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Patagonia Leadership Expedition


Photo: Betsy Winston, Allison Yang, Betsy Winston

Patagonia is a frontier of campos (ranches) hidden in isolated mountain valleys, ragged icy peaks, brawling rivers and cathedral fjords. This is a land that demands exploration, and you will experience its dramatic peaks, valleys and mysterious wilderness.

From our main base, a working farm of several hundred acres in the small town of Coyhaique, we do all of the planning and legwork to make your expedition into the wilderness an educational experience that lasts a lifetime.

The hallmarks of a NOLS Patagonia course are exploration, remoteness and tough weather. The weather in this part of the world is often unpredictable and challenging. However, these conditions help build resilience and tolerance for adversity and uncertainty—skills relevant in today's global economy.

The Patagonia Leadership Expedition is a 9-day field-based training for Kellogg School of Management students to practice the four main components of Kellogg’s leadership education:

  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Reflection and Planning
  • Knowledge and Insight
  • Experience and Action

There will be a strong focus on being a good adaptable team member: the ability to distinguish the roles of “team member” (active follower) and “team leader” (designated leader). You will have the opportunity to exercise individual decisiveness, while simultaneously facilitating great teamwork.

This course will develop leadership through experiential learning (Kolb Learning Cycle – think, do, reflect). Curriculum delivery will concentrate on situational leadership skills applicable to school, business, and social lives as well as expeditionary settings.

On a wilderness expedition lessons are immediate, lasting, and applicable to your life—no matter what you do. We’ve found that successful expeditions require many of the same skills that are essential in the professional world, including effective communication, influencing others and strategically delivering results.


Kellogg School of Management Leadership Expedition

March 18 - March 25, 2017

Tuition: $2,200.00
  minimum of ten participants
Application and deposit due: November 30, 2016 ($440.00)
Balance and paperwork due: December 16, 2016 ($1760.00)
Equipment deposit due: January 20, 2017 ($300.00)
Course start/end: Coyhaique, Chile
Fly in/out: Balmaceda, XI Region, Chile
Activity: Backpacking
To Apply: Application and online dashboard
Supplemental Information: Course Description
  Equipment List
  Travel and Logistics
  Tuition Protection Plan (pdf)
  Fitness Preparation (pdf)
  Women's Health (pdf)
Tuition Protection Plan:

NOLS offers a Tuition Protection Plan, provided by BerkelyCare, for citizens of the USA and Canada who meet certain legal residence requirements at a cost of six percent of the total tuition. The plan helps to protect against tuition loss should you be unable to participate or complete your course due to an injury or illness to yourself or your immediate family. Additionally, this plan may help to pay for evacuation costs from the course location. The Tuition Protection Plan payment is non-refundable and not transferable.

NOLS strongly recommends the Tuition Protection Plan to safeguard your investment in tuition.
For more information contact: NOLS Professional Training
Phone: 800-710-6657 ext. 2720




A behind-the-scenes look at what a NOLS wilderness expedition is all about:


You’ll learn how to lead your expedition-mates and even how to be a leader when following.

Photo: Rainbow Weinstock

"If you can figure out how to cross rapid-flowing, waist-deep rivers or how to bushwhack through almost impenetrably dense brush on extremely steep inclines, then you can figure out how to turn around a declining business or bring new innovation to a category—they both require dedication, brainstorming, and teamwork."

Allison L. Yang
MBA Candidate
Marketing, Strategy, Finance
Kellogg School of Management

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