We are dynamic and responsive adventure education and experiential learning specialists. Mark Mandeno bought the business in 2010. Adventure Works had already been successfully operating for 16 years specialising in experiential education and challenge courses. Before owning this business Mark Mandeno worked as a Counselor and Head of Outdoor Education in a South Island secondary school. We now have a fantastic team that includes a General Manager, Operations Manager, PK Manager and Head Instructor plus an army of awesome Facilitators.
To provide experiential and active learning that generates meaningful and purposeful change.
Our method at AdventureWorks is based on this simple model:
ENGAGE individuals and groups in aspects of their lives they can influence for the better
INSPIRE a preferred and more satisfactory future as an individual or group
SUCCEED in actively making the preferred future the reality.
Our dynamic and interactive approach to learning and change can create powerful experiences that result in lasting change.
Learning through adventure centered experiences
Adventure centered experiences can include a wide variety of activities, due to the different ways people experience adventure. Outdoor sports, challenge courses, races, and even indoor activities can be used in adventure education. Adventure education is related to adventure programming, adventure therapy, and outdoor education. It is an active process rather than a passive process of learning that requires active engagement from the learners as well as the instructors. Often adventure education is linked to an incorporation of all five senses within the experiences which can heighten the opportunities for learning and retaining information. The learning experiences within adventure education programs are structured for a potential increase in self awareness, personal and social effectiveness as well as human performance and capacity. It’s more about the physical mental and emotional journey than the destination.
AdventureWorks NZ calls on a deep pool of contract staff to facilitate programmes using a variety of adventure mediums. They hold qualifications ranging from teaching to sport and recreation including ropes course facilitation, risk management, rock climbing, kayaking, bush and First Aid. However it is not only the paperwork that is important to us – AWNZ facilitators are held in high-regard and consistently receive positive feedback from clients (see What People Say). They bring a range of life experiences to the team and are passionate, enthusiastic and empowering leaders.
Sophie has joined the team as Operations Manager, having completed her Bachelor in Sport Management. She manages the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award
Adventurous Journey operations and EOTC programs. Sophie is really looking forward to getting involved with the DOEHA adventurous journey programs and is really passionate about learning through experience. She loves all sports and is always willing to give everything a go!
Sarah’s love for the outdoors began at a very young age while enjoying many camping holidays. This passion for adventure has grown stronger through the years as she explores her own comfort zones in countless outdoor activities and in doing enjoys learning more about herself. “I now am privileged to be able to have ‘an office in the outdoors’ and create the same opportunities for others”.
Sarah has worked with AdventureWorks since 2006 and enjoys interacting with a wide variety of groups and ages and motivating them to unleash their true potential. “I feel fulfillment in seeing the development of individuals and groups as they achieve their goals and realize they are capable of much more than they thought”. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys Mountain-biking, tramping, snowboarding, hunting and body-boarding. She also plays the piano and guitar and am involved in a hip-hop dance crew.
Challenge Course Specialists
AdventureWorks specialises in the development and delivery of challenge course programs for personal and social development. We exclusively operate our own challenge course in Mount Albert Auckland and the challenge course located at the Mighty River Domain, Lake Karapiro. We have thorough training and development processes for our staff who are all working towards or have achieved the highest level of certification in New Zealand. Click here to find out about our challenge course based at the Unitec campus in Auckland plus the other challenge courses we operate.
OutdoorsMark Safety Certification
AdventureWorks operates an extensive and effective safety management system designed to meet the Adventure Activity Regulations. Our safety system has been audited by OutdoorsMark and we have achieved certification to operate rock climbing abseiling and challenge course activities throughout the North Island. To view our status on the Register of Adventure Activities click here