Overview

Our semester courses are different from other outdoor programs, traditional study abroad alternatives, or extensive travel experiences.  Join us and see how much you can learn about yourself and the world around you with the tropical rainforests, rivers, and reefs of Central America as your classroom.

Outdoor Leader Semester - Fall & Spring - 65 days - 10 credits

Develop leadership skills as you delve into the field of outdoor education through technical & soft-skill training. Gain self-awareness through Outward Bound’s holistic approach to experiential education. Get real world experience with an instructor internship during our summer high season. Earn 10 semester credits and 7 international certifications:

Wilderness First Responder (Outward Bound Costa Rica)

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer(American Red Cross)

Whitewater Rescue Technician (Rescue 3 International)

Technical Rope Rescue: Operations Level (Rescue 3 International)

Whitewater Raft Guide License Class I-II or III (International Rafting Federation)

Scuba Diver or Advanced Scuba Diver Certification (National Association of Underwater Instructors)

Waterfront Lifeguarding (American Red Cross)

Instructor Judgment Training

Land Instructor Training

Coast to Coast Expedition Semester - Fall - 85 days - 12 credits

Explore Costa Rica on foot on a 26-day trek from the Caribbean to Pacific coasts. Embark on our only semester course with phases in three Central American countries, Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua. Immerse yourself in local culture with Spanish language lessons & community service projects. Earn 12 semester credits and 2 certifications:

CPR, AED & First Aid (American Red Cross)

Scuba Diver or Advanced Scuba Diver Certification (National Association of Underwater Instructors)

River to Sea Leadership Semester - Spring - 75 days - 12 credits

Gain outdoor training while honing leadership skills in a unique tropical setting in Costa Rica. Experience our only coursee that blends cultural immersion with outdoor certifications. Discover Costa Rica’s most remote surf breaks and dynamic whitewater in the locations of Avellanas, Manuel Antonio National Park the Rio Pacuare. Earn 12 semester credits and 4 international certifications:

Wilderness Advanced First Aid(Outward Bound Costa Rica)

Whitewater Rescue Technician (Rescue 3 International)

Scuba Diver Certification (National Association of Underwater Instructors)

Waterfront Lifeguarding (American Red Cross)

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Open up your view of the world physically, emotionally, mentally. spiritually, and everything in between with Costa Rica Outward Bound. I was a student on the Coast to Coast Expedition, and while the title expedition was my favorite part of the trip, every phase had strengths, weaknesses, and lessons. Surfing is a lesson in perseverance. With no surfing experience, for me the phase was just continuous wipe-outs in the exhausting waves, but I think I got somewhere toward the end.... Anyway, SCUBA diving was absolutely amazing. Sea kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in Panama were just absolutely glorious ways to experience the wonders of the Caribbean. And the hike! The hike was an ever-evolving journey as a team to traverse the width of the fabulous country of Costa Rica. I loved the roads, the people, the group development, the mountains, the food, and the satisfying pain from having walked miles and miles carrying heavily loaded packs. The organization of the trip could be frustrating at times, but it really just takes a positive attitude to get through lateness, missing gear, an absent sailboat captain, etc. As for group dynamics, you never know what you're going to get. Maybe your instructors are perfect for you and your group; maybe you clash. Maybe your group works ridiculously well together; maybe you fall apart daily. Maybe you do a bit of both. Everything about the trip is a risk worth taking.

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Reviewed on 5/18/2016 by

Open up your view of the world physically, emotionally, mentally. spiritually, and everything in between with Costa Rica Outward Bound. I was a student on the Coast to Coast Expedition, and while the title expedition was my favorite part of the trip, every phase had strengths, weaknesses, and lessons. Surfing is a lesson in perseverance. With no surfing experience, for me the phase was just continuous wipe-outs in the exhausting waves, but I think I got somewhere toward the end.... Anyway, SCUBA diving was absolutely amazing. Sea kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in Panama were just absolutely glorious ways to experience the wonders of the Caribbean. And the hike! The hike was an ever-evolving journey as a team to traverse the width of the fabulous country of Costa Rica. I loved the roads, the people, the group development, the mountains, the food, and the satisfying pain from having walked miles and miles carrying heavily loaded packs. The organization of the trip could be frustrating at times, but it really just takes a positive attitude to get through lateness, missing gear, an absent sailboat captain, etc. As for group dynamics, you never know what you're going to get. Maybe your instructors are perfect for you and your group; maybe you clash. Maybe your group works ridiculously well together; maybe you fall apart daily. Maybe you do a bit of both. Everything about the trip is a risk worth taking.

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