Essential Eligibility Criteria Essential Eligibility Criteria for participants

The safety and welfare of our participants and program team, followed by the effective education of our participants are our top priorities.  Program team members are not present with the students 24/7 and participants need to be able to exercise sound judgement in absence of direct supervision.

Our programs traverse areas that may be remote and may be culturally, climatically, and environmentally unfamiliar and challenging. Additionally, the standard of accommodation, transport, safety, hygiene, cleanliness, medical facilities, telecommunications and infrastructure development may not be to the standard you are used to at home or would find on a conventional holiday. Due to the geographical factors, the educational activities and the challenges of living and travelling in a small group, we require each participant to be fully committed to the goals of the program. believes in making its experiential programs as accessible as possible and does not discriminate by gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexuality, or ability. The following Eligibility Criteria are essential for all program participants.

Essential Eligibility Criteria for participation on a Program

Suitability reserves the right to decline applicants whom we believe are not a good fit for the program experience. programs are not suitable for

  • Participants who are adjudicated (court mandated).
  • Participants with psychiatric conditions that require ongoing therapy.

Mental Health

  • Participants who have a mental health condition (e.g. depression or anxiety) must disclose this on their application. They and their families will then be contacted by to ensure they meet our essential eligibility criteria for safe participation in the program. Open and forthcoming disclosure is a prerequisite for acceptance.
  • We may require a report or letter from a Doctor/Psychiatrist/Psychologist which states the participant is suitable to participate in a program and that they meet all of the criteria outlined in the Safety & Judgement and Program Behaviour & Leadership sections below.
  • If a mental health condition is not disclosed on the application form, reserves the right to withdraw the participant from the program.
  • Participants must be able to self-manage their own condition.


  • Participants must have a high level of English language fluency and comprehension.
  • Participants must communicate openly and honestly with staff.


  • must be aged 18-24 years. Anyone outside this age range should contact to discuss their options.
  • We will occasionally accept participants over 24 who are still studying or who have recently graduated, if we are satisfied that their participation will not adversely affect the rest of the group.
  • offers no guarantee to accept applicants outside the 18-24 age range.

Safety and Judgment

Each participant must…

  • Be able to exercise sound judgement in the absence of direct supervision.
  • Be able to independently identify and recognize potential hazards. These hazards may include, but are not limited to, loose and unstable surfaces; rugged, steep and uneven terrain; moving water (fast or slow) such as rivers, creeks, surf, or tides; traffic and pedestrian hazards.
  • Recognize and understand the hazards and risks posed by other participants, which include, but are not limited to, fatigue, state of mind, and actions that may influence judgment and decision-making.
  • Recall and understand hazards and risks previously explained by the program team and activity instructors and.
  • Be able to effectively alert and warn others of potential or impending dangers such as falling rocks, swift water or other hazards.
  • Be able to effectively signal or notify program team members or other group members of personal distress, injury, or need for assistance.
  • Act reliably around above stated hazards to minimize risk even when not directly supervised.
  • Independently perceive, understand, and follow directions and instructions given by others to be able to successfully execute appropriate techniques to avoid hazards and /or manage risks.
  • Be able to stay alert and focus attention for up to several hours at a time while travelling in wilderness terrain, undertaking volunteer project work, or receiving instruction.
  • Be able to respond appropriately to stress or crisis such as when encountering severe weather or a medical emergency.
  • If taking prescription medications, be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from program team members.
  • Not continually take a greater share of the team focus and energy than other participants.
  • Practice good self care: Maintaining adequate hydration, sufficient food intake for energy needs, sufficient sleep/rest, and dressing appropriately to remain generally healthy and be able to avoid environmental injuries such as hypothermia, heat illness, sunburn or frostbite.





Program Behaviour and Leadership

Each participant must…

  • Abide by the Program Rules and Behavioural Guidelines.
  • Have an open mind and be willing to challenge her/his ideas and assumptions.
  • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
  • Contribute to a safe learning environment – no inappropriate behaviour towards others is tolerated for any reason – verbal or otherwise.
  • Effectively communicate ideas and concerns on an individual and group level.
  • Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills given the normal time limitations of a program.
  • Have the maturity and self-awareness to see how their behaviour may be perceived by others and ability to act appropriately in differing contexts (i.e. within a group and also in an unfamiliar culture).
  • Be able to take care of and know the location of their possessions at all times during the program.
  • Acknowledge that programs can be physically challenging. Although some programs have no minimum physical requirements, our programs are active, and a degree of fitness enables participants to better withstand the typical rigors of travel, climate and program pace.
  • Be able to participate in all program activities unless ill or injured.

Environmental and Social Sustainability

Each participant must learn and then practice minimum impact and ethical travel techniques which include but are not limited to:

  • Buying local – to keep money in local communities and reduce the environmental impact of transporting food and goods large distances.
  • Minimizing waste and resource usage.
  • Abiding by local cultural norms for dress and behaviour.
  • Not buying any products made from wild animals, shells, corals or tropical hardwoods.
  • Abiding by culturally appropriate dress codes.

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