Experiential Student Bootcamps
Real-world, project-based learning on sustainability challenges
Interdisciplinary & multi-institutional teams
Globally diverse experts & stakeholders
Delivered fully-virtually across 3-4 days
Multiple Bootcamp dates available
Digital credentials upon completion
Work-Integrated-Learning opportunities available post-program
Experiential Educator Training
Training in ‘at scale’ and virtual experiential learning methods
Approaches for integrating sustainability throughout courses
Virtual experiential workshops led by world class professors
Multiple Workshop dates available
Digital credentials on completion
Opportunities for a short practicum for additional credentials
We also deliver credit-bearing courses in partnership with many of our higher ed partners.
While we recommend that new partners start with our extracurricular Bootcamps and Educator Training, you are welcome to book a call with us to learn more about our credit-bearing courses.
Some of our current and recent higher ed partners:
Engineering Masters Student, University of Waterloo
Why we do this
Since 2017 is that there has been a 36x increase in companies setting sustainability targets. Unfortunately, only 17% of these companies say they have employees with the skills they need to start even making progress towards reaching these targets, meaning that up to 150 million employees will need to learn sustainability skills within the next decade. (BCG 2023) Meanwhile, an additional 395 million new jobs could be created by 2030 if companies prioritise the ‘nature-positive’ solutions we know are needed. (WEF 2020)
Students want to learn sustainability skills
Given the accelerating demand for sustainability and green skills, it's no wonder that 84% of higher education students want much more sustainability knowledge and skills provided throughout their courses, and 70% want more sustainability-focused experiential learning! (SOS 2021; Yale 2022) The green transition is an opportunity for the next generation to make its mark building a more sustainable and equitable world!
Closing the sustainable skills gap
Students have the passion and drive to tackle sustainability challenges and help companies achieve their targets, but they need experiential opportunities that provide the mindsets, frameworks and skills – as well as hands-on experience – that companies are looking for.
Our Bootcamps equip students to make a positive impact through practical, real-world experience. We link this with our Experiential Educator Training to support our higher education partners with their efforts to provide more opportunities throughout their courses and programs for students to tackle real-world sustainability challenges.
The Student Experience
During our bootcamps, students from across disciplines and institutions work together in small teams within larger cohorts. Each student team identifies, and then tackles, a focused problem within the broad sustainability challenges faced by a real-world community. Along the way, teams engage with local community representatives and globally diverse experts, and are supported by an experienced teaching team. At the end, each team produces a multimedia summary of their work, and are interviewed by academic and industry experts. All students get Digital Certificates, and ‘winning’ teams receive additional Digital Badges and prizes!
The Educator Experience
One of our aims as a social enterprise is to support our higher ed partners to expand their ability to deliver exceptional experiential learning. Our Experiential Educator Training program provides educators at all stages of their career with a unique professional development opportunity. Our training provides pedagogical frameworks and practical methods for both designing and delivering experiential learning. Our multimedia materials provide foundational content and our live virtual training workshops provide interactive hands-on experience. Post-training, educators have the opportunity to join our student bootcamp teaching teams for an experiential teaching & learning practicum.