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.
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 Columbia Leadership Expedition is a 10-day field-based training that teaches leadership and technical outdoor skills in one of the worlds most amazing classrooms.
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—skills seemingly at odds with each other.
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.
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