Namely, this journey through Austria’s countryside plays an important role in the educational path. Reaching a practical goal (cycle the 120km route to Vienna) is a way to boost self-confidence and determination, and can be seen as a metaphor of the whole project: educators and teachers sustain the kid’s personal effort towards obtaining an important goal, where the arrival in Vienna stands for the positive grade at the final exam. These five days are also a great opportunity to relate to classmates and adults in a positive and less formal way.
Although the historical and didactical aspects of the school trip were not neglected, as the group visited the Mauthausen concentration camp the first day and many Vienna monuments in the final day, nature stood as the prominent feature of the journey. Kids benefits greatly from the contact with nature, and the Wachau valley is a unique natural landscape with vineyards, woods and medieval villages. Big cities can offer beautiful architecture and historical places, but can also be stressful environments, especially for problematic young boys and girls.
The love of nature is shared by many of the project’s educators, and it expresses also in their private life activities (hiking, climbing and running in the mountains for example). This feeling makes It’s Great Out There and The North Face the perfect partners in giving young boys and girls of the “Non uno di meno” project the opportunity to explore natural landscapes, in the name of the shared belief that exploring the nature is exploring ourselves.