Join world-class instructors and like-minded peers on the most profound 135 days of your life.
Grow in Patagonia on an extended expedition packed with leadership mastery, outdoor skills, impressive wilderness certifications, cultural immersion, and local service. The Patagonia Year gives you the unparalleled opportunity to progress through a NOLS year—five months plus a break—of wilderness experiences and leadership curriculum.
On this course, you will spend one section (8-10 days) of total immersion with a Spanish-speaking Patagonian family in a remote campo (ranch) setting. As you live with and learn from them, you will develop an appreciation of Patagonian culture and a different way of living.
For the rest of your course, you’ll explore the remote mountains and coastlines of Patagonia. You’ll see more of this region’s breathtaking scenery than most visitors, and certainly more intimately. Climb high passes and learn to traverse glaciers while learning about the environment. Practice sea kayaking along Patagonia’s archipelagos while developing new leadership skills. Go rock climbing at the foot of the Andes while you grow your comfort zone. All of these components form a comprehensive backcountry immersion that will change your life, make you a confident world traveler, foster your leadership, and strengthen your direction and passion.
Your Patagonia Year will set you up for enormous success in the future. A 135-day expedition with NOLS will shine on your resume, as will the Leave No Trace Master Educator certification and Wilderness First Responder certification you’ll earn. The experience, life skills, global perspective, and outdoor skills will serve you for the rest of your life.