Welcome to Upward Bound 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.
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 45 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.
Participants must be at least 18, of good health and willing to be “stretched” (this may be physically, spiritually or mentally – we are all different!).
TRAVEL AND ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
The course begins with an evening meal at 6:00pm on arrival day. 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 the last day of the course and so you are free to leave after 9 am. Please do not plan to leave Tauernhof before the conclusion of the course.
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 details).
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).
If you don’t stay longer than 90 days in Europe, and have no plans to return to Europe in the next 6 months after leaving Europe, you don’t need a Visa. Please note that if you are a non-European national, you may only spend a total of 90 days in Europe without a visa in any given 6 month period.
This does not apply for people from Asia and Africa who will always need a visa for the duration of the time in Europe.
ATTENTION: Due to recent local authority changes it is no longer possible for Tauernhof to assist you in applying for a visa from Austria unless you are attending courses that finish six months after they started. That means you will have to contact the Austrian Foreign Ministry in your home country and apply for a visa there before you travel to Austria!
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 central Austria.
Flying: 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 or www.oebb.at).
Train: 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: 18.90 Euros, Munich approx. 4 hours, price: approx. 57 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 liters, padded hip-belt, with rainproof cover that fits over entire pack)
- if available: small backpack (day pack, approx. 25 – 30 liters)
- sleeping bag (comfort zone 0°C and less)
- sleeping bag liner
- sleeping mat (light weight)
- head torch
- pocket knife (small)
- cup and bowl (plastic or aluminium), spoon
- water bottle or camelbak (min. 1l, max. 2l)
- sunglasses (100% UV rating recommended) and sunscreen
- Band-Aids, moleskin or second skin (compeed)
- personal toiletries and toilet paper (1 roll)
- light microfiber towel
- any required personal medication
- camera is recommended
(NOTE: mobile phones are NOT permitted while on tours and can’t be used as a camera)
Clothing for tours:
- mountaineering boots: Proper footwear is your most important piece of safety gear while in the mountains. Quality Mountain Boots will reduce the likelihood of slips, trips, and falls. Be sure that you purchase “mountaineering” boots and not hiking boots. Your boots must have strong ankle support, a ¾ shank, and VibramTM or equivalent soles. Even quality boots often create blisters when they are new so you should wear them before you come to “break them in”. Please ask if you are unsure of whether your boots are adequate! Here are two examples of boots we recommend.
Kento High GTX®
Kento High GTX®
- waterproof rainwear (jacket, pants) breathable fabric is preferable, Gore-Tex is the best, 2 or 3 layers.
- warm softshell jacket (preferably fleece)
- long underwear (it can snow in July!)
- hiking pants (not jeans)
- tracksuit bottoms
- cap (for sun protection) warm hat (wool or fleece)
- mittens or gloves (windproof and warm)
- running shoes
Equipment/Clothing for school:
- english bible (small, translation – not paraphrase), small notebook, writing materials
- clothing for various activities at Tauernhof (church services, special events, lectures, practical work, recreation) Note: Participants should maintain a general neatness in appearance.
- dressing gown (optional)
- We also recommend easy care clothes that may be put in a dryer. Label your clothes for easier identification.
- personal climbing equipment (harness, helmet, climbing shoes, via ferrata set)
- hiking poles (telescope)
- portable musical instruments
- 2 heavy-duty garbage bags, 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.
The Course Fees cover tuition, accommodation, meals, tourist tax, e-mail access, class picture, a T-shirt, the use of washing machines, tumble dryer, washing powder (one load per week) and various social activities (personal outings are not included).
A room deposit of 50 Euros is also included in the course fee and will be refunded at the end of the course if you leave your room neat and tidy.
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 Upward Bound.
Please note that the deposit forms part of the course fees.
There are 2 possible ways to pay:
1) 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 arrive.
2) Visa/MasterCard: It is possible to pay online by Visa or MasterCard. Please see the payment window that you can access under Bank Info and ensure that you give details of the course you are attending as the “order number”. 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 may conveniently obtain cash through numerous local ATM’s with the use of a qualifying debit or credit card (PIN number required).
