It seems as though there has been an increased â€œinternational flairâ€ on the scheduling side of things recently. I guess this makes sense, with the world becoming more globalized- internet, etc.- though you should still buy your produce locally… Seriously, it is exciting to be able to go home at the end of the day and say, â€œYeah- I set up courses in Belgium, Japan, and Taiwan today.â€ One of the most interesting things to know about Wilderness Medical Associates is that all of our courses, WFRâ€™s, WEMTâ€™s, WALSâ€™s etc. held around the country and around the world, are supported by one compact, yet very efficient office in Maine!
Two new international sponsors with whom Iâ€™ve worked to set up courses in the past month are The Outsider Club VZW in Belgium, and Crux Professional Limited in Hong Kong. Both new sponsors found WMA through word-of-mouth recommendations from other groups who sponsor our courses.
The Outsider Club is an organization centered around making outdoor experiences and training available to people 6-30 years old. They provide leadership camps, natural, volunteer and group teambuilding opportunities, and emergency training in several locations around Belgium. I was happy when they contacted me to set up a WFA class in December, at the tail end of the WMA courses (open recert and WAFA) already set up by Outward Bound Belgium. It made it an even more enticing â€œpackageâ€ to offer the instructors: to be able to teach 3 courses for 2 sponsors in Europe! The WFA course they scheduled is in Oudenaarde December 16-17. Visit www.theoutsiderclub.be for more information on this interesting international organization with which weâ€™re now proud to be connected.
Crux is a similar organization. They provide expeditions around the world, and their program offerings center around corporate and personal adventure-based training, professional wilderness education, and â€œleave no traceâ€ programming. More information on this dynamic company can be found at http://www.crux.com.hk/Main_page.html , and their WFR is scheduled for September 14 â€“ 21.
Thatâ€™s a good place to end my update from the Scheduling Desk. As always, the online schedule is an up-to-date list of the courses weâ€™re consistently adding, but Iâ€™ll write again soon for more highlights.
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