You know us as The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE), but after today’s news, we may need to change “National” to “International”. That’s because we just booked our first overseas program — a March 2015 custom outdoor education expedition in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
Sure, we’re still offering courses like our Alaska Teen Adventure (for grades 10-12), California Youth Adventure (for grades 8-9), and the always popular North Carolina Teen Adventure (for grades 10-12), but thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the good folks at Apex Global Leadership Center, NCOAE will be facilitating a spring break leadership program for South Korean teenagers traveling in the Annapurna region of Nepal.
If you’re unfamiliar with them, Apex is a Seoul, South Korea-based outdoor and adventure leadership program, and when their founder, Sean Hill — a Wharton School of Business graduate living and working in South Korea — contacted us last summer about running a trip in Nepal, we jumped at the opportunity. After seven months of planning and working out a myriad of details, we’re happy to report that our team will be in Nepal from approximately March 15-30 working with Apex and the teens from South Korea.
As Apex says on its website: Why be ordinary? On this trip you will have the chance to do the extraordinary. You will have the chance to soak in some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, feel a deep connection with the world around you, have fun and experience things that few others will ever experience.
For Apex, we’ve developed a custom program using the NCOAE curriculum to offer beginner-level leadership and outdoor technical skills training. To say we’re excited about the opportunity to work with Sean and the team at Apex in the Himalayan backcountry is an understatement.
Stay tuned for more updates on this trip. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about the custom programming options we offer, visit the NCOAE Custom Programs section of our website, or call us at (910) 399-8090.