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Excerpt from a fundraising speech I gave sharing the impact of Outward Bound on me as an Instructor:
Over the past five years, working for Outward Bound has led to my own personal and professional transformation. I have never been more challenged. Previously, I had never worked for a mission. I had never taught to the dual outcomes of skill development and personal development. And I had absolutely no idea how to teach a 15 year-old the importance of compassion.
Our founder, Kurt Hahn, taught firmly from a belief that the youth of the day (1940s) were suffering from a series of declines of society. The most important decline that he saw was a lack of compassion amongst people due to the haste with which modern life was conducted. So we go into the mountains or the sea and we live in the present, with our students and our co-instructors. And through teaching these students how to slow down, to connect and to place value on their interactions, I began to slow down. And as I saw changes occur over and over again in students, course after course, that seemed to make their experiences and lives richer, I began to change. I began to believe in what I was teaching.
Throughout my time as an instructor and course director, I have continued to gain appreciation for this work and cherish what it has done for my students as well as for myself. My personal values have developed out of my professional values, which is a rare thing in this world. Working for Outward Bound has given me the tools to communicate, to empathize, and to be an effective humanitarian in all aspects of my life.
“There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less”