Fall Semester in Patagonia

Credit: Hailey Arnold

Fall Semester in Patagonia

Find your leadership style in the Andes

Leave the ordinary behind on the Semester in Patagonia. Climb into the mountains and listen to the wind blow through the cliffs. Taste the salty breeze as you paddle your kayak along the coast. Breathe in the smell of mate while passing by a poblador’s ranch. This course takes you mountaineering and sea kayaking in the Andes mountains of Chile, but you’ll walk away with more than advanced outdoor skills. You’ll spend a semester practicing leadership every day. You’ll meet new challenges with your group and practice teamwork and decision making. You’ll also learn about other ways of life as you explore this unique part of Chile.

On this course, you won’t be a tourist. This course is about going deep into the land and yourself. Living in a remote place in community with other people. It’s a way to grow in leadership and awareness of the world, things you’ll remember for the rest of your life. You probably won’t describe this course as “easy” when you get home. But you’ll learn that you can meet challenges you never dreamed about.



2018 Dates

Sept. 24 – Dec. 12, 2018

Tuition: $17,275
Details: Wilderness First Aid, Mountaineering, Sea Kayaking
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Oct. 2 – Dec. 20, 2018

Tuition: $17,275
Details: Wilderness First Aid, Mountaineering, Sea Kayaking


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80 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.

Academic Credit

16 College Credits
  • 3 Environmental Studies
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 3 Risk Assessment
  • 4 Leadership Techniques

2 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 1.00 Physical Education
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Wilderness First Aid


Course Description

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Travel and Logistics


Coyhaique, Chile

Fly in/out

Balmaceda, Chile

Skills learned


Sea Kayaking

Wilderness Medicine

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What Our Grads Say

“NOLS has prepared me for [my] job in so many ways, from Wilderness First Aid to a much greater degree of comfort leading a large group. I’m sure my NOLS trip was key in my landing this exciting job, and I’m sure that I will benefit in countless other ways and continue to share my passion for nature and the outdoors with others in the future.”

— Eric N., NOLS Fall Semester in Patagonia grad

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