GAP YEAR & SEMESTER COURSES

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River To Sea Leadership Semester (Spring)

River To Sea Leadership Semester (Spring)

  • Gain outdoor training while developing leadership skills in a unique tropical setting
  • Experience our only program that offers a blend of cultural immersion & outdoor certifications
  • Discover Costa Rica’s most remote surf breaks & dynamic whitewater with locations like Witch’s Rock & the Rio Pacuare
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Outdoor Leader Semester (Spring & Fall)

Outdoor Leader Semester (Spring & Fall)

  • 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)
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Coast To Coast Expedition Semester (Fall)

Coast To Coast Expedition Semester (Fall)

  • 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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Ages 17+ for 65 to 85 Days

We have specifically designed our gap year and semester courses to be different: from other outdoor programs, from traditional study abroad alternatives, and from any travel experience. Join us and see how much you can learn about yourself and the world around you with the tropical rainforests, rivers, and reefs as your classroom.

Listen to our students describing the Outward Bound difference during their recent gap year/semester experience:

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Once you have decided what courses you are interested in, begin your enrollment here: Semester-And-Gap-Year-Fill-Out-Enrollment-Form Semester-And-Gap-Year-Reserve-Your-Place-On-Course Semester-And-Gap-Year-Get-Ready-For-The-Challenge  Semester students are eligible for academic credit either through independent study or through our partnership with Western State Colorado University. Discounts and scholarships available to those who qualify.


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SAFETY

HEALTH & MEDICATIONS

FOOD, WATER & SPECIAL DIETS

PACKING

TUITION & FEES

TRAVELING TO COSTA RICA

SAFETY

For over 70 years, Outward Bound worldwide has provided high impact, life skill, and leadership development adventures. We are the industry leader in identifying risk and managing risk in wilderness areas. Risk is part of everyday life, but with our exceptional risk management systems and well-trained professional staff, we continue to be the industry leader.

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HEALTH & MEDICATIONS

We only require an up to date tetanus vaccination for course participation. There are no required inoculations to enter Costa Rica, but, we encourage students to check with their physician for recommendations of optional inoculations and health precautions. Most young people in normal health and physical condition can successfully complete an Outward Bound Costa Rica course.

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FOOD, WATER & SPECIAL DIETS

We are able to accommodate a variety of dietary requirements including vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose intolerance and nut allergies. In most areas of Costa Rica, it safe to drink water directly from the tap. While on course, students are directed to safe water sources by their instructors. Some students opt to treat all water during international travel.

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PACKING

We have compiled comprehensive packing lists for each course, which are listed under the course description and also emailed to a student once he/she has enrolled. A common misconception about Costa Rica is that it is always hot. Many course regions are almost one mile above sea level, where it can get quite chilly at night. Students will likely encounter rain showers while on course, even during Costa Rica’s dry season.

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TUITION & FEES

Tuition includes all room and board, technical gear, course activities, and in-country transportation. Airfare to/from Costa Rica is not included in the listed tuition cost, nor are personal supplies and equipment (including surfboards for advanced surfers).

We accept tuition payments by credit card, check, or wire transfer. Full payment is due 30 days prior to course start.

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TRAVELING TO COSTA RICA

Students must book travel dates to coincide with the start and end dates listed for their course session(s) and fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport (Airport Code: SJO). We recommend scheduling an arrival time prior to 2pm as course activities usually begin early the following day.

Our staff welcome students upon arrival. We use our own private transportation to shuttle to and from the airport on arrival and departure days.

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