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UPWARD BOUND 2013 INFORMATION
Welcome to Upward Bound 2013 at Tauernhof! We look forward to having you
with us for this course.
Here is some important information that will help you in preparing to
come to Tauernhof. Please read it through carefully, and bring it with
you for further reference. Please also consider joining our Official
Facebook Group for Upward Bound 2013, so you can connect, share travel
and other ideas and
maybe even meet up - see www.facebook.com/groups/451980421523580/
Upward Bound is designed to facilitate the deepening of faith in and
commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to promote the development of
the Christian as a whole person: spiritually, mentally and physically.
This unique and intensive course also aims to increase Biblical
knowledge and application, promote Biblical values, develop leadership
potential, a sense of personal responsibility and self-confidence and to
encourage cooperative teamwork and appreciation for others.
To this end, Upward Bound consists of teaching on subjects including
Prayer, Ecclesiastes, The Armour of God and Leadership. These studies
are integrated with a demanding program using the mountain and
wilderness environment as a classroom providing both inherent and
controlled challenges. Included in the course are lectures, seminars,
backpacking, map and compass skills, hiking skills, camping, climbing,
rappelling, caving, canyoning, rafting, river crossings, initiatives,
solo, assignments and opportunities for further application and
interaction in devotions, services and regular practical work and
household duties. Participants will be divided into smaller groups of
six to nine persons for various purposes such as small group problem
solving tasks, leadership training, debriefing and fellowship.
Time for personal reflection, relaxation and recreation both
individually and as a group is also vital. Besides planned activities
and social events, the alpine environment of mountains, lakes and
waterfalls offers great recreation opportunities such as sightseeing,
hiking and running. Tauernhof has an outdoor volleyball court and
climbing wall. Within walking distance there is also a gym, outdoor
basketball court and soccer fields, as well as an indoor- outdoor
swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts and fitness center (these
all charge fees). Other recreation possibilities include mountain biking
and horseback riding.
Tauernhof in Schladming is the base location for Upward Bound. Because
of our smaller size (capacity of 40 Upward Bound participants) Tauernhof
enjoys a warm and personal atmosphere, in a close community made up of
participants from various countries and cultures. The accommodations are
dormitory style, with rooms being shared by about six roommates. Much
of the time is also spent away from Tauernhof as we move out into the
fabulous mountain environment on several multi-day tours. Besides
camping, sometimes we will also stay in alpine lodges.
Prior camping and mountaineering experience are not required for Upward
Bound. However it is important to be in good physical health and
condition. Therefore it is advisable to exercise regularly for at least
two weeks prior to the course (cycle, run, or swim for at least 20
TRAVEL AND ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
The course begins with an evening meal at 6:30pm on Sunday 30th June
2013. Please arrive
on the first day of the course. The Reception will be open
from 10 am and you can check in from then.
The course ends after breakfast on Saturday 3rd August 2013
and so you are free to leave after 9 am. Please do not plan to leave
Tauernhof before the conclusion of the
Please note that it is not possible to stay at Tauernhof before or after the dates of the course.
If you arrive earlier in Schladming or wish to stay in Schladming after
the course has ended, you must arrange your own lodging at a guesthouse
or hotel in town (please see the FAQ’s page
on our website for Tauernhof approved accommodation and contact
You will need to bring the Acceptance Letter issued to you, this
information document and your passport (make sure it is valid for the
duration of your stay). A visa is not required to enter Austria unless
you are from Asia or Africa. North Americans will only need a visa if
they plan to stay in Europe for more than three months in total. If you
require a visa, we can assist you with this once you are here - please
refer to the FAQ’s page
on our website for further information. Schladming is located about 90
kilometres (55 miles) southeast of Salzburg, in the heart of the Alps of
The nearest airport is Salzburg. From the
airport take bus # 2 to the main train station "Hauptbahnhof" (travel
time: 20 minutes, frequency: every 15 minutes, price: EUR €2,30).
Then follow the train directions below. From North America cheaper
flights may be available to London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich or
Vienna. From all of these cities there are train connections to
Schladming (See www.db.de
Schladming is easily accessible by train from
anywhere in Europe. From Salzburg "Hauptbahnhof" take any train going
towards Graz, Austria. It will stop in Schladming but you may have to
switch trains in Bischofshofen which is approx. 30 minutes after
Salzburg. There are several train connections from Salzburg to
Schladming available each day. See website www.oebb.at
for detailed train schedule information.
