7 Day Voyages
Our voyages take place between Easter and November and are an approved activity for those who are participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award or the St John Cadet Ventureship Gold Badge award. We are also an accredited provider for the Ministry of Social Development.
We are big on evidence and have been recording feedback from trainees and their parents since 2009. In 2016, we partnered with the University of Otago and they have been gathering surveys from our trainees before and after voyages as well as more in depth follow up interviews.
So incredibly grateful & thankful.
Evidence & Research
The results remain fairly consistent year on year and clearly indicate that the experience is making a big difference to our trainees, particularly in the area of confidence across a range of activities. The University of Otago’s research specifically examines the resilience of young people and the research indicates that our voyages are very beneficial in improving self-esteem.
For those studying youth development or simply interested in the research please take a look at: “Promoting resilience in adolescents: A new social identity benefits those who need it most” (Elizabeth Koni, Saleh Moradi, Hitaua Arahanga-Doyle, Tia Neha, Jillian G Hayhurst, Mike Boyes, Tegan Cruwys, John A Hunter, Damian Scarf).
“Positive youth development in Māori and New Zealand European adolescents through an adventure education programme” (Hitaua Arahanga-Doyle, Saleh Moradi, Kaitlyn Brown, Tia Neha, John A Hunter, Damian Scarf).
What our young people are saying:
- Making new friends and connections 90.28% 90.28%
- More confident trying new things 77.78% 77.78%
- Leadership skills/take on responsibility 73.61% 73.61%
- Communicating with others 69.44% 69.44%
Thank you to our supporters
In addition, there are a number of generous people who make donations that assist us in doing the work we do. If you would like to support us, find out how to by visiting our donations page.