Rainforest, River, & Reef

AT A GLANCE

DURATION: 15 Days

DATES: Session 1: CANCELLED, Session 2: July 15 – July 29

TUITION: $2330

ACTIVITIES:

  • Rainforest Trek: 3-4 Days
  • Cultural Homestay (+hiking): 3-4 Days
  • Beach Phase: 3 Days
  • Community Service: 1-2 Days
  • Whitewater Rafting: 1 Day
  • Ziplining & City Tour: 1 Day

COMMUNITY SERVICE: 1 Day (Est. 4-8 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 a physically demanding challenge. You should be ready to backpack 2-10 hours per day with a full size (35+ pounds) pack for 7-9 days.
  • Intermediate-level swimmer who is comfortable in the water (for rafting and beach days)

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

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Combine service learning and unforgettable adventure with true cultural immersion in the jungles of 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 adventure! On our Rainforest, River, & Reef course, you will immerse yourself in the culture with traditional family homestays, give back with a day of service in a local nature reserve, and experience everything from exploring a world-renowned beach to visiting the vibrant, bustling artisan market of San Jose.

After spending a day of service in the reserve behind our rainforest basecamp located just outside of San Jose, your journey will begin with a multi-day hiking trek into one of the most remote regions of Costa Rica. Hike and learn about wildlife and the local flora and fauna while gaining insight into the mysteries of the rainforest and the local communities. Experience a variety of homestays with local families learning about their language, culture, and way of life. Participate in some of their traditional activities such as harvesting and grinding sugarcane, making tortillas, and baking bread. Challenge yourself physically with an 80 foot waterfall rappel and build friendships as you encourage and work alongside other Girl Scouts from around the US.

At the end of your hike you will find yourself at Manuel Antonio, an idyllic Pacific coast beach where you will spend your time spotting monkeys, sloths, and tree frogs in the national park. Enjoy the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean with activities such as boogie boarding or surfing.

Finally, brave whitewater rapids and work as a team with a day of rafting. Finish your experience by exploring the treetops with a zipline canopy tour and absorbing a different side of the local “Tico” culture during a city tour and visit to the bustling artisan market of San Jose.

“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 –

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

– Ana, 15 –

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

– Savannah, 17 –

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

– Rachel, 18 –

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

– Rachael, 13 –

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

– Brittanee, 18 –

“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 –

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

– Maggie, 16 –

“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 –

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

– Sophia, 13 –

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

– Brianna, 17 –

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

– Elizabeth, 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 –

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

– Jennifer, 16 –

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

– Alexis, 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 made amazing friends and learned a lot about myself. Our instructors were fun and supportive.”

– Sidney, 15 –

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

– Julie, 14 –

“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 –

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

– Acacia, 15 –

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

– Taylor, 14 –

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

– Erin, 15 –

“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 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 –

“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 –

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

– Dara, 16 –

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

– Jaddin, 14 –

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

– Gabby, 16 –

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

– Brennan, 18 –

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

– Brooke, 16 –

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

– Abby, 15 –

“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 –

“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 –

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 –

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

– Victoria, 15 –