Enroll in a Gap Year & Semester course by July 1st to receive a $500 Early Bird discount:
Two course options available: Outdoor Leader Semester and Coast to Coast Expedition Semester
OUTDOOR LEADER SEMESTER (65 Days, Spring or Fall)
Discover your strengths, goals, and leadership style as you delve into the field of outdoor education through both technical & soft-skill training. Learn to set up belay systems, organize rescues, provide wilderness medical care, guide rafts down world-class rivers, lead groups through the Costa Rican rainforest, and scuba dive in Caribbean waters during this comprehensive introduction to the outdoor industry. Earn seven internationally-recognized certifications and an in-depth study of the Outward Bound Costa Rica's educational model to make you a desirable instructor or guide for various organizations throughout the world. Earn 10 semester credits.
Top graduates of this Outdoor Leader Semester program will be offered a paid internship as a Field Instructor Intern for Outward Bound Costa Rica’s summer high season, with the possibility of staying on as a year-round instructor.
COAST TO COAST EXPEDITION SEMESTER (85 Days, Spring or Fall)
Coast to Coast is the perfect choice if you want a life-changing experience that will immerse you in a different culture, challenge you on physically and grow as a leader while learning about yourself and how effective you are at leading others.
Embark on a 26-day cross-country expedition that will push you to expand your boundaries and give you new cultural awareness. Trek through rainforest valleys and dense cloud forests as you learn the local traditions of Costa Rica. Spend your evenings camping under the stars, living with host families on their farms, learning to cook using local ingredients, and learning more about yourself, your passions and dreams. Venture into Panama to become NAUI scuba certified, understand the fragile ecosystem of the ocean in the archipelago and test your skills at wakeboarding. Sea kayak to remote islands and work side by side with the indigenous villagers. Nicaragua will take you inland to work in local communities on school/orphanage projects and close contact with local school children. You can also earn 12 academic credits upon successful completion of course as well as earn international certifications in outdoor education.
- Develop leadership skills as you delve into field of outdoor education through both technical & soft-skill training
- Gain self-awareness through Outward Bound’s holistic approach to experiential education
- Get experience in the field with an instructor internship during our high season (Offered to top alumni)