The Result

The anticipated result of an Outward Bound Peacebuilding experience is a profoundly altered sense of self and the “other.” The experience has the potential to shift the participant’s world view, and in so doing, transform his or her perceptions of difference—difference of ideology, identity, religion, ethnicity, needs and values often at the root of violent conflict—from those which inspire fear, resentment and hatred to a new level of understanding that may be acknowledged, respected and managed in non-threatening ways.

The objective is to offer the transformative experience of an Outward Bound Peacebuilding program as a tool for peacebuilding. We believe our programs have the potential to profoundly influence individuals and communities and the ways in which they interact and approach the issues that divide them, creating the possibility for open communication, mutual respect and peaceful coexistence.

While Outward Bound Peacebuilding programs do not aim to resolve a conflict or bring about instantaneous harmony between formerly hostile neighbors, we believe peacebuilding programs can have a positive impact on individuals and groups, and thereby, on  entire societies recovering from, or threatened by, violent conflict.