Brock of Edges of Earth and SoloTravel365

Celebrity Travel Addicts – Brock of Edges of Earth & SoloTravel365

By: on July 15, 2020 In this edition of , we speak with Brock, the world traveler behind the Edges of Earth YouTube channel and the SoloTravel365 travel blog.
We chat with this modern-day explorer about the quotes he came across that made him want to follow his passion of traveling the world, traveling around different countries with locals, being under COVID-19 lockdown in India, and much more.
Check out his favorite destination s around the globe and find out where he’s off to next.
The first time I traveled out of the country , I was 14 years old.
My parents took me to South Africa for a couple of weeks to go on a Safari.
The following summer, the same South African couple that we previously met, invited me to hang out on their Ranch for the summer.
I visited South Africa again, alone, at age 15 for about 30 days.
2 years later , I traveled back to Africa, this time Zimbabwe, with my parents.
Needless to say, I was bitten by the travel bug – and bitten hard.
In fact, I think it must have burrowed its way down to the bone and never came out.
Traveling to Africa only left me with more quest ions than answers.
I was so intrigued about how and why things were so different than that of the USA, my native country.
When I think back, this must have been the origin of my travel addiction.

Brock of Edges of Earth and SoloTravel365 overlooking a lake in Udaipur

India.
To be honest – it is not so much that traveling, specifically, is important (for everyone).
I believe that it is important for everybody to follow their own passion in life.
If your passion is to skateboard, awesome, make more time for it.
If your passion is aeronautics, awesome, get your pilot’s license and try to fly as much as possible.
If your passion is cooking, awesome, try to design your life around cooking more often.
In my mind, the key is not simply traveling.
The key is determining your passion, and including more of it in your life.
The only outcome from doing this, is positivity and happiness.
Imagine waking up every morning and doing the one thing that makes you smile.
How awesome would that be.
I think we can all agree that it would be pretty awesome.
I challenge everyone to look deep within themselves to determine their passion, and in addition, create a blueprint that will help you include more of it in your life.
For me, Travel is my passion.
It is my everything.
I wake up every day and go on another adventure which leads me to meet more local people and experience more of the local culture.
I am on Cloud Nine.
Absolute bliss.
To me, travel is everything that I had hoped for only a few years ago.
So for me, personally – yes, travel is definitely important.
You have a very inspiring story when it comes to how you made the decision to start traveling the world solo.
Can you please share it with us?.
In short, following my 26th birthday, I stumbled across these 3 quotes while browsing Facebook, several months apart.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I wrote down ‘happy’.
They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon.
“If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.” – W.
L.
Bateman.
“Fear is temporary, regret is forever.” – Anonymous.
Now as strange as this sounds, these quotes shook my mindset to its core.
I made it a mission to determine what would make me happy, even if I did it for the rest of my life (rich or poor).
After intense thought for about 2 weeks, I determined that traveling the world and experiencing culture would be the ultimate bliss.
Just a few months later I donated everything to Goodwill and started my never-ending adventure.
The full story can be found here.
Brock of Edges of Earth and SoloTravel365 taking a selfie with villagers along the coast of Gujarat, India (one man invited him to his home for tea afterward)!.
On your YouTube channel, Edges of Earth, something you try to do is travel around the country you’re visiting with a local.
How did that idea come about?.
Good question.
I’m not sure really.
I guess I just fell in love with the idea of traveling deeper within a culture and throwing myself into the unknown.
I guess I feel that the best way to do that is by meeting local people, making friends with them, and sometimes traveling together.
The amount of information that I have learned by simply being around local people, has been unprecedented.
In addition to learning more about the culture, I try my best to film the interaction between me and the local person.
I believe this gives the viewers an idea about the local people.
Things like: What the local people sound like when they speak English, what the local people dress like, what type of body language they have, what their habits are, how they make decisions, the list goes on.
I think it helps to give the viewer a first-hand experience of what it’s like to be in a particular country – which only helps to build their personal confidence about traveling there.
What is something you’ve learned or experienced through traveling with locals that you feel you couldn’t have learned or experienced otherwise?.
It’s hard to simply identify only one.
Traveling with locals helps in so many different ways.
I have been able to go to locations that I would have never thought possible if I was traveling alone.
In the United States, trespassing is a large issue.
In some other countries that I have visited, trespassing doesn’t exist.
The property is owned by the government and therefore you can travel anywhere.
If I was traveling alone, I would have never known this.
Even if I did know this, I would have never been able to build enough courage to walk in certain areas – simply because the fear of trespassing, entering someone’s personal space, or walking in the wrong area is etched deep in my mind.
It doesn’t matter which country I visit, locals are always more fun to be around and they have always been so helpful.

