The Sustainability Institute in South Africa, together with a group of adventurers, academics and business leaders, have developed a unique immersive learning program called SI Explorers. The SI Explorers programme – a hybrid between a gap year and tertiary education – aims to blend adventure, training and real world exposure.
Journeying for 7-months through South Africa, Mozambique, India, Nepal, Costa Rica and the USA – the programme aims to cultivate individual learners’ sense of outdoors, adventure, and culture and future career prospects – providing exposure to valuable life skills and the opportunity to make friends and network with a range of people from across the globe.
Using the world as the classroom the SI Explorers programme gives exposure to different professional fields ranging from psychology and art to environmental sciences and economics. “This exposure not only develops an understanding of the world but also serves to strengthen the participant’s internal compass regarding difficult academic and career decisions in years to come,” says Luke Metelerkamp, Programme co-ordinator at SI Explorers.
“We aim to provide a unique body, mind and spirit experience while allowing participants enough flexibility to develop and explore their personal interests. Regardless of their interests and the levels to which they choose to push themselves, those who emerge from this programme will find themselves mentally stronger and physically fitter than they have ever been, with a network of international friends and connections that they will carry with them for life,” concludes Metelerkamp.
The course is open to both local and international participants. There are only 20 vacancies available and the deadline for applications is 23 September 2013.