At NOLS, we’re here to be educators. That means our instructors are experts at meeting students at their own skill and comfort level. This means that both first-time campers and experienced outdoorspeople find opportunities to grow, gain skills, and build community.
From the moment you arrive in the wilderness, the course is your own. But no one can predict what your course will look like. The wilderness is a dynamic place. Every day will present new challenges and excitement. You and your group will learn to live and thrive in the wilderness together, with your instructors as your mentors.
Here’s what a typical day might look like:
NOLS sets the standard for instructor excellence.
Our instructors are wilderness experts and compassionate mentors committed to student well-being and success. This vibrant group of field-based educators brings passion for the outdoors and specific training in leadership, risk management, and cultural competence to every course.
From sharing the skills to live comfortably in the elements to teaching the art of baking on a camp stove, NOLS instructors create a safe space to try new things while learning from mistakes. They role model effective leadership and support students as they develop their leadership style. Abroad, NOLS instructors are often local citizens, facilitating opportunities for a deeper connection to the area and its culture.
Our expeditions maintain an average instructor-to-student ratio of 1:5, meaning you’ll benefit from personalized education with the best instructors in the industry.