Brock of Edges of Earth and SoloTravel365 walking through a giant lotus field with locals

You were traveling through the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India when the coronavirus pandemic hit.
What was your experience there like?.
The lockdown situation in Tamil Nadu was definitely an interesting ordeal.
Being that I don’t pay attention to the news, the lockdown happened without me knowing it.
The very first day of lockdown, all of the businesses were closed which left me with an extremely limited supply of food.
I started rationing my food for the first week.
I ate oats and water for breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Crazy.
Soon, small food stalls opened up at certain times of the day, which gave me access to a slightly larger variety of food.
In addition to the food, the Indian Immigration Office is/was rather broken.
Apparently, foreigners were required to submit a large amount of documents to them for visa extension.
It took about seven hours to complete.
After submitting these documents seven different times (over the course of 2 months), they always rejected my application every single time.
The email department said to talk to the phone department, and the phone department said that I needed to listen to the email department.
Nobody would tell me why my paperwork was rejected.
Finally, I simply stopped trying.
The positive side of this lockdown was the amount of time that it has given me.
I have been able to get caught up on so much editing and so many other large tasks.
If the lockdown never happened, I would still be so far behind schedule.
Since December of 2016, I have traveled 365 days per year (hence the name of my website).
I took a small break to make an appearance at a wedding in the United States only once – but I still did lots of traveling while there.
Call me strange, but I enjoy visiting areas that are slightly underdeveloped.
I have found that these areas have had very little impact from Western culture – mainly because they are not tourist areas.
Because of this, their culture is extremely rich and diverse.
Rich culture is what I love.
I think I travel quite a bit slower than most other travelers.
I prefer staying in a country for several months at a time and even up to a year at a time, when possible.
This allows me to familiarize myself with the culture at its deepest level.
I enjoy this method more than bouncing from country to country for only a few weeks at a time.
That would barely give me enough time to experience the culture.
When I can start to predict the actions/reactions of the local people (within multiple different types of scenarios), then I feel culturally accomplished.
It usually takes quite a while to get to that point.
Yes, I am a geek.

Brock of Edges of Earth and SoloTravel365 exploring the ancient structures of Jodhpur

India.
To be honest, I’m not quite sure.
I generally don’t focus a lot of my YouTube efforts towards teaching people about the local culture.
It’s a little bit strange because that is generally my primary focus while I am there.
The majority of what people will find on my channel is simply me interacting with local people of all types.
Sometimes the locals try to teach me their local language, sometimes they introduce me to different foods, sometimes they bring me to an interesting location, or many other things.
If people browse my YouTube channel, they will simply see the interaction between me and locals in various forms.
I guess I hope that by watching enough videos, the viewers will start to realize that the world isn’t as dangerous as the media portrays.
The majority of people in this world are kind, friendly, welcoming, and caring; even though everyone has different cultures, customs, religions, and languages.
We are all, at the basic core, human.
This is probably the most requested question I’ve ever been asked.
Usually, people want to know the ‘number one’.
I always tell them that it is impossible to choose simply one.
I usually give them the top three.
Your question is perfect.
1st Place – Philippines 1st Place – India / Bangladesh (these felt basically the same to me) 3rd Place – Vietnam I know, I know, there are 2 countries with 1st Place.
That’s because both countries are absolutely amazing.
They have different cultures and they are amazing in different ways.
I do not know how to weigh the differences.
It is important to note that when I rank a country, it is based on the people, specifically.
If the people are kind, caring, friendly, welcoming, and hospitable, then I will fall In love with everything about their country.
Architectural beauty and the beauty of the landscape is barely part of my equation.
Brock of Edges of Earth and SoloTravel365 holding on for dear life on the back of a motorbike in HCMC, Vietnam.
OMG, this question is like asking a kid in a candy store about his top five favorite pieces of candy – even though he has tried 1,000 different kinds and he has loved them all.
Yikes.
My ‘top places’ are chosen by how many people showed an interest in me and wanted to speak.
Here we go: INDIA: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Ahmedabad, Rajasthan.
Mount Abu, Rajasthan.
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
Tirur, Kerala.
It was really tough to make that list.
It is in order, by the way.
This short video gives you a feel for what it’s like to walk around in India.
I think I am on country number 23 or 24, depending on your definition of a ‘country’.
Wow, another tough question.
I’m not much of a foodie, but here we go: 3) Malai Kofta – India 2) Beef Lok Lak – Cambodia 1) Bánh ít Dẻo  – Vietnam (This is only a dessert.
I ate them for breakfast every day) This has been my favorite food that I have ever tried while traveling the world.
I want to fly back to Vietnam just to eat one.
Brock of Edges of Earth and SoloTravel365 joining some local men in a Vietnamese village for rice wine and chicken parts.
Again, I’m not much of a foodie.
So this question is difficult.
I usually just eat something relatively healthy for 10 minutes and then keep going.
It’s quite rare that I go to a restaurant to ‘enjoy’ a meal.
Food simply keeps me alive.
That’s how I view it haha.
I do, however, recommend that people try a few famous meals within each country that they visit.
You know what’s crazy.
I started watching a movie that I have never heard of before, and thought it was going to be just another B rated film.
Every minute that passed, I literally couldn’t believe how similar I was to the main character.
The way he spoke, the decisions that he was making, the ideas that he had, his personality…our similarities were unbelievable.
I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire movie.
I had the most eerie feeling of deja vu throughout the entire movie.
That movie was called Into The Wild.
Yuck.
I hate traveling through airports.
People, crowds, waiting, delays, overpriced food, excessive use of A/C…this list goes on.

