Guiding a sailboat becomes a lesson in teamwork. Rock climbing becomes an opportunity for self leadership. Meeting members of other cultures can deepen your understanding of the world. Every NOLS semester centers around learning leadership through experiences like these so you’re ready to meet and overcome challenges for the rest of your life. Plus, with the academic credit you’ll receive and opportunities for scholarships and other financial aid, there’s nothing stopping you from stepping forward and taking your education to the next level.
This is it—the longest course at NOLS. This extended expedition packs in outdoor skills, wilderness certifications, and international culture to create an unparalleled adventure.
From mountain travel on remote peaks to sea kayaking along Patagonia’s archipelagos and rock climbing at the foot of the Andes, the components of this course form a comprehensive backcountry immersion.
With a strong focus on Spanish language and cultural interaction, the Patagonia Year allows you to spend one section living and working with local poblador families. Along with developing an appreciation of Patagonian culture, you’ll also see more of this region’s remote and breathtaking scenery than most visitors.
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“NOLS taught me the secret to great teamwork is great leadership … I learned that leadership isn’t exclusive to those in charge; anybody can demonstrate leadership.”