River Crossing.

Andes Leadership Semester

Patagonia to Peru

A 3-month semester in South America

Enroll
Duration
84 Days
Description

Advanced level course for alumni of expedition, leadership, and international experiences. This course includes wilderness exploration, Andean culture, Spanish language and rock climbing in a Dragons partnership with the High Mountain Institute. Upcoming semesters and COVID-19.

*College Credit Available

Dates

Feb 7 - May 1, 2022


Suggested Ages

18-25

Number of Participants

12


Availability

Five Spaces

Begins In

19 Weeks

Land Cost

$16,400


Estimated Flight Cost

$2,000

Sacred Valley

Apu Ausangate

Program Overview

The Andes are the world’s longest mountain range, stretching over 4,000 miles from Tierra del Fuego to the Caribbean coast.


They contain some of the world’s greatest ecological diversity: from wind-swept tundra, vast ice fields, and misty lenga and temperate rainforests in the south. In these dramatic landscapes, students encounter cultures whose livelihood is reliant on an intimate connection with the land: gauchos herding sheep and drinking yerba mate in Patagonia and traditional Quechua farmers harvesting quinoa and potatoes on ancient terraces in the Peruvian Andes.

This rugged course offers mountain-loving students the opportunity to explore two of the most intriguing parts of the range – Chilean Patagonia and the Southern Peruvian Andes. While no previous trekking or backcountry…

They contain some of the world’s greatest ecological diversity: from wind-swept tundra, vast ice fields, and misty lenga and temperate rainforests in the south. In these dramatic landscapes, students encounter cultures whose livelihood is reliant on an intimate connection with the land: gauchos herding sheep and drinking yerba mate in Patagonia and traditional Quechua farmers harvesting quinoa and potatoes on ancient terraces in the Peruvian Andes.

This rugged course offers mountain-loving students the opportunity to explore two of the most intriguing parts of the range – Chilean Patagonia and the Southern Peruvian Andes. While no previous trekking or backcountry experience is required, students will gain a variety of outdoor and expeditionary skills such as expedition planning, navigation, remote wilderness travel, high-altitude experience, and rock climbing. Participants will also improve their Spanish and leadership skills, gain a deeper understanding of Andean mountain culture and spirituality, and examine various perspectives on environmental conservation. Through these themes, students will be challenged to consider their own relationship to important global issues and their capacity as leaders to address them.

This unique partnership between HMI and Dragons will draw on the respective experience and expertise of each organization, especially from HMI’s Patagonia Gap program and Dragons Andes and Amazon Semester. As an advanced course, students will be given myriad student-directed learning opportunities and ownership over the course activities and community. Specifically, students will have time to craft their own small group learning expeditions in Peru; whether apprenticing with a local artisan, continuing Spanish Study, researching food security in a small Quechua village, enrolling in the local language school, or advancing their rock climbing or mountain skills, this time will allow students to take a deep dive into a topic of their choice with a small peer group that share interests. As a culmination and integration of all the skills students have learned and practiced, the group will be tasked with planning and executing a student-led expedition at the end of the semester.

For more information e-mail Tim Hare at tim@wheretherebedragons.com

Apply Here

Read More Read Less Sample Itinerary

For-Credit Course Option

In order to deepen your experience abroad, you may elect to enroll in college-level courses while participating on the Andes Leadership Gap semester program. Those who enroll in an optional course will be invoiced an additional $1,800 on top of the land cost, for up to 20 college credits. To learn more, click here.

Students who take courses for-credit will receive a transcript from our School of Records after successful completion of the program.

Academics

Through our School of Records, you may take the following courses for-college credit:

  • SPAN 150: Spanish I, SPAN 250: Spanish II, SPAN 350: Spanish III
  • ANTH 299: People and Places – How Location Affects Culture
  • ESM 101: Environmental Sustainability
  • ESM 102: Global Perspectives
  • ESM 199: Climate Change and Its Impacts
  • GEOG 299: Geography of Global Issues
  • HIST 299: Colonialization and Western Influences
  • INTL 199: Globalization Awareness and Community Development
  • INTL 299: Leadership Across Borders
  • MGMT 299: Principles of Economics; International Economics
  • PHE 299: Healthcare Systems and the Affected
  • PHL 299: Introduction to Spiritual/ Religious Studies & Their Roles in Culture
  • PSY 299: Culture and Its Influence on the Ways People Operate
  • SOC 199: Self and Community – Culture, Cohort, and Self

See full Course Offering descriptions.