Outdoor education
for adults

If you want to try out something new and push your boundaries, you're in the right place! Outward Bound activities are made for anyone ready to get out of their comfort zone and use their experience to learn more about themselves and the world around them.
 

Dive Into Yourself 8-day Outward Bound Course on Velebit!

Join our 8-day expedition from Lika, over Velebit mountain, all the way to the coast. Turn off all screens, get immersed in untouched nature, and take a new outlook on life. Everything you need is already inside you!
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Dive Into Yourself - 8-dnevni Outward Bound program na Velebitu!

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What is Outward Bound?

1. Program Overview

The Outward Bound program "Dive into yourself" offers a unique experience of immersion in nature, life, and group work, allowing you to push your own limits and achieve seemingly unreachable goals.

The program is designed to provide you with a multitude of new experiences and learning opportunities over eight days. You will develop communication skills, teamwork abilities, problem-solving skills, and leadership skills. The program takes place under the constant support and guidance of instructors, who will not act as guides but will provide the group with the opportunity to experience freedom and independent decision-making.

At the outset, all distractions (mobile phones, cigarettes, etc.) are securely stored in our Center in Veliki Žitnik and remain there until the end of the program.

Safety procedures for all activities in the program are maintained by our Safety Committee. These procedures are based on years of experience and the tradition of the international Outward Bound International system.

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2. 2. Technical Details

In the year 2024, we have one session:
August 2nd - August 9th, 2024.
Our Center is located near Gospić, in Veliki Žitnik, at the address: Veliki Žitnik 17, 53212 Klanac.
The full price of the program is 560 eur and it's possible to pay in installments.
The Earlybird application fee is 490 eur and can be paid in installments.

To confirm your participation in the program, a deposit is required after applying (included in the total program price). We will send you the payment details via email, along with notification of your acceptance into the program. Confirmation of the program taking place on the scheduled dates will be provided once 10 participants have registered.

The program fee includes meals (3 meals and 2 snacks per day), accommodation in the educational center, all program activities, entrance ticket to the Northern Velebit National Park, personal and group equipment for outdoor activities, transportation from the expedition endpoint back to the center, 24/7 instructor supervision, and accident insurance.

The program fee also includes rental of personal equipment, including a hiking backpack, sleeping bag and mat, and a headlamp. You will also receive group camping equipment, including a map and compass, equipment for building shelters, cooking utensils, and hygiene supplies.

Transportation to/from the educational center is not included. Besides arriving by car directly to the center in Veliki Žitnik, you can also travel by public transport, either by bus or train to Gospić. In that case, let us know your exact arrival time, and we will meet you with our organization van and transfer you to the center. Transportation from Gospić to Veliki Žitnik is included in the program fee. If you're arriving by car, you can park it for free in the center's courtyard, where it will be safe while you're on the expedition.

The program begins at 11:00 AM at our educational center where you will prepare everything you need for outdoor living and meet your group. Then, you will embark on a 7-day expedition from Veliki Žitnik over Velebit to the coast. Along the way, you will camp, cook over a fire, climb and descend cliffs, and of course, enjoy a well-deserved swim in the sea when you reach the coast. It concludes on the 8th day after lunch, around 2:00 PM.

The center provides hostel-style accommodation consisting of separate dormitories for males and females, bathrooms, a kitchen, and common areas. You will spend the other nights in shelters under the stars. In case of severe weather conditions that the instructors deem could compromise your safety, you will spend the night in nearby sturdy structures (hunting lodges, mountain huts, etc.).

In addition to the main activities outlined in the program plan, instructors will fill the time with team-building and trust exercises, and each day will end with an evening circle and discussion about the day's experiences.

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3. Additional Information

For the program, you will need comfortable, layered sports clothing and footwear. If you have hiking boots and pants – great. If not, bring sturdy shoes with good tread and sweatpants or leggings. Jeans are not suitable for outdoor activities! Additionally, you will need a waterproof jacket or poncho.

You don't need to bring extra food because even in the case of any special dietary requirements (vegetarianism, veganism, allergies and intolerances, kosher, halal, etc.), we will provide you with suitable food. It's important that you inform us of this in advance on your application form. During your stay at the center, we will prepare warm meals for you, and for the expedition, you will receive food that you can carry in your backpack, snack on along the way, and prepare in the evening over a campfire. You will receive nuts and dried fruit, dried meat and hard cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables, energy bars, bread, canned fish, meat, and vegetable spreads.

You don't have to be a professional athlete or regular hiker to successfully complete the program. The program is designed so that anyone can complete it with some effort. Of course, it will be easier for you if you are in better shape. We recommend that once you decide to join the program, you start preparing by regularly walking, moderate running, or any other physical activity you enjoy.

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4. Instructors

Our team includes enthusiasts from various outdoor disciplines with developed pedagogical competencies. Our instructors are mountaineers, cavers, members of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, psychologists, educators, etc. In addition to requiring them to have previous experience, we also train them in the use of the Outward Bound method while respecting our safety standards.

They regularly improve their skills through training sessions and workshops in facilitation, first aid, and other necessary skills both in Croatia and abroad. The selection and training of our instructors are approved by our umbrella organization, Outward Bound International.

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