THIS IS YOUR MOMENT. SAVOR IT.
NOLS created the orginal wilderness semester and we continue to lead the way - just like our graduates. Semester and year courses are ideal for gap year programs, study abroad, sabbaticals, college programs and more.
At NOLS, you'll spend your time in remote wilderness locations around the world learning multiple outdoor skills and gaining in-depth leadership skills through an extensive hands on progression guided by your instructors. These skills and experiences will prepare you for any college or career. Graduate with confidence in yourself and certifications that will give others the same confidence in your leadership.
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One thing’s for sure, I would not have been the same person if I had just gone to college after high school. As a college student now I realize just how sweet the whole NOLS experience was. I personally think if everyone took a NOLS trip sometime after high school, the world would be a better place.
A NOLS course provides an excellent transition from high school to university because it is a generous gift of time and adventure to reflect on where you have been, who you are, and who you would like to become. Its challenges require personal growth, especially in teamwork and other interpersonal skills. It requires students to disconnect from their digital world for an extended period, providing space for them to come to know and appreciate our national world.
Parents have concerns about their children going off to college, and having an intermediate step for kids is a good thing… They are better prepared for adversity and challenges in life because they’ve experienced adversity and challenges at NOLS.
Away from technology, social norms, and societal restrictions I felt free, and excited for life at all times. That is a feeling that I will never forget and one that I will continue to strive for throughout my life… I truly believe that my NOLS course was the turning point in my life, and I emerged from it a better person in every way