Why Outward Bound?

Our History

Originally named for the nautical term for a ship’s departure from the certainties of the harbour, the term ‘Outward Bound’ has been adapted and evolved to represent a global institution whose ethos and purpose is to help people discover and care for themselves and in so doing, empower them to care for those around them.

Outward Bound remains the largest and most established non-profit-making organisation in the world specializing in outdoor experiential education with more than 50 training centres in over 30 countries. More than 250,000 aspiring people attended courses at these training centers in 2008.

I regard it as the foremost task of education to ensure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial, and above all, compassion.

– Kurt Hahn co-founder of Outward Bound

Outward Bound Hong Kong was founded in 1970 and began as a way of fostering initiative, acceptance of responsibility, self-assurance and confidence. Today we remain especially relevant to the needs of a modern international city like Hong Kong, where natural challenges are at a premium.