Halban – On May 24. 2017
The first leadership in sports – course resumed with the successful completion of the course with 2 components, the 3 on campus sessions guided by Maia Kuhnen, MS. Psychology, about leadership roles & responsibilities, communication, emotional intelligence, social media attire, and conflict management, and the 4 day, all-inclusive trip with Outward Bound Oman for the hands on experience in those areas.
The group of 11 student athletes left university campus on Sunday, 21st May together with their course instructor Maia Kuhnen. The 4×4 cars brought the group to the Jebel Akhdar mountains passing Omani blue berry trees, 1000 year old juniper trees, the farm of his majesty, and many other specialties only found on Jebel Akhdar.
The first night the students had sessions on material organization for camping in an ecological correct way with respect to nature and its habitants. Safety and risk procedures, and the practical experience of reaching a goal through respecting the different components of communication, the steps of being an effective team and self-organizing the group divided into three teams to prepare, cook, and clean dinner were the other points on the agenda of the night. The evening was long lasting as the group had to find and organize themselves in this new environment, far outside their comfort zone.
Bright and early, the camp awoke Monday morning and the motto of the coming hiking days was to find yourself within a role and responsibility important for the successful completion of the hike, because the student athletes were instructed to find their own path based on GPS coordinates and the given devices. They had to do the whole route planning on their own beforehand, discussing points from the day before to finish the first big challenge successfully, and making each other familiar with the randomly assigned role, always supervised by the 2 Outward Bound facilitators, who communicated clear expectations regarding timeliness, meeting point, and the seriousness of the role filling.
On Tuesday, the group decided to self-assign the roles to the group members based on their own preferences and skills to have a more successful outcome in regards of hiking challenge. 150 % by every participant fulfilling their role and duty, we hiked throughout the country in a logical ordered line throughout a beautiful Wadi to the lunch meeting point, where a lawyer of Denton, the company that sponsored the group trip, awaited us. He, himself was fortunate to participate in an Outward Bound Trip 6 years ago, which has impacted his life in many ways, not immediately visible at the time of the trip but more and more in his conscious throughout the years following this experience. The student athletes were eager listening to his career path, advices and food for thoughts about topics regarding the current job market in Oman or the best place for employment, which they discussed within each other beforehand.
On the final day a certificate ceremony concluded this unique outdoor experience for GUtech student athletes. All students agreed, that the trip was unique and completed the first batch in the leadership in sports course in an unforgettable way. Outward Bound facilitators used just the right amount of facilitation to bring out the most in each individual demanding to his or her own capacity and ability.