Brock of Edges of Earth and SoloTravel365 at the top of MS University in Baroda

India.
Another tough question.
I spent a total of two months volunteering at an underprivileged school, a tiny village, in the middle of nowhere, in Bihar, India.
I won’t reveal the name.
But if you watch my video series, I’m sure someone could figure it out if they really wanted to know.
Despite most of the students being born into poverty, they all were quite kind, friendly, full of smiles, and high-fives.
Definitely a place I will never forget.
Local people, only.
I am quite strictly a solo traveler.
I have been invited to travel with other foreigners as well as having foreigners who invited themselves to travel with me.
I have declined all of them.
My definition of solo traveling is slightly different, and deeper, than that of other travelers who have talked about the topic.
I feel that if you are traveling with another foreigner, then you are not solo traveling.
But if you are traveling with a local person, then you are still considered a Solo Traveler.
I will break this ‘only travel with locals rule’, if another YouTuber reaches out to me and wants to collaborate for two or three days.
Anything beyond that, will most likely be declined.
Definitely contact me if we are in the same location at the same time.
I have heard that some travelers bring gaming systems along with them (Xbox/PlayStation), play games on their phone, or watch Netflix.
To each their own, I suppose.
For me, the best way to kill time is to simply go outside and travel more haha.
Seriously.
It is, however, very rare that I have free time.
The majority of the time is spent editing videos.
This takes a ridiculously large amount of time.
But if for some reason I am all caught up (which has only happened once in four years [2020 lockdown]), I would simply go out for a walk in the local neighborhood to meet some local people.
I would probably be invited to play a game [in real life] with the local people.
To me, this is so much fun.

Brock of Edges of Earth and SoloTravel365 soaking in the beauty of Hong Kong

Hmm, exotic.
Not sure.
Basically any place as far away from the tourist area as possible.
Maybe traveling outside of the tourist area is exotic to some people, but to me, this is completely normal.
I feel awkward and out-of-place when I travel to a tourist area.
I guess I’m a bit weird.
The word ‘exotic’ does remind me of a unique story.
I was in Vietnam traveling with a local man on his motorbike when it suddenly started to rain.
We stopped at the nearest coffee shop to stay dry.  As we entered, we were wondering why the coffee price was significantly higher than the normal local price.
It turned out that it was a ‘special’ coffee shop.
You pay a high price for coffee and they will give you and your friend a room with a bed.
They will also give you as much time as you want to ‘drink the coffee’.
The local man and I both felt awkward, but we also thought it was hilarious at the same time.
We actually bought coffee and went inside the room.
A couple of days later we went back and filmed a street food video inside that same room (that video turned out to be hilarious).
If you are only thinking about it, keep in mind that: There will never be a ‘perfect’ time to start traveling.
Never.
We all have stress in our lives, commitments, expectations, social pressure, etc.
You just have to take a leap of faith (a rather big leap, if I may add).
If not now, when.
The best time to start is, and will always be, now.
I recently wrote a couple of massive articles which talk about this very topic.
Important Critical Solo Traveling tips that you should know before you go & when you should start solo traveling.
My best travel advice is to simply be prepared.
There are so many amazing things that you will get to experience while you are traveling the world.
But there are also some negative things as well.
The key is to be aware of the potential negativities.
If you are prepared for them, then they won’t affect you as much.
If you are not prepared, they will hit you blindsided.
Taking a few moments out of your time to learn what you currently don’t know, will be of great benefit to you.
Internet.
Seriously, that’s all I need.
I just need a local SIM card with 4g, and I’m good to go.
Without the internet, I couldn’t communicate to locals (other than with body language…and we all know that can be a bit difficult).
I don’t need A/C.
I don’t need a beautiful house / hotel.
I don’t need new clothes.
I don’t need games.
I am the most basic/simple/plain person you have probably ever met.
I just don’t need much to be happy.
All I want to do is travel to new locations and meet new local people.
That is it.
OK, maybe my camera & laptop for making videos.
So that’s 3 things.
Oh, and clothing – so I don’t get arrested.
There’s 4 ;).
Papua New Guinea has been on my radar for years.
I’ll probably go there when I eventually reach Indonesia.
Every time I have checked prices to fly into Papua New Guinea, it has been unbelievably expensive.
So, I just figured that I would wait until I am in the neighborhood and simply cross the border or something.
From the outside looking in, it appears that there are a lot of places in which the people are one-with-nature.
They live a very rustic and underdeveloped lifestyle.
For some reason, I am intrigued by ancient culture and basic human instincts.
Brock of Edges of Earth and SoloTravel365 Watching the sunset over a river in a small village in Bangladesh.
“Your time is running out.

