The Outward Bound Trust was established in 1941, and is a leading educational charity that uses the great outdoors to help young people from all walks of life develop. They provide adventurous learning courses for young people to learn the social and emotional skills that will play a pivotal role in how they navigate the challenges of adolescence and beyond. The aim is for young people to return home with a stronger sense of self-belief, and empowered with the attitudes, skills and behaviours they need to make positive change in their lives.
RWS’s financial support enables a number of young people from less privileged backgrounds to go on a five-day residential course, helping them to develop through outdoor activities. RWS’s involvement also includes our employees who act as ambassadors and participate in the activities, acting as mentors to the students.
Earlier this year, several of our employees volunteered to be Employee Ambassadors. Between them, they visited three of the Outward Bound residential centres in Snowdonia, Aberdovey and Ullswater, and supported pupils from three inner London schools (some of whom had never been outside London before) to participate in activities such as mountain hiking, canoeing, camping and “jetty jumping”.
The overwhelming consensus from the Employee Ambassadors upon return from the centres was that it had been “such a rewarding experience”. Before attending the residential courses Employee Ambassadors also visited their selected schools and presented an “Introduction to Languages in Business” session.
The schools RWS selects to work with are in lower economic areas and were chosen only if they evidenced a firm commitment towards teaching languages.
Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools across the UK are not currently allowed to run residential programmes. This is having a hugely detrimental impact on charities such as the Outward Bound Trust which has had to cancel its summer Adventures Programme this year.
The Outward Bound Trust hopes to increase its operations in 2021.