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COURSES

Each year we work with thousands of people in the desert and mountains of Oman, and deliver powerful courses for a diverse range of organisations from both inside and outside of the country. We are always delighted to work with you, to help turn your needs into reality.

Courses for young people in Oman

Working closely with the Ministry of Education’s National Career Guidance Unit, and the Ministry of Higher Education, we work with schools, colleges and training institutes all over Oman delivering two levels of courses, one targeting young people aged 14-17 years, called Skills for Life, and the other aimed at older participants about to enter the workplace, called Next Generation, which has a clear focus on enhancing employability, and basic work ethics, attitudes and behaviours.

Skills for Life Course

Next Generation Course

Courses for corporate groups inside and outside of Oman

From PDO and Omantel, to Oman LNG and Majid Al Futtaim, we work with and design courses for many of the leading companies in Oman to deliver a range of outcomes suited to employees at all stages of their careers. From courses that work with new employees that have a focus on work ethics and behaviour, to developing the capacity of emerging talent, to providing unique time away from mobile phones and distractions for leadership teams that need an unbroken, focused opportunity for clear, strategic thinking. Our courses continually receive great feedback, and for participants make a refreshing change to normal, hotel or head office based training courses. See the corporate section » of this website for more information.

For schools doing the International Award

We are currently one of a small number of accredited activity providers of the International Award in the region. From St Christopher’s in Bahrain, to Sherborne School in Qatar, to the British School in Riyadh and Brighton College in Abu Dhabi, many of the leading schools in Oman, and throughout the GCC send their students to us to deliver the expedition element of the award, at bronze, silver and gold level.

Excellent course, good planning, timing and provisioning. Different activities kept students occupied. Staff very professional, enthusiastic and approachable. Worked together well and consulted with staff to ensure a well-targeted programme.

School IA co-ordinator, Bahrain

I have organised many trips in my time, and accompanied many more and I can honestly say that this was the best and most amazing trip I have ever done. The two instructors we had made the trip unforgettable for our students and I cannot fault them at all. They gave my students an adventure that they will never forget and one that they have most definitely learnt from.

Tammie Harris, Al Shomoukh School, Oman

We are an approved provider of:

Bespoke courses

We have the resources and the flexibility to design and deliver a whole variety of courses, from special needs schools in the UK, to young Omani entrepreneurs, to people undergoing drug rehabilitation, to courses recognised in the international arena by UNESCO that focus on intercultural understanding and dialogue.

Get in touch, and let us know what you would like to do.

Connecting Cultures – Intercultural dialogue at the oldest university on earth.

For thousands of years, people have sat around the desert fireplace, exchanging news and views, and resolving disputes. Our Connecting Cultures courses bring together eighteen young global leaders from eighteen nations for a powerful five-day experience in the desert of Oman. Endorsed by UNESCO, and cited by the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations as one of the world’s leading civil society initiatives, this is one unique and powerful five-day experience for young people determined to make a difference to society.

The dates of this winter’s desert courses are as follows;

December 9th -13th 2017 Female
January 20th-24th 2018 Male
January 27th-31st 2018 Female

If you’re aged between 18-25 years old, and are inspired to do something to make the world a better place, visit the downloads section of this site and fill out an application form! You can find more information at www.universityofthedesert.com

How to book a course

Give us a call on +968 24539788, or email us at admin@outwardboundoman.com
telling us what you’re thinking, and we’ll work with you to make something happen.

FAQs

On Courses:

Mobile phones and all electronic devices are a big no no with us! We want you to make the most of your experience and be fully present in the moment without distractions. Do bring your own cameras so you can capture some memorable moments, and your watch so you can be punctual!

Being a multinational organization, we are very aware of religious and cultural sensitivities and needs. Breaks are given for prayers, and other religious practices.

They can be whatever you want them to be. Whilst many of our courses for international schools and corporates are for mixed groups, our courses for Omani youth are run separately, for either male, or female groups.

No; all food is provided. You are requested to let us know about your specific dietary needs should you have any and we will try our best to meet them.

We can provide all the equipment that is needed for the course. You are requested to bring your personal clothing such as socks and hats, sturdy hiking shoes that cover your toes, personal medication and a torch to help you see at night. For a full list of what to pack, please see our equipment list form in the downloads section of the website, located in the footer of each page.

We can run our courses in English and/or Arabic – even Swahili! Some of our instructors also speak French, Spanish, German and Urdu.

Participation:

We work with and deliver courses for groups and institutions, not individuals. Most of our work with local and international schools, colleges and universities and companies.

If you are coming on a course with us, you will need to fill out your enrolment and medical forms as completely and as honestly as possible. Your answers will only make us better prepared for your requirements. The only pre-requisite we have is that you are enthusiastic – physical fitness helps, but is not essential! You can find the enrolment form in the downloads section of the website, located in the footer of each page.

There are very few medical conditions that should stop you from joining us. If you are uncertain in any way, just let us know before-hand so we can be better prepared for you and your special needs. We work with a diverse set of individuals with special needs, and our instructors are trained and experienced on this.

No specific level of physical fitness is needed. However, you should expect a physically challenging experience. The better prepared you are, the more enjoyable it will be.

Yes of course! We just need to make sure we have an available slot for you. As the quality of our courses is very important to us, we make sure we don’t overload our resources and have a maximum of 4 groups out per week. Let us know when you can join us as soon as possible so we can book a slot for you – a lot of our courses are booked a year in advance. You can find a course booking form in the downloads section of the website, located in the footer of each page.

There is no straightforward answer to this question. The costs related to each course depend on a number of factors such as how many days, the location, special requirements, number of participants vs. instructors etc. Once you get in touch with us with your requirements, we can design a programme to suit your needs.

Safety:

Our long-standing reputation for safety is one of the most often-stated reasons for using Outward Bound, and having evolved over 75 years, we are considered as one of the most experienced in our field.

All of our stakeholders demand the highest standards of safety, and we recognise the importance of this. In addition to our own internal systems, policies, reviews and risk assessments, every two years Outward Bound Oman undergoes an external examination by Outward Bound International.

How can the participants’ families stay in contact with participants?
You will have to let your families know that your mobile phones and all electronics except cameras will be taken away from you into our safekeeping for the entire duration of your course. For any emergency, they can contact our office on 24539788, who will be in touch with the instructors during the course. All our instructors on the course will also have the emergency contacts of your family members should we need to contact them.

What kind of safety training do your instructors undergo?
Our instructional staff undergo intensive training, both here in Oman, and through visiting Outward Bound schools elsewhere in the world, in Singapore, UK and South Africa. All are police cleared, and hold up to date wilderness first responder and first aid certificates. All undertake defensive driving and child psychology courses, and undergo a programme of continuous professional development to ensure they operate at the highest possible levels.

You will have to let your families know that your mobile phones and all electronics except cameras will be taken away from you into our safekeeping for the entire duration of your course. For any emergency, they can contact our office on 24539788, who will be in touch with the instructors during the course. All our instructors on the course will also have the emergency contacts of your family members should we need to contact them.

Our instructional staff undergo intensive training, both here in Oman, and through visiting Outward Bound schools elsewhere in the world, in Singapore, UK and South Africa. All are police cleared, and hold up to date wilderness first responder and first aid certificates. All undertake defensive driving and child psychology courses, and undergo a programme of continuous professional development to ensure they operate at the highest possible levels.