The importance of experiential learning
When describing training German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel said: “War makes extremely heavy demands on the soldier’s strength and nerves. For this reason, make heavy demands on your men in peacetime exercises.”
Marc Cuban is one of many successful entrepreneurs who describes business as a war zone and thus we choose to interpret it this way: “Business makes extremely heavy demands on the entrepreneur’s fortitude and emotional intelligence. For this reason, make heavy demands on those who seek to become entrepreneurs through experiential learning.”
Project Everest training methodology comes from our background in the military and is backed by empirical research. When preparing for an environment that involves chaos, friction, and uncertainty an academic understanding of what it takes to thrive on the modern army battlefield is not enough. The military, therefore, adopts a learning approach which involves full engagement of all the senses and places the student in simulated and real-life environments from which to learn.
Project Everest develops skills which serve the students throughout their lifetime which are also those which employers seek in their graduates (refer to section on soft and hard skills). Research has shown that the best ways to effectively develop the skills and demonstrate them for the purposes of gaining future opportunities is through the following methods; experiential learning, service learning, cultural interaction and empathy activities. We place a focus on full immersion through our training and projects in country. Whilst every other training provider is reducing their engagement by moving to online courses we are running in the complete opposite direction and doubling down on our investment in experiential learning.