• Chile
4 - 12 weeks
Program Tags
Adventure Travel College Credit Conservation Cultural Immersion Hands-On Learning Instructor Language Immersion Social Justice Volunteer Abroad Wilderness
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, 529 Plan eligibility

Program Details

Backpacking Kayaking Rafting
Fall Spring Summer
Cabin Host Family Hostel Lodge Tent
Primary Language
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
Price Details
Scholarships and Financial Aid options are available. Get in touch with an admissions representative to find out more!
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Equipment Meals Park Fees
What's Included (Extra)

Also includes post-experience alumni support and programming, such as the Culminating Leadership Project, Alumni Employment Opportunities, Reunions, and more! Visit https://alzarschool.org/alzar-gap-alumni-support/ for more information.

What's Not Included
Jul 31, 2023
Apr 07, 2023
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About Program

Alzar Gap's Patagonia Exchange gap program gives students the chance to adventure through the epic landscapes of Patagonia, Chile, while learning about the culture of the region from native speakers. In addition, our experienced instructors will guide and teach students how to thrive on multiday river and backpacking trips, while students learn about the social justice and conservation movement in Patagonia from local leaders. We keep our groups intentionally small so that we lessen our impact, allow for authentic leadership opportunities, and create life-long friendships. Throughout the program students focus on learning about tangible leadership skills and how they can use this knowledge to take action in their own communities. If you are looking for a meaningful adventure in a world-class destination, check out our webpage and get in touch!

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

At Alzar Gap, we believe that small, engaged, and inclusive communities provide the best environment to foster the growth and development of future leaders. As a program that travels the globe and brings students together from many states and countries, we know that authentically engaging with other cultures is a fundamental part of the learning process for our students. We welcome our constituents’ questions, comments and suggestions (those are invited to be sent to dei@alzarschool.org).

Program Highlights

  • A multi-day river trip down the crystal blue waters of the Rio Baker with a homestay at a Patagonian ranch.
  • Service and exploration in world-renowned Patagonia National Park.
  • Beach weekend and Volcano hikes in coastal Chaiten.
  • Homestays with our kind and caring hosts in Cerro Castillo.
  • Learn how to kayak and raft amazing whitewater rivers from experienced instructors.


Alzar Gap Merit-Based Scholarship

Alzar Gap is offering four $3,000 scholarships for four qualified candidates applying to any of our programs. In order to be considered, candidates must submit their full applications by May 1st, 2023, and respond to two prompts about their next steps after Alzar Gap.


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Alzar gap

My experience with alzar gap has been super eye opening and such an amazing experience. The balance between adventure and learning about the culture is perfect. I had such a good time with all the students and I felt the instructors were great leaders and people. My favorite part of the trip was all the white water kayaking and rivers we got to explore and go down. We got to go on some many rivers and I had such a good experience. I’m so happy I chose to do this program and would definitely recommend to anyone taking a gap year!

  • Fun river trips
  • Beautiful places
  • Great instructors
33 people found this review helpful.
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Amazing experience with Alzar Gap Chile

I came hoping to meet others interested in outdoor adventure, gain some Spanish knowledge, and see some pretty places. It was so much more than that. Through the help of our amazing instructors I was able to grow my leadership ability, learn useful outdoor living skills, be immersed in Chilean culture, and all while traveling to breathtaking places. I saw crystal clear glacial rivers flowing straight from glaciers, skies of twinkling stars turn to day, heard only the sound of birds in the woods. It was truly an experience of a lifetime and has given me the tools to continue traveling by myself.

  • Explore rivers and mountains deep in Patagonia chile
  • Disconnect from your phone and social media
  • Have a safe place to learn and fail with leaderships abilities, speaking Spanish, and more
40 people found this review helpful.
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Exploration of Patagonia

A chance to explore and understand the uniqueness and beauty of Patagonia’s culture and landscapes. River and backpacking trips combined with cultural exchange allows students to see Patagonia in all sorts of lenses. The program is well paced with a great mix of chill time and expeditionary adventure. The length of the trip is perfect as to absorbs Patagonia’s vibe, but also not get too tired by the end of the trip. Also a great way to get introed into outdoor skills. Expeditions are meaningfully and not too difficult.

32 people found this review helpful.

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