Elements of a Typical Course
Questions most often Asked
Answer to questions most often asked about the Foundation's courses and organized activities.
- Who can attend the courses or organized activities?
Individuals from all walks of life regardless of ethnic background, sex, educational level or social position are eligible. You must be at leas 12 years of age and in good health. There is no upper limit, however 25 years would be reckoned as an average. Participants are grouped by age and sex. Activities designed for children will accept minimum age of 10 years.
- How safe are the courses or activities?
As safe as human ingenuity and experience can make it. Courses are carefully planned and supervised. Our instructors and guides are experienced and skilled in wilderness activities.
- Do I have to be an athlete?
The courses are physically challenging and strenuous but they are not beyond the reach or abilities of any person from age 15 and up. Strength less important than endurance, flexibility and muscle tone.
The Wilderness Exposure
You learn stages to adopt to the wilderness environment. You then take on challenges and gain self-confidence and experience. Each activity in which you participate is a part of continuous learning process and it all passes through a distinct sequence.
- Phase One: Training and Physical Conditioning Period
You receive instructions in technical skills such as safety, first aid, search and rescue, shelter construction, navigation, wilderness cooking, environmental awareness and conservation, camp craft and basic mountain craft etc.
- Phase Two: An Extended Trek
Your apply the skills learnt and get o know your group and your leader, wilderness on an extended trek and become more self-reliant and assure leadership responsibilities.
- Phase Three: The Solo
You are sent on a short excursion alone in the wilderness to experience the uniqueness of solitude for a couple of days.
- Phase Four: The Final Expedition
You plan and execute an expedition as a subgroup with a minimum of supervision. You make your won decisions and set your own goals.
- Phase Five: Community Aid Work
When included in the program the group will undertake community aid and socio-cultural projects. You will live and work with the local people for a short period.
- Phase Six: Evaluation
At the end of the course you will be evaluated by taking stock of your experiences and reflect on your feelings and personal discoveries.
- Personal Appraisal:
A report is prepared for all the participants. This gives a fair appraisal to the groups and their commitment to the course. Participants will find the report a valuable character reference as well as serve as a means of making a self assessment. The report is sent to the sponsor or employer of the participant on demand. On completion of the course each member will be offered a certificate of participation.