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Outward Bound Scholarship – apply now for 2017

UC student Jacinta Dempster went on an Outward Bound course earlier this year – here she provides a snapshot of her experience…

I have not yet found a word that completely sums up the 21 day Outward Bound course that I completed in July 2016. It was full of 6am wake ups, mental and physical challenges, exhaustion, tears, freezing jumps off the jetty and homesickness.

However it was also full of bursts of laughter, accomplishments, skill developing, close friendships, new experiences, self-development, team building, new appreciations and picturesque environments. My time at Outward Bound was humbling to say the least and by all means the most invigorating of my life.

The course has given me a fresh perspective towards my capabilities and awareness for areas of growth. I have found a greater appreciation for people, my health, for my freedom (and for flushing toilets).

Some things you’ll learn:

  1. If you have snacks, they’re not just yours
  2. A heavy pack only gets lighter
  3. Dirt is good!
  4. Sleep is even better
  5. Stories told in tents are always the weirdest
  6. Live in the moment!

So I urge you, if you get the opportunity to experience Outward Bound leap at it and put your all into it, you won’t be let down!”

Jacinta Dempster

Click here to find out more about the course, the dates for courses in 2017 and how you can apply.

Jacinta and Georgia (2016)crop

From left: Georgia Crisp and Jacinta Dempster

Outward Bound applications now open!

Outward Bound is New Zealand’s leading organisation for showing people their full potential through outdoor challenge and adventure.  Discover your full potential through a life-changing adventure in the outdoors.  Push your limits and challenge yourself in a whole new way.  Together with your team, you’ll tramp, climb, kayak, run and sail your way through some of the most amazing places in New Zealand, forming life-long friendships along the way.

If you would like to apply for one of the three scholarships up for grabs, please download the application form from the UCSA Facebook post, email for the application form from Ee-Li Hong, the UCSA Advocacy & Welfare Manager, or come and grab a copy from Ee-Li at UCSA.

Normally this course is $4100 but with the UCSA scholarship it could be all yours for only $500. (NB: fees do not include travel to/from Picton and the cost of having a medical completed.)

The course runs over 3 time periods, 5-25 June, 4-24 July and 31 July-20 August.  We will let you know by Tuesday the 22nd of March if you are the lucky punter.  You will need to pay the $500 by the 7th of April to take up the scholarship.

All submissions need to be in with Ee-Li by 9am Friday 4 March 2016, and if you have any further questions please address them to ee-li.hong@ucsa.org.nz.