Start living!” – EdgesOfEarth (me) Somewhere along my YouTube journey

this quote popped into my head.
I now say it at the end of almost every video.
I realized that many people spend their whole lifetime helping to achieve the dreams of someone else (their boss).
And it usually isn’t until old age until most people discover that they have spent their whole lifetime prioritizing someone else’s life, rather than their own.
Sad fact, indeed.
Why not consider taking your life back.
Why not consider creating a life that is geared towards you and your own personal goals/aspirations.
Food for thought.
With every passing day, the window of opportunity becomes smaller and smaller (time is running out).
If you don’t treat your own goals seriously, nobody else will.
If not now, when.
Where do you hope to travel after the pandemic is over?.
My ticket was booked for Sri Lanka, and it has been canceled so many times that I have lost count.
After Sri Lanka, I will stay in Delhi, India for a few months, and then I will be off to Pakistan – if all goes well.
Brock of Edges of Earth and SoloTravel365.
Brock is a Solo Travel Vlogger and has been on the road since June of 2016.
You can usually find him far away from the tourist areas hanging out with the locals.
When he’s not wandering around villages, he is usually behind his computer editing his latest video.
You can learn more about Brock and his travels on his website and YouTube channel, and don’t forget to follow him on Instagram and Facebook as well.
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Rachel Elizabeth is the author of Blond Wayfarer

ABOUT.
Rachel Elizabeth is the author of Blond Wayfarer.
She’s an English teacher suffering from travel bugs and flying phobias.
Ouch.

Blond Wayfarer was created to share her travel tips

love of literature, strength in face of her flying fear, and amazing personal growth overseas.
In The Beginning.
I didn’t embark on my first international trip until 2009, but my love of travel began in my preteen years.
I was a nerdy, book-loving kid so naturally I fell into the Harry Potter craze.
As I absorbed myself into Harry’s world and wished for a Hogwarts letter to appear in my mailbox, I informed my mom that one day I would move to England and make a living as an architect.
Then, in high school, I took French for four years.
I wasn’t the most ambitious student (understatement), .

But wanted to book the next flight to Paris rather than do my French homework

The cheese, the history, the museums, .

The Frenchmen (OF COURSE) called my name

And yes, I’m still bitter my school’s French club didn’t take trips to France until after I graduated.
Fast-forward to 2009.
I had a rough first year at college and spent the remaining three years trying to raise my GPA to a somewhat acceptable number.
I didn’t study abroad thanks to strict requirements for my double major.
Plus I had a total guilt complex about upsetting my friends if I lived in a new country for weeks.
Not studying abroad has been my biggest regret in life.
Yet, during spring break, only weeks before college graduation, my mom and I took a trip to Bermuda.
I fell in love with the warm people, pink beaches, and refreshing drinks.
Bermuda was paradise.
But more importantly, it was my first real brush with a world outside of New Jersey.
A renewed desire to see faraway lands infused every pore of my body.
I’m smiling because I do what I love on my terms [Brussels, Belgium].
Reaching England.
For many graduates, 2009 was the worst time to enter the workforce.
I doubt I have to go into the reasons – especially for readers my age.
So, instead of applying for unrelated retail jobs with my very practical English/sociology degree (ha ha ha), I returned to school to complete a teaching certification program and a Masters in English literature.
At the time, I figured teaching was a safe bet.

After all, compulsory education wasn’t disappearing in the United States anytime soon

Besides, I was 22 and honestly had no idea what I wanted to do for a career.
Teaching was better than nothing at all.
During these years my traveling horizons broadened.

