KAOSPILOT FIFTH VISIT TO THE MOTHER CITY
WHAT IS THE OUTPOST?
The Kaospilot outpost is a 4-month placement in a city outside of Scandinavia, which challenges students to address new ideas and tasks by applying their skills in entirely different ways, by working with new projects and local partners. The outpost is themed and this year, as in previous years, the theme is ‘Fibre to Fabric’. The outpost is designed to develop the students’ learning process create change in multiple ways as the students’ predisposed concepts of society, economy and culture are challenged and creates new perspectives.
WHY IS IT VALUABLE FOR US?
This year outpost will, again, be held in Cape Town as it presents the students with a fertile ground for learning in a cosmopolitan city where there is always something to do for young people, be it work or some needed play. The diversity of the city provides a good atmosphere and foundation for us to work from.
By getting right into the heart of a setting crammed full of diversity and cultural extremities, the Kaospilot outpost in Cape Town is a uniquely rewarding experience in the 3-year programme. Whilst we are on location, our motivation is to create a positive impact on the projects we are involved with and to generate renewable networks and connections to allow for future collaborations.
SO, WHAT EXACTELY DO WE DO THERE?
We source partners to work with whilst we are in Cape Town and the students will have 10 projects to complete that are set up by these local partners in and around the city. These projects vary in their content but share the same goal of getting the students to confront new tasks with skills they already know and apply them in a new context, creating value and impact with the local project partner.
We try to immerse ourselves in the culture of the country on all fronts, so each year we find new spaces and the students find their own homes and rent bikes and cars to get around the city and surrounding areas. We firmly believe that it integrating with the people and culture of Cape Town enhances learning and is definitive of Outpost. What the students learn often has a profound effect on their professional and private lives.
“There is an expectation that we will go there and learn, and be open and have great humility and tread lightly, with respect, whilst we are in there.”
William Hewett, Teamleader