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Program Description

Discover the true meaning of “off the beaten path” as you embark on two to eight week course that includes a deep-jungle trek where spectacular rainforest valleys, cascading waterfalls, and winding rivers will both awe and challenge you.

Start your journey in the thick of the tropical rainforest, where you will set up camp mid-trail, learn to make food in the backcountry, and maintain your gear for the days ahead. Wake up to fresh animal tracks, impressive plant life, and rugged trails as you navigate your way to village homestays. Once there, experience true Costa Rican hospitality and a profound example of rural living as you learn to make corn tortillas from scratch and crank the traditional trapiche to squeeze juice from freshly harvested sugar cane. Connect with your course mates on a waterfall rappel where you will make the adrenaline-pumping 80-ft descent down the face of the falls.

After your rainforest expedition, head into a region known for its mischievous monkeys, lazy sloths, and beautiful coastline with a visit to Manuel Antonio National Park. Spend time at the beach and learn about local ecosystems before heading to your whitewater rafting adventure.


Highlights of Outward Bound Costa Rica include:
- Activities: rafting, rappelling, surfing, hiking, diving, wake boarding, exploring, sea kayaking, farming, cooking and shopping.
- Personal: making friends worldwide, practicing or learning Spanish, living at homestays with local families, performing much needed community service for the locals or with the sea turtles.
- Professional: SCUBA and life guard certification, independence, self esteem, creative thinking, leadership skills, decision-making, determination, self discovery.

What`s Included

- Price covers pick up and drop off at Juan Santa Maria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, all Costa Rica and Panama transfers and in-country travel, all meals, all lodging and all equipment necessary for each course.
- Travel to Juan Santa Maria International Airport is not covered.
- Students are encouraged to bring some spending money for souvenirs when they shop at the local artisan market in San Jose, as well as to pay the exit tax of $29 USD at the airport when they leave Costa Rica.

Program Locations

San Ramon de Tres Rios, Costa Rica

Bocas del Toro, Panama

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Program Details

Outward Bound Costa Rica
  • Costa Rica: San Ramon de Tres Rios
  • Panama: Bocas del Toro
English, Spanish
School type:
Adventure Travel, Community Service / Volunteerism, Cultural Exploration
1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
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