LEARNING THROUGH TRAVELLING
We find that young people need more in the transition to adulthood than only traditional career orientation.
That’s why we’ve developed “Learning through traveling “, an exciting and powerful training designed specially for teenagers just before they graduate.
It allows young people to embark for a few days on a very special journey to themselves.
Cast off …
“Learning through travelling” is a 3-5 days self-awareness training, which takes place in cooperation with schools / educational or recreational facilities. Young people can participate voluntarily shortly before leaving school (in the transition of youth into adolescence). It offers an innovative addition to the classical vocational orientation. The approach of the training is about experiencing life as a journey and increasing the ability to deal with challenging, uncertain and unknown situations. The training simulates a travel experience: The individual elements are based on learning experiences, which have similarities with an actual journey. The training takes place at the place of the school / institution or on request in a seminar house.
For the journey to oneself …
The training creates space for personal development, dealing with one’s own visions, strengths, resistances, the topic of courage, beliefs and the development of intercultural competences – basic requirements for self-esteem, personal potential development and commitment in our society. Through the travel analogy and personal examples of trainers on their travels, the training also wants to create curious and courageous individuals to have experiences abroad and travelling – topics that many young people in our target group very often do not come into contact with.
We integrate approaches, methods and exercises from various fields, such as: experiential and adventure education, intercultural psychology, theater & dance education, bodywork, mindfulness research, ritual work. The adolescents will experience a holistic approach of mind, emotions and body. The “Hero’s Journey” model by the myth researcher Joseph Campbell, which is also used in therapy and coaching, creates a powerful dramaturgical framework for the training.
Accompaniment of the transition
Support of unleashing potentials
Stimulation of changing perspectives and facilitation of intercultural competences
Creating space for reflexion and self-perception
Promoting the broadening of horizons
Awakening of curiosity & openness for travel and foreign experiences
Supporting dealing with challenges and the unknown
“Already in the first conversation Mrs. Mercks convinced me. You could feel that she has a great interest in working with young people and lots of ideas. The feedback from the participants was very good. They have learned a lot and felt well. We can definitely recommend collaboration.”
“The trainers take their participants on board and take them on an imaginary journey – out of the area the students know well and which they can influence. And
this succeeds because the trainers accompany the students benevolently looking beyond their own nose.”
“Hey, I wanted to thank you again for everything. I had unbelievable days with you, even though it was very short. I never thought I would enjoy it so much. I’m so thankful, thanks to you I had the chance to get to know myself better.”
“Thanks to you, my desire to travel has increased enormously.”
More testimonials. This video is only in German. The password is: Reisend Lernen
REFERENCES & REPORTS
Elinor-Ostrom-Schule, Berlin (February 2018)
Stadtteilschule Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg (June 2018)
Roland Berger Stiftung, Germany (April 2019)
Ilse Löwenstein Schule, Hamburg (December 2019)
You are interested in our training for your students /teenagers and want more information?
We are currently looking for new collaborations. Write to us: Veronika Mercks
WORKSHOPS & INTERACTIVE TALKS
We offer schools and educational institutions workshops on various topics connected to the contents of our “Learning through traveling training”.
The workshops usually last four hours, but can be adapted to individual needs.
Theme 1: Dealing with the unknown and uncertain
Theme 2: Getting out of the comfort zone
Theme 3: Other cultures & intercultural competences
Theme 4: Stop & Perceive
Theme 5: Encounters
Theme 6: Intuition and Trust
Theme 7: Experience everyday life as a journey
Theme 8: Courage for abroad experiences
We offer, for school classes who will soon graduate, interactive presentations, which aim at encouraging the young people for the step into the unknown after school.
– Confidence in what happens after school
– Courage for your own life and the unknown
– Development of curiosity for foreign and travel experiences & showing possibilities
Please feel free to contact us for more information!