Multiple Locations +2
  • United States of America
  • Costa Rica
    • San José
4 - 12 weeks

Program Details

Backpacking Mountain Biking Rock Climbing
Cabin Tent
Primary Language
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
Price Details
Adventure Treks gap semester tuition will include the following:

- All meals and lodging
- Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, and group gear
- Technical gear for mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing, and kayaking
- Guided activities
- Wilderness first responder course
- Swift Water Rescue course

Not included in tuition:
- Medical insurance
- Personal clothing and gear
- Travel to and from San Jose
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Meals Park Fees Transportation Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

WFR and SWR courses

What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance
Dec 03, 2021
May 11, 2022
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About Program

From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina to the mountains ranges and rivers of Costa Rica, Adventure Treks' gap semester traverses multiple ecosystems and cultures over the 74-day program. Throughout the semester students will learn how to backpack, rock climb, mountain bike, whitewater kayak and canoe, while also learning how to communicate effectively, step into leadership roles and gain independence. Another component of the program is learning life skills like plumbing, auto-maintenance, carpentry, resume building and more. During the semester, we’ll spend time in areas like:

Pacuare and Pejibaye Rivers
Pisgah National Forest
French Broad River
DuPont State Forest
Great Smoky Mountains

This gap semester offers the ability to earn 14 hours of college credit (which equals four classes) through Western Carolina University (WCU).

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Program Highlights

  • Receive 14 college credits from WCU with 529 funds available and internship opportunities
  • Spend two weeks in Costa Rica learning to whitewater kayak and raft
  • Learn how to mountain bike, canoe, whitewater kayak, backpack and rock climb!
  • Learn life skills like auto maintenance, plumbing, carpentry and electric
  • Capstone 5-day student-led and planned backpack

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Adventure Treks Gap Semester

This experience was unique for me because it helped me grow as a person and push me to limits i didn't think were possible. I figured out so many new things about myself I didn't know I liked, could do or overcome. I recommend this Gap semester because it is a once in a lifetime thing and it will prepare you immensely for college. It is an amazing experience that will change your life forever and it will leave you seeing the world in a whole different perspective. I highly recommend this trip!!.

  • Mountain Biking
  • Climbing
  • community bonding
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