Gain skills and explore your interest in wilderness education.
The Instructor Development Course is a 50-day intensive practicum designed to prepare you for the exciting world of outdoor leadership and wilderness education.
Through training, practice, feedback and reflection, you will gain the teaching and technical skills necessary for working in the field of outdoor education. While all of our gap year and semester offerings provide unparalleled opportunities for skill building and personal growth, the Instructor Development Course is more specialized. You will learn from the experience of the expedition as well as learn the craft of designing an expedition to create a meaningful experience. You need not have previous teaching or leading experience; just a high level of fitness, a dedication to building an expeditionary community, a love of the outdoors and a strong interest in the outdoor classroom.
Throughout the course you will share leadership and teaching opportunities. During moments when you are not in a leadership or teaching role, you will be in a follower/student role. For that reason, your full participation in every activity and every day is essential to the learning of the whole group. All Wilderness Instructor Course students will:
Engage fully in all aspects of the expedition, including formal lessons, group decisions, skills practice and wilderness living tasks.
Be active drivers for their own learning as well as contributors to the learning of others
Think and act so as to protect and enhance the physical and emotional safety of themselves and others