Outdoor skills and cultural exchange in the Andes
This is it—your opportunity for a life-changing experience. This yearlong expedition packs in outdoor skills, wilderness medicine certifications, and cultural exchange for an unparalleled adventure.
From mountain travel on remote peaks to kayaking along Patagonia’s archipelagos to rock climbing in the Andes, this course will completely immerse you in the outdoors while you spend time deepening your understanding of the culture and history of Chile. You’ll start with the basics of outdoor living, like map reading and minimum-impact camping in various environments. Then, you’ll progress to more advance skills specific to each section of the course, like self-rescue for sea kayaking, climbing technique for rock climbing, and glacier travel for mountaineering. Certifications like Leave No Trace Master Educator and Wilderness First Responder will also be part of your course—these are industry-recognized and can prepare you for a career in the outdoors, or simply a lifetime of exploring. To learn about living in Patagonia from local ranching communities, you’ll spend one of your course sections living and working with a poblador family.
Leadership will also be a key focus throughout your course. You’ll build on the lessons learned from the previous sections to develop your own leadership style. Most of your learning will come directly from your experiences—living outdoors in the Andes’ challenging weather, for example, is an opportunity to develop resilience. Working on a small team while paddling a sea kayak is a lesson in group dynamics and communication. Cross-cultural exchange is your opportunity to grow in self-awareness and cultural competence. From these experiences, you’ll find and strengthen your own leadership style. After an academic year of immersing yourself in the land and life of the Andes, you’ll be prepared to be a leader no matter where you choose to go.