About OBS





The Outward Bound Trust of Sabah is a non-profit organization which was registered on 6 February 1985 in the State of Sabah. Outward Bound Sabah (OBS) is an independent, non-profit outdoor educational organisation set up by the Sabah State Government in 1985. It is governed by a group of Trustees which meets at least 4 times a year and one Annual General Meeting to elect new Board of Directors. The organisation meets its fiscal needs solely through funding generated from its course fees

OBS offer and conducts educational training programmes which assist individuals to reach their full potential, to help them to understand themselves, others and their surroundings. The training philosophy is based on "Learning By Doing" or "Experiential Learning".

Programmes design can be extended up to 30 days in duration, covering some of the best operational site in 'Sabah, the land below the wind'. It is affiliated to more than 60 centers worldwide licensed under the umbrella of Outward Bound global trademark. It is the only Outward Bound center in Borneo (East of Malaysia). The programmes have been attended by more than 60,000 participants of diverse cultures, nationalities, religions and ages since its inception.

Educational Philosophy
The basis of the programmes is learning through experience. It is a process through which a learner constructs knowledge, skills and values from direct experience. Course participants are encouraged to challenge themselves on the activities which initiate and enhance skills such as leadership, teamwork, and communication.

An Outward Bound experience involves the combination of five senses (smell, hearing, sight...), emotions (pleasure, anxiety, fear, empathy...), physical conditions (fitness, strength, energy level) and cognitive senses (constructing knowledge, decision making, solving problems...). Participants are valuable resources for their own education, the education of others, and the well-being of the communities and environment.

 Thought for the day"There is more in you if only you can be taught to realize this" - Kurt Hahn  

For any given activity, participants are asked to plan, organise, make decisions, choose leaders and generally accomplish the task from start to finish by themselves. It is important to allow the participants to feel a high level of control in the activity allowing them to develop greater responsibility and care over particular tasks or expeditions.


Learning by DoingParticipants will be working in small groups ranging from 8-15 individuals and facilitated by 2 experienced instructors. One of the main aspect of the instructors' role is to facilitate the learning process of the participants. After each completed activity, it is crucial for the participants to reflect back and evaluate their performance, both as individuals and as a group.

The experiences of Outward Bound programmes are more stimulating than normal classroom lectures. Participants have a higher retention of the learning points and are able to relate them to the working environment or even their personal lives. It has been our utmost commitment to let each of our course participant to enjoy an experience to last a life time


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Locked Bag 181, 88996 Kota Kinabalu
Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: 60 88 750311 (2 lines); 60 88 919529      Fax: 60 88 750312