Having always been drawn to nature and the outdoors, Niv started his career in outdoor education over 15 years ago as an interpreter and park ranger. Niv spent years gaining experience in outdoor corporate training, outdoor education, guiding and safety management before serving in various roles at the North Carolina Outward Bound school for 5 years.
Before the pandemic hit, I went on two climbing trips, one to Taiwan and one to Vietnam. The coolest part about Vietnam climbing is the limestone rock, which doesn't exist in Hong Kong, so that was a nice change. No other rock has features like limestone does, and since I started my climbing career on the limestone cliffs outside my village, it was nice to reminisce. It was my first time in Taiwan, so it was nice to see a different culture and country, I got to experience the local heritage. Also, the Long Dong peninsula has some very dramatic scenery hanging over the ocean. It's very serene.
My biggest focus right now is the revision of our Safety Framework, which includes reviewing field policies and SOPs. I was also a part of the process of designing and introducing an online incident reporting database., which allows for automatic incident analysis.
Other major points of interest for me are our field communication technology, our climbing systems and protocols, and lastly, I was very glad to be a part of the new OBHK educational framework restructuring, to be launched later this year. I’m also part of the process of restructuring the way we provide mentoring and professional development for our operational staff.
Outward Bound courses are more valuable than ever, because in today’s society people of all ages are expected to focus on their career, whether they are employees or still students. We all have very little time to go to the outdoors and experience a few moments of peace. OB courses are the best way I know to help people discover their inner strength and go past perceived limitations. The first and foremost pillar of Outward Bound is compassion, which is missing from today’s culture more than ever.
Nature. Nature is where I go to relax, reflect and enjoy myself. My most memorable and enjoyable moments have been outdoors. Also some of the most challenging moments I've been through.
The best part of my work is that I'm in a key position to enact change. I’ve joined the organisation at an opportune time where restructuring the way we do our work is a major focus. Now, and more so in the future, we’ll be serving our students even better than before. What we’re doing right now is refocusing on educational outcomes, safety and student experience above all. We are also enhancing our skills in facilitating transference, so that participants may take what they’ve learned on course and apply it to their daily lives.
I have found the Four Pillars of Outward Bound (Craftsmanship, Self-Reliance, Physical Fitness and Compassion) to be very close to my personal values. Those along with Kurt Hahn’s work and teachings solidified a strong bond between myself and the Outward Bound mission, that I doubt will ever be broken. Hahn’s ‘6 declines of modern youth’ written in the 1930s are relevant now more than ever. And so, I feel fortunate to be able to put my time and effort into helping people discover more about themselves, break through perceived limitations and live an intentional life.