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Outward Bound Monaco's local challenge

Seventeen-year-old Phillipine Hattenberg has never been in a row boat before, nor has she ever walked the "iron way". Leaving behind the comforts of her home in Nice for four days, she will join a rowing team for the first time in Monaco's harbour, take on Mercantour's Via Ferrata, go hill walking near Peille, and attempt rock climbing at Barre de Loubiere, all while communicating with her course instructors in her second language, English.

"I am happy to be here because I will meet new friends and it's a great experience," she said.

Hattenberg was one of eight regional youth who this week (April 14 to 17) embarked on the first Outward Bound challenge on the Cote d'Azur.

Outward Bound was established in England during World War II to help young people face challenges so they could realize their ability to overcome obstacles and thereby build confidence in themselves. A few years ago, a Monaco satellite of the UK organisation was established under the patronage of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and Monaco's sovereign Prince Albert II, who visited the participants at the start of their course.

"The activities will be challenging," said Steve Howe, course director, "but working together will be more challenging, because they don't know each other, they will be living together, and eating together, and there will be some pressures in doing that."

If they are to successfully navigate through this experience they will have to quickly learn to cooperate, develop skills in talking to each other, and find ways solve problems.

"These are all skills that life demands of us all," he said. "So we think this Outward Bound course will be an important preparation for them for life."


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