Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This webpage explains why we collect your personal data, what we record, how it is used and stored, and what rights you have relating to it. Outward Bound International (OBI) is the membership and support organization of the international network of Outward Bound schools. Our mission is to enable our member schools to be more effective and more resilient and we promote and protect the Outward Bound name and trademark. We strive for transparency and trust when it comes to protecting your personal data. This statement provides information required by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

This website ( contains links to other websites, including those of our member organizations, which we do not control. OBI is not responsible for the privacy policies, content, or practices of non-OBI websites that you access through external links.

What information do we collect?

We only collect the personal data that we need to fulfil our support commitments to our member organizations, volunteers, service providers, and supporters. We also collect personal data when you browse our website, fill in forms on our website, sign up for our website services, such as our Daily Quotes email list, or by contacting us through our website’s “mailto” email links. You can opt out of this communication at any time.

The personal data we hold will vary depending on our specific relationship with you.

The information we hold about you may include:

• Name
• Postal address
• Telephone number
• Email address
• Your preferences on how to contact you
• Enquiries and feedback
• Interaction with our social media pages that are linked to this website

Data we collect when you use our website

When you use our website, our systems will collect information where available including your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and marketing purposes. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns and we will not use it to identify any individual unless you have given us your personal details through another action on our site, like filling in a contact form.

For the same reason, we may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a “cookie” file. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your device’s hard drive or memory. They help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us to:

•Estimate our audience size and usage pattern;
•Store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our site according to your individual interests;
•Speed up your searches; and
•Recognise you when you return to our site.

When visiting our site, you are given the opportunity to accept or refuse these cookies. You may also refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies.

How do we use your data?

When we collect your personal data, we aim to be clear about our reasons for doing so, and we will only use it as you would reasonably expect.

Developing a better understanding of our member organizations, volunteers, service providers, and supporters through their personal data allows us to make better decisions about the services and opportunities we provide, the way we communicate within our membership network, and how we might fundraise more effectively.

We will never sell your personal data and will only share it with member organizations, volunteers, service providers, and supporters we work with to fulfil our mission.

2.1 Processing
We require selected data from you to enable us to fulfil your requests; such as subscribing to services hosted on our website, processing a donation, hosting information provided by our member organizations, volunteers, and supporters.

We may also combine information you provide to us with data made available from external sources to profile our member organizations, volunteers, service providers, supporters, and donors to better inform our work or target our communications.

We will do our best to keep your information up-to-date. Please let us know if your details change.

2.2 Selected third parties
We will protect your personal data and will never sell it to anyone. We might need to share your personal data with one or more of our service providers to complete specific tasks for our member organizations. For example, this could be to host a job announcement, or to host electronic copies of Outward Bound International Journal to which you have contributed material.

We will not keep sensitive personal data longer than is appropriate, taking account of our other legal and insurance related responsibilities and commitments.

How we store your data

The security of your personal data is very important to us. We hold and process your personal data on OBI’s computer and paper systems, sometimes using our supplier’s systems for certain tasks.

Some of the data that we collect from or about you may occasionally be electronically transferred to, and stored at, and processed at a location outside the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, including any country or territory where our member organizations or service providers are domiciled or have facilities.

Changes to this statement

We may change this Privacy Statement from time to time. If we make any significant changes in the way that we process your personal data, we will make this clear on our website or other means if necessary.

Changes to this policy since the previous version include: adding information; simplifying and clarifying some sentences; adding examples of when we might need to share some of your data with our service providers; adding information about when we rely on our legitimate interests as a basis for using your data.

Your rights

In accord with the GDPR European Union-based visitors have the following rights relating to personal data.

• The right to request a copy of personal information held about you
• The right to request any inaccuracies be corrected
• The right to request us to stop processing your personal data
• This does not include data we are obligated to retain for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Contact us

Please contact us if you have any questions about this policy, would like us to remove you from any communications or data processing activities, or if you would like to exercise any of your personal data rights.

Telephone: +44 7547 804624
Address: Outward Bound International, Inverdruie House, Rothiemurchus,  Aviemore PH22 1QH United Kingdom

Outward Bound International is a not-for-profit corporation in the state of New York, is tax exempt in the USA as a 501(c)(3) organization, and is separately registered under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.