Travel time from Salzburg is approx. 1.5 hours, price: 16.20 Euros,
Munich approx. 4 hours, price: approx. 55 Euros and Vienna approx. 5
hours, price: approx. 50 Euros. When you arrive in Schladming, you can
call us (just dial 22294 from the phone booth in front of the station –
it will cost around 20 cents) and we will pick you up if it is the first
day of the course. Alternatively, you can walk - approx. 15 minutes:
turn left outside the train station, and walk into town. Tauernhof is
located by the base station of the Planai ski area gondola "Planai
Bahn", right next to the "Charly Kahr" ski and sport shop. Please see
the FAQ’s page
on our website for a map with the directions to Tauernhof marked on it.
If you are making any additional travel plans prior or subsequent to the
course, or between if you are attending consecutive courses at more
than one European Torchbearers' School, you may want to purchase a
Eurail pass before coming, or if you are under 26, you may buy an
Inter-Rail pass, available at most European train stations. For detailed
information regarding train passes, please see www.oebb.at.
An International Student Identification Card and an International Youth
Hostel Card are also advisable. If you are traveling in Europe for the
first time, a good investment is a guidebook such as "Let's Go" which is updated yearly (Harvard Student Agencies Inc., St. Martins Press, New York).
WHAT TO BRING
Because of limited space, and also for traveling convenience, we suggest
that you bring along only what is essential. As the course will involve
spending extended periods of time in the mountains, with a typically
fair degree of temperature variation and precipitation potential, as
well as at Tauernhof, you should bring the items listed below. Please see www.meoweather.com
for historical weather trends, bearing in mind you will often be above 2000m and may experience snow!
Equipment for tours:
- large backpack (approx. 50 - 60 litres, padded hip-belt, with rainproof cover that fits over entire pack)
- if available: small backpack (day pack, approx. 25 - 30 litres)
- sleeping bag (comfort zone 0°C and less)
- hostel sheet (if you have one)
- foam insulation pad (light weight)
- flashlight (small)
- pocket knife (small)
- cup and bowl (plastic or aluminium), spoon
- water bottle (1 litre minimum)
- English Bible (small, translation, not paraphrase), Notebook and Writing Materials
- sunglasses (100% UV rating recommended) and sunscreen
- Band-Aids and moleskin
- personal toiletries
- any required personal medication
Clothing for tours:
- mountaineering boots (these must have strong ankle support and VibramTM or equivalent soles.
Boots need to cover and support your ankle (over the ankle boot). "Day Hikers" or Hi TecsTM are not adequate. Boots may
be purchased here (120 Euros upwards). If you are bringing boots,
you should wear them before you come to "break them in" as
well as your feet. Also, bring along waterproofing agent (e.g. SnosealTM for leather and sprays for Gore-Tex material).
- waterproof rainwear (jacket, cap or hood, pants) – breathable fabric is preferable, Gore-Tex is the best, 2 or 3 layers.
- long underwear (it can snow in July!)
- socks (including wool socks)
- swimsuit - one piece for ladies
- long-sleeved shirts
- hiking pants (not jeans)
- tracksuit bottoms
- cap (for sun protection)
- warm sweater (preferably fleece)
- wool or fleece mittens or gloves
- warm hat (eg. wool or fleece)
- running shoes
- optional: cheap runners (used for canyoning, river crossing etc)
Clothing for school:
- Clothing for various activities at Tauernhof (Church Services and special events, lectures, practical work, recreation)
- dressing gown (optional)
Note: Participants should maintain a general neatness in appearance.
We also recommend easy care clothes that may be put in a dryer. Label your clothes for easier identification.
- personal climbing equipment
- portable musical instruments
- A couple of heavy-duty garbage bags and a 1/2 dozen large Zip Loc™ freezer bags - excellent for watertight packing
The electrical current in Austria is 220 Volts AC 50Hz, so if you intend to bring any electrical
appliances, you may need to bring a voltage converter as well as an adaptor plug.
Radios and iPods etc may only be used with headphones.
