Outward Bound Costa Rica: Coast to Coast Semester Abroad Expedition

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Explore Costa Rica like never before as you trek for 26-days from the Caribbean to Pacific Coast, discovering rainforest valleys and cloud forests. Push yourself to transcend self-imposed limits and expand your cultural awareness.

You’ll begin this 85-day course at our rainforest base camp where you will earn your First Aid and CPR certifications and build a foundation in Spanish language. Following this training, you will complete the cornerstone activity of hiking from coast to coast in Costa Rica. Learn about the rich tropical ecology and exotic wildlife as you trek through some of the most remote regions of the country.

In addition to exploring Costa Rica by hiking, surfing and whitewater rafting, venture into the neighboring country of Panama where you will scuba dive tropical coral reefs of the Caribbean Ocean. Visit Nicaragua to put your Spanish skills to use and engage in meaningful service learning projects. You can earn 12 college credits upon completing this course.

  • Explore Costa Rica on foot on a 26-day trek from the Caribbean to Pacific Coast
  • Embark on our only semester with phases in three Central American countries
  • Immerse yourself in local culture with Spanish language lessons & community service projects

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The review categories don’t quite match this experience!

It’s sort of hard to rate the “housing” of a program like a semester Outward Bound course when it ranges from on the ground under the stars to under a tarp, to in shelters, to on the floor of homestay families’ homes, to small wooden bunk beds, but if you can sleep almost anywhere in all kinds of weather, it’s so fun to explore the country this way! The hike from coast to coast is one of my favorite months of my life. It was challenging but so so beautiful. SCUBA diving in Panama was truly magnificent, and sleeping on the dock overlooking the diving grounds is quite pleasurable. More rewarding challenges abound in the rafting and kayaking phases, and I’m also terrible at surfing, so that was difficult. But it’s wild to be in such close quarters with a group for 3 months, working together to achieve incredible goals and complete daily chores. Costa Rica is such a fantastic country. Great program.

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About Outward Bound Costa Rica

BE. OUT. THERE. Outward Bound Costa Rica inspires a lifetime of leadership, growth, and a commitment to serve through adventure-based learning. Since 1992, we have honed our approach to experiential education, utilizing Costa Rica and Panama’s...