High Mountain Institute, true to its philosophy of education through fundamental experience, hopes to spread the word of a significant hands-on learning not only through its own institution, but through the apprentices it houses and trains to bring a new kind of educational experience to the upcoming student generations.
At HMI, apprentices are college graduates who immerse themselves in a semester-long apprenticeship with any other of the HMI semester programs while participating in a simultaneous seminar that trains them both in educational techniques and HMI's landmark outdoor education. To be more specific, apprentices are both students and teachers, enjoying the benefits of our high school semesters while receiving a formal education to become teachers.
Graduates enjoy a high employment potential in outdoor, experiential education or traditional schools, adventure recreation, and residential programs, or simply a greater advantage if they pursue a degree on education.
- Wilderness: Apprentices participate in a one-week wilderness training expedition and help to facilitate the three HMI Semester wilderness expeditions.
- Academics: Apprentices work closely with an academic faculty member to hone their teaching style and skills.
- Residential Life: Outside of the classroom, apprentices play an active role in the residential life of the HMI Semester by cooking meals with the students, helping with daily chores, participating in weekend outings, facilitating daily activities, etc.