Colorado: Wilderness First Aid Adventure


Explore Colorado and its many scenic wonders as you earn your Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification with NOLS – the leader in wilderness medicine courses.
  • Hone your Wilderness Advanced First Aid skills and earn your WAFA certification
  • Discover what kinds of preventative health measures can be used to save lives in the great
  • Shadow and learn from community members and experts in the field
  • Enjoy hikes in the Colorado wilderness, a bucket list item for nature enthusiasts
  • Take to the water on a kayaking or river rafting excursion

On This Program you will...

Learn how Wilderness Advanced First Aid can make a meaningful difference for those who travel into remote environments, all amongst the beautiful panoramic views of Colorado. Earning your Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification is a perfect stepping stone to those who want to enter into the health field. Not only does it provide you with basic life skills to care for yourself, but also educates you on health concepts in a very hands-on way. Going through this certification experience on-program is as enriching and empowering as it is challenging. This opportunity is ideal for those who want to travel or work in the wilderness in the future and stay healthy while traveling.

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

Contribute to meaningful service projects that provide for improved public heath and wellness. Depending on the needs of the community at your time of arrival, your service could include initiatives such as health data collection, public health advocacy, putting together first aid kits for distribution, or projects that support the long-term health and sustainability of the local environment. Your new WAFA certification will also equip you for future service work off the beaten path, as you will learn the basic skills to communicate with any individual who does not share your the same language, and applies to both humans and animals alike.

Immersive Learning

Earn your Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification through NOLS – the leader in wilderness medicine courses – as part of an intensive 5-day WAFA course during your program. Certified students will be able to conduct a basic physical exam, evaluate patient history, read vital signs and be prepared to deliver emergency care in the wild. Learn the basics of first aid and field medicine, and how important knowing these life-saving techniques can be for those who frequent nature trails or locations far from population centers with easy access to professional care. You will also get a chance to hear from guest speakers and local leaders entrusted with ensuring public health and wellness.


Enjoy a kayaking or rafting excursion in a state famed for its many rapids and rivers. And don’t forget to bring your hiking boots! From mountains to nature trails, Colorado is jam-packed with opportunities to hike while exploring the local wilderness; spot local flora and fauna on your treks. Additionally, consider earning your Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification an adventure in its own right. You will learn many new skills through real-life role plays and expedition-based learning that can be truly exhilarating.

Dates & Tuition


Wilderness First Aid Adventure

10-Day Program
2021 Dates
June 30 – July 9, 2021
Duration: 10 Days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 10
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 16-19
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Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Ground transportation
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Professional full-time staff and experts
  • 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
  • Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
  • Educational materials

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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any middle school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

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