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Our structure

OUTWARD BOUND Germany can look back on a long-standing history as an experiential educational provider.
We are an out-of-school educational institution and have been providing experiential education courses and outdoor training for personality development in and with nature for over 65 years.
Our non-profit organization was founded in 1951 by Kurt Hahn, one of the most renowned reform educators of his time, and has been active in Germany ever since.
Our customers include many renowned schools such as the Salem Kolleg, Leysin or TASIS as well as world-famous companies such as Osram, Bosch or Hewlett Packard. Today, OUTWARD BOUND is the market leader in experiential education in 35 countries around the world. The OUTWARD BOUND gGmbH is thereby recognized carrier of the free youth welfare assistance after § 75 SGB VIII, kind 33 AGSG.


In 2013 the OUTWARD BOUND gGmbH was founded. She has since been responsible for the operational business of the non-profit organization OBD. Main partner of the gGmbH is the OUTWARD BOUND e.V. The board of the e.V. is responsible for the quality control of "Pädagogik" and "Safety" in the execution of our seminars.

Managing director

Christine Mangold
Headquarters & Education Center Schwangau (Allgäu)
Berghausstr. 1
D-87645 Schwangau
Tel. +49 173 38 95 60 8

Outward Bound Germany e.V.

OUTWARD BOUND Deutschland e.V. is a non-profit association, organized educational institution that supports people in their individual development as individuals or within a group through experiences in and with nature.
The main tasks of the honorary board are the quality control, the further development of the educational concept and the control of the security concept.
OUTWARD BOUND's offer in Germany includes experiential education seminars, outdoor trainings and continuing education courses. More than 7,000 students, young people, students and apprentices attend these programs each year.

The executive board and the supervisory body of the e.V. for the gGmbH are:

Alexander Besser (Chairman), Augsburg
Veronika Bonin (Deputy Chairman), Nonnenhorn
Dr.-Ing. Peter Balle, Augsburg
Dr. Rolf Mantler, Munich
Rolf Külzer, Nonnenhorn
Stefan Rinke, Schwangau

Association  membership
Are you interested in a membership? We are always happy to welcome new members to our club. To become a member please fill out the application form and send it to our office in Schwangau.

Membership application

President of OUTWARD BOUND International

Iain Peter, Scotland