We, the partnership of Via Experientia, are an international network or association of organizations and experts who are concerned with the exploration and development of experiential learning theory and practice. We are from the following countries and organizations: Áskorun - training and learning, Iceland; Outward Bound, Belgium; Kitokie Projektai, Lthuania; Kamaleonte, Italy and other experts from France and Belgium.
Working together in various constellations for over fifteen years has given us a rich history of shared training experiences and learning journeys.
This encourages us to continue our discoveries and share our findings in adult education by increasing adult educators’ access to professional training courses, workshops and masterclasses on experiential education theory, methodology and practice. The association Via experientia is the common ground where we develop our ideas as a long-term project in which the partners along with adult learners explore experiential education in international, national and local settings.
The partnership is formed very carefully in order to preserve and ensure high quality of our training products, the effective implementation of our activities and a collaborative atmosphere in our project processes. We work in different sectors of education and learning, both formal and non-formal. We have wide experience in working with different groups of adult learners.
Experiential education, as a most effective method in adult education, especially for developing transversal competences (such as social, civic, cultural and intercultural competences and entrepreneurship) has been acknowledged by a number of adult education and training organizations across Europe and worldwide. It is used working with widely different groups of learners. The educators and trainers who guide the process of experiential education need considerable professional preparation and background knowledge.
Today there are a lot of amateur experiential education being delivered all over Europe and a clear need for deeper knowledge and experience that can be fulfilled by increasing adult educators' access to professional training courses on quality experiential education methodology.
In the communication “Adult learning: It is never late to learn” the Commission urges “to ensure the quality of adult learning programmes: Member States must ensure that teaching methods and teaching staff are efficient and meet the needs of adult learners”.