OUTWARD BOUND CR: Outdoor Leader Semester (Ages 17+)

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Program Description

Gain invaluable leadership skills and train to be an outdoor professional with our Outdoor Leadership Semester! On this 65-day course you will learn to lead groups through the rainforest, provide wilderness medical care, guide rafts down world-class rivers, scuba dive in the coral reefs of Panama, set up belay systems, organize rescues, and overall how to survive in the Costa Rican jungle. Interaction with the locals, work experience, leadership training, and professional certifications are integrated into the program to prepare you as a candidate for instructor positions across the world. Upon successful completion of the course, you may also receive up to 10 academic credits as study abroad.


The semester includes seven different training components: Multi-Element Leadership training, Wilderness First Responder medical course, surf instructor training, whitewater river guide training, waterfront lifeguarding, technical ropes rescue, and scuba diving in Bocas del Toro, Panama.


Student must be at least 17 years old by the time course begins.

What`s Included

Tuition includes all room and board, technical gear, course activities, and in-country transportation. Airfare to/from Costa Rica is not included in tuition.

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Tres Rios, Costa Rica

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Program Details

Outward Bound Costa Rica
  • Costa Rica: Tres Rios
English, Spanish
3-6 months
Program Type:
Adventure Travel, Career Break, Eco-Tourism, Gap Year Expedition, Work & Travel/Gap Year Jobs
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
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