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Chile

Patagonia Conservation Program

Spend a semester living and conducting research with Round River in Patagonia. Our semester program takes students to southern Chile, where we work with local organizations...

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Canada

Taku Watershed Conservation Program

Round River's Taku Watershed Conservation Program is a 6-week summer program in northern British Columbia, offering students the opportunity to experience a vast wild place...

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Botswana

Botswana Conservation Program

Spend a semester living, studying, and conducting research with Round River in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Delta is...

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Mongolia

Mongolia Conservation Program

Round River Conservation Studies' Mongolia Conservation Program provides an incredible opportunity to experience the vast landscapes and biodiversity of Mongolia. Operating...

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Costa Rica

Osa Peninsula Conservation Program

Experience Round River's newest program on the Osa Peninsula in beautiful Costa Rica! The Osa Peninsula was named "the most biologically intense place on earth" by National...

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Round River Conservation Studies Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Best Decision Ever

Going on this program was one of the best decisions I've ever made, both in college and in general. When I applied, I did not have a thorough idea of what I wanted to do with my future and I felt quite discontented by this.

After 4 amazing months of backpacking through the most beautiful landscape I've ever seen, participating in fascinating scientific research with some of the most interesting and wonderful people I've ever met, I found my outlook was fundamentally changed. I will never forget the friendships, beauty, and lessons of Patagonia.

Program: Patagonia Conservation Program

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

Amazing Summer in BC

I learned a lot about the natural history of the area, conservation efforts, and the Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRTFN) with Round River this past summer. We went out on day hikes in the Atlin area to conduct our field work as well as record our opportunistic sightings of wildlife. The area is remote and just stunning. In the middle of the program, we hiked to the Nakina River and spent a few days on the river, which has significant cultural meaning to the Tlingit. We also had the opportunity to interact and talk to these Tlingit community members over home-cooked meals and even a boat ride! These experiences shifted my understanding of conservation biology to a more nuanced and complex understanding. The program instructors, having done this program for more than five years, knew the area extremely well and were awesome to get to know. Truly a program I would recommend.

Program: Taku Watershed Conservation Program

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

Rugged & Pristine

My time in Patagonia went by so quickly it's funny to look back on those three months of my college career. I had always dreamed of going there (it's a climbers' and mountaineers' paradise) and so I knew I was getting into something pretty amazing when I got accepted. Living alone in a tent for 90 days was surprisingly easy to adjust to, I actually craved it when I was assimilated back in the US. During my time there I felt less like an academic student and more of a world traveller, being immersed in the cultural flow and learning from the locals. If you're a hands on learner who is interested in wildlife biology, ecotourism or learning more about different conservation strategies, I'd like to say this program would be fitting.

Program: Patagonia Conservation Program

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Round River-Patagonia, spring 2015

Round River provides students with opportunities to bolster their life skills. Such opportunities include but are certainly not limited to:
-Hiking for several days in cold rain with a heavy pack while exchanging witty banter and information on the abundance of different plant species with new friends
-Eat absurd quantities of disc-shaped breads
-Learn the arcane details of bird identification in the Southern Hemisphere
-Embarrass yourself in front of locals with your less-than-passable Spanish language skills while attempting to buy wooden dowels
-Study the effects of hygiene negligence on the prevailing aromatic regimes of your Marmot brand sleeping bag
-Attempt to set up an orange tent in 70 mile-per-hour straight line winds
-Fix a tent pole broken by 70 mile-per-hour straight line winds

Program: Patagonia Conservation Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

Unique experience in the Bush

The Okavango is an unbelievably biodiverse area. Living in the midst of all of the wildlife that I had dreamed of seeing since a little kid was surreal. Going to sleep listening to lion roars and waking up to elephant rumbles was more than I could have ever asked for. The research that we did while moving around northern Botswana was also extremely helpful for my personal growth and future career. I learned all about different research methods and also had the opportunity to design and carry out my own research project. The classes taught during the program were relevant and the conversations we had during class (usually under a big tree, often interrupted by wildlife walking by) were stimulating and also helped broaden my perspectives on conservation globally. I genuinely felt like I was helping the areas that I was in by being a part of conservation efforts that were involved with the communities that they work in.

Program: Botswana Conservation Program

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