Spring Semester – Himalaya

The Semester Himalaya with NCOAE is all about gaining the skills you need to give back.

Questions? Call NCOAE Support (910) 399-8090

At-a-Glance

If you love the remote mountains and thrive on the idea of working with local people, our Overseas Adventure and Apprenticeship is for you. This 92-day co-ed course takes you from the skills-based medical course at NCOAE to the massive Himalaya, where you’ll get to know the local people and culture, and understand how your outdoor and medical skills can make a difference in the world.

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Ages:  
18+
Duration:  
92 days

$19,400.00

(Affordable Options Available)

Course Information

Adventure First

We’ll start with a 19-day EMT-basic training at NCOAE in North Carolina, quickly followed by the Wilderness Upgrade for EMT (W-EMT). After you’ve earned your EMT and W-EMT credentials, we will board a plane to the mighty Himalayas. Our group will trek to remote regions in the mountains, raft exciting Himalayan Rivers, have an introduction to eastern medicine, and assist in offering a wilderness first-aid class to Nepali outdoor guides. You’ll gain skills in high-altitude trekking, camp craft, technical mountaineering, international travel, environmental and civic responsibility, leadership and communications styles, as well as decision-making and teamwork.

The finale of this expedition includes a high-altitude trek and mountaineering experience that includes glacier travel, and moderate snow and ice climbing, while ascending the 20,000+ foot Island Peak. And at the end of this training, you’ll be able to guide groups internationally using these newly developed skills.

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  • Duration: 92 days
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Tuition: $19,400.00
  • Credit Hours: 26
Available Dates
Feb 05, 2018 - Apr 30, 2018

Education Always

  • 19-Day ‘Intensive’ EMT-Basic (EMT-B)
  • Hybrid Wilderness EMT (W-EMT)
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer certification
  • Expedition planning
  • Wilderness Risk Management
  • Remote wilderness camp craft
  • Backcountry navigation
  • Expedition cooking and food planning
  • Experience best practices in environmental and civic responsibility
  • Teaching-level knowledge of the NCOAE core curriculum
  • Navigating international logistics and Nepali-language variables
  • Itinerary
  • FAQs
  • Academic Credit
  • Course Outcomes
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Course Highlights

  • Trek the remote Kanchenjunga Trek around the third highest peak in the world, one of the best hidden secrets of Nepal.
  • Raft the little-known, eastern part of Nepal and enjoy a multi-day river trip on the mighty Tumur River. Balance days of rafting exhilarating class 4 and 5 rapids, and nights of camping under the stars on beautiful beaches in this remote region.
  • Trek in Everest region, the world’s finest high mountain zone. You’ll witness magnificent landscapes, imposing and prestigious peaks, tapering ridges and colorful villages during your days on the trail. Our route takes you through the high Khumbu Mountains – Sherpa country – before arriving at the foot of Everest.
  • Spend a night at Everest Base Camp with Everest climbing expeditions from around the world, before attempting Imja Tse, or Island Peak, which tops out at 20,305 feet, offering stunning views of Ama Dablam, the south face of Lhotse and Mount Everest.

Why Take This Course

  • Trek the Everest Region and spend time in remote Himalaya villages
  • Earn your EMT and Wilderness EMT credentials
  • Teach Western emergency medicine to villagers of the Himalayas
  • Volunteer and practice your skills in a remote village clinic
  • Learn Eastern medicine techniques and skills

Where You’ll Be

  • Wilmington, North Carolina (for EMT Training)
  • Nepal (Kathmandu)
  • Temur River
  • Mt. Everest
  • Renjo La Pass
What is the Spring Semester — Himalaya course?

This 92-day co-ed course starts with a 19-day EMT training session that includes basic EMT training at NCOAE in North Carolina quickly followed by intensive Wilderness EMT (W-EMT) hybrid training.

After earning your W-EMT certification, you and your group will board a plane to Nepal. Shortly after your arrival, you will trek to remote regions in the mighty Himalayan mountains, raft exciting rivers, have an introduction to eastern medicine, and assist in offering a wilderness first-aid class to Nepali outdoor guides. You’ll gain skills in high-altitude trekking, campcraft, technical mountaineering, international travel, environmental and civic responsibility, leadership, communication styles, decision-making, and teamwork.

Where will we visit?

After completing your wilderness medical training on the Atlantic coast of North Carolina, we will leave the USA for Kathmandu, Nepal. Once in Nepal, we will raft the Tumur River and trek around the third highest peak in the world, Kanchenjunga (28,169 feet!) on the border of Nepal and India. Two months into the course, we’ll return to Kathmandu to meet with Nepali rural health and international disaster relief professionals to discuss the ongoing issues surrounding rebuilding efforts following last year’s earthquake. We will also trek through Thame, the Namche Bazaar, Lumde, Gokyo, Chukkung, the Khumbu Mountains to the base of Mount Everest, Everest Base Camp, and climb to High Camp at 18,400 feet, before finally attempting the 20,305-foot Imja Tse (Island Peak).

What humanitarian and cultural efforts will we participate in?

You will be utilizing your newly developed emergency medicine skills and knowledge to train villagers living in very remote villages. You will have opportunities to train others to use technical medical equipment, assess and diagnose medical problems, and recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies. You will also help facilitate Wilderness First Responder training for several of the Sherpas who make a living climbing Mt. Everest and who work as guides, cooks, and porters. You will have many opportunities to live and work closely with local residents to experience local cultures, foods, and different worldviews.

What adventures and activities will I participate in?