You must have your own health and accident insurance coverage and you must bring a copy of your current insurance card or similar evidence with you. 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:
Student Phone: 0043-3687-24190 (dial 011-43-3687-24190 from North America)
Office Phone: 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 following:
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 past!).
In Brief: Care packages from home should be kept small and the value of it should be less than 50 US Dollars.
UPWARD BOUND POLICY
PARTICIPATION: 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 the Principal.
CONDUCT: 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.
MEDIA: We ask you not to watch any movies from Monday to Friday in order to provide time for personal study, reading and quiet times. Movie viewing (permitted on Friday and Saturday evenings) will be approved by the Instructors.
Music may be listened to during free time WITH HEADPHONES only.
Laptops will be removed when misused! Movie Nights will be organized by Staff.
APPEARANCE: 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 Sunday Services as long as it is clean, neat and tidy (e.g.: no torn jeans, shorts or sweat pants).
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 opposite sex.
Drastic hairstyle changes, body piercing (with the exception of standard ear piercing for ladies) and/or tattoos may not be undertaken during your time at Tauernhof.
OUT OF BOUNDS: Keep out of:
• Our neighbour’s property (e.g. the Planai Parking Garage);
• Bedrooms and bathrooms of the opposite sex. Also, do not have persons of the opposite sex (whether student or staff) in your bedroom or bathroom;
• The Office (Office open hours are between lunch and 3pm);
• The Kitchen;
• The Staff Lounge (unless your team is meeting there);
• The Climbing Tower (unless authorized by a staff member qualified to do so and you have registered at the Reception beforehand).
RELATIONSHIPS: Relationships (romantic attachments) that begin at Upward Bound can be disruptive, divisive and embarrassing and tend to isolate those involved. Students come and are accepted to attend Upward Bound to develop a deeper relationship with God. Relationships and physical expressions of affection or other interest (including massages) are therefore not permitted during your time at Upward Bound.
While we wholeheartedly encourage healthy friendships, our definition of a relationship (romantic attachment) is when a couple separates themselves from the Upward Bound community and/or is involved in recurring physical contact. If a student desires to initiate a relationship they are required to speak to the Principal at the earliest opportunity.
MEALS: For practical reasons you are required to attend all meals unless you have signed out (only permitted for evening meals), or you are signed off as being sick (see below).
SICKNESS: You are only signed off as being sick when you or a roommate have reported your sickness to the Principal or one of the Instructors and they have confirmed your sickness.
If you are confirmed as sick in the morning, then you are considered sick for the whole day and must stay in your bedroom for that day.
When you are sick, you are required to find (or ask a roommate to find) a replacement for any duties (see below) that may have been assigned to you to ensure the continued smooth running of Tauernhof. As soon as you are well again, you are required to catch up on any missed lectures and required reading.
DUTIES: All students will be assigned practical duties to be carried out in accordance with the instructions and times informed to you.
ROOM TIME: For safety and practical reasons, outside doors of the buildings are locked at 11:30pm. You are required to be in your room at the scheduled lock-up time when at Tauernhof (or the Hut Rest hour when in a hut) and to keep quiet so that everyone is able to sleep and get a good rest for the next day.
ROOM DEPOSIT: There is a room deposit of 50 Euros included as part of the course fee that will be returned at the end of the course, subject to the room and other facilities used by you being left in a suitable condition.
OUTINGS: For safety reasons (based on past experiences) you should NOT hike alone in the mountains unless you have informed an Instructor where you are going, when you are going and when you will be back and then the Instructor has approved your plans. Whenever going up into the mountains, go in groups of two or more, inform an Instructor (as above) and never beyond the tree line (1900m) without authorisation from the Principal.
Hitchhiking is strictly prohibited.
During your time at Upward Bound, Tauernhof will be your home together with around 40 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, it is necessary to set out the foregoing guidelines to assist in the smooth running of the course.
By your enrolment and arrival at Tauernhof we require you to have read this Upward Bound Policy and commit yourself to diligently and lovingly uphold the principles of Biblical and community living we have established in the interest of creating an appropriate, enriching and mutually beneficial environment for all to appreciate and thrive in.
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 Upward Bound Registrar: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 together.
We look forward to welcoming you here!
Sincerely in Christ,