Managing Director Joel Thompson, Todd Klein our Education Manager and Harley Hamer our Marketing Coordinator have been based in China for the last few weeks. 

After a short trip to Shanghai during the National Holiday week, the team met up in Southern China, Shenzhen, before making their way to Guangzhou to present camp and experiential learning models to Education partners in the Guangdong Province. 

Joel said "it was a great opportunity to share China and Australia similarities in Camp based cultures and Outdoor education, as well as highlight the unique differences between our two countries." Out Beyond is working towards assisting local partners with educating young students through experiential learning opportunities, including study abroad programs to Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

The team were lucky enough to spend time travelling to WanlvGu Geo Park where they learnt about the local Hakka traditions and cultures. After providing some early stage consultation with the local government managers on developing sites like Wanlvgu to be Yingdi (camp) ready, we formed a strategy to provide ongoing support and advice between our two organisations, including future engagements and visits to both Guangdong and Victoria, Australia.

 

From Wanlvgu, the team travelled West towards the Danxiashan Geo Park where they met up with the managing director and local government representatives to discuss future cooperations, and how important including nature and the environment into outdoor education and camping programs is. After an evening tea ceremony with the local and distinguished guests, the Out Beyond team managed to get some well deserved rest before heading off to Guangzhou the next morning.

 

The Danxiashan Geopark, which covers 290km2, is located in Guangdong Province, P. R. China. The world-wide landforms formed by red terrestrial sandstone and conglomerate and characterised by red rock walls and cliffs are all known as Danxia landform.

 

 

Out Beyond working hard to push the limits of traditional education by providing experiential learning beyond the walls of the classroom for children all over China.