You will be involved in a variety of adventures, including multi-day rafting, glacier travel, alpine climbing, and high altitude mountaineering through snow and ice. You will also work in remote village medical clinics alongside doctors of eastern medicine, learning from them and teaching what you have learned through your Wilderness First Responder and EMT training.

Will I have any time alone to enjoy the beauty of Nepal and the Himalayas?

Yes. Part of every NCOAE course includes a solo experience. You will have the opportunity to spend several days completely alone in the backcountry to meet your personal needs and desired outcomes.

Do I have to complete the NCOAE Wilderness EMT certification to participate in the Himalaya Semester course?

You are not required to have an EMT certification, but you are required to hold or obtain a current WMTC Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or WMTC EMT certification to participate in this course. All participants must have a valid WMTC WFR at the minimum.

Because the Himalaya Semester course is a remote expedition, and is geared toward those interested in emergency medicine and humanitarian efforts, all Himalaya Semester team members are expected to have a high level of wilderness medical training.

WMTC wilderness medical courses and teaching methodologies provide students with a far more detailed level of physiological and pathophysiological knowledge and hands-on experience than other providers. Successful completion of a WMTC course is required to ensure that all Himalaya Semester course students will be able to perform in the field at WMTC’s level of skill and understanding.

The Himalaya Semester course is a remote expedition, and is geared toward those interested in emergency medicine and outdoor education, and all Himalaya Semester team members are expected to have a high level of wilderness medical training. You may elect to complete only the NCOAE Semester WFR class at the end of the

EMT training in order to acquire a current WFR certification.

Do I need to have wilderness medicine or mountaineering experience?

Previous experience is not required, but this course will require dedication and physical stamina:

  • The 19-day intensive EMT training is fast paced and includes the same information taught in a full semester college EMT course.
  • You will be trekking at 20,000 feet. High altitude hiking, backpacking, and even walking are very strenuous for people who are not acclimated to higher elevations.
  • Alpine climbing, mountaineering, and rafting involve heavy exertion for extended periods of time.
  • We recommend that you begin a personal physical training regimen to support your cardio system as soon as you register for your course.
Do I need to buy any special equipment or clothes for my course?

NCOAE provides all necessary group gear and food, but you will want, or be required, to bring certain items for yourself, such as hiking boots and a camera. We encourage you to contact NCOAE with all of your gear questions as early as possible. Start planning now by viewing the NCOAE Himalaya Semester Pack List.

What is the average group size and instructor/student ratio?

Each group has two or three instructors and eight to 12 students. We maintain an instructor-to-student ratio of no less than one instructor for every four students.

How old are most students in the Himalaya Semester course?

Longer courses such as this one which also incorporate advanced medical training tend to attract students 24 years and older, and we commonly see participants in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. The minimum age is 18.

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

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 be able to earn 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 NCOAE – Keystone College, or NCOAE – University of North Carolina Wilmington, college credits. If your school is able to transfer the credits, consult your school’s financial aid office for details on using your federal financial aid to help cover NCOAE course costs. For more information on the consortium agreement process, contact officeadmin@ncoae.org.

Academic Credit

You are eligible to receive  a maximum of 16 credit hours from the list below during this semester program. You will need to align any of the listed academic credits/courses with your degree program. Please call NCOAE with questions on applying for transferable credit hours.

Your work during our Spring Semester – Himalaya may be eligible for college-level credits through Keystone College:

  • ANTH 2110 — Peoples & Cultures of the Himalayas: 2 credits
  • COMM 3135 — Small Group Communication: 3 credits
  • EXPL 2110 — Experiential Learning: 3 credits
  • GEOG 3110 — Cultural Geography: 2 credits
  • LEAD 1110 — Foundations of Leadership: 3 credits
  • LEAD 2110 — Team Building: 3 credits
  • PHED 1125 F2F 001 — 1st Aid/Safety: 2 credits
  • SRM 1018 — Hiking and Habitat: 2 credits
  • SRM 2110 — Program Development and Planning: 3 credits
  • SRM 3135 — Facilitation of Leadership Activities: 3 credits

Course Outcomes

This combination of US-based medical training and overseas practice is experiential education at its finest. If you love mountain culture, being in the outdoors, and meeting new people, then a semester in North Carolina and Nepal with NCOAE will be a dream come true.

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

Academically, you’ll absorb a wealth of information about Nepali history, culture, and current issues. Professionally, you’ll practice and discuss medical scenarios related to alpine landscapes, high altitude, and remote, developing world settings. Culturally, you’ll pass through many small villages belonging to several different ethnic groups, which allows you to experience rural Nepali life and culture. Personally, you’ll gain an understanding of yourself and your place in the world.

How will NCOAE help you get there?

If you would like to work in rescue and crisis response around the world, this semester will challenge you to learn and practice more than you thought possible in 92-days. This semester allows you to explore the best kept secrets of Nepal and give back to local people. Finally, you will gain the confidence to respond to unexpected challenges and emergencies, even in a foreign country.

The international programming goals revolve around self, community, action and impact; focus on authentic international learning and hands-on education; and, at each level, involve locals and communities to create meaningful academic and personal connections.

This Spring Semester – Himalaya course and academic adventure is only offered through NCOAE, which is why we’re excited to offer it in Nepal.

Upcoming Dates / Reserve Your Spot

This Spring Semester – Himalaya course and academic adventure is only offered through NCOAE, which is why we’re excited to offer it in Nepal.

Available Dates
Feb 05, 2018 - Apr 30, 2018

The international programming goals revolve around self, community, action and impact; focus on authentic international learning and hands-on education; and, at each level, involve locals and communities to create meaningful academic and personal connections.