GSUSA DESTINATIONS

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Rainforest, River, & Reef

Rainforest, River, & Reef

Combine service projects and unforgettable adventure with true cultural immersion in Costa Rica. Whether you’re trekking through the lush cloud and rainforests, rafting down whitewater rivers, or zipping through the canopy, you will discover your strengths on this unforgettable course.

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Costa Rica & Panama Service Challenge

Costa Rica & Panama Service Challenge

Experience new cultures and adventure activities as you dedicate your time to indigenous community projects in Costa Rica and protecting the unique and fragile ecosystem of Panama at a sea turtle conservation site. Meet other Girl Scouts, expand your cultural awareness, and leave Costa Rica and Panama better than you found it.

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Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure

Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure

Spark your sense of adventure, passion for learning and volunteering as you gain compassion for marine life through a meaningful conservation project at a sea turtle nature preserve. Explore the local Panamanian culture while earning your scuba diving certification in the crystal clear Caribbean waters.

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Catching Waves

Catching Waves

Perfect your surfing skills with our experienced instructors as you learn everything from how to read waves, steering clear of rips, and carving like a pro, while interacting with elementary school students and locals on community development service projects.

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Sea Turtle Retreat (Winter 2018)

Sea Turtle Retreat (Winter 2018)

If you want to make a difference in in wildlife conservation in an exciting location, the Sea Turtle Retreat course is for you. In tropical Costa Rica, you will work with local biologists and volunteers to protect endangered sea turtles at Playa Ostional, one of the world’s most important nesting sites for Olive Ridley sea turtles.

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Honorary Mention - ReganCrappell (GS SSTA Course page or any page)Experience an unforgettable adventure with fellow Girl Scouts from across the United States! Our GSUSA Destinations courses in Costa Rica and Panama will give you an opportunity to visit remote rainforest villages with family homestays, serve local indigenous communities, scuba dive among the colorful coral reefs of the Caribbean Ocean, protect the region’s fragile ecosystem, catch waves on famous warm water breaks and offers many other adventure opportunities with each course. Immerse yourself in a new language and culture while discovering your inner strengths and leadership skills. Create life-long friendships along the way.

Our GSUSA Destinations courses are open to current members of Girl Scouts of the USA. Girl Scouts must apply to participate through the GSUSA Destinations program and be between 13-18 years old at the time of course.

LOOKING FOR A LIFE-CHANGING ADVENTURE WITH YOUR GIRL SCOUT TROOP?

Beyond our destinations program, Outward Bound Costa Rica has welcomed Girl Scouts troops from across the US on customized courses to meet their group objectives. From sea turtle conservation projects, to cultural family homestays, to learning how to surf, we can collaborate with you to build a memorable and unique troop experience in Costa Rica or Panama.

Contact our Group Programs & Partnerships Manager for more information on how to design a troop course.

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Girl Scouts must first submit a completed application to be considered for our destinations program.

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For early applications (deadline to be received by Outward Bound Costa Rica: December 9, 2017): All acceptance notices will be emailed by January 20, 2018. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will be unable to answer any questions related to your acceptance status before this date. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Note: Deposits for early application acceptances are due no later than February 3, 2018.

New applicants welcome on a rolling basis! Once first round acceptances are announced, we accept Girl Scouts for our upcoming destinations on a space available basis. Contact our Girl Scout Coordinator to learn more about course availability and how to submit your application. Please note that late applications must be sent via fax or email to ensure a timely arrival.

 


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SAFETY

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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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