Program Philosophy

Nature

BASED LEARNING

Since evolution to now, human beings have evolved by spending 99.9% of their time close to nature. Our inspirations and rudimentary technological adaptation have been in concurrence with nature. Intentionally being in nature promotes Attention Restoration among other beneficial factors, where the brain’s ability to absorb relevant information significantly increases while simultaneously getting relaxed. In the last two centuries, there has been a severe imbalance in our connection with nature. It is essential and imperative that we reconnect with nature to develop the Hybrid Mind.

 

Project

BASED LEARNING

When learning occurs, there needs to be an effective mechanism to optimally display the learning process. Project-based learning is that answer as it shows the experiential journey of learning and what outcomes one can derive from it. It essentially forms a litmus test to understand the relationship between interest and effort as an individual or a group.

PROBLEM

BASED LEARNING

The skill of problem-solving is as essential as it gets. The ability to problem solve as a group enables its members to explore their leadership style and constructively work on areas of improvement. Problem Based Learning creates an environment that significantly improves group dynamics and moves closer to self-actualization.

PLACE

BASED LEARNING

One can learn all about the theory, history, and significance of any place by being in a classroom but will honestly never know if the place hasn’t been explored experientially. In the method of learning funnel, the filtration process cannot proceed because it is necessary to be experientially immersive to create any sort of real impact. Such is the importance of Place-Based Learning, where participants intentionally immerse themselves in the local culture to gain maximum learning outcome.

Inquiry

BASED LEARNING

Inquiry-Based learning involves posing thought-provoking questions, allowing students to develop their hypotheses, and engaging in hands-on activities to seek answers. It promotes a more profound understanding, independent learning, and applying knowledge in real-world contexts by encouraging curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. It empowers students to drive their learning process, fostering a sense of ownership and curiosity, leading to meaningful and lasting learning outcomes.

OUTDOOR AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING (OAEL)

Outdoor and Experiential Learning refers to a dynamic approach to education, encompassing various inclusive techniques primarily conducted outdoors. Rooted in six core principles, OAEL promotes learning, improved health and wellbeing and environmental awareness.

Key Principles of OAEL

Approach to Learning

OAEL emphasizes active, hands-on learning experiences.

Sensory Engagement

OAEL engages all senses and domains, fostering holistic learning experiences.

Experiential in Nature

Learning through direct engagement and reflection is at the core of OAEL.

Outdoor Focus

OAEL activities primarily occur outdoors, connecting participants with nature.

Interdisciplinary

OAEL integrates various subjects and disciplines, promoting a comprehensive understanding of the world.

Relationship with Nature

OAEL explores human interactions with natural resources, nurturing environmental stewardship.

Direct instruction, self-direction, and every element in between are part of OAEL’s holistic educational approach. OAEL programs promote specialized knowledge and skills and subtle and impactful behavioral and attitude changes, improving health, wellness and environmental awareness.

Benefits of OAEL

Fair Trade Learning​

iEXP360 considers mutual learning practices while designing and executing programs, ensuring that community members and students benefit equally. It uses the Fair Trade Learning principles in mind while designing their programs.
Common Purpose for Partnership

Educational institutions and program providers collaborate closely with community partners to establish shared goals and objectives that reflect the aspirations and needs of the local community. Partnerships are forged based on mutual respect, understanding, and a commitment to collaborative action towards positive change.

Host Community Program Leadership

Fair Trade Learning programs prioritize empowering host community members to lead program development, implementation, and decision-making processes. This ensures that local perspectives, knowledge, and priorities guide the direction of the programs, fostering a sense of ownership and agency within the community.

Host Community Program Participation

Inclusiveness, reciprocity, and mutual learning are central tenets of Fair Trade Learning, promoting meaningful engagement and collaboration between participants and host communities at all program development and implementation stages. Participants are encouraged to actively listen, learn, and contribute to community initiatives while respecting local customs and traditions.

Communication between Program and Community Partner Organization

Effective and transparent communication channels between program organizers and community partner organizations are established and maintained to ensure alignment with community expectations and needs. Regular exchange of information, feedback, and updates fosters trust, collaboration, and responsiveness to community priorities.

Participant Orientation to Community Partner

Participants undergo comprehensive pre-orientation, on-site orientation, and debriefing processes that familiarize them with their host community and partner organizations’ values, culture, and context. This prepares them for meaningful engagement with sensitivity, humility, and cultural competence.

Economic Considerations and Local Sourcing
  • Fair Trade Learning programs prioritize discussions on the economic impacts of experiences, fostering open dialogue between providers and community stakeholders. Cultural norms regarding financial matters are respected, and efforts are made to ensure that economic benefits are distributed equitably within the partner community.
Regular Evaluation of Program and Partnership

Fair Trade Learning programs and partnerships undergo regular evaluation and assessment to gauge their impact, effectiveness, and sustainability. Continuous improvement, accountability, and responsiveness to community needs are emphasized through ongoing evaluation mechanisms.

Ethical Treatment with Animals

Fair Trade Learning programs adhere to ethical standards in animal interactions, ensuring they are treated with dignity, respect, and compassion. The Five Freedoms for Animal Welfare and Rights are upheld, and participants are educated on responsible and humane treatment practices in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.