My mom and brother and I took on our first trip to Europe: England

London, Bath, Brighton, Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon.
We saw them all.
Like most Americans, we opted for a guided whirlwind tour.
I learned that England’s history and culture was far richer than just Harry Potter’s birthplace.
The people’s dry sense of humor always sparked a laugh from me.
The food was not horrible, and I learned that stereotypes about countries were not based in truth.
Oh, and England’s literary history turned me into a giddy mess.
I saw Charles Dickens’s grave in Westminster Abbey.
I visited Shakespeare’s home.
I walked the streets of Bath and hoped to crash into the ghost of Jane Austen.
On my last night, overlooking London from The Eye, I decided that I wouldn’t repeat the past and ignore my travel bug.
I forgave myself for never studying abroad and planned to depart on a series of adventures, in spite of whatever challenges life threw at me.
Re-discovering freedom in Dunnet Head, Scotland.
My First Solo Trip.
My family and I went on more trips together.
My dad, who hadn’t been nearly as ravaged by the travel blog, came with us.
We visited Italy, Belgium, and Luxembourg.
Each and every trip touched my heart.
Whenever we’d return home, delirious from our jetlag, I’d sneak away to my bedroom to plan my next adventure overseas.
But, alas, no one pays you to plan your own trips.
At this time, I graduated with my masters and attempted to enter the workforce.
I wanted to begin my career, earn disposable income, and move out.
I was a person who expected an easy life, one where point A always led to point B.
At 14, I attended a rigorous prep.
school.
At 18, I went to my first choice university.
At 22, I was accepted into graduate school.
Now it was time to take on the professional world.
Boy, oh, boy was I in for a ride.
Remember what I said about teachers always being in demand.

Apparently that demand DID NOT extend to English teachers

At the end of 2013, my confidence reached an all-time low.
I accepted longterm substitute teaching work and vainly hoped that my devotion would result in a full time position.
Yet, despite appreciation for my job experience and my amazing co-workers, I earned almost less than minimum wage, lived home with my parents, and faced losing health insurance.
For two summers in a row, I failed to secure a full time teaching position – regardless of my advanced degree and experience and applications sent all over NJ – and after several rejections, your self-esteem dies.
You can say “oh, but it’s only the economy and budget cuts” until you’re blue in the face.
But those realities don’t stop your brain from retorting with “no.
you’re just not good enough.” It was also around this time that I developed my fear of flying, a devastating blow for a girl who loves travel.
If only I knew what was to come.
Then one afternoon in May, I read a post on A Dangerous Business, about Haggis Adventures.

Haggis Adventures is a tour company that takes young backpackers to Scotland

At 26, I thought I was too old to travel alone in hostels.
Besides summers were reserved for job hunting.
My cellphone had to stay glued to me in case a school wanted to give me a chance.
However, in spite of my hesitations, .

I kept reading Amanda’s review about her Scottish adventure

The majestic scenery of the Highlands beckoned me until finally I booked a ticket to Edinburgh – much to the dismay of my bank account.
However, I wanted no more regrets.
To quote JK Rowling: “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”I could deal with job hunting later.
I wanted to travel for myself.
And it was the best decision I ever made in my life.
Falling into a fairy tale.

Or is it the Isle of Skye?In Scotland

I met other backpackers.
I wasn’t old at 26, either.
In fact, on my Haggis Tour, my age was average and most of the group consisted of fellow solo travelers from around the world.
We laughed, hiked, barbecued, and explored together.
I developed strong connections with these people and the Scottish countryside that embraced me.
My confidence, beaten and scarred, skyrocketed.
I flew a transatlantic flight alone and didn’t break down.
I walked the streets of Edinburgh in the midst of The Fringe Festival and laughed and cheered at performers from all over Europe.
I posed on cliffs and saw puffins and ate Haggis.
For some, Scotland may be a “safe” destination, but for a girl hanging on by a thread, it was like scaling Mt.
Everest.

Life was beautiful because, unlike many of my peers in the United States

I had the courage to travel alone.
Solo in Paris.
I look happy, but my red-eye flight was delayed five hours.
How I’m alive at this picture.
I don’t know.
Attack of the Travel Bug.
In November, only 4 months after my Scottish journey, I was in-between jobs and impulsively booked a solo trip to Paris; I guess subconsciously I was still bitter about not going on a French trip in high school.
This time I didn’t hem and haw about the price of a plane ticket or a missed job interview.
Travel turned into my true passion, my number #1 priority in life.
Currently (2016), I have visited Bermuda, England, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Scotland, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Canada, Portugal, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Slovakia, and Iceland.
Suuuure, I haven’t been to many countries in comparison to the most prolific writers in the blogging sphere, but I’m determined to keep traveling at my own pace, in my own time.
I am FASCINATED with exploring Europe, but one of my biggest goals is to reach every continent.
Snazzy at the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Canada.
Blond Wayfarer.
So why this website.
I have always deeply admired travel bloggers for their passion, independence, and love of travel.
I respect that these people live on their own terms, without following the rules and expectations that society has demanded for them to follow.
This year (2015) I wanted to invest and develop my own travel blog.
I hope to keep an active, thriving space for years to come.
My personal mission is to show others that no matter what challenges you face – whether it’s a lousy economy or stressful family situation or fear of flying – that you can still travel the world.
Some people think you need to be super outgoing, single, brave, and responsibility-free to truly travel.
Well.
I certainly don’t consider myself brave or responsibility-free, but I’m proof that you can travel too if your heart is set on it.
In the United States, a common myth about the dangers and expense of travel batters our society, and it prevents many people from enjoying our diverse planet.
I want to help dismantle that myth.
Additionally, I want to embrace and explore the concept of “literary travel.” I majored in English for a reason.
I adore books.
Books are the cheapest form of travel.
Read the pages and you’re transported to another realm.
Now I want to see, smell, and touch the places that inspired the world’s most influential authors and poets.
I want to roam their homes, sip coffee in their cafes, pay respects at their final resting places, and wander their streets.
My “literary travel” category covers sites of interest for us book nerds.
Thank you for joining me.
Rural Austria.
Other Facts About Me.
Although I joke about the “usefulness” of my English MA, I feel a lot more confident about my writing, editing, and speaking abilities.
All those Cs on my grade 9 essays don’t phase me now!.
However, I am not a grammar wizard.
What is a compound-complex sentence again?.
Unlike many bloggers, .

