Adventure Leader Programme Tutor - teach teachnical and leadership skills to a keen bunch of young people....
Horizons are currently seeking an Adventure Leadership Tutor starting January 2017. Working with a maximum of 11 students through a 12 week leadership programme, this is an awesome opportunity to utlise your diverse skills.
Horizons are looking for someone who has experience in teaching leadership, mentoring students and is competent in a range of technical skills. If this sounds like you, then check out our job position below....
Adventure Leader Tutor - Job Position
We are seeking Adventure Education Instructors - are you keen?
Horizons are currently recruiting for a number of positions over Summer 2017. We'll be delivering a range of school programmes to more than 3000 students, starting in January 2017, and are looking for competent staff who are interested in both locally-based one-day programmes, and multi-day wilderness journeys.
If you'd like to find out more, or to register your expression of interest please email us. We welcome all expressions of interest, applications are open until October 20th 2016.
Download the Role information here. A position description and an application form.
We'd love to hear from you.
Operations Support - 2016 - 2017
This role is to provide operational, planning and administrative support to the Programme Manager to enable the smooth running of the 2017 delivery season. Would suit a highly organised, quick thinking person with previous adventure education experience. This is a 50/50 logistics planning and delivery role.
Download the role description here. And an application form here.
Keen to find out about GAPYear 2017?
We are hosting an information evening for students and families who are interested in our GAPYear programmes for 2017 and beyond.
This short info session will provide you and your parents with more details about the GAPYear Experience. We'll include an informal presentation on Course Content, and outline the overseas work opportunitites that you can apply for after the programme. Come along to meet the Horizons Team, ask your questions and check out some amazing photos of what YOU could be doing next year!
Thursday September 22nd 12 Hereford St, (YMCA) Christchurch.
It’s been another busy term in our work with high schools and we have just completed a series of overnight camps with Avonside Girls High School Year 10 students. These 2-day camps were a great opportunity for the girls to head out into the Craigeburn Valley and try their hand at caving (brrrrr), raft building and racing, and team-assisted rock climbing. Groups of Year 13 students were there to lead the way, support the younger girls and try out their leadership skills.
A highlight for students and teachers alike was our collaboration with the Department of Conservation(DOC) on an environmental project. DoC do a lot of pest monitoring in the area, keeping watch for plagues of stoats, rats, mice, hedgehogs, possums and ferrets. DOC provided us with stuffed stoats and kiwi which some of the girls loved and some found a little off-putting – but they were great for everyone to be able to see what we were watching out for and to understand the impact these pests have on our native environment.
Students laid bait (peanut butter) in a tracking tunnel and then returned the next morning to analyse the footprints of various rodents to see what pests were present and in what numbers. Some tunnels were untouched but many saw evidence of overnight visitors and all the data was sent on to DOC to contribute to their research.
We look forward to developing our programme and seeing the year 10’s of 2013 in action!
Here’s what some of the teaching staff had to say:
“The raft building surprised me. The girls were hesitant / slightly reluctant to get involved but they loved it. It was more fun and challenging than I had anticipated.”
“Great leadership provided by staff. Fun, encouraging and overall great people. They clearly knew what they were talking about and in particular related everything back to facts, safety and sustainability of the environment. I certainly learnt a few things. “
“Pest monitoring task was useful in making the students realise that NZ has a huge problem with introduced pest. “
Find out more about other programmes within our Adventure Education Department here.
GAP Mum - A journey for women from the Main Divide to the Pacific Ocean
Over ten sunny days in November 2011 eight intrepid Gap Mums tramped, cycled and paddled from Lewis Pass to the Clarence River mouth. The inaugural Horizons 'Gap Mum' adventure was a great success.
GAP Mum is a supported journey for busy women - an opportunity to take some time for themselves and have a huge adventure the great outdoors. This trip starts at Lewis Pass and finishes at the Pacific Ocean - tramping and camping in the St James conservation area and rafting the fabulous Clarence river.
GAP Mum has been designed specifically for the mothers of our GAP Year students in response to their requests for an adventure of their own.
Christchurch Ropes Course South Brighton
Ropes Course Shake Up
The recent bout of earthquakes have thrown up some new opportunities for the team at Horizons and we are pleased to keep you in the loop!
For a number of years Horizons Unlimited has been employed by the Kahikatea Adventure Education Trust (KAET) to administer the Christchurch Ropes Course on their behalf. Over this time, numerous students and adults from Canterbury and beyond have enjoyed the opportunity to challenge themselves on this course and to enjoy the environment of the South Brighton Domain.
