What a participant comes out with
The 5 Goals of the Village Leadership Expedition
1. To Increase the Participant's Sense of Personal Confidence by Enhancing Problem Solving Skills.
The aim for the adventure activities will be to allow individuals to view themselves as increasingly capable and competent. Through attempting a graduated series of activities, which involves physical and/or emotional risk, and succeeding (and sometimes failing) in a supportive group atmosphere, the client will begin to develop true self-esteem.
2. To Increase Mutual Support Within a Group.
The philosophy that anyone who conscientiously tries should be respected causes success and failure to be less important than exerting maximum effort. In many cases, the success or failure of a group depends on the efforts of the members. A cooperative and supportive atmosphere encourages participation.
3. To Develop an Increased Level of Agility and Physical Coordination.
Balance and coordination during movement underlies the basis for success during physical activities ranging from dance to athletics. Thus, a person who perceives himself as physically awkward often sees himself as inadequate in other ways.
4. To Develop Increased Joy in One's Physical Self and in Being With Others.
An important criterion for assessing the true value derived from the various adventure activities is that the activity creates a substantial element of fun. The group is not solemnly engaged in building confidence, social cohesion, and agility. Just as the individuals in the class may regularly be anxious and fearful, so too should they even more regularly experience joy, laughter, and anticipation.
5. To Increase a Social and Community Consciousness.
The V.L.E. stresses conformity to social norms, be they religious, familial, or community. Often, clients feel isolated and alone. They separate from their communities and families, which often amplifies this problem. We help them view this reintegration as a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle.