Outward Bound Peacebuilding Ambassador
“When you start thinking big, it is impossible to shrink.”
Suzanne Al Houby was honored as the first Outward Bound Peacebuilding Ambassador at the Annual Cocktail Benefit at The New York Times Building on May 5, 2014. Suzanne, the first Arab woman to summit Mount Everest, is the head of Rahhalah, an environmentally aware adventure travel firm based in the United Arab Emirates. She is deeply concerned about violent conflict in the Middle East and a firm believer in the power of wilderness experiences to inspire people to make change in their lives and their societies.
Costa Rica – January 2 – 11, 2015
We will start accepting applications for the fourth Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding (“PEP”) in August. PEP will take place in January 2015 in Costa Rica in partnership with Costa Rica Outward Bound. Geared towards working professionals and graduate students, the 10-day expedition offers practical experience in peacebuilding and conflict resolution in a unique outdoor setting, building on the experiential learning philosophy of Outward Bound.
Please e-mail pep[at]outwardboundpeace.org for more details.
John DiTillo, MA candidate at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, is conducting a follow-up evaluation of Outward Bound Peacebuilding’s Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding (“PEP”) based on participant experiences. Through an online questionnaire and interviews conducted June – July 2014, the study will seek to measure the impact and overall effectiveness of the PEP, exploring how (and where) PEP alumni are currently integrating what they learned on PEP into their professional and personal lives. The ultimate goal is to better understand the PEP program’s theory of change, how it applies to the “real world,” and how we can enhance the effectiveness of the program.
In Greensboro and Baltimore
Nettie Pardue, Director of Programs, was invited to be the keynote and lead workshop presenter at the annual Rebecca Carver Institute on Experiential Learning at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She designed a full day workshop for over 25 faculty and staff with the aim of strengthening their engagement with their global community and supporting their development as compassionate global citizens.
In addition, Ana Patel, Executive Director, and Nettie delivered a full day workshop on Compassion and Conflict Resolution to 35 new and returning instructors from Outward Bound Baltimore and Outward Bound Philadelphia. The workshop took place at the OB Baltimore base as part of the annual instructor training program. The workshop is a new offering of OB Peacebuilding’s Education Programs.
We look forward to partnering with more Outward Bound schools in the United States and around the world.
“I re-membered (re-embodied) much of what I already knew, while deriving some new insights that I will carry into my teaching. I’m already rearranging my approach to my current course and to my summer course. More experiences and reflective dialogue…yes! I thoroughly enjoyed my time during the facilitation/workshop. I genuinely enjoyed this workshop.”
– 2014 workshop participant
How much money did we raise? Find out on our blog!
Outward Bound Peacebuilding supports the Outward Bound for Veterans Campaign in the USA. Check out the amazing work this program is doing with returned U.S. service members. Thank our service members by donating to the Outward Bound for Veterans Campaign.
In October, Palestinian-Israeli Emerging Leaders Program alumni will gather for their 5th annual Connecting the Hub in Romania. Partnering with Search for Common Ground Jerusalem and Outward Bound Romania, alumni will continue to advance their leadership skills, reconnect with old friends, meet new members of the alumni network, and plan for the year ahead.
A big welcome to Renetta Welty, our new Advancement Officer, and to our summer interns, Becky Fitzpatrick, Simon Galperin, and Caitlin Golub!