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Adventure Leadership Experience (ALE)

Bringing together young people with a shared passion for adventure and challenge

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The Adventure Leadership Experience (ALE) brings together 12-17 year olds with a shared passion for adventure and challenge, looking to explore and develop the skills required by aspiring leaders through a range of adventurous learning opportunities.

When signing up to the Adventure Leadership Experience you can choose from multiple dates, or if you love the sound of the programme that much, why not sign up for the 2 consecutive weeks? We will tailor the programme to offer you new locations and adventures to ensure you get the most out of ALE.

Course Information

  • £995pp – 7 day programme
  • Ages | 12 – 17 years old
  • Summer 2022 dates to be confirmed soon!
  • Sign up to receive updates on when booking for 2022 is available

About Adventure Leadership Experience (ALE)

Learning to lead, building critical thinking and decision-making skills, developing resilience and learning how to work effectively in a team are key skills required by leaders. At the same time, being able to nurture, cultivate and grow an appreciation for the importance of wellbeing on the mind, body and soul is clearly essential in a 21st Century leader. Being able to thrive and achieve under high pressure whilst ensuring that you are intuned to your own personal needs as well as those around you – this is critical.

The outdoor environment is the perfect classroom for exploration of these key themes. Whilst the wellbeing benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle are a natural partner to an adventurous activity, ALE will further explore the lifelong benefits of the outdoors, providing additional opportunity to connect and fine-tune in nature.

The Adventure Leadership Experience is your chance to bring it all together. In a 12th Century castle by the sea in Wales, every day is packed with new experiences – from exploring the underground karst to the high mountains of South Wales. Scaling heights and being immersed in water – this will be an action-packed week!

Through facilitated outdoor activities, insightful discussions and evening workshops, you will be invited to better understand and develop the 21st Century leadership needed at a global, local and personal level.

Tom Partridge

Develop leadership skills through adventurous experiences; challenge your way of thinking to help you choose the best way forward; experience life at UWC Atlantic and make lasting friendships.”

Tom Partridge
Head of UWC Atlantic Experience

Programme Components

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  1. What makes a great leader great and how can we harness our leadership potential
  2. Enhance practical problem solving that transfers to daily challenges
  3. Resilience building for a changing world
  4. Understanding failure and determination
  5. How to communicate simply and effectively
  6. Explore compassion and empathy in a team setting
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  1. Discovery of wild places and their benefits
  2. Explore and adventure in those wild places
  3. Conserve them for future generations
  4. Share your experiences so that more people can learn and understand the benefits of our nature

7-day Sample Programme

Saturday | Introduction – First Challenge – BBQ – Introduction to JMA / Adventure Film

Sunday | Orienteering and Map Skills – Reflection – Mountain Adventure and Night Hike

Monday | Rock Adventure – Reflection Time – Evening Social

Tuesday | Gorge and Cave Adventure – Reflection Time – Adventure Talk

Wednesday | Paddlesports Adventure – Reflection Time – Expedition Pack and Prep

Thursday | Expedition with Camp and Bushcraft

Friday | Final Challenge and Free Time (local) – Share of Experience and Fire

Saturday | Debrief and Presentations (Departure by 1pm)

Adventure Leadership Experience (ALE)

Leadership In Action

The greatest lessons are learnt from practice and reflection. You will have the chance to directly practice what you learn by taking a lead in shaping and co-facilitating sessions throughout the week. This will culminate in a self-led expedition where participants will form small teams and lead themselves on a personal, physical and mental journey.

Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

During your stay here, the days will be action-packed and full to the brim. This is why we have also designed time for reflection – guided by a facilitator – you will have the opportunity to reflect upon the days’ activities, alone and together, to more deeply understand your own personal journey. Free time is important and essential for rest and to take time to explore the wonderful surroundings. This time each day is critical to help participants process the learning and allow their
bodies the physical time to recuperate.

We also know that adventure activities can be mentally challenging and our expert facilitators will be there every step of the way to ensure that the learning experience is always positive and well managed.

Whilst on campus, there are also opportunities to use our facilities which include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym and sports centre. Participants will be encouraged to access these during the mornings and afternoons to provide additional fitness and recreational activities.

Our food provision will be healthy and nutritious and we will encourage participants to develop a healthy relationship with food, understanding the important connection between food, fuel and nutrition whilst on our activities.

Connecting with the the Environment - John Muir Award

The JMA is an engagement initiative that encourages people to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places. Participants will have the opportunity to complete the JMA during their time on the ALE.

The JMA is an environmental award scheme for people of all backgrounds – groups, families, individuals. It’s non-competitive, inclusive and accessible.

The JMA challenges participants to the following 4 key components and on the final day, participants will deliver a short presentation which parents and carers are
welcome to join virtually, before departure. This will also be recorded so that participants can use the presentation and show and tell others about their work.

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what is around you and what is special about that place

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a wild space, environment or habitat

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make a space better, help protect an environment or repair damage caused

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Your experiences, tell your story and present your work


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Course Fees

Programme costs: £995 GBP per person for 1 week
If you would like to book more than one week, a £100 GBP discount will be applied


ALE (GLE) is a residential course at UWC Atlantic; a 12th Century castle by the sea in Wales. You’ll have opportunities to explore the local area and experience the beauty of South Wales and with a 122 acre site, including its own woodland, seafront, farm and valley, you’ll be able to take part in a diverse and intensive programme of activities including lifeguarding, kayaking, surfing, sailing, power boating, swimming, mountain walking, navigation, and climbing.

Contact Us

If you need to get in touch, don’t hesitate to contact us by email info@uwcatlanticexperience.com or call (+44) 1446 799 000.


UWC Atlantic
St Donat’s Castle
Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan
Wales, UK
CF61 1WF

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