Patagonia – Backpacking & Whitewater Paddling

A 24-day Patagonia expedition designed to give you the skills needed to work professionally as an outdoor educator with international experience. And, it’s absolutely spectacular.

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At-a-Glance

International programming with the National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) provides unparalleled adventure. Our 24-day Patagonia expedition is developed to give you the skills you need to work professionally as an outdoor educator with international experience. And, it’s absolutely spectacular.

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Ages:  
18+
Duration:  
24 days

$5,500.00

Course Information

Adventure First

Patagonia is a land of extremes - explore some of the most beautiful mountains and rivers in the world.

The snow-capped volcanoes of Patagonia and powerful heights of the Andes serve as our classroom. Within this landscape, you’ll develop solid outdoor skills and explore issues in environmental sustainability.

Patagonia is a land of extremes. Working with our local contacts, we’ll explore some of the most beautiful mountains and rivers in the world. NCOAE’s Patagonia – Backpacking & Whitewater Paddling course is exceptional with its unique combination of adventure and skill development, including: trekking, mountaineering and whitewater raft guiding training. You’ll develop technical skills with kayaking, raft guiding, backpacking, backcountry cooking, wilderness camping, and international travel. And, you’ll develop the additional skills and understanding of environmental and civic responsibility, leadership and communications styles, as well as decision-making and teamwork.

And at the end of this course you’ll be able use these newly developed skills to travel & work in pristine locations around the world!

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  • Duration: 24 days
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Tuition: $5,500.00
  • Credit Hours: 6
Available Dates
Dec 11, 2018 - Jan 03, 2019
Dec 10, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020
Dec 08, 2020 - Dec 30, 2020

Education Always

  • Leave No Trace (LNT) training
  • Expedition planning
  • Wilderness Risk Management
  • Remote wilderness camp craft
  • Backcountry navigation
  • Teaching-level knowledge of the NCOAE core curriculum
  • Navigating international logistics and Spanish-language variables
  • Itinerary
  • FAQs
  • Credits
  • Outcomes
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Itinerary Highlights

    • Become certified as a Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer, 1 credit
    • Receive a certification in wilderness medicine
    • NCOAE Curriculum for outdoor educators, teachers, and trip leaders
    • Gain experience in expedition planning, wilderness risk management, environmental studies, backcountry navigation, teaching in the wilderness, outdoor technology skills, and more.

    Why Take This Course

    • Advance your knowledge of environmental science & outdoor education curriculum — while living and learning in Chile’s wild, beautiful places
    • Discover which areas of outdoor and wilderness education are best suited to your strengths
    • Acquire the career skills you need to teach and travel in pristine destinations around the world!

    Where You’ll Be

    • Chile and Argentina
    • Cascadas de las Ánimas
    • Volcan San José
    • Río Tolten and Río San Pedro
    What is the Patagonia Outdoor Educator Course?

    The Patagonia Outdoor Educator Course is a 24-day co-ed outdoor education training program takes you to the southern hemisphere where you’ll learn the skills you need to plan, prepare, and lead outdoor adventure-based experiential education courses. You will develop a wide-range of wilderness and leadership skills, including kayaking, skiing, raft guiding, backpacking, backcountry cooking, wilderness camping, international travel planning, environmental and civic responsibility, leadership and communication styles, decision-making, and teamwork. No other program offers a combination of hands-on experiential educator training in an international setting.

    At the end of this training, you’ll be qualified to participate in leading groups in the backcountry using your newly developed skills. If your career game plan includes working full time as an outdoor educator with international experience, this course is for you.

    Where in Patagonia will our course visit?

    Your group will board a plane bound for Santiago, Chile, where you will be introduced to our local contacts. Soon after your arrival, you will explore some of the most beautiful mountains and rivers in the world, from the snow-capped volcanoes of Patagonia and powerful heights of the Andes. Chile is a land of extremes, and you’ll see it all — from the driest desert on the planet to the extensive southern glacial fields and everything in between.

    Your course may include backpacking on the Chile-Argentina border, paddling Río Maipo and Cascada de las Ánimas, the Río San Pedro in Valdivia Province of southern Chile, Río Toltén in La Araucanía Region, and visits to the hot springs of Baños Colina, Santiago, and Pucón.

    Do I need to have any previous experience in outdoor adventure sports?

    No. Previous experience is not required. NCOAE will teach you all the basics you need to know to thrive in the wilderness, and then let you apply them among your group of peers. We will train you in the skills necessary to become a competent wilderness leader.

    How far will we backpack in Patagonia?

    While there are no predetermined distances, you may travel several miles one day and none the next. You will learn to embrace and appreciate the unknown and unexpected.

    What activities will I engage in?

    You will engage in a wide range of experiential wilderness learning activities, including map and compass wilderness navigation, international expedition planning, paddling, backpacking, campcraft, backcountry cooking, kayaking, and wilderness risk management, with specific time included for communing with nature, journaling, engaging in rich cultural exchange, and reflecting in solitude.

    What do I need to do to prepare physically for the course?

