The OBI 2020 Global Impact Report is completed!

The report provides an overview of the impact of Outward Bound programs on a global level and introduces five core outcomes of OB courses which were consistently demonstrated through the evidence provided by the network: resilience, self-confidence, compassion, social competence, and environmental responsibility. All of these core outcomes are organized within the larger theme of “Connections” — to self, to others, and to the natural world (download the report).

Penn State (Pennsylvania, USA) Announces Graduate Assistantship and Seeks a Post-Doctoral Researcher
The Department of Recreation Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) is advertising a Graduate Assistantship in The Kurt Hahn Consortium for Values and Experiential Learning while seeking a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (download ad). Further information: Please direct questions to Dr Pete Allison

Additionally sought is a Post-Doctoral Researcher – Longitudinal study of youth development through Tall Ships Sailing – (download ad) to work with Dr. Pete Allison, in the Kurt Hahn Consortium for Values and Experiential Learning. To be considered, candidates must apply online (, and upload a letter of application describing interests, qualifications and relevant experience, a current curriculum vita, and complete contact information (name, current position title, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address) for three professional references. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for two years from date of hire with excellent possibility of renewal. Informal inquiries and questions can be directed to: Dr Pete Allison

For more information on Doctoral studies and Application Processes see:

Outward Bound Oman hosts the 2019 Outward Bound International World Conference
Aimed at executive staff and board-level leaders from Outward Bound schools worldwide, the four-day conference was held from January 14th – 17th at OB Oman’s new Desert Centre and other nearby venues. “Making Outward Bound schools more effective and resilient” was the theme of the 2019 conference. Further information is available on the conference webpage.

Remembering Bill Phillips
Outward Bound International is saddened to announce that our founding chairman William E. “Bill” Phillips passed away on December 26, 2018 at the age of 88.

Bill became involved with Outward Bound in 1975 during a white-water rafting trip in the United States. The power of that experience soon led him to years of service on the board of Outward Bound USA. In 1987 he was recruited to become the first board chair of the New York City Outward Bound Center. A decade later, in 1988, he led the establishment of the International Advisory Board–the predecessor to Outward Bound International–which he chaired for nine years. In 1997, he stepped down to become chairman emeritus. In recognition of his truly indefatigable support of Outward Bound and its work on the international stage, Bill received Outward Bound International’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012. Over Bill’s many years with Outward Bound he also managed to participate in numerous Outward Bound adventures around the globe. Of note, Bill also served as CEO and Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather, an advertising company, from 1982 to 1988.

Bill will be remembered and missed for his service to Outward Bound and the amazing legacy he has left us with.

BBC Magazine–Kurt Hahn: The man who taught Philip to think
“There is more in you than you think” was the motto Kurt Hahn used during his long and active life. A German Jew who opposed and fled the Nazis and mentored the Duke of Edinburgh, his influence on education is all around, even if his name is not. Hahn was instrumental in setting up the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, which has introduced millions of 14 to 24-year-olds to outdoor adventure and community service.