OUTWARD BOUND CR: GIRL SCOUT DESTINATIONS IN COSTA RICA

Overall rating: 10 based on 3 reviews

Program Description

Experience an unforgettable adventure with fellow Girl Scouts from across the United States! Our four GSUSA Destinations courses in Costa Rica and Panama will give you an opportunity to visit remote rainforest villages with family homestays, serve local indigenous communities, scuba dive among the colorful coral reefs of the Caribbean Ocean, protect the region’s fragile ecosystem, catch waves on famous warm water breaks and offers many other adventure opportunities with each course. Immerse yourself in a new language and culture while discovering your inner strengths and leadership skills. Create life-long friendships along the way.

Our GSUSA Destinations courses are open to current members of Girl Scouts of the USA. Girl Scouts must apply to participate through the GSUSA Destinations program and be between 13-18 years old at the time of course.

Highlights

— Stay at a traditional Costa Rican household and experience local hospitality.
— Feel the rush of adrenaline with activities like whitewater rafting and waterfall rappelling.
— Lend your hand in service-learning conservation projects for the leatherback sea turtle population.
— Witness stunning underwater life after acquiring a scuba certification.
— Engage in a broad range of activities while outdoors with nature.

Qualifications

No qualifications.

Volunteer Types

What`s Included

Course tuition includes all lodging, food, technical gear, instruction, and in-country transportation while on course. Airfare to/from Costa Rica are not covered in tuition costs.

Program Locations

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Program Details

Provider:
Outward Bound Costa Rica
Location
  • Costa Rica: San Jose
Terms:
Summer, Winter
Program Duration:
1-2 weeks, 1-3 months, 2-4 weeks
Languages:
English
Participants:
Worldwide
Cost:
Cost varies by course.

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    Outward Bound Costa Rica has been a major influence on my life. Through OBCR's group mindset and adventure based courses, my eyes have been opened to a bigger meaning of life and the world itself. Throughout my two OBCR courses, I have met some of my closest friends and experienced many memorable adventures.

    My first year with OBCR I participated in the Catching Waves course. This course allowed me to immerse myself in Costa Rican culture and learn to surf. This adventure included rafting, volunteering in the local town, eating local food(one of my favorites being Lychee fruit), flying through a Costa Rican rainforest canopy during our rope course experience, and many leadership lessons. On this course, my group and I became very close and I still remain in contact with each girl I met.

    My second Outward Bound course was called Scuba and Sea Turtle Adventure. The group had the opportunity to assist with sea turtle conservational work; with participating in night patrols and getting to release newly hatched baby sea turtles back into the wild. Also, I left Panama with newly acquired scuba certification. While on this course I discovered many new things pertaining to marine life and the effects humans have on its environment.

    With the Outward Bound experience, it is impossible to leave the same as you arrived. I have grown so much as an individual through the guidance of my instructors on my courses and the experience itself. Each and every course will leave you with different lessons about the world and about yourself. I can guarantee that a trip with Outward Bound will challenge you mentally and physically, however, it will be the most rewarding and enlightening experience you will ever be a part of.
    Avatar brooke

    Outward Bound Costa Rica Girl Scout Destinations... something you will never regret

    Review by: brooke , On: 06 Nov 2017, Changed On: 06 Nov 2017 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    Outward Bound Costa Rica has been a major influence on my life. Through OBCR's group mindset and adventure based courses, my eyes have been opened to a bigger meaning of life and the world itself. Throughout my two OBCR courses, I have met some of my closest friends and experienced many memorable adventures.

    My first year with OBCR I participated in the Catching Waves course. This course allowed me to immerse myself in Costa Rican culture and learn to surf. This adventure included rafting, volunteering in the local town, eating local food(one of my favorites being Lychee fruit), flying through a Costa Rican rainforest canopy during our rope course experience, and many leadership lessons. On this course, my group and I became very close and I still remain in contact with each girl I met.

    My second Outward Bound course was called Scuba and Sea Turtle Adventure. The group had the opportunity to assist with sea turtle conservational work; with participating in night patrols and getting to release newly hatched baby sea turtles back into the wild. Also, I left Panama with newly acquired scuba certification. While on this course I discovered many new things pertaining to marine life and the effects humans have on its environment.

    With the Outward Bound experience, it is impossible to leave the same as you arrived. I have grown so much as an individual through the guidance of my instructors on my courses and the experience itself. Each and every course will leave you with different lessons about the world and about yourself. I can guarantee that a trip with Outward Bound will challenge you mentally and physically, however, it will be the most rewarding and enlightening experience you will ever be a part of.
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    My experience in Costa Rica and Panama with Outward Bound CR was incredible! The instructors were beyond amazing and really made us feel safe and welcome, and did everything they could to make our experience be the best it could. Everyone we met was so sweet and helpful, and not to mention the food was amazing. I learned so much while I was there, and I had so much fun! I didn’t want to come home, and I am seriously considering going back, either to take another course or maybe even intern to be an instructor!!!
    Avatar Lucy Moran

    My Costa Rica Experience

    Review by: Lucy Moran , On: 14 Oct 2017, Changed On: 14 Oct 2017 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    My experience in Costa Rica and Panama with Outward Bound CR was incredible! The instructors were beyond amazing and really made us feel safe and welcome, and did everything they could to make our experience be the best it could. Everyone we met was so sweet and helpful, and not to mention the food was amazing. I learned so much while I was there, and I had so much fun! I didn’t want to come home, and I am seriously considering going back, either to take another course or maybe even intern to be an instructor!!!
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    My experience with Outward Bound Costa Rica was nothing short of life changing. I cannot express in words how strongly I encourage that every Girl Scout should apply for this amazing program. It will allow you to dive into a new and exciting culture, head first. Every minute was a new and exhilarating adventure, filled with fun and important life lessons. This course provided me with opportunities that I could receive no where else.

    Some of the amazing opportunities I was presented with were releasing baby sea turtles into the ocean, doing a homestay in a small indigenous community in Costa Rica, visiting schools and conversing with local students, learning how to make traditional Costa Rican food, and he beautify a community soccer field.

    The amazing staff at Outward Bound Costa Rica was so caring towards each and every one of us. After spending merely two weeks with twelve other girls and my instructors, we became a family. The friendships that I made on this trip are ones that are unbreakable. The experiences are ones that I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and I am so thankful to have partook in such an amazing program.
    Avatar Samantha Knee

    My Amazing Outward Bound Costa Rica Experience

    Review by: Samantha Knee , On: 13 Oct 2017, Changed On: 13 Oct 2017 |
    My experience with Outward Bound Costa Rica was nothing short of life changing. I cannot express in words how strongly I encourage that every Girl Scout should apply for this amazing program. It will allow you to dive into a new and exciting culture, head first. Every minute was a new and exhilarating adventure, filled with fun and important life lessons. This course provided me with opportunities that I could receive no where else.

    Some of the amazing opportunities I was presented with were releasing baby sea turtles into the ocean, doing a homestay in a small indigenous community in Costa Rica, visiting schools and conversing with local students, learning how to make traditional Costa Rican food, and he beautify a community soccer field.

    The amazing staff at Outward Bound Costa Rica was so caring towards each and every one of us. After spending merely two weeks with twelve other girls and my instructors, we became a family. The friendships that I made on this trip are ones that are unbreakable. The experiences are ones that I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and I am so thankful to have partook in such an amazing program.
    Overall rating 
    10
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    10
    Living Conditions
    10
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    10

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