This is it—the longest course at NOLS. This extended expedition packs in outdoor skills, wilderness certifications, and international culture to create an unparalleled adventure.
From mountain travel on remote peaks to sea kayaking along Patagonia’s archipelagos and rock climbing at the foot of the Andes, the components of this course form a comprehensive backcountry immersion.
With a strong focus on Spanish language and cultural interaction, the Patagonia Year allows you to spend one section living and working with local poblador families. Along with developing an appreciation of Patagonian culture, you’ll also see more of this region’s remote and breathtaking scenery than most visitors.
In addition, the course offers certifications for students interested in outdoor careers around the world, including Leave No Trace Master certification and Wilderness First Responder.