A friend of mine is doing a semester in South America in the fall and I think it's through the same organization. It sounds pretty sweet to me, and I imagine it's better than spending your semester in classrooms and lecture halls.
^ yeah my buddy did a month long one up in the wind river range in wyoming. Sounds super fun, just a lot of money. i think itd be more fun if you just went on a gnarly backpacking and climbing trip with your buds and save like 2 grand haha
highly recommend doing a semester if you can. you learn a lot about yourself, other people and how to correctly deal with them, outdoors/natural environment, and a shit ton of technical skills depending on what you do. all while getting to see amazing places.
I took a year off after hs and did a course in the fall semester and it was basically me and a bunch of college graduates who had no idea what they were doing with their lives. I learned so much about life and people in general cause it was my first time really being off on my own. my perspectives were changed quite a bit to say the least.
I didn't really save money or anything for school afterwards, but the credits made it so i didn't have to take some bullshit elective credits that I felt were a waste of time. Plus, nols is highly regarded by countless corporations and organizations such as harvard business school to name one, so it's a good thing to have on your resume if you're going down certain paths.
My ex did it. From what I understood about it, it sounds like a good way for a bunch of rich, spoiled, city kids to go into the mountains and come back with a certificate that says they are the new Jeremiah Johnson. Just my personal opinion