Embark on a journey away from the typical tourist spots and venture into the secluded corners of northwest India to discover more about leadership and yourself. Take a deep hike into the majestic Himalayas and explore areas where animal-powered farming is an integral part of the local way of life. Indulge in the aromatic and spiced cups of chai, while pushing yourself with challenging days of backpacking.
Immerse yourself in the powerful sound of the roaring River Kali, as you and your group learn about teamwork and experience the thrill of whitewater rafting. Enhance your cultural awareness by living with an Indian family and participating in classes that delve into the realms of ecology and history.
Throughout this course, your focus will be on acquiring a diverse range of outdoor skills, developing cultural competence, and honing your leadership abilities, all while gaining a profound understanding of this captivating region of India.
Each section of the course, whether it be backpacking, rafting, first aid, or cultural competence, will begin with laying the foundation and gradually progress towards mastering the respective skills by the end. As you advance through your semester, leadership will remain a constant theme, allowing you to continually build upon the knowledge and experiences gained throughout the course. You might start by concentrating on leadership skills such as developing resilience in the face of adversity, as you learn the art of Leave No Trace camping amidst the rugged crags of the Himalayas. Alternatively, you may focus on communication and decision-making while collaborating with your group to overcome challenges encountered while paddling through a demanding section of a river. With the guidance and support of your instructors and fellow participants, you will navigate through various leadership roles and cultivate your own unique leadership style. By the end of the course, you will emerge as a capable leader, equipped with the necessary skills to thrive in any environment, and ready to continue your exploration of the wilderness.
“I have learned that the way one maintains oneself in the wilderness determines the success of the expedition. This holds true for life in society as well. ”