    Physical preparation depends on your fitness level. You don’t need to be a triathlete to participate, but you will be responsible for carrying your own equipment and some of the group gear while maintaining a positive attitude. The backpacking section will require you to carry 40 pounds or more over rough and rugged terrain, through various environments. The paddling sections will require sitting and paddling for long periods of time and walking on rugged, slippery shorelines or through the water while carrying or pulling your boat.

    Do I need to buy any special equipment or clothes for the course?

    Yes. NCOAE provides all necessary group gear and food, but you will want, or be required, to bring certain items for yourself. We encourage you to contact NCOAE with all of your gear questions as early as possible. Start planning now by viewing the NCOAE 24-Day Patagonia Pack List.

    What do I need to do physically to prepare for the course?

    Physical preparation depends on your fitness level. You don’t need to be a triathlete to participate, but you will be responsible for carrying your own equipment and some of the group gear while maintaining a positive attitude. The backpacking section will require you to carry 40 pounds or more over rough and rugged terrain, through various environments. The paddling sections will require sitting and paddling for long periods of time and walking on rugged, slippery shorelines or through the water while carrying or pulling your boat.

    How many people will be in my group?

    Each group has one to three instructors and eight to 15 students. We maintain an instructor-to-student ratio of no less than one instructor for every five students.

    Beyond my tuition, what will I need to pay for in Patagonia?

    Your tuition covers all major costs related to your room, board, and lodging, except when specified in the itinerary. You may request an optional meal out when we are in an urban area, which you would need to pay for separately. Additionally, you’ll need to budget a small stipend for your personal items, including souvenirs, extra snacks, and gifts.

    How do I book my flight?

    All Travel Arrangements for NCOAE International programs are managed and facilitated by NCOAE’s trusted travel agency professionals, Travel Associates.  Travel Associates is a bespoke travel agency staffed by MaryJo Palmer and Heidi Cunningham, both seasoned Travel Advisors with years of experience behind them.  MaryJo and Heidi are based in Woodstock, Vermont but assist with customers based around the world.  While Travel Associates specialty is luxury travel, they are also highly skilled at complex itineraries and can provide guidance on everything from upgrades to Visas to Travel Insurance.  Upon enrolling in an NCOAE program, you will need to contact Mary Jo or Heidi at either 800-640-4137 or 802-332-3511, or by email at maryjo.palmer@travelassociates.us and heidi.cunningham@travelassociates.us  to secure your travel arrangements.

    What is the average age of participants?

    The average age is about 21 years, with a range between 18 and 60. The minimum age to enroll in the course is 18.

    Will we have any free time to ourselves?

    Part of every NCOAE course is the solo experience. You will have the opportunity to spend a set number of days alone in the backcountry to meet your personal needs and desired outcomes.

    Is financial aid available? Can I earn college credits? How do I apply?

    At this time, we do not offer financial aid.  However, if you are a college student you may be able to use your existing federal financial aid to help pay for your course, and you may receive college credits through a consortium agreement with NCOAE. If you are attending a college or university as part of a degree granting program, your advisor can determine whether your school will accept and transfer academic credits for participating in NCOAE courses from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. If it does, consult your financial aid office to determine if, how, and which funds may be used toward your NCOAE course costs. For more information on the consortium agreement process, contact studentservices@ncoae.org.

    Academic Credit

    Your work during our Outdoor Educator Instructor training course is eligible for up to six college-level credits through The University of North Carolina – Wilmington:

    • EVS 485: Issues in Sustainability: 6 credits
    • EVS 592: Issues in Sustainability: 6 credits

    Course Outcomes

    This course is for you if you want to explore Chile, if you want to gain technical outdoor skills, and/or if your career game plan includes working full-time as an outdoor educator with international experience.

    Where do you want to go (physically, mentally, socially, academic, etc.)?

    NCOAE’s international programming objectives revolve around the concepts of self, community, action and impact; focus on authentic international learning and hands-on education; and involve locals and communities to create meaningful academic and personal connections.

    A fundamental part of this course includes map and compass reading, wilderness navigation, water safety techniques, the fine art of setting up a campsite, “reading” rapids, paddle strokes and maneuvers, wave dynamics, marine ecology, river surfing and more.

    How will NCOAE help you get there?

    You’ll be immersed in 24-powerful days of the National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education’s (NCOAE) Core Curriculum — an approach to facilitating, guiding and leading that is unrivaled in the industry.

    On top of all that, we can pretty much guarantee you’ll have an advantage over others when you apply for entry-level job openings in the fields of outdoor education, adventure-based education, backcountry guiding, college and university outdoor recreation programs, and others throughout the country.

    Upcoming Dates / Reserve Your Spot

    A 24-day Patagonia expedition designed to give you the skills needed to work professionally as an outdoor educator with international experience. And, it’s absolutely spectacular.

    Available Dates
    Dec 11, 2018 - Jan 03, 2019
    Dec 10, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020
    Dec 08, 2020 - Dec 30, 2020

    We can pretty much guarantee you’ll have an advantage over others when you apply for entry-level job openings in the fields of outdoor education, adventure-based education, backcountry guiding, college and university outdoor recreation programs, and others throughout the country.