I don’t travel full time (yet) and currently reside in the United States

I watch “Locked Up Abroad” before every international trip I take.
I’m so setting myself up for disaster.
Growing up, I spent most of my summers at the Jersey Shore.
Yup, I’m walking proof that we’re not all reincarnations of Snooki.
I pretend I don’t have a NJ accent.
I’m obsessed with Shakespeare’s tragedies, but can take or leave his comedies.
If I could get away with it, I’d still totally go trick-or-treating on Halloween.
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La FFAT regroupe des personnes qui mêlent la psychothérapie

— Main Menu —ACCUEIL PRÉSENTATION – AFRATAPEM – Définition de l’Art-thérapie – Origines de l’Art-thérapie – Enseignement et Recherche – Relations internationales FORMATIONS – Devenir Art-thérapeute – Formation certifiée d’art-thérapeute – Musicothérapie, Dramathérapie, Danse-thérapie… – Diplômes universitaires – Labo de recherche et séminaires CESAM – Financements MÉTIER – Repère Métier – Fiche métier – Statuts et débouchés – Code de déontologie – Guilde des art-thérapeutes – Annuaire – Délégations régionales ACTUALITÉS – Dernières Actus – Newsletters – Congrès, Conférences – Articles, Reportages, … RESSOURCES – Dictionnaire de l’Art en Médecine – Textes ressources, vidéos – Bibliographie, Mémoires, .

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Foire Aux Questions .
Foire Aux Questions .
Sont présentées ici les quest ions les plus fréquemment posées concernant, l’Art-thérapie, le métier d’art-thérapeute, la formation certifiée d’art-thérapie, la musicothérapie et autres techniques….
La formation.
Comment se former en art-thérapie .
Tout d’abord, il convient de bien faire la différence entre art-thérapie moderne en tant que discipline (qui prend en compte le corps physique autant que le corps psychique) et art-thérapie traditionnelle en tant que spécialité (forme de psychothérapie ou d’animation à support artistique) : la première est enseignée à l’Afratapem ainsi que dans les facultés de médecine de Tours, Grenoble et Lille, la deuxième dans les universités de psychologie (éventuellement en psychiatrie sous UFR médecine) ou dans les organismes privés et toujours sous autorité d’un psychologue ou d’un psychiatre. A noter que ces deux orientations ne sont pas opposables, chacune d’elles ayant leurs spécificités propres.
Il faut être vigilant sur les intitulés divers et variés : psychothérapie et analyse intégrative, médiations plastiques dans une démarche ex press ive et thérapeutique,  médiateur et créativité, etc.
Ensuite, il faut prendre en compte le diplôme délivré : simple  attestation de présence, certification reconnue par les professionnels.

Diplômes Universitaires (sous caution médicale)

complémentaires à une formation première… La qualification des enseignants est également un élément de comparaison : par exemple un médecin ou un psychothérapeute n’est pas un art-thérapeute.
Les durées de formation en France sont très variables : parfois seulement trois week-ends jusqu’à 4 à 5 années d’études.
Enfin, attention aux dé nominations  : art-thérapie, art et thérapie, arts thérapies, praticien en art-thérapie… Chacun choisira selon ses orientations personnelles et son projet professionnel.

Quels sont les pré requis pour entrer en formation à l’Afratapem – Ecole d’art-thérapie

Minimum Bac + 3 (ou Bac + 2 pour une entrée au cycle préparatoire) et une compétence artistique (autodidactes acceptés).

