NOLS Year in Patagonia

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Patagonia Year
Patagonia Year


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.

Also, the course offers certifications for students interested in outdoor careers around the world, including Leave No Trace Master certification and Wilderness First Responder.

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an amazing 6 months

The year in Patagonia, which is an academic year so 6 months, will expose you to all of the fundamental outdoor activities, backpacking, mountain climbing, water travel, rock climbing and you get a cultural immersion experience. Patagonia is a truly wild place with few roads and fewer people, far from an original wilderness this landscape offers amazing chances to be in genuine backcountry situations. There are hard situations in the wilds of this place, blizzards on mountain passes that you may be camping on, or high seas on open stretches of the fjords. There are precious moments of immersion into simpler lives, and unbelievable views of islands in the ocean with whales and dolphins all while watching glaciers on not so distant mountains decaying in the heat of summer.

What would you improve about this program?
Making it longer.


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Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International
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El Tepual Airport
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El Loa Airport
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