As of December 2011 the Christchurch Ropes Course was permanently closed at that location due to land subsidence issues caused by the Feb / June Earthquakes. The health of some trees in the park was being affected by these changes and the Christchurch City Council has closed all forested areas of the park and is now removing the trees.
We are seeing this change as a huge opportunity and are working with the KAET trust who have plans and funding for a new ropes course well underway. Details are still under wraps as the final negotiations take place but we can assure you of the following;
- The new course will be Christchurch based
- We are looking to grow the range of activities that we can offer on site so a visit to the course will offer a range of activities that will sit alongside the Ropes Course
- Overnight camping programmes will likely form part of our new suite
- We are shooting for a Grand Opening on October 1st 2012... so watch this space!
During our years at the ropes course we have enjoyed working not only with school students of all ages, but also with corporate groups. Foodstuffs (SI) Ltd management development trainees from all around the South Island have been regular attendees on our courses and have enjoyed the opportunity to understand team culture outside of the usual work setting. Their focus in their time with us is on creating strategies they can implement to develop strong teams back at their workplace.
We are looking forward to developing these programmes and are excited about offering opportunities to a wider range of people at our
new site. If you’d like to find out more about our Corporate Team Building programmes, we invite you to click here or email us.
PHEC for Outdoor Professionals - Three days or five?
Our Outdoor Pre Hospital Emergency Care clients often ask us why we’ve kept our PHEC programmes to five days (40 hours) whilst other providers are doing it in three.... here's why!
PHEC programmes for the outdoor industry were first delivered in New Zealand in 1990 by a group of keen ski patrollers – Brenda, Budgie and Baz. They were working for the Auckland Institute of Technology – National Ambulance Officers Training School. These courses were very quickly adopted by the New Zealand outdoor community as industry standard for advanced wilderness first aid. Horizons delivered PHEC courses in the South Island under contract from AUT.
In about 1993 the PHEC courses became unit standardized and thus managed by the NZQA (that’s why those of us who did the very early ones will have no record of doing so on our NZQA record). Initially these unit standards were level 4, and had a total value of 11 credits they included a unit in anatomy and physiology. To deliver a course of this credit value it took six days! At this time it was the qualification used to train ambulance officers in New Zealand. Other providers could also deliver and assess the unit standards.
In 2006 the unit standards came up for review by nzqa. As a result of this review the units were altered – the Pre Hospital Emergency Care units are now level 3 and worth only 8 credits. A course of this credit value can be done in three days (with some extra reading). The Ambulance service have their own training scheme – involving a level five diploma. Other users of the current PHEC units are: fire service, surf lifesaving, oil rig safety personnel and other folk who might work slightly more remotely.
After consultation with key outdoor clients, Horizons Unlimited and Peak Safety (our North Island PHEC partners) have decided to keep our ‘Outdoor PHEC’ qualification as a 40 hour / five day course. The reason for this is that our courses deliver well above the level three PHEC unit standards and have a real focus for managing patients in a wilderness setting.
Participants are able to be assessed against the unit standards and have these units added to their NZQA record if they wish. Many choose our PHEC programme because of its reputation for not only providing the required NZQA units but for addressing the specific needs of the outdoor education and adventure tourism industry. Value is seen in the extra learning time, delivery style and understanding of the environments in which we work.
Outdoor Safety Updates
Mark has spent a considerable amount of time this past year working with the Department of Labour and Outdoors New Zealand on the review of risk management and safety in the adventure and outdoor commercial sectors, and the development of the audits standards for the new HSE (Adventure Activities) regulations.
Mark also continues to work with numerous adventure / tourism operators throughout New Zealand developing, advising and auditing Safety Management Systems. This, combined with his lead role in the redevelopment of the Outdoors Mark Safety Audit Scheme, means that Mark is well placed to help providers meet the changing needs for safety in the adventure / activity sector. If you'd like more information, please contact Mark: firstname.lastname@example.org
Horizons in China
Since 2009, Horizons Unlimited has had a contract to provide operational support to Treasure Island in Hong Kong during their peak delivery periods. In 2010 the two companies formed a joint venture with the aim of delivering adventure education, youth development and corporate training programmes in Hong Kong and China. This joint venture has been formed with the support of Education New Zealand as part of the ‘Export Education Innovation Programme'.
In October 2010, Dave and Hilary assisted by ex GAP Year students Ben and Sarah headed up to Yunnan province to run a pilot scheme for the next part of the project. They spent a week trekking through some amazing country, with a class from the British International School from Shanghai. This programme aimed to deliver a part of the IBS year 12 Creativity-Action- Service curriculum. The trip was successful and we hope to have more of these programmes run in future years.