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.