Multiple Locations +2
  • Chile
    • Patagonia
  • United States of America
12 - 26 weeks
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, 529 Plan eligibility

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Academic Year
Dormitory Tent
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
Price Details
This is for an entire semester of tuition, room and board
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals Transportation Wifi
Jul 31, 2023
Feb 22, 2021
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About Program

Alzar School offers academic semesters for motivated students in 10th, 11th and sometimes 12th grades, who engage in leadership training while exploring the wilds of Idaho and Patagonia, Chile. All students take one semester credit for math, science, history, English, Spanish, as well as semester elective credits in leadership and physical education. Students regularly set foot in our outdoor classrooms, both in Idaho and in Patagonia, Chile. Expeditions take students down the wild and scenic Salmon River and into Patagonia National Park.

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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

  • Live in mountains of Idaho and Patagonia, Chile
  • Develop leadership skills and confidence
  • Learn to backpack, whitewater raft, and kayak
  • Study away from your traditional high school for one semester
  • Live with a community of adventurous, fun peers

Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program


The Alzar School provided me with real world leadership skills. After attending in the fall of 2015, I have sought out leadership programs at other schools, and none compare. Alzar helped me learn that I have a lot to gain from the knowledge and experiences of others and that asking for feedback is a good thing. I also learned that I can handle extremely difficult situations, especially when others are depending on me. I learned to communicate with my peers through constructive feedback and small group expeditions in the backcountry. These communications skills carried over to my interactions and relationships with friends and family back home, and also in conversations with professionals when searching for jobs. I carry myself taller, trust in my own strength more, and have no fear to ask for help and support from others after coming back from the Alzar school. It is truly a life-changing experience. I conquered my fear of kayaking after years of being horrified of it, and created memories I will cherish for a lifetime. Thank you Alzar!!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would try to branch out with the friends that I made. Being an Idaho local, I gravitated towards a social group that was from Western states, and I wish I had gotten to know my fellow students better who grew up in other parts of the country.
83 people found this review helpful.
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Best Semester Ever

Before coming to Alzar, I was hoping to get a sense of independence from my family and the routine that I live at home. I wanted to hone my leadership skills, make lasting friendships and apply my backpacking skills. I also wanted to explore the brand new realms of spanish and kayaking. At Alzar, I learned that I am able to broaden my definition of a leader from just being someone that people liked, and who knew the plan. I am now able to define many other types of leadership other than my own, and work with people to understand where my assets work best. I hope to be a better leader in my own home, communicating and being fair to my siblings, and also doing a good job of helping my parents around the house. Anyone is lucky to experience a semester at this special place.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try everything the program offers. Expand your spanish skills, learn to kayak, and challenge yourself!
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Alzar School Experience

Alzar helped me find lifelong friends, cultivated my desire to explore, and equipped me with the interpersonal skills I needed to become more independent and confident. Each day was filled with laughter and adventure, in and out of the classroom. I chose to attend Alzar because I wanted to diversify my high-school experience, and this program was certainly successful in helping me achieve that. I now have a passion for cultural exchange, leadership, and outdoor adventure as well as a broader perspective of the world.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have taken more pictures and videos! This experience was so memorable and I wish I had more content of the amazing scenery to prove it.
84 people found this review helpful.
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Amazing alzar school

At Alzar, I was hoping to have a fun experience with amazing people, and I achieved this! The expeditions were amazing because of the challenges and bonding with friends. Kayaking is amazing! I learned so much about why/how I make decisions. I also learned what I like about leaders and what I want to do with my life! Im so thankful for the network of friends across the country. The teachers are an awesome support system that i feel i can rely on and who will help me move forward in my life. I could not be more thankful for my experience at The Alzar School!

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Alzar School Really Does Build Leaders

Alzar is a fantastic opportunity for young people of all ability levels to spend time with a uniquely motivated group of peers exploring the world and developing their leadership skills. From designated leadership experiences in the front and backcountry geared towards building confidence to tailored challenges in outdoor and social settings, the programs are geared towards and inspired by suggestions from students. Beyond outdoor adventures, the social atmosphere of the program is beyond compare. Students come from all across the country with unique stories, talents, and backgrounds, but all with the commonality of saying "yes" to this amazing adventure. Both the Idaho and Chile campuses are gorgeous, fully equipped, and extremely comfortable for all students. While academics are rigorous, students have ample time to explore their surroundings, take fun trips to explore local areas, relax, and spend time with each other.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
With little kayaking experience and no white water experience, my proudest accomplishment throughout the semester was gaining comfort and confidence in a hardshell and inflatable kayak. The program does a good job of preparing students in flat, warmer water before transitioning to bigger and more exciting rapids. The staff is extremely accomodating of all ability and comfort levels and there are always ways to expand or reduce the level of challenge.
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