The Kikori Story
Education + Adventure + Social Emotional Learning
When Co- Founders Kendra and Bryn met, they each had reasons for bringing Kikori to life. Bryn went on an Outward Bound trip following her Freshman year in college, and that trip was the first of many adventure travel opportunities that has taken her across countries and continents blending outdoor pursuits with leadership development. Kendra was a School Social Worker whose job was to support students to be self-reliant, compassionate and productive. She knew the power of experiential education but saw that teachers didn't have the time, resources and knowledge to make it happen.
Together they designed Kikori with intention to bridge these gaps and put experience back into the world of education...where it belongs.
We are creating a tool which aligns experiential education activities with teaching and social emotional standards which educators can use to meet their students' unique needs and transform their classroom.
Our vision is that experiential education activities will be accessible to educators around the world thus providing all youth the opportunity to develop the cognitive, social and emotional skills needed to thrive.
“Similar to the Kikori River which flows through this land connecting people who may speak, act, and think differently, Kikori app will be a connecting force for those who use it”.
What's in a name?
When searching for the perfect name for our app, co-founders, Bryn and Kendra brainstormed a BUNCH of different things. Bryn's favorite quote is that “No man steps in the same river twice because the river is always changing and so is the (wo)man” by Heraclitus. She felt like that perfectly describes experiential education activities because an educator and facilitator can run the same activity ten times and get ten different results. The facilitator is always changing, the participants are also always developing, and the activity itself is always evolving.
With that in mind, Bryn began looking up the longest undammed rivers in the world. She found the longest undammed river in Papua New Guinea was the Kikori. Papua New Guinea is also one of the world’s most linguistically diverse countries.