Round River Conservation Studies - Patagonia, Chile Program

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  • Location(s): Patagonia, Chile
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Research

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Round River offers a field-based study abroad program in the Patagonia region of southern Chile. Based out of the small town of Cochrane, students spend most of the semester hiking, bushwhacking, and back-packing while conducting wildlife research... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.6
Based on 32 Reviews
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My experience abroad was completely worthwhile. I gained valuable field research skills and learned about the challenges of conservation work. I also made life long friends and joined the supportive and caring community that is Round River. - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
I learned a lot of field skills, but I also learned how to live and work with a small group of people for long periods of time. I gained a lot of confidence in myself. Studying abroad challenges you, but Round River supports you. - Franklin & Marshall College View Entire Review
Language skill, field work experience, and yes it was entirely worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A deeper understanding of the complexities of conservation and new ways of looking at it as a scientific and social issue. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
I grew out of a lot of anxiety and learned to deal with challenges as they came and adapt to ever-changing plans and conditions. Absolutely worthwhile, brought me to some of the most amazing places I will ever go and crazy experiences I will remember for a lifetime. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Round River Conservation Studies - Patagonia, Chile Program
I gained a remarkable understanding and interest in the natural history of Patagonia. I also learned and experienced the importance and difficulty of conservation planning in rural areas like Patagonia. My study abroad experience was incredibly worthwhile overall. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
February 07, 2017 Time Flies In Patagonia
I gained insights in my field of interest that I otherwise wouldn't have gained any other way. I found program, as a whole, was pretty gratifying/worthwhile but at times sometimes I felt that it wasn't simply because of some of the adverse conditions we happened to face. - Westminster College, UT View Entire Review
Absolutely, I'm certain the international, conservation, and field experience I gained there will stay with me for my entire life. - Carleton College View Entire Review
I feel like the program prepared me extremely well for doing future research in conservation biology. Not simply from academic knowledge, but having the experience of what it's like to spend months doing field research, of what it takes to prepare an expedition, of field research methods, etc. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Learned a lot about myself, gained confidence in being independent and self sufficient. Realized bonds and keeping in touch are some of the most important parts of life. Very worthwhile. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
Yes. How to live by myself and realize what's important in life. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
Man. I learned about how conservation gets done, how to debate my viewpoint, how to be a guest, how to make friends across language borders. - Marlboro College View Entire Review
December 21, 2015 The Hardest Goodbye
I learned that I can live with a lot less and give a lot more. Everyone was awesome on the program and I have never learned so much about conservation, the world and myself in such little time. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
I learned an incredible amount of detail about local species of plants and animals, and also a lot about the complexity and necessity of planning well for large, long-term group expeditions. It was absolutely worthwhile and the skills and knowledge I gained there will serve me for a lifetime. - Carleton College View Entire Review
I came away from the program with so many new friendships and a much deeper understanding of what it means to be a conservationist. Also, I learned how to be a more flexible and successful member of a community. - Oberlin College View Entire Review
Gained immense knowledge on how to traveling and how to let yourself become absorbed in a culture. I met incredible people that I will have in my life forever. - University of New Hampshire View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Round River Conservation Studies - Patagonia, Chile Program
Field techniques, group dynamics, as well as cultural experience and travel experience - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
I gained a deeper appreciation for the complexities of conservation and that other countries struggle with many of the same problems the United States struggles with. I loved the immersive projects in which we learned about and put into play economic, political, social, and environmental factors. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
I gained many valuable skills but mostly an appreciation for the outdoors and learned how to be more adaptable. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the ecosystem and myself. - Seattle University View Entire Review
it was 100% worthwhile - University of Vermont View Entire Review
I learned an immense amount about scientific fieldwork and cultural history. The experience redefined my notions of environmentalism and cemented my desire to pursue a career in the field. Additionally, it provided me with cultural knowledge to continue traveling in Chile and Bolivia for three months following the program. - Westminster College, UT View Entire Review
Very formative...Some Spanish, some wildlife skills, a whole new breadth of perspective on the overlap between culture and ecology. - College of Saint Benedict and Saint Johns University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and about my views of conservation. It was so, so worth it! - Carleton College View Entire Review
It was the best semester I've had at college and one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Not only did I see the most beautiful places in the world, I also made connections that will last a lifetime. My outlook on the world and conservation of it was changed for the better and I left with an optimistic view on what I will... - Northland College View Entire Review

About

Round River offers a field-based study abroad program in the Patagonia region of southern Chile. Based out of the small town of Cochrane, students spend most of the semester hiking, bushwhacking, and back-packing while conducting wildlife research and assisting our local partners with conservation projects. The semester is spent exploring two national parks: Bernardo O'Higgins to the south and Patagonia National Park to the north. Round River partners with CONAF and Conservacion Patagonica to assist with local conservation and biodiversity monitoring projects in these two protected areas. 

Current projects include:


  • Huemul deer surveys (recording presence of scat, tracks, and live sightings; the huemul deer is an endemic and endangered species)


  • Vizcacha habitat suitability surveys (the vizcacha is a small alpine-dwelling rodent)


  • Bird point counts

  • Ñandu surveys (the ñandu is vulnerable, flightless bird endemic to Patagonia, whose population is declining)

  • Vegetation studies in recently de-glaciated areas

  • Ecological restoration in Tamango Reserve (removing invasive tree species)


Courses taught include:

  • Applied Conservation Biology


  • Introduction to Biological Field Methods


  • Natural History of Patagonia


  • Applied Restoration Ecology


  • Humans and the Environment

Students can earn up to 15 semester credits through Westminster College of Salt Lake City.


Semesters offered:

  • Spring (Jan-Apr)


  • Fall (Sep-Dec)



Financial Aid:

  • Round River offers a need-based scholarship, the Edward Abbey Scholarship


  • Students may use federal financial aid towards our program tuition


Our unique programs give students the opportunity to contribute to local conservation, while gaining valuable field skills and earning undergraduate course credits. Small group size (8-12 students) ensures you get to know your students and instructors well, and allows the group to access remote wilderness areas with minimal ecological impacts. 

Visit our website for more information, and check out our Student Blog for photos and stories from current and past programs. Get in touch with us to learn more, and to contact alumni.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Animal Sciences
  • Natural Resources, Conservation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Latin American Studies
  • Zoology, Animal Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
2012
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Round River Conservation Studies Scholarships

Round River offers scholarships to students through our Edward Abbey Scholarship Fund. Edward Abbey was a friend to many and an inspiration to all associated with Round River. Ed’s family has graciously agreed that we may use his name in this manner. We are committed to involving dedicated and qualified students in our conservation projects and we will work with you to facilitate your application and financial needs. Financial assistance to qualified students from Round River is available from the Edward Abbey Scholarship Fund.

$500-$5,000

Deadlines:
Students should submit an application for the Edward Abbey Scholarship within 3 weeks of paying their deposit to be considered.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Scholarship applications will not be considered unless a student has applied for a Round River program and has all application materials in. Special arrangements may be made for extended scholarship application deadlines, only if a student has contacted Round River well in advance of the deadline.

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