Catching Waves

AT A GLANCE

DURATION: 15 Days

SUMMER 2018 DATES:

Session 1: June 30 – July 14

TUITION: $2330

ACTIVITIES:

  • Surfing: 6 Days
  • Community Service: 2 Days
  • Whitewater Rafting: 1 Day
  • Ziplining & City Tour: 1 Day
  • Transportation: 3 Days
  • Travel: 2 Days

Please note that due to weather and other conditions beyond control this schedule may change.

COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS: 6 – 8 Hours

GIRL SCOUT PROFILE:

  • Must be 13–18 years old at the time of the course
  • Sincere interest in language and cultural exchange
  • Good team player
  • Prepared for the physical challenge of surfing
  • Intermediate-level swimmer who is comfortable in the water
  • Beginner surfers welcome

COURSE REGIONS: Costa Rica (San José, Cartago, Puntarenas, and Guanacaste Provinces)

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Earn 6 – 8 hours of community service.  Catching Waves is the surf adventure of a lifetime! Experience a variety of water and beach-based activities against the backdrop of tropical Costa Rica. Learn about surf dynamics and philosophy as well as about the unique coastal ecology of the country’s Pacific Coast. Our instructors will provide detailed and holistic instruction about how to read waves, tides, and currents. They will give group and personal instruction on surfing – from the first time you stand up on a board to when you catch your first wave.

While staying at your beach campsite, you will also participate in cultural exchanges and small service projects that will benefit the local community. The projects will depend on the current needs of the region, but activities may include painting, recycling, teaching English, or environmental restoration projects. When not surfing, you’ll participate in fun beach activities that may include playing volleyball, soccer, yoga, and jewelry making.

After your surf and service phase, enjoy adventure activities including a day of whitewater rafting, a day of ziplining on a rainforest canopy tour, and a visit to an artisan market in Costa Rica’s vibrant capital city of San Jose.

“Outward Bound Costa Rica takes good care of you and you learn so much.”

– Elizabeth, 15 –

“It was an exhilarating adventure that has definitely changed my life. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

– Jaddin, 14 –

“All the instructors are amazing, and I made incredible memories that will last me a lifetime.”

– Maggie, 16 –

“Outward Bound Costa Rica has been a wonderful experience that has opened my eyes to both the world and myself.”

– Brianna, 17 –

“Our instructor was very genuine. Every time we talked I learned something new.”

– Erin, 15 –

“I loved everything about the trip. Everything was something new, even if it scared me at first like zip lining.”

– Gabby, 16 –

“My instructors were amazing and the course wouldn’t have been the same without them.”

– Taylor, 14 –

“It was a great and challenging way to immerse myself in the Costa Rican culture.”

– Brennan, 18 –

My favorite part was getting to talk and play with the kids and practice Spanish and learn a lot about the people and how they live.”

– Brynna, 16 –

“Bounding and surfing with other Girl Scouts from the US was amazing.”

– Ana, 15 –

“This course went above and beyond my expectations. I formed sisterhoods with girls all over the country and a new and more beautiful outlook on life.”

– Girl Scout Ally, 15 –

“I will be able to face my fears and take uncertain steps more certainly because of what I learned on this course.”

– Elena, 14 –

“It was the highlight of my summer and learned so much about myself, others, diving, and Panama.”

– Abby, 15 –

“This was a whole new experience that helped me discover who I am and made me a better person.”

– Alexis, 14 –

“It was life-changing. I grew, learned, experienced and loved so much. I feel like a new person.”

– Julie, 14 –

“My Outward Bound Costa Rica experience was life-changing, eye-opening, fun, incredible, silly, adventurous, inspiring and unique.”

– Rachael, 13 –

“This course allowed me to make a difference and take action no matter my age. It gave me the opportunity to dive into the culture and learn what it means to lead myself and others forwards greatness.”

– Bella, 16 –

“I was more interested in materialistic things before the course, now I’ve learned to live in the moment and follow my heart!”

– Ruthanne, 13 –

“My favorite parts were meeting all of these girls from across the country and forming lasting friendships.”

– Ally, 15 –

“Before, I was hesitant. Now, I feel experienced and happy.”

– Acacia, 15 –

“I really enjoyed being able to bond with the girls who live in all different parts of the country.”

– Brooke, 16 –

“Best. Trip. Ever. It was the experience of a lifetime.”

– Dara, 16 –

“I made amazing friends and learned a lot about myself. Our instructors were fun and supportive.”

– Sidney, 15 –

“Before, I was stressed out and distracted. Now I feel like I’ve found a sense of inner peace.”

– Savannah, 17 –

“Before, I was unaware of how much I take for granted and miss the little things in life. After the course, I’ve learned to live in the moment.”

– Julia, 16 –

“The course helped me feel open to the world and confident, along with positive and appreciate.”

– Victoria, 15 –

“This was one of the most exciting and fun adventures of my life. I’m never going to forget my time here and the people I met.”

– Kate, 13 –

“Before the course, I took things for granted and was self-conscious. Now, I appreciate friends, other Girl Scouts and myself for who I am.”

– Olivia, 13 –

“Before, I didn’t talk much and relied on my phone. This course made me realize there is more out in the world.”

– Raini, 14 –

This trip was the most amazing my daughter has ever had. She misses it so much. She is already planning for next year.”

– Laura, Mother of Girl Scout Participant –

“I was simply amazed by everything Outward Bound Costa Rica has to offer.”

– Brittanee, 18 –

“Our instructors helped us try new things, keep an open mind and stay positive.”

– Rachel, 18 –

“This course taught me about myself and challenged my outlook on life. I let my fear of things run my life and this course taught me how to be more courageous.”

– McKenna, 16 –

“Two weeks full of adventure, exploration, and making new connections with people and nature.”

– Jennifer, 16 –

“Before, I was insecure and had little faith in my abilities, now I feel confident and know I have the ability to push myself.”

– Brittany, 17 –

“I loved working with the baby turtles. It is so fun and you get to learn so much.”

– Sophia, 13 –