Pré-requis à l’entrée en formation certifiée d’Art-thérapeute

Les artistes autodidactes peuvent-ils postuler à la formation.
Oui.
Au niveau artistique, le postulant doit pouvoir justifier de prestations publiques (concert, spectacle, exposition…) sur au moins deux ou trois années selon le cycle envisagé.
Pré-requis à l’entrée en formation certifiée d’Art-thérapeute.
Quels sont les débouchés en art-thérapie .
Les employeurs montrent un intérêt croissant pour l’ art-thérapie .
De plus en plus nombreuses, les offres d’emploi sont adressées à l’Afratapem par les institutions telles que cliniques publiques ou privées, EHPAD, résidences de personnes âgées, hôpitaux publics, CHU, maisons de retraite, établissements de soins de suite et de rééducation, CMPP, CAT, CATTP, établissements d’enseignement spécialisé ou quartiers sensibles, organisations humanitaires, centres sociaux, foyers d’accueil, maisons d’arrêt… Débouchés et statuts.
Puis-je bénéficier d’une prise en charge pour suivre ma formation.
De nombreux organismes et employeurs prennent en charge les frais de formation (coût pédagogique, rémunération, défraiements…).

Financements et Droits à la formation en art-thérapie

Quelle différence entre l’art-thérapie moderne et l’art-thérapie traditionnelle.

Art-thérapie moderne : exploitation du potentiel artistique

sous l’autorité médicale – Une discipline – Art en Médecine Art-thérapie traditionnelle : psychothérapie à médiation artistique – Une spécialité – Art en psychologie Aujourd’hui, l’art-thérapie prend de plus en plus d’importance dans les secteurs sanitaires, médico-sociaux ou éducatifs.
De nombreuses facultés de médecine enseignent cette discipline.
Cependant, elle est souvent présentée à tort comme une forme de psychothérapie.
Précisons à cette occasion que cette appellation d’art-thérapie (art-thérapie traditionnelle) permet à ceux qui la pratiquent d’échapper au décret sur la psychothérapie (n°2010-534 du 20 mai 2010 relatif à l’usage du titre de psychothérapeute).
Il semble alors nécessaire de préciser que l’art-thérapie moderne n’est pas une spécialité mais une discipline à part entière comme l’orthophonie ou l’ergothérapie et en cela elle répond aux règles tant scientifiques que déontologiques des activités paramédicales officielles.
De plus, l’art-thérapie moderne représente aujourd’hui l’essentiel de la pratique de cette discipline (près de 2000 diplômés à ce jour).
Signalons qu’aujourd’hui, les responsables d’institutions et les médecins prescripteurs ne découvrent plus l’art-thérapie moderne.
Elle semble passée dans les mœurs de la prise en charge des patients.
Les exigences actuelles sont centrées sur la confirmation du sérieux, de la compétence et de l’originalité du professionnel.
Cela se révèle généralement dans la nature et la qualité des protocoles de soins.
Ceux-ci mettent en évidence tant la précision des objectifs thérapeutiques, l’adaptabilité des stratégies thérapeutiques que les modalités évaluatives et les qualités scientifiques de celles-ci.
L’art-thérapie moderne n’est donc en rien une psychothérapie.
La formation en art-thérapie doit-elle se rajouter à un premier métier.
L’art-thérapie est une discipline comme l’orthophonie ou l’ergothérapie.
Elle n’est pas à confondre avec la spécialité qui utilise l’Art pour compléter une formation par exemple de psychologue, d’infirmier, d’artiste, d’animateur… La formation doit donner tant des concepts, des méthodes que des savoir-faire originaux et spécifiques à la discipline.
Elle se suffit à elle-même.
Puis-je continuer à exercer une activité professionnelle en parallèle de la formation.
La formation est organisée sous forme de modules d’une durée de 3 à 5 jours, répartis sur plusieurs mois.
Il est donc possible d’avoir des activités en parallèle.

Quel intérêt d’avoir un Diplôme Universitaire d’art-thérapie

Le Diplôme Universitaire d’art-thérapie garantit des connaissances médicales scientifiquement reconnues et apporte la caution médicale à la profession.
Il doit être sous l’égide d’une Faculté de Médecine pour être en accord avec le Code de déontologie de la métier d’art-thérapeute.

Le DU complète la certification d’art-thérapeute délivrée par l’Afratapem

Les formations sont-elles équivalentes.
Ce n’est pas le cas.
En effet, on peut observer de nombreuses formations privées utilisant des libellés pseudo-officiels avec des coûts pédagogiques non raisonnables.
Prix, contenu pédagogique, caution scientifique universitaire, compétences des formateurs, formation professionnelle conforme à la législation professionnelle en vigueur (Livre IX du Code du Travail, contrat de formation…) sont autant d’éléments qui doivent guider le postulant dans son choix de formation en art-thérapie.

