Outward Bound Semester in Brazil

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In the wilderness, your best self becomes second nature.

Unlike survival, compassion isn’t always our first instinct. But what if it was? In the wilderness, and in life, compassion is the source of our resiliency. It reveals our best selves in the best and worst situations. Semester, Outdoor Educator or Pathfinder expeditions reveal who you are and who you want to be. Start your journey now.


This incredible 85-day semester takes students into the heart of the wild: from the Florida Keys to frontiers of central Brazil. The expedition begins in the Florida Keys where students learn the art of sailing as they live and work on a 30ft sailboat.

Students then journey to Brazil, where they embark on a multi-day trekking expedition through the Mantiqueira wilderness. The trekking expedition ends with the group hiking into an organic farm outside the village of Campina where they complete a service project. Rock climbing in Sao Bento is next, as students explore the rock faces of Pedra de Bau. The semester wraps up with three weeks of canoeing, trekking and canyoneering through the Rio Parana and the grasslands and plateaus of the Chapada.

Students will have the opportunity to earn their Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Leave No Trace Trainer, Swiftwater Rescue Technician and American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding certifications.

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Here at Outward Bound, our motto is "learn by doing." Founded in 1962, Outward Bound has helped over 1 million students achieve their goals. Today, we equip students looking to pursue a gap year with self-confidence, tenacity and compassion. Outward...