Year in Patagonia

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Year in Patagonia

Join world-class instructors and like-minded peers on the most profound 135 days of your life.

Grow in Patagonia on an extended expedition packed with leadership mastery, outdoor skills, impressive wilderness certifications, cultural immersion, and local service. The Patagonia Year gives you the unparalleled opportunity to progress through a NOLS year—five months plus a break—of wilderness experiences and leadership curriculum.

On this course, you will spend one section (8-10 days) of total immersion with a Spanish-speaking Patagonian family in a remote campo (ranch) setting. As you live with and learn from them, you will develop an appreciation of Patagonian culture and a different way of living.

For the rest of your course, you’ll explore the remote mountains and coastlines of Patagonia. You’ll see more of this region’s breathtaking scenery than most visitors, and certainly more intimately. Climb high passes and learn to traverse glaciers while learning about the environment. Practice sea kayaking along Patagonia’s archipelagos while developing new leadership skills. Go rock climbing at the foot of the Andes while you grow your comfort zone. All of these components form a comprehensive backcountry immersion that will change your life, make you a confident world traveler, foster your leadership, and strengthen your direction and passion.

Your Patagonia Year will set you up for enormous success in the future. A 135-day expedition with NOLS will shine on your resume, as will the Leave No Trace Master Educator certification and Wilderness First Responder certification you’ll earn. The experience, life skills, global perspective, and outdoor skills will serve you for the rest of your life.

Dates

Dates

2018 Dates

Oct. 18, 2018 – March 16, 2019

Tuition: $29,250
Details: Sea Kayaking, Wilderness First Responder, Cultural, BREAK 12/22/18-01/05/19, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Backpacking
In Progress

2019 Dates

Oct. 18, 2019 – March 15, 2020

Tuition: $29,995
Details: Mountaineering, Wilderness First Responder, Rock Climbing, Cultural, Sea Kayaking, Holiday Break 12/22/19-01/05/20,

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$29,250 to $29,995
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Equipment Deposit

$850

Duration

135 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.

Academic Credit

27 College Credits
  • 2 Cultural Studies
  • 3 WFR
  • 2 Outdoor Educator
  • 2 Expedition Planning
  • 4 Risk Management
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 4 Leadership Techniques
  • 4 Environmental Studies

4 High School Credits

  • 2.00 Leadership
  • 2.00 Physical Education
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Certifications

CPR (on some courses)

Leave No Trace - Master Educator

Wilderness First Responder

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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics PY-1-10/18/2018

Start/End

Call Admissions (800) 710-6657

Fly in/out

Call Admissions (800) 710-6657

Skills learned

Cultural

Mountaineering

Rock Climbing

Sea Kayaking

Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

Semester Scholarship Form

Essential Eligibility Criteria

 

 

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What Our Grads Say

“Being in the wilderness, with very limited supplies, with only your course mates and instructors to rely on...really forces you to build a strong community...Otherwise, nothing will work in the field...For me, that was the biggest, and most important lesson from my Patagonia Year. How important it is to build a community, and take good care of those around you.”

— Isadora L., NOLS Year in Patagonia grad

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