Quelle est la place de l’Afratapem dans la panoplie des formations

L’AFRATAPEM est à l’origine de la distinction entre la psychothérapie et l’art-thérapie et a donné les fondements conceptuels et méthodologiques de la discipline repris par l’ensemble des praticiens formés à cette discipline.
Elle est la première à avoir placé la profession sous l’autorité médicale, avoir intégré l’esthétique comme élément déterminant et mis en avant les indications et contre-indications de l’art-thérapie.
Pour illustration, un répertoire de situations cliniques (réf.
Tout savoir sur la Musicothérapie – Favre), propose un éventail d’exercices ciblés accessibles à tous les art-thérapeutes.
Le métier.
Quelles sont les techniques artistiques utilisables en art-thérapie.
Toutes les techniques sont exploitables : musique, danse, théâtre, conte, mime, broderie, cinéma, dentelle, dessin, peinture, modelage, calligraphie… Les mémoires  relatent les expériences en Art-thérapie selon les techniques utilisées.
L’art-thérapie soigne-t-elle toutes les maladies.
Aujourd’hui, l’art-thérapie intervient dans presque tous les services médicaux.
Cependant, elle doit répondre aux indications médicales et en cela ne concerne pas toutes les maladies.
Il existe des contre-indications.
Les connaissances dans un autre métier sont-elles utiles pour pratiquer l’art-thérapie.
Oui mais seulement de façon complémentaire.
L’art-thérapie est une discipline à part entière qui peut se suffire à elle-même comme les autres activités paramédicales officielles.
Si elle est autonome dans sa pratique, elle doit cependant s’inscrire dans l’équipe pluri et transdisciplinaire (d’où la nécessité de ne pas mélanger les compétences).
Quelle est l’originalité du métier d’art-thérapeute.
L’originalité principale du métier est les moyens utilisés comme l’opération artistique qui synthétise les mécanismes humains impliqués dans les activités artistiques, le cube harmonique comme modalité évaluative ou bien le hors verbal impliqué dans les relations humaines.
Quelle est la différence entre un art-thérapeute et un psychothérapeute à médiation artistique.
L’art-thérapeute oriente son travail sur l’état de base et les capacités résiduelles du patient plutôt que sur les causes de ces troubles.
L’art-thérapeute ne fait pas d’interprétation, de médiation artistique ou d’analyse psychologique des actions et des œuvres de la personne soignée.
Il exploite aussi le hors verbal et l’opération artistique.
Il distingue communication et relation.
Artiste formé à l’art-thérapie, il est intégré à l’équipe paramédicale.
La formation des art-thérapeutes est dispensée dans des facultés de médecine à la différence de la formation des psychothérapeutes dispensée par des facultés de psychologie.
Définitions.
La créativité est-elle importante en art-thérapie.
Oui, mais autant que l’imitation, l’imagination ou l’opération artistique.
Quels sont les statuts de l’art-thérapeute.
Plusieurs statuts s’offrent au professionnel : salarié(e) de structure d’accueil publique ou privée (CDD ou CDI), profession libérale, en dispositif d’auto-entrepreneur, salarié(e) par une structure intermédiaire (pépinière, coopérative, société de portage salarial…).
Certains art-thérapeutes exercent comme médiateurs ou animateurs artistiques auprès de collectivités locales.
Statuts de l’art-thérapeute.
Qu’est ce que la FFAT.
Pour répondre à de nombreuses questions, signalons que l’Afratapem.

À l’origine de la création de la Fédération Française des Art-thérapeutes (FFAT)

s’en est désengagée depuis de nombreuses années.
En effet, la FFAT tire l’art-thérapie vers la psychothérapie et l’accompagnement thérapeutique qui sont aujourd’hui un frein pour la reconnaissance de la spécificité professionnelle.
De même, sa définition de l’art-thérapie ne recouvre pas l’ensemble de patients pouvant bénéficier de l’art-thérapie.
La FFAT regroupe des personnes qui mêlent la psychothérapie, les accompagnements thérapeutiques et les thérapies médiatisées.
Au regard de l’art-thérapie, elle représente un regroupement de personnes communément dénommé sous le libellé « art-thérapie traditionnelle ».
La FFAT a confirmé à plusieurs reprises sa position d’art-thérapie traditionnelle en parallèle de l’art-thérapie moderne dispensée par l’Afratapem.
De même, l’Afratapem ne cautionne pas la présence de responsables de formation au Conseil d’Administration de la FFAT.
Des personnes pensent encore que l’adhésion à la FFAT est une référence professionnelle. Signalons que la FFAT est une association et n’a aucun caractère officiel dans la discipline.
Elle regroupe des personnes qui pratiquent essentiellement l’art-thérapie traditionnelle.
Elle n’est donc en aucune façon représentative de la profession.
D’autres regroupements comme la  (pour l’art-thérapie moderne) ou la Ligue professionnelle d’art-thérapie (pour l’art-thérapie à orientation psychanalytique) rassemblent un grand nombre d’art-thérapeutes professionnels.
Si vous n’y trouvez pas les informations que vous recherchez, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter.
La lecture de certains ouvrages indiqués dans la bibliographie répondra également à certains de vos questionnements.
Débouchés en Art-thérapie.
Définitions.
Repère métier et fiche métier.
Contacter l’Afratapem.