying Wilderness based Youth Course (6 days)

This course provides a safe container to focus on:

  • The myths and taboos around the unspoken topic of death. This is relevant to the stigmas & discrimination experienced by HIV/AIDS sufferers.
  • Participants examine their personal relationship with the natural death and dying process.
  • Time for caregivers and practitioners dealing with burnout and trauma caused by the loss of clients and family to heal through support and circle work.

Content: The Four Shields of Human Nature, shared storytelling, personal development, counselling, and using the wilderness as a healing tool and metaphor are key on this course.
Intended Target Group: Chronic illness sufferers, youth infected and affected by HIV/Aids.

Rites of Passage (7 – 10 days)

Educo Africa specialises in programmes to help youth in at-risk situations to transform and re-integrate back into their families and communities. This course has a strong healing element.

Outcomes:

  • Healing past trauma points
  • Honouring of life’s transitional milestones
  • Identifying and setting an intention to live into
  • Re-integration into community
  • Personal mastery

Intended Target Group: Youth within partner organisations who are at a specific point of transition and who have sufficient ego-strength to engage with this process.

Caring for Caregivers (wilderness based / 5 day course)

The aim of this course is to address the issues of burnout and its prevention as well as to provide replenishment and skills for self-management.

Outcomes:

  • Rekindle motivation and energy to continue their life passion.
  • Are able to manage themselves more effectively, enabling them to set boundaries regarding work and family time.
  • Have a positive outlook on their role in the community.
  • Find closure around the loss and bereavement of clients and/or family members.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the psycho-social aspects of HIV/AIDS.

Intended target group: Social Workers, Caregivers, Primary Health Care Workers and Child and Youth Care Workers

Customised Courses

Educo Africa is further able to develop wilderness experiential learning courses that are customised to best suit the need of the partner or client

 

Capacity and Skills Transfer

Communications Skills Workshop (3 days)

Content:

Explore the following aspects of effective communication

  • The Ladder of Inference
  • Models and Assumptions
  • Listening skills
  • Inquiry and Advocacy
  • Dealing with Diversity of views and beliefs
  • Compassionate Feedback.

Intended Target Group – Educators and Teachers, Child and Youth Care Workers, Outdoor Facilitators, Parents, Corporate Facilitators, Social Workers, Couples and families

Facilitation Course (5 day)

This course focuses on facilitation skills and experiential education methodologies, with emphasis on the needs of youth in a developmental context.

Content:

  • The Art of Facilitation
  • The Conscious Facilitator
  • Facilitating the Process (also included is managing Group Dynamics)
  • Plan a Learning Event
  • Facilitate an Adult Learning Event

Intended Target Group – Educators and Teachers, Child and Youth Care Workers, Outdoor Facilitators, Corporate Facilitators, Social Workers, Managers and Directors of Child Care Institutions and Secure Care Centres.

The Power of Play Workshop (3 days)

This workshop focuses on outdoor-based developmental activities for children or adults and includes a range of experiential learning games and initiatives that can be done in the outdoors (such as park or beach or open field) with different age-groups.

Content:

  • Learn basic debriefing skills focusing on self-awareness, trust building, communication, problem solving and teamwork.
  • Experience a range of experiential learning games and initiatives and practise
  • designing your own.
  • Learn about the purpose of different types of play activities, and how they can reinforce life skills.
  • Learn how to use the activities for assessment,
  • Learn the importance of planning and sequencing.

Intended Target Group – Educators and Teachers, Child and Youth Care Workers, Outdoor Facilitators, Parents, Corporate Facilitators, Social Workers

Core training in Child and Youth Care (12 days)

This training provides an overview of theory and skills that are prerequisite to working with children and young people who are considered to be at-risk.

Content: Based around a framework of Knowledge Skill and Self:

  • Knowledge: framework of South African Child and youth care system practise principles, Circle of Courage and basic child developmental theories (Erikson, Piaget, Kolberg’s theory of moral development)
  • Skills: behaviour management, developmental assessment, life space work (working in the world of the child), programming.
  • Self: Projection and transference, triggers, application of self and practise.

Intended Target Group – Educators and Teachers, Child and Youth Care Workers, Outdoor Facilitators, Parents, Corporate Facilitators, Social Workers

The Practise of Living and Dying Practitioners Course (5 days)

This course provides a safe container to focus on:

  • The myths and taboos around the unspoken topic of death. This is relevant to the stigmas and discrimination experienced by HIV/AIDS sufferers.
  • Participants examine their personal relationship with the natural death and dying process.
  • Burnout and trauma of caregivers and practitioners caused by the loss of clients and family, and giving them time to heal through support and circle work.

Content:
The Four Shields of Human Nature, shared storytelling, personal development, counselling, and using the wilderness as a healing tool and metaphor are key elements on this course.
Intended target group – Caregivers, life practitioners

Executive Leadership Development for Non-Profits

This training supports the development of leadership competency for individuals and groups leading change in civil society. The approach is based within Theory U methodology.

Content:
Foundation Workshop
The foundation workshop is designed to build a container of trust within the group as well as a shared understanding of the purpose, common intent and process.

Portable Skills in Leadership
By learning to stop our habitual ways of operating, we are able to immerse ourselves in the places of most potential. We learn to listen with our hearts and our minds wide open. Portable skills are transferred through the following learning based activities:

  • Creating a Thinking Environment – Getting the best from people means getting their best thinking. This means knowing how to be with people, how to offer them the highest quality attention based on genuine interest in what they think and on the expectation that they can think for themselves better than anyone can think for them. Creating a Thinking Environment is fundamental to good leadership.
  • Becoming more intelligent in complex times – We’re all trapped in our pasts, worrying about our future and absent from our present. By learning how to stay present in each moment, we will be able to act more intelligently to meet our everyday challenges. Until we are able to be present in a situation, we are unable to fully access the data and rich intelligence that is around us.
  • Leading from the Future as it Emerges – “Inherent in turmoil and chaos are the seeds of a higher order”. Moving with what is emerging in any situation and opening up to its highest possibility. Remaining present and truly sensing what wants to happen.
  • Learning Journeys – By learning how to truly immerse ourselves in contexts that are relevant to our situation or organisation, by gathering views and voices within these contexts, we learn to see our reality with fresh eyes.

Wilderness Retreat
We retreat into a three day process of deep stillness in the Wilderness. By going to an inner place of stillness we connect to the source of inspiration and allow our inner knowing to emerge. By letting go of everything that is not essential we allow something new to come.

Crystalizing and Prototyping
Using the awareness that has emerged from the retreat, the participants prototype new initiatives or models. Future action steps are identified for hands-on testing and experimentation.

Co-Evolving and Reflection
Co-evolving is the continuous actioning, improvement and innovation of these initiatives or models. The models continuously become better and better products or services in practice. There is no longer a ‘finished product’, just the latest and best evolved ‘version’.
In these final sessions we present and review results and reflect on the learning and actions to date. Experiences are shared within our community of peers and prototypes are further adapted.