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WEST COAST DISCOVERY CANADA

July 3 - 24, 2012


What is OB? Outward Bound International is a leadership organization that helps develop character in people through outdoor challenge and adventure experiences. These experiences allow participants to stretch beyond preconceived personal limits to achieve unimagined performance and results Outward Bound Ecuador Foundation is a nonprofit organization and its goal is to develop leaders at all levels. Founded in 2006 in Ecuador to spread this way of living and philosophy by different adventures and experiences


Our Mission

Outward Bound Ecuador Foundation’s mission is to help people discover their potential, to care for themselves, others and the world around them through challenging experiences in unfamiliar settings


West Coast Discovery Program: Course Description Travel through the spectacular coastal terrain of Vancouver Island's west coast on this sea kayaking and coastal hiking course. During the sea kayak portion of this incredible expedition, you will paddle through the coves, natural harbours, and small islands in and around Clayoquot Sound. You’ll travel in double or single sea kayaks learning and practicing many ocean travel skills: paddling and bracing techniques, ocean navigation using nautical charts and tide tables, and safety and rescue skills. Clayoquot Sound, declared by UNESCO a biosphere reserve, is a maze of old-growth cedar covered islands and protected inlets, rocky reefs, sandy beaches, deep fjords and natural hot springs. Clayoquot Sound is one of the most beautiful places in the world; share this exquisite marine environment with resident pods of grey whales, seals, sea otters and sea lions, as well as bald eagles and rich inter-tidal marine life. During the land portion of the course, you’ll trek along beautiful coastal trails, into old growth forest and up into the rugged higher regions to gain spectacular views of the Sound. The West Coast Discovery program includes a 48 hour solo experience, community service project, and Outward Bound leadership training and interpersonal development. You will learn skills in wilderness travel and navigation, backcountry cooking over fires and stoves, leave no - trace camping, campcraft and wilderness etiquette and safety. Course activities include a multi-day sea kayaking expedition, coastal hiking and backpacking, and surfing.


THE OUTWARD BOUND CANADA EXPERIENCE The goal of every Outward Bound expedition is to teach you and your group the skills necessary to lead yourselves. Often, you will find that the wilderness environment is your best teacher; it will present you and your peers with unique challenges to face and real problems to solve. Your Instructors, seasoned wilderness educators who know when to step in and when to step back, will help you develop the skills necessary to face these obstacles with style and good judgment. Your job is to come to Outward Bound Canada open to adventure, fun and learning about yourself and others.


West Coast Discovery Program: Itinerary & Logistics Program Length: 21 days Program Dates: July 3-24, 2012 Location: Program start and end in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada. Travel Details: Students can fly to Vancouver airport (YVR) and from YVR’s South Terminal (there is a complimentary shuttle service between the Main Terminal and South Terminal) direct to Tofino via Orca Air, a small prop-engine carrier. We are working on getting a group discount on flights, but generally, flights from YVR to Tofino will cost $412/student return. There are several flights between YVR and Tofino per day in summer, our usual arrival time for students is the 1pm flight.


Sample Itinerary:

IMMERSION DAY 1: Arrival at Tofino Course start, Duffle Shuffle, Icebreakers & Teambuilding activities, Campsite orientation Accommodation: Bella Pacifica campground DAY 2: Introduction to sea kayak skills: rescue techniques, paddle strokes, day paddle. DAY 3: Expedition Launch SEA KAYAKING EXPEDITION (Clayoquot Sound) DAY 4-10: Sea Kayak Expedition DAY 10: Resupply & Gear exchange for Backpacking DAY 11-13: 48-hour wilderness Solo COASTAL HIKING (Strathcona Park - Bedwell Trail/Wildside Coastal Trail) DAY 14-19: Backpacking expedition Service Project & cultural visit COURSE END & SURF DAY DAY 20: Surf day Course wrap up and clean up Banquet & Course end celebration DAY 21: Course end: Depart Tofino for YVR, & connecting flights home


Course Cost: $4195 CAD per person, based on a minimum of 8 students per patrol (maximum is 10). $4180 USD •Course costs include: all in course transportation,

food, camping, sea kayaking, surfing and backpackingspecific equipment. •Course costs do not include: personal clothing and equipment (see clothing list), transportation to and from Tofino, BC, meals or accommodation before or after course start and end dates, medical or flight cancellation insurance, air fare ticket. Participant Screening & Enrollment: Traditional student age for Outward Bound Canada’s “Discovery” courses is between 16-18. Student screening and admissions can be handled through OBC’s Admissions department. Outward Bound Canada documents required:

•Medical Form •Youth Assumption of Risk •Code of Conduct Commitment Contract •Photo Release •Travel Form •Student Questionnaire


For additional information:

Constanza Montero Aguirre

Program Coordinator - Sustainable Projects Tel: (593) 2 2896 130 Ext. 111 Cel: (593) 9 90 403 670 E-mail: constanza@outwardbound.ec Address: José María Vargas, Lote 2 y Pampite. Cumbayá. Quito-Ecuador www.outwardbound.ec


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