Wilderness & International Leadership Development (WILD) FAQ's
GIVE's Wilderness and International Leadership Development (WILD) program takes you deep into the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Jagged glaciated peaks, fresh alpine lakes, waterfalls and ancient timber forests will serve as your classroom, with practical field scenarios allowing you to apply your knowledge and perfect your skills in some of the most spectacular wilderness of the USA. This itinerary is designed to provide you with a perfect balance of professional training and lifelong memories.
- How long is the WILD Course?
- WILD: Pacific Northwest is 8 days total for summer courses and 7 days total for alternative spring break courses. The first and last days of the trip act as arrival and departure days in and out of Seattle. The rest of the trip is spent deep in the heart of Washington’s Cascade Mountain Range, exploring different wilderness areas while advancing through the course.
- Where will I be staying?
- The first and last nights of the course are arrival and departure days in and out of Seattle, for most trips you will be located in a hostel right in the heart of downtown Seattle seconds away from historic Pike Place Market. You will be placed with other WILD students whenever possible, typically sharing a 4-8 bed dorm. All other nights are spent deep in the Cascade Wilderness. Spring course: you will be staying in a rustic lodge tucked away in the Cascade Mountain range with all basic amenities. The lodge has dormitory style beds, shared bathrooms, electricity, cooking facilities and wood fire heating. Summer Course: you will be staying in one of nine different Cabins with an average of 4 other cabin mates, each cabin is heated with wood fired stoves and no electricity. The facility includes drop toilets and limited access to showers.
- What if I’m a vegan, vegetarian, or have other dietary requirements?
- That is no problem! We can accommodate most food requests. Just inform us in your Trip Profile and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
- Will I be sharing a room with other participants?
- Yes, you will be sharing dormitory style rooms and bathrooms with other course participants.
- What is the weather like?
- Summer course: Daytime temperatures in July typically range from 90°F to 65°F. At 5,000ft of altitude, nights range between 60°F to 30°F. While rain is scarce this time of year, you should always plan for precipitation in the great Northwest. Spring course: In March, expect daytime temperature between 50°F and 25°F. Nights can get quite chilly between 40°F and 18°F. Expect around 10 inches of precipitation per month. Rain and snow are very likely this time of year and many of the trails we’ll be exploring will be covered with snowpack.
- How do we get around?
- We will take private transportation between Seattle and our course site in the Cascades, and to/from our adventure activities and surrounding areas.
- How many participants will be on my trip?
- Average group size is 25 students with 1 guide for every 7-10 participants.
- Will I be able to contact/phone home during my trip?
- Yes, you will be able to contact home if needed; however we ask that you inform your family that internet and phone access will be limited (reception in WILD’s remote areas is variable). We encourage students to “unplug” during their experience and fully immerse themselves in the wild.
- How do I register for the WILD course?
- After you've been accepted, it's simple! To reserve your space on the course, log into your Account and put down either a $450 deposit or pay the $1,295 in full. If you haven't applied for the GIVE excursions, click here!
- All accommodations throughout the trip
- All meals except for on days 1 & 8
- All transportation throughout the trip, beginning at pick-up from the hostel on day 2 & ending at drop-off at the hostel on day 7
- All course materials, including course books and medical gear
- Guides and Instructors
- Wilderness First Aid Certification (WFA)
- International Guiding Certification from GIVE & Central Washington University
- Flights/transport to/from Seattle
- Transport to/from the hostel on days 1 & 8
- Personal clothing & outdoor gear