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Why choose this Experiential Learning Program (ELP)?

Decades of research suggest that children do not learn alone but through interaction with their environment through talking and discussing with other people, both adults and other children (UNESCO). We, as an organization, have similar observation during our experience.

The program consists of a wholesome integration that challenges children with adventure activities like trekking, camping and exposes them to diverse cultures along with the sessions on teamwork, meditations and yogaby expert trainers that helps evolve the child in all the four dimensions i.e. physical, emotional, spiritual and mental and inculcates 21st century skills like critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication within children to make them a better leader for tomorrow.

We have seen adults having many eureka moments and go through their multiple first-time experiences during these outdoor programs, all the more reasons why our kids should have the chance to experience it all at their early age which is perfect time to inculcate all these learning which will stay with them their entire lifetime.

Why is Experiential Learning Program suited for your School?

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

– Albert Einstein

Decades of research has gone into establishing that the best way to learn in just to read about it in the textbooks and have the best of teachers explain it to you in the classroom, but to go out and get your hands dirty with it, to experience it in its raw form and learn.

Students of class 7 after a reflection round.

Students of class 7 after a reflection round.

There are basically three major aspects to program that students go through:

How do we do it?

This experiential learning program is a great integration of learning through fun, adventure and cultural immersion.

Immerse:

Leaving behind the comfort zones children are accustomed to, they are challenged to be the part of this new environment. And that’s when the growth happens!

The placed we visit usually have the culture very different from the life children are accustomed to in the school. So children are provided with the set of guided instructions on how to absorb the new culture and soak as much as possible.

Experience :

Children are divided into the teams to kindle the competitive spirit and given tasks to accomplish like trekking a safe trail and overcoming all the obstacles they face while imbibing all the learning it offers.

Students of class 7 after a reflection round.

Students engaging in meaningful conversations on an ELP.

Devising a plan to communicate with each other in team teaches them the importance of collaboration, communication and think critically. Pitching their own tents and learning to do so prepare them for emergency situations evolving them into confident and responsible citizens.

Students of class 7 after a reflection round.

Children (Class 9) experiencing an Experiential Learning Program along with Teach For India volunteers and our trek leaders.

They take charge of their respective teams which teaches them taking responsibilities and sets them on leadership journey.

Children could learn to help the cooks at the campsites and help serve food to their peers inculcating the feeling of selfless service in them and teamwork.

Students of class 7 after a reflection round.

Children during a tent pitching workshop on an ELP.

They experience the geography and cultural diversification first hand and our experts keep sharing the information that might be essential from academics point of view with the children.

Students of class 7 after a reflection round.

A TFI fellow assisting children on their boating experience

The day usually begins with practice of light yoga and meditationto take on the greater challenges during the day.

At the beginning of every trek, we make sure children are made aware of the impact they can make on environment with their actions and are provided with bags to clean the trails of plastic waste and recyclables to leave mountains cleaner than we found it. This kindles a sense of responsibility towards the environment.

Reflection :

We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience

– John Dewey

Reflection is the most important part of the program where children are given time to reflect upon their experiences and thereby churning them to think more and absorb the learning out of them. This helps them realize their strengths and weaknesses effectively.

Students of class 7 after a reflection round.

A team of children reflecting on their experiences

As reflective exercise they get the chance to write, paint, tell story, speak or express in whatever way they wish to express their version of experience with the peers. Reflection is the finishing touch we give to the wholesome experience of our children.

How does it benefit students’ life?

Nomadic Feet, as an experienced organization, has observed that so many adults while their excursions and expeditions, have many first time experiences that teaches and gives them new perspective towards many things in life. If the same conditions are provided to our children at their age, it will immensely help them grow since they can grasp a lot at the tender age.

As the program integrates adventure, trekking, camping and a lot of activities which makes them aware of their responsibility towards protecting the environment, it is aligned to inculcating all the 21st century skills laid out by UNESCO.

  1. The immersion into the different culture helps build up Empathy and the way they coordinate amongst teams teaches them collaboration and teamwork.
  2. Experience shared by Kartik, a class 6 student! - Image 1 Experience shared by Kartik, a class 6 student! - Image 2

    Experience shared by Kartik, a class 6 student!

  3. Since there are multiple teams competing with each other, planning to tackle obstacles and trek mountain top in the wilderness gives them a chance to think critically and instils confidence to deal with the adverse situation. All this happens in supervised environment provided by Nomadic Feet which is absolutely safe for the children.
  4. A visual reflection of a Class 6th kid during ELP held at Nag Tibba, Uttarakhand.

    A visual reflection of a Class 6th kid during ELP held at Nag Tibba, Uttarakhand.

  5. It requires a great deal of empathetic communication in order to make sure all win as a team which teaches to prioritize team over self.
  6. Many students get fresh perspective which takes them beyond the books and classroom and help find hidden talents and dreams during the ELPs which stays with them their entire lifetime. Hence, we understand that we are impacting a life permanentlyand it should be in a good way.
  7. Students are made to understand the impacts of their action towards the environment so they become conscious of their choices to protect the environment.
  8. Students engaging in the Yoga and Meditation activities during ELP.

    Students engaging in the Yoga and Meditation activities during ELP.

  9. Some students are observed to have changed their aims of life after the ELPs. How long it stays with them depends on the nurturing by parents and teachers back in school, but the very fact that it impact students in such a way makes us immensely happy and feel responsible.

How is Nomadic Feet different?

All the employees and program leads assisting group have experienced the transformative journey that mountains and travel makes you go through, so they understand how to efficiently transmit the valuable lessons. All the experience and wisdom gathered in years of exploration has now been compressed and packed in the small and effective sessions during the program.

Being one of a kind company in India, where employees are specifically trained what suits the kids at what age and the program design is customised according to the age of the students in the ELP group.

The projects and the sessions during the ELPs are not to be found anywhere in the country which clubs the essential educational components with adventure and travel programs.

Over periods of 2 years, around 1200 students have been impacted by the ELPs by Nomadic Feet and the numbers are increasing ever since.

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