If you have not yet paid your full balance, please do so as soon as
possible and in no event later than the first week of Bible School.
Please note that the deposit (of 300 Euros) forms part of the course fees.
There are 3 possible ways to pay:
1) Bank Draft or International Money Order in
Euros drawn on an Austrian Bank and made out to “Tauernhof”. This can
be purchased at your local bank and sent to Tauernhof at the address
above or brought with you when you come. Please note that the local
service charge for cashing an international check is 12 Euros, and so
please add this amount to your check.
2) Bank Transfer: Please use the Account Number 17400007708
at Tauernhof’s bank "Steiermärkische Sparkasse", A-8970 Schladming, Austria
(International Bank Account ‘IBAN’: AT252081517400007708, Bank
Identifier Code ‘BIC’: STSPAT2G). Please note that the local service
charge for receiving an international bank transfer is approximately 25
Euros (this charge therefore only affects non-Europeans). As the exact amount always varies, the easiest way around this
is to tell your bank that you wish to pay the bank charges both at your
home bank and in Austria (common practice is for the bank charges to be
split). Alternatively, please add 25 Euros to the amount but bear in
mind that there may be a shortfall which will need to paid when you
3) Visa/MasterCard: It is possible to pay online by Visa or MasterCard. Please see the payment window that you can access under www.tauernhofaustria.at/de/bankverbindung.html
and ensure that you give details of the course you are attending as the
"order number", i.e. "Upward Bound 2013". It is possible to select “English” as the language by
clicking on the British flag at the top right. Please also add 2% to
the amount you pay as there is a surcharge on credit card payments.
The Course Fees also cover tourist tax, an Upward Bound manual, weekly gym
usage, e-mail access, class picture, a T-shirt, the use of washing
machines, tumble dryer, washing powder (one load per week), a room
deposit (see below) and various social activities (personal Saturday
outings are not included).
The room deposit of 50 Euros (included in the student fee) will be
refunded at the end of the course if you leave your room neat and tidy.
ADDITIONAL EXPENSES AND ACCESSING YOUR MONEY
You will also need to have personal spending money to cover additional
expenses such as stationary and postage, telephone calls, toiletries,
snacks and sightseeing. Remember of course your travel expenses to and
from Tauernhof, as well as any additional travel plans you may have.
Austria is fairly expensive. You can use Traveler’s Checks for your
personal expenses. Personal checks are generally not accepted. As an
alternative to Traveler’s Checks, you may also conveniently obtain cash
through numerous local ATM’s with the use of a qualifying debit or
credit card (PIN number required), which can be more economical than
exchanging Traveler’s Checks.
You must have your own health and accident insurance coverage and you
must bring a copy of your current insurance card or similar evidence
If you require medical treatment while you are in Austria, then (unless
you are a European) you will have to pay when you have the treatment and
then make a claim from your insurance provider.
Here is your mailing address and telephone number during the course:
0043-3687-24190 (dial 011-43-3687-24190 from North America)
0043-3687-22294 (dial 011-43-3687-22294 from North America)
Phone calls for you can be received only between 7:00am - 8:45am,
12:30pm - 5:15pm, and 9:00pm - 10:30pm Central European Time. Please
note the time difference, for example Austria is 6 hours ahead of
Toronto, and 9 hours ahead of Seattle.
For students from overseas:
If your families and friends intend to send you a package during your
stay in Europe, they should know and take into consideration the
The value of the package should not be higher than 50 US Dollars, as the
receiver will need to pay for import tax (customs) otherwise. The
custom law has become very strict these past years, and we had many
students in the past that got packages from home and because the value
was above 50 US Dollars, they needed to pay customs on top of it, even
if the content of the package were personal belongings (such as cameras,
clothes, sports equipment, etc). Also, it is forbidden to send medicine
from overseas to Europe (even vitamins have caused problems in the
Care packages from home should be kept small and the value of it should be less than 50 US Dollars.
UPWARD BOUND POLICY
You can do your laundry weekly (one load per week is included in the 'student fee').
Internet is available for all students Monday to Sunday.
Visitors for students are very welcome and
may buy meals at Tauernhof with the secretary's approval (enquire the
day before) and if space permits.
For safety reasons (based on past experiences)
you should not hike alone in the mountains during your free time.
Whenever going up into the mountains during your free time, go in groups
of two or more and never beyond the tree line (1700m) without
Hitchhiking is not advisable.
For practical reasons and in order to successfully complete the course,
we ask that you do not plan to leave Upward Bound before departure day.
As a participant in Upward Bound, you
are expected to take part in all of our scheduled activities (lectures,
meals, etc.). This includes co-operative and punctual adherence to the
timetable and guidelines unless exceptional permission has been given by
While living in a community it is essential to
be aware and respectful of the different backgrounds and cultures of
other people and therefore you are expected to conduct yourself in a
manner appropriate to the directives and examples of God's Word.
The use of alcoholic beverages and tobacco is not permitted for the duration of Upward Bound.
In order to provide time for personal study,
reading, quiet times and fellowship with other students and staff, we
ask you not to watch any movies on your personal laptops or media
- Music may be listened to during free time WITH HEADPHONES only.
- Laptops will be removed when misused! Movie Nights will be organized by Staff.
We ask you to maintain a neat and tidy appearance.
- Please be dressed appropriately for meetings (lectures, meals and other activities).
- Casual attire is allowed for Worship or Church Services as long
as it is clean, neat and tidy (example: no torn jeans, shorts or
- For hygienic reasons, do not go shirtless or barefoot in our buildings.
- In order to promote a healthy and wholesome community life all
students are to dress appropriately in consideration of the
- Body piercing (with the exception of ear piercing for ladies)
and/or tattoos may not be initiated during your time at Tauernhof.
OUT OF BOUNDS:
Keep out of:
- Bedrooms of the opposite sex. Also, do not have persons of the
opposite sex (student or staff) in your room.
- The main office (office open hours are between lunch and 3pm);
- The kitchen, while it is in use.
Relationships (romantic attachments)
with the opposite sex that begin in Upward Bound can be disruptive,
divisive and embarrassing, and tend to isolate those involved. Students
come to Upward Bound to develop a deeper relationship with God not the
opposite sex. Relationships and physical expressions of romance are
therefore not permitted during your time at Upward Bound.
While we encourage friendships, our definition of a relationship
(romantic attachment) is when a couple isolates themselves from the
School community and/or is involved in recurring physical contact. If a
student believes a relationship is developing which is unavoidable they
are asked to speak to the Principal first.
For practical reasons you are expected to attend all required meals.
All students will be assigned daily practical
duties to be carried out immediately following the meals and/or
practical work around the house when necessary.
For safety and practical reasons outside doors of the buildings are locked at 10:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 11:30pm.
There is a wake up time of 7:30am during the we
ek when you are required to be up and prepare yourself for breakfast.
Therefore we ask you to be in your room half an hour after lock up time
and to keep it quiet so that everyone is able to sleep and get a good
rest for the next day.
SPORTS: Located directly in the Alps, the environment
of mountains, lakes and forests offer great opportunities for walking,
running, hiking, climbing, and skiing. Tauernhof has outdoor volleyball
and a climbing wall. Within walking distance there is also an outdoors
basketball court and soccer fields and for additional fees a public
indoor-outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts and fitness
center. Other recreation possibilities include mountain biking and
During your time at our Upward Bound, Tauernhof will be your home
together with 80 other students plus staff. Therefore, we ask you to
conduct yourself in a manner that is honoring to the Lord Jesus Christ
and considerate of others. Since we come from a variety of different
backgrounds and have different expectations, we believe it is necessary
to set out the foregoing guidelines to assist in the smooth running of
By your enrolment and arrival at Tauernhof we assume that you have read
the foregoing pages and commit yourself to diligently and lovingly
uphold the basic principles of Biblical and community living we have
established in the interest of creating a comfortable, enriching and
mutually beneficial environment for all to appreciate and enjoy.
Thank you very much in advance for your co-operation!
If you have any questions, please first refer to the FAQ’s page
on our website and if that is unable to help you, feel free to contact the Registrar:
We as the staff are praying for you as you prepare to come to Tauernhof.
We are anticipating this course to be a very valuable time of challenge
and growth in the Lord. Be praying that the Holy Spirit will prepare
you for all that God will do in your life, and also for your fellow
students, lecturers and staff as we expectantly approach our time
We look forward to seeing you in June!
Sincerely in Christ,