Pay It Forward ♀ Project
From our experience in the Malaysian outdoor industry, there's a belief that some jobs in the field are dominated by male instructors : like being a raft guide, being in charge of safety on a trip or as simple as, starting a campfire. A job that usually requires 'hard skills'.
This results in us seeing female outdoor educators/instructors being pushed to do jobs that use more 'soft skills', such as running debriefs and games during a programme. And because there’s a belief that only men can do certain roles, we also have seen women feel intimidated to step up and take on a role they usually would not do.
This is Kayak Kaki's latest project, to start a "Pay It Forward ♀ Project", where we'll use our 90 combined years of experience to help train women (for free) to feel more confident in their work thus increase job opportunities for women in the outdoor industry. How this works is we've started by training a pool of current outdoor educators in July 2023. We are hoping in the months to come, they in turn would volunteer to train a new batch of female outdoor educators, and this new batch in turn would continue on paying it forward! And hopefully by the end of 2024, Malaysia would have many skilled female outdoor educators/instructor's taught by women!
Skills that Kayak Kaki would focus on:
#Teaching Skills #Camp Craft #Kayak Skills #River Skills #Rope Skills #Swimming Skills #Lifesaving Skills #Debrief Skills
#Stargazing #River Ecology #Rockpooling #Mangrove Session #Camping Skills #Facilitating Games #Nature Walk #Map & Navigation Skills #Sea Charts & Navigation skills
The project so far:
Kayak Kaki will be commencing the training in November 2023. If you would like to take part in the upcoming training, and be a part of the PayItForward♀Project, and make a difference to the Outdoor Industry in Malaysia, fill up the Google form below and we'll update you on the dates!