Commander R Madhusoodanan – Director (Training) – Kalypso Adventures, Kochi
Kalypso Adventure is an experiential travel company with a passionate team who identifies and offers unique experiences. It also conducts ‘Experiential Learning Modules’ for Corporate and Student groups. The company was started by two ex- Navy Commanders, Cdr Thomas Zacharias and Cdr Sam T Samuel.
Commander Madhusoodanan heads the Training Division of Kalypso. The company is also the South India Agent for an internationally renowned Youth Development Organisation ‘World Challenge, UK’. Therefore their safety, cleanliness and hygiene are as per international standards. They follow ‘BS 8848’ the British Standard prescribed for adventurous activities.
For summer camp they take the children in the age group from 12 to 18. The teacher student ratio is 1:5. The camp is conducted in a very friendly manner with lots of fun. Since it’s an outdoor adventure camp, to access remote locations guests will cycle, trek or kayak to these destinations. List of the activities offered are Trekking, Rope skills, Camping, Backpacking, First Aid Skills, Nature Trail Walk, and Camp fire.
While discussing about the importance of the program, he mentions that a student learns the importance of interdependency in the present day world, the need to be a good team member, the need to energise oneself with leadership qualities and conserve nature.
Cycling holidays through Kerala, Rajastan and Himalayas.
Trekking Holidays in Kerala and Himalayas.’
Kayaking in the backwaters of Kerala and the Periyar River
Birding Holidays in Western & North India, Eagle’s Nest, Western Ghats & the Andamans
Objective of the Camp
(a) To shift teenagers from a ‘dependant’ state of mind to ‘independent’ and ‘interdependent’ state of mind
(b) To build on their creativity
(c) To inculcate ‘Leadership’ qualities
(d) To enhance awareness of ‘Nature’ and orient them towards conservation
Kalypso deals every aspect of the program with utmost care and it is procedure based.
Mr. Madhu explains every aspect of the program in detail.
Our safety procedures are based on three major aspects:
(a) The safety procedures laid down by reputed international organizations
(b) Knowledge and Experience of the ‘Kalypso Team’
(c) Local Knowledge of flora, fauna and the terrain.
All Kalypso activities undergo thorough risk assessment at the conceptual, planning and implementation stages. Periodic reviews of processes are carried out based on experiences and feedback.
Casualty Evacuation is an aspect integrated into every activity we conduct. Suitable vehicles are kept stand by and locations of nearest hospitals have been identified.
First Aid Bag is an integral part of the equipment and is available at the camps as well as at the locations of- the activities.
All equipment we use are from reputed international and Indian suppliers. When children are involved, tantrums are involved. Mr Madhu points out, in every camp, the students are mixed into teams ensuring a healthy and diverse mix of age, gender and school. This diversity itself helps children adjust to each other temperamentally to quite an extent. The focus is on self learning and self development with helpful inputs from camp counsellors.
He fondly says, “Smiling faces of the children are the ultimate reward for the effort we put in.”
He concludes this interview remembering two special students of the camp. For last two camps there were two children who were suffering from autism. Our team put in lots of efforts to make them comfortable and gave them some of the best experiences. Without any doubts we can say that those children enjoyed the most and went back home with many friends.
For more info visit: www.kalypsoadventures.com
G 340, Panampilly Nagar
Ph No: 0484 4012700