Spring Semester in Patagonia

Credit: Fiona Casson

Spring Semester in Patagonia

Find your leadership style in the Andes

Leave the ordinary behind on the Semester in Patagonia. Climb the mountains and paddle the fjords. Taste the cold wind of the Andes on your face. Breathe in the smell of mate while passing by a poblador’s ranch. On this course, you’ll go mountaineering and sea kayaking in the Andes and coastal regions of Chile and earn an industry-respected Wilderness First Aid certification. You’ll start with the basics and work towards more advanced skills so that you can work toward being totally self-sufficient in the backcountry. As you travel through these remote places, you’ll learn about the area’s natural history and meet members of the ranching communities that make Patagonia home. Your course may culminate with a multi-day independent expedition—an amazing way to put all you've learned into practice.

During this semester, leadership will be a key focus every day. You’ll meet new challenges with your group and practice teamwork and decision making. Navigating mountain terrain is an opportunity to practice tolerance for uncertainty. Living in a small community is your chance to learn about communication and group dynamics. Spending time learning about a culture different than your own is a chance to grow in self-awareness and cultural competence. These experiences are your way of developing leadership and awareness of the world, things you’ll remember for the rest of your life. You’ll finish this course as someone ready to be a thoughtful international traveler, wilderness explorer, and leader in your community.



2020 Dates

Jan. 23 – April 11, 2020

Tuition: $17,775
Details: Wilderness First Aid, Mountaineering, Sea Kayaking
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Jan. 30 – April 18, 2020

Tuition: $17,775
Details: Wilderness First Aid, Sea Kayaking, Mountaineering
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2021 Dates

Jan. 23 – April 12, 2021

Tuition: $17,775
Details: Wilderness First Aid, Mountaineering, Sea Kayaking

Jan. 30 – April 19, 2021

Tuition: $17,775
Details: Wilderness First Aid, Sea Kayaking, Mountaineering


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80 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.

Academic Credit

16 College Credits
  • 3 Environmental Studies
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 3 Risk Assessment
  • 4 Leadership Techniques

2 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 1.00 Physical Education
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Leave No Trace - Trainer

Wilderness First Aid


Course Description

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Travel and Logistics


Coyhaique, Chile

Fly in/out

Balmaceda, Chile

Skills learned


Sea Kayaking

Wilderness Medicine

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“You really get to know people out here on such a deeply personal level that you start to understand what type of leadership they respond to and it's not